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Kids Martial Arts


Adult Traditional Martial Arts


Adult Self-Defense & Fitness


Leadership Academy


FAST Defense


We Live To Help Train You

Originally opened as Billings Chi-Tu Do in 2003, Shepherd-Warrior Martial Arts has grown to encompass many different class offerings and programs. We have traditional martial arts (Chi-Tu Do) for kids and adults, but we also have a non-traditional martial arts (Krav Maga) program for adults as well. If long term training is not what you are looking for, then we also have our FAST Defense program that offers 2-3 hour, seminar style self-defense classes. We have students from age 5 to 80 who take part in our various programs. Everything we do in our programs is to help empower people to feel better about themselves and abilities. Most importantly, we consider ourselves a Christ-centered martial arts studio. Even our name, Shepherd-Warrior Martial Arts, reflects our philosophy taken from the following Bible verses:

“The Lord is my shepherd…” (Psalm 23:1)

“The Lord is a warrior…” (Exodus 15:3)

How will you or your children benefit from the programs and classes at Shepherd-Warrior Martial Arts? You will get a great workout while learning outstanding self-defense, taught by certified instructors who care about you and want to see you succeed and achieve your goals. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in for you or your kids, sign up for one of our trial programs, come in and see if it will be a good fit for you. We look forward to meeting you.


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Dennis Forleo
Dennis ForleoOwner

Master Forleo has been involved in martial arts for 30 years and reached his 1st Black Belt when he was only 11 years old. He began teaching in 1987 under the supervision of his instructor, Brian Cunnings.

He moved to Montana in 2000 and opened his own school in 2003. Besides his 6th Degree Black Belt rank in Chi-Tu Do, he was promoted to Associate Grandmaster in the Estalilla Kabaroan system of Eskrima by GM Ramiro U. Estalilla Jr. on July 21, 2013. He has also has achieved a 5th Degree Black Belt in Shiho Karano Ju Jitsu under Soke Clement Riedner, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do under GM Edward B. Sell, and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Most recently, he achieved a 1st Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga in the USKMA under Mark Slane. He has also trained with Bill Kipp for some time and has become a Master FAST Instructor and Predator. Master Forleo teaches the Black Belt classes and many of the Advanced levels as well as the Leadership Academy. Master Forleo was also recently recognized by the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as “2014 Master of the Year.”

Michael Johnson
Michael Johnsonfull-time staff member

Mr. Johnson is one of our school’s full-time staff members. Mr. Johnson came to our school in June of 2007 as a Brown Belt from another style. He tested for 1st Degree Black belt in March 2008.

He has since attained a 2nd Degree in both Shiho Karano Ju Jitsu and also Kabaron Eskrima as well as achieving an Instructor certification in Krav Maga. Most recently, he tested for 4th Degree Black belt (Associate Master) in Chi-Tu Do in February 2017. Mr. Johnson has taught all ages and levels, and currently teaches many of the Adult Chi-Tu Do classes as well as in the Leadership Academy. His creativity and passion for sharing his knowledge makes his classes fun and informative, as well as a great workout!

Keith Babcock
Keith BabcockChaplain

Dr. Babcock is our school’s Chaplain, certified through Soke Riedner in the Martial Arts Chaplains Association. He spent over 20 years as the Chaplain at the Montana Rescue Mission in Billings and recently transitioned into retirement.

He started his training in Chi-Tu Do in March 2005, when he was 66 years old. He has since achieved a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Chi-Tu Do and is a Certified Bachelor Instructor in Estalilla Kabaroan Eskrima as well as a 2nd Degree in Shiho Karano Ju Jitsu. He also, just recently, completed his Level 1 Krav Maga certification. Dr. Babcock (or Chappy, as we call him) firmly believes that one is never too old to start martial arts training.

Alex Taylor
Alex TaylorWarrior Kids Instructor

Mr. Taylor began training with us in 2008. He had some experience in Taekwondo and made a quick transition to the style. He tested for his Black belt in 2010. Most recently he successfully tested for 3rd Degree Black Belt in February of 2015.

He also has attained a 2nd Degree in both Kabaroan Eskrima and Shiho Karano Ju Jitsu. Alex is also trained as an instructor and Predator in the FAST system under Bill Kipp. Mr. Taylor is the Head instructor of the Warrior Program and enjoys working with these students. He also teaches in the Leadership Academy. He brings a rapier wit and a great sense of humor to his teaching and loves passing on what he has learned.

Hannah Robinson
Hannah RobinsonFounding Member

Ms. Robinson started Chi-Tu Do in 2005, when she was 6 years old. She trained in the Warrior program and achieved her Junior Black Belt in March of 2013.

She has excelled as a black belt and successfully tested for 2nd Degree in Chi-Tu Do in August 2014. She has also received a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shiho Karano Ju Jitsu from Soke Riedner and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Kabaroan Eskrima. Hannah helps teach in both the Warrior and Junior-Senior classes. She is also a founding member of our school’s demonstration team.

Dave Watts
Dave WattsLead Krav Maga Instructor

Mr. Watts is a lead instructor in our Krav Maga program. He is currently a level 5 practitioner and instructor. Dave has a varied background including law enforcement, trucking and petroleum piping design.

He began his Krav training in Texas over 5 years ago. Mr. Watts has also reached Black Belt level in Chi-Tu Do.


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