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Our mission at SifuCorp is to enlighten humanity through the spectrum of ‘Adapt for Life’ philosophies; to provide the knowledge and tools to teach them to take charge of their own destiny, through the smooth and rough times, and make their dreams a reality; to inspire people to become their best version, develop a ‘take responsibility attitude’, and change the way they see themselves and the world.

Mic Leo

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  • Jeet Kune Do Certified Instructor
  • One-Armed Warrior
  • Mental Toughness Coach
  • Anti-Bully Trainer
  • Author of Adapt For Life Philosophy
  • Inspirational Speaker
  • A New Way to Take Charge of Your Life
  • Multifaceted Inspirational Stories

Mic Leo (also known as “The Lion”) is a passionate Martial Artist, Published Poet, and Author based in Elk Grove, California. Born in San Jose, his passion for the martial arts began early on thanks to his childhood hero Bruce Lee. At the age of 11, Mic started rigorous training in both Kenpo Karate and wrestling. Soon, his focus shifted to Korean systems like Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do. Over a decade later, Mic traveled to Korea to complete in-depth training with friend and Tae Kwon Do Grandmaster J.W. Suh.

In 1982, Mic’s life took a dark turn that ultimately awakened him to his innermost strength and infinite potential. Unfortunately, having sustained serious injuries to his right arm, he needed to have it amputated. While he was told his life would “never be the same,” he didn’t let such a dire circumstance stand in the way of his calling in life: to become a source of inspiration to those who have also faced unspeakable adversity head on.

By 1993, Mic’s unwavering drive to transform people’s lives inspired him to create Adapt for Life. Currently, this program is widely known as SifuCorp Recently, he authored “Adapt: Unleash the Power of Change” and launched a podcast called The Mic Leo Show. Mic has even been developing his own movie and video game about a disabled superhero named Marcus Knight.

Enlightened with a heart of warrior, Mic is on a mission to empower people (especially wounded troops and children with autism) to overcome any obstacle so they can achieve all of their goals. Above all, he strives to serve as an advocate for disabled people across the globe.

As a Certified 2nd & 3rd Generation Jeet Kune Do Instructor (under Dan Inosanto & Paul Vunak), Mic has trained thousands of people throughout the span of nearly four decades. From the beginning of his journey until now, his most notable affiliation and gratitude is to martial art greats Dan Inosanto and Paul Vunak.

Furthermore, Mic Leo has earned extensive acclaim through his multi-faceted career, including receiving the Presidential Sports Award and being dubbed an Inductee of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2006.

I have known Mike Leotta on a personal and professional basis since 1994. I am currently a Correctional Officer with the Santa Clara County Department of Correction. I am a Jail Training Officer, as well as one of the departments weaponless defense instructors.

Mr. Leotta has been one of my instructors in defensive tactics since 1994. He is by far one of the most knowledgable and effective instructors that I have had the provilege training with. The instruction that Mr. Leotta has given me, saved my life on two different occasions when I was attacked. I have used what Mr. Leotta has taught me to instruct officers within the department as effective Self Defense techniques.

I also know Mr. Leotta on a personal basis. I consider Mr. Leotta to be a very honest and repsonsible person. He is someone who I know I can count on for help anytime. 

Urbano M. Jorge

My training with Sifu Mike has instilled in me a passion for Martial Arts that I will never lose. The functionality and practicality of Mike’s teachings is what sets him apart from so many other Martial Arts Instructors. His own passion for the arts and eagerness to help his students develop their skills make every class with him a positive learning experience in one’s growth into a better student.

The real strength in Mike’s style of teaching is the realization that not all students conform to a particular mold or style, and that everyone is unique with different strengths and weaknesses. This important aspect to his teaching style really allows students to have a customized training, based on who they are as individuals and to develop their own unique styles, befitting of their strengths.

Through the years of training with Mike, I’ve developed into a better Martial Artist not only because of the amazing physical training and attributes I’ve learned, but because of the combination of the physical, philosophical, and mental dynamics of combat which he has taught me. It is an absolute honor to train with him and I absolutely recommend him to anyone interested in Martial Arts.

Matteo Panebianco