Matthew Lesko

Matthew Lesko

Chief Instructor

Mr. Lesko's life long passion and involvement in the martial arts started as a child in 1984 when he witnessed a Filipino man at a local gym demonstrating Kali. He looked at his mom and said "I have to learn how to do that". Matthew started training with the man who amazed him. The next few years of training took place at Matthew's home in his parents basement and backyard as well as local parks. He and his older brother studied diligently with their teacher in the fighting methods of the Philipines, Muay Thai, and Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do until their teacher would eventually return to the Philipines.

Over the next decade Matthew continued training, seeking out backyard groups and local schools searching for more of what he was first introduced to. Eventually, Matthew came across the art of Kenpo. The fluid continual movements of Kenpo were similar to the fluid nature of the Filipino Martial Arts which Matthew had so loved. Kenpo became a focal point for Matthew's training path for many years to come. For the next decade and a half, Matthew continued to diligently train in these martial disciplines and began adding to his toolbox by training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, various "Extreme JKD" systems, traditional Wing Chun Gung Fu, more Filipino weapon and empty hand fighting systems and several systems of Indonesian Pencak Silat.

Even after founding CQC Unlimited and it's CORE curriculum, Matthew continues to diligently seek out alternative methods of dealing with the combative equation. He maintains that we are all students and must continually take active measures to grow.

In an effort to give respect to those who so kindly shared their knowledge, Matthew put together the following list of the martial arts and sciences which he feels have played an important role in his martial development. This list is here to publicly thank his teachers, coaches, peers, firends and instructors and acknowledge these systems.

"My deepest thanks, gratitude and respect go out to all of you."
- Matthew

Indonesian Martial Arts

  • Pencak Silat Gadjah Putih Jati Wisesa
  • Pencak Silat Pertempuran
  • Pukulan Pentjak Silat Serak
  • Pukulan Pentjak Silat Tongkat

Asian Martial Arts

  • Hung Gar Gung Fu
  • Kenpo
  • Taijiquan (Yang)
  • Wing Chun Gung Fu
  • Yueng Chuan

Filipino Martial Arts

  • Doce Pares Eskrima
  • Lacoste/Inosanto Kali
  • Panantukan / Dumog / Pangamut
  • Pekiti Tirsia Kali

Other Martial Arts

  • American Wing-Chun Silat
  • Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
  • Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do
  • Kickboxing
  • KI Fighting Concepts
  • Mauy Thai
  • United Martial Arts


  • Guru/Guro Leslie Buck
  • Sifu Fransic Fong
  • Grand Tuhan Leo Gaje
  • Sifu Dave Harris (RIP)
  • Guru Danny Inosanto
  • Guru/Guro Loki Jorgenson
  • Sifu Ron Jorgenson
  • Tuhan Billy McGrath
  • Guru Chris Petrilli
  • Sifu Jerry Samuelson
  • Sifu/Guru Joseph Simonet
  • Sifu Steve Sherman
  • Guru Sean Stark
  • Sifu Danny Terrell
  • Sensei Greg Tudor
  • Sifu/Guro Quando