John Noonan, Jeet Kune Do / Real World MMA and Independent Martial Arts Owner
John Noonan is the president and founder of Independent Martial Arts and Real World MMA began studying and practicing boxing and weight training as a young teenager. At the age of 18 years, he began studying on and off separately with two different black belt martial artists. Each martial artist was studying and practicing JKD on their own from seminars and books by Dan Inosanto and Larry Hartsell. With their help, John studied and practiced JKD the best he could. At the age of 23 years, John went to his first Inosanto/Hartsell seminar which changed his thinking of the martial arts. He also met and began training under one of Dan's instructors who lived in Michigan. Around 1988 John met and started training under Dave Hatch, who is now a full-instructor in Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts under Dan Inosanto. John trained under Dave and Linda Hatch on and off until around 1998. It was during this time, John met Shawn Katzman, he and Shawn have been training together on and off ever since. They also tested together under Mr. Vunak. In April, 2002, John tested and was certified under Paul Vunak to teach the Science and Concepts of Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts. John is also studying other systems including Brazilian Jiu-Jitso, Muay Thai, and Silat.