Welcome to HIMA!

We provide uncertain self-defenders with well-structured, progressive and proven martial arts training that not only improves their martial fitness, but also transforms them into confident, well-rounded martial artists.

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We pride ourselves on guiding students along their journey to martial fitness, which we will define shortly. This state requires developing not just the body, but the mind and spirit as well.

Mind, Body, Spirit

Mentally, your training will develop attributes such as confidence, focus, and problem-solving abilities.

Physically, your training will develop attributes such as coordination, speed and power, as well as technical abilities such as body mechanics, timing, and rhythm.

Spiritually, your training will develop attributes such as awareness, inner calmness, and an unwavering fortitude.

Your training will develop your martial fitness.

Martial Fitness

Let's dissect “martial fitness” so the totality of what you will develop becomes clearer.

For us, the “martial” part of the term refers to your preparedness to defend yourself, while the “fitness” part of the term refers to the improvements you will gain in your physical, mental, and spiritual attributes.

Collectively, "martial fitness" refers to an improved state of preparedness to defend one’s self that results from improvements in physical, mental, and spiritual attributes.

In short, your training will give you what you want, which is an improved state of readiness to defend yourself.

A fitter YOU is a more ready, better prepared YOU!   

Begin your journey to martial fitness today by claiming the first of your three free classes.

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What is your motivation for seeking out martial arts training?

Are you seeking to fend off the Grim Reaper?

Learning martial arts, like learning to swim, is a potentially life-saving endeavor.

Martial arts can certainly prepare you to defend yourself against the Grim Reaper – someone trying to physically harm you or worse.  

While the actual attack of the Grim Reaper may be your surface-level motivation, it’s likely that what lies beneath the surface - self-doubt and uncertainty - is an equally important motivator.

While the actual attack of the Grim Reaper is certainly dangerous, the internal trepidation he causes is equally dangerous as it undermines your life on a consistent basis via negative self-talk and procrastination.

Your martial arts training here will resolve both problems.

Deficits in your self-defense skills will be lessened in the short-term and greatly diminished in the long-run.

Equally important, your internal trepidation will diminish and your confidence in your ability to defend yourself will continue to grow throughout your training.

As if the resolution to these two problems isn’t enough, your training here can have an even greater significance in your life.


We already mentioned one possible point of greater significance – your martial arts training here could save your life.

Other points of greater significance include:

  • The increased confidence you develop from your martial arts training here will carry over into your everyday life,

  • Your training here may provide you with an opportunity to help preserve a cultural treasure – if you choose one or more of our cultural offerings, and

  • Your training here will give you the tools to defend yourself well relatively quickly if you’re consistent and diligent in your training. In other words, you won’t need to become a master to defend yourself well.

Take the first step toward resolving your problems and experiencing the multiple points of greater significance in your life by claiming the first of your three free classes.

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Do You Have What It Takes?

If you haven’t claimed the first of your three free classes yet, why not?

Perhaps you question whether you have what it takes to become a competent martial artist?

We understand how it feels to doubt your ability.

The great news is that you do not need any special physical ability.

All you need is persistence.

Perhaps you wonder if your self-defense training is sufficient?

We understand how it feels to question your preparation.

The great news is that you will get the preparation you need when you allow us to guide your martial development. 

Do We Have What It Takes?

Perhaps it is not yourself that you question, but us?

Perhaps you question our competence?

We think it’s wise that you question any institute’s competence – ours included.

Our competence is corroborated by:

  • Students,

  • Experience, and

  • Affiliation


This is what some students have said about us:

Chris P. stated, "It is rare to find a dojo / martial arts training institute that is not primarily focused on money. At HIMA, even on the very first day I was made to feel comfortable and a part of the group. This environment combined with the program that allows for exposure to multiple arts was a deciding factor for me to join HIMA. Sifu Ron is very helpful and truly enjoys teaching students. He will spend time discussing different situations in which techniques can be applied whenever asked. Also, the program is physically challenging which I really enjoy. From a fitness standpoint, I have lost 8 lbs in just 4 weeks of attending class. These results are simply amazing! I would recommend HIMA to any perspective martial artist, who wants to learn a mixture of the arts and how to practically apply them."

Mike M. stated, "I've got to say, I'm absolutely proud of my decision to join the movement of martial arts at HIMA. I remember my first call to Guro Ron, asking him if would take me as his student in Filipino Kali. He immediately congratulated me for making the first step towards an exciting journey of martial arts. I've always been a martial arts enthusiast but had never trained in any of its kind before. So as you can imagine, I didn't have much faith in how good I could develop myself in martial arts.

At HIMA, I met the perfect peers any one could ever ask for. I'm kind of a shy person and I was afraid of the team I would be training with, but the guys are unbelievably humble and easy going.

My obsessive interest in Filipino Kali is the primary motive for my training at HIMA and I'm sure Guro Ron can tell you that, but more importantly HIMA introduced me to a couple other fighting systems, JKD, Silat and Muay Thai. Our beginners’ curriculum incorporates three of the four systems. I didn't understand, at first, how one would train and keep up with multiple systems. As I continued my training, I came to realize the connections between the systems and I'm so amazed by how I can connect the dots even at such an early stage of my training.

Guro Ron is a very skillful and talented teacher. He has an eye for detail. If I slack in execution, he picks it up quicker than I could realize it myself. Even more importantly, he encourages us to never sacrifice form.  

I know the fundamentals I'm learning at the beginners’ level are what will make me a great martial artist. Good body mechanics eliminates unnecessary movements, makes techniques easier to apply, and, of course, produces more esthetic movements.

I know I'm at the right place with the right people around me and I would like to welcome others who may be interested in any of the mentioned arts but may be reluctant to take the first step."      

Phil D. stated, "I’m not what you would call physically fit, so I wasn’t really expecting anything for me other than maybe a little exercise. I didn’t think I’d be able to do very much since I was so out of shape. Right away I realized the class was great exercise and a lot of fun plus I’m really learning how to protect myself even in a real world situation. After watching the more advanced students I’m excited about where I can be at this time next year both mentally and physically. Sifu Ron and fellow students are great; everyone is there to help each other out. If you’re interested in studying martial arts as a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student, I highly recommend Sifu Ron. Sifu Ron is an experienced instructor who has the tools to help you reach your physical fitness, technical, and mental goals. I openly encourage anyone reading this to go and give it a try. I hope you will be like me and ask yourself why I did not do this sooner."


Teaching experience, which dates back to 2001, has been earned both publicly and privately. 

Public experience has included stints aboard a Marine Corps base and an Air Force installation, as well as locations in Williamsport, Maryland and Falling Waters, West Virginia.

I served as the Exercise & Training Program Manager for a Marine Corps Base from April 1996 through February 2008. I ran the Marine Corps Community Services Martial Arts Program from 2001 through 2008.

I served as the Exercise Physiologist for an Air Force Base from September 2014 through November 2015. I ran a base Martial Arts Program for approximately eight months.

Private experience has included one-on-one student training in northern Virginia and Falling Waters, West Virginia.


HIMA is an affiliate of the world-renowned Magda Institute Association, which is headed by the internationally respected Guro / Sifu Cass Magda.

Our patented Phase Program is provided by the MI Association.

Half of our Cultural Program is provided by the MI Association.

In addition to curriculum, we are also afforded permission to use the logos of the MI Association. The Association logo is pictured above. With the exception of the HIMA and Wing Chun logos, which are our own, all remaining logos are the property of the Association.

Now that you know we understand you and that we possess the competence to guide you on your martial arts journey, it's time to claim the first of your three free classes.

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The Warrior's Path

If you haven’t claimed your three free classes yet, you must still be hesitating.

One part of your hesitation is likely due to uncertainty about the path you need to walk to solve your problems and reach your goals.

If so, know that the path you need to walk is very clearly defined.

We call that path “The Warrior’s Path.”

The “Path” involves five simple steps:

  1. Schedule and complete your first free class.

  2. Schedule and complete your remaining two free classes.

  3. Join our brotherhood by becoming a member.

  4. Commit to being a good student by attending class regularly, taking notes, training with diligence, and not quitting.

  5. Achieve your status of competent, confident warrior by letting us guide you on your journey of martial growth.

Shared Values Pledge

The other part of your hesitation is likely due to lingering uncertainty about us - specifically about what’s important to us.

If so, know that what’s important to us is also very clearly defined.

Our “Shared Values Pledge” defines what’s important to us.

The “Pledge” includes five values that are important to us and that should also be important to our students:

  1. Respect that is shown to our arts, teachers, classmates, facilities, and training equipment.

  2. Perseverance that enables you to get through the tough times.

  3. Enthusiasm / Positivity that rubs off on others and keeps you captivated with your training.

  4. Adventurous Spirit that yearns to participate not watch.

  5. Growth that is fueled by a commitment to lifelong learning.

With “The Warrior's Path” clearly defining the process you’ll need to complete to become a warrior and our “Shared Values Pledge” clearly revealing what’s truly important it’s time to claim the first of your three free classes.

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Uncertainty Eliminated

If you still haven’t claimed the first of your three free classes yet, you must be uncertain that we can really help you overcome the negative consequences that scare you.

You’re uncertain of your preparation to defend yourself.

Our curriculum includes specific self-defense items, as well as striking, grappling, and weapons material that will provide you with well-rounded preparation.

You’re uncertain of your ability to overcome challenges you will encounter.

Our well-structured, progressive, and time-tested curriculum coupled with its built-in problem-solving drills will cultivate your ability to overcome challenges.

Maybe your past experience concerns you that your instruction will be nothing but a compilation of techniques?

Our curriculum is rooted in principles. Understanding the concepts and theories that underlie the techniques of our teachings is critical to your warrior development here. 

Now that you know we really can help you overcome the negative consequences that scare you, go ahead and claim the first of your three free classes.

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From "Average Joe" to "All-Pro"

Still not ready to claim the first of your three free classes?

You must be wondering about the significance of martial arts in your life.

To begin to understand the significance of training here we want you to visualize a before and after image.

Before your training here, you’re an "Average Joe." You have few, if any, self-defense skills. Your self-doubt is obvious to you, and perhaps others as well. This self-doubt impacts your overall, day-to-day life, which leads you to have a mediocre outlook on your future.

After your training here, you’re an "All-Pro." You have solid self-defense skills. Your confidence is obvious to others. This confidence transcends martial arts and positively impacts your day-to-day life. You envision a bright future in which you’re capable of anything you commit yourself to.

Status, Connection & Self-Actualization

To further grasp the true significance of training here you should consider other highly meaningful aspects of your training, such as:

  • Status

  • Connection

  • Self-actualization

Everyone likes to be recognized for accomplishments. As you demonstrate proficiency with the material of a specific level, you will earn promotion to the next level. As you move up the levels, your status progresses from junior trainee to senior leader.

Your training will also connect you on two levels – personal and social. On a personal level, the art will become you and you will become the art. One Silat expression states, “You do not choose Silat, it chooses you.” On a social level, you will become a part of something larger than yourself. You will be become a part of a band of brothers and sisters that share a common love.

Lastly, your training will move you forward on your path to more fully realizing or fulfilling your talent and potential. In other words, your training will help your personal growth and development.

Now that you grasp the significance of training here it’s time to claim the first of your three free classes.

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More Information

If you want to know more about the Hebb Institute of Martial Arts, our curriculum, and our high performance martial arts, then you should fully explore our website.

A great place to start is by learning more about our Phase and Cultural Programs.

Our Hub pages are gateways to learn more about: 

4-State Area Cities / Towns We Serve

We are located in Falling Waters, WV. This prime location allows us to serve the 4-state area of West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Here is a partial list of some of the cities and towns we serve:

  • Berkeley County, WV: Marlowe, Falling Waters, Martinsburg, and Hedgesville

  • Jefferson County, WV: Bolivar, Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Ranson, and Shepherdstown

  • Washington County, MD: Williamsport, Hagerstown, Clear Spring, Funkstown, Sharpsburg, Keedysville, Boonsboro, Smithsburg, and Hancock
  • Frederick County, MD: Braddock Heights, Middletown, and Frederick

  • Franklin County, PA: Greencastle, Chambersburg, and Waynesboro

  • Frederick County, VA: Winchester

  • Morgan County, WV: Berkeley Springs