first learned about Martial Arts
by playing around in the backyard with his childhood friends, but it was his intense desire to learn effective self-defense techniques that inspired him to begin formal schooling at Dragon Wind Kenpo Karate on the South Side of Chicago under Lee Wedlake Jr., a 9th Degree Black Belt and first generation student of American Kenpo founder, Ed Parker, and one of the top teachers of Kenpo in the world.
family also recognized that if a child was going to thrive on the South Side of Chicago, he
also needed to enroll in the best schools possible.
From Catholic Schools
, to a Magnet School
for academically elite students, to a private, Jesuit high school in Chicago, Brad
developed into a life-long student of ideas, knowledge, reading and art.
A near perfect score on his
SATs, a fabulous grade point average, and an all-around commitment to stewardship and martial arts earned him a scholarship to Northwestern University
, a Top-Ten School
in Evanston, Illinois…and it is there where he
future wife (and PhD in Education), Dr. Karla.
PHASE 2: GRADUATION - NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
continued his Martial Arts
training through college both as a teacher and a student.
Upon graduation, Brad started to work at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, doing what Northwestern graduates were "supposed to do" in order to earn money and secure high-power jobs.
"real education" and his
heart spoke louder, as he
made the life-long decision to commit himself to helping others actualize their human potential - and he
saw that the best way to do this was through Martial Arts
Majoring in philosophy at Northwestern
aided him in this process; his
studies afforded him the opportunity to look closely at the philosophy and world-views that underscore the martial arts.
engaged in formal studies in logic, critical analysis, epistemology, and psychological development, which provided him with a foundation for how the human brain works as well as how people learn most effectively.
PHASE 3: FLORIDA
In addition to seeking out the top academic schools that were the "best fit" for Brad
continually sought out the best Martial Arts teachers.
Master Lee Wedlake had left the Windy City for sunnier skies in Florida, but that did not stop Brad
from learning directly from him.
moved to Florida to train and teach for Master Wedlake….as well as to learn from him about management systems for opening and directing a reliable and thriving Martial Arts school.
PHASE 4: COLORADO
After a three-year apprenticeship, Brad
aimed to fulfill yet another one of his
dreams: to move to Colorado and open a thriving Martial Arts school among a backdrop of mountains.
pinned a map of Colorado on his
bedroom wall as a visual reminder of his
goal, and within that next year he
was driving across the country, ready to engage in the next phase of his
opened Scornavaccco Martial Arts Academy
in Longmont, Colorado in August, 1998, and it has been successfully serving families in the Longmont area ever since that opening day.
The friendliest school in town with a committed, well-educated staff, Scornavacco Martial Arts Academy
has developed into a mainstay (and thriving educational family center) in the Longmont community.
PHASE 5: RUSSIA
did not stop there.
continued to build upon his
martial arts repertoire by training with his
friend, Al McLuckie, a Filipino Martial Arts Master, who introduced him to yet another Martial Art that offered Brad
sought out to learn decades earlier on the streets of Chicago: practical self-defense where there is not just one "right way" to do something, but a multitude of approaches - the best of which is the one that works for you, not against you…
Brad met Vladimir Vasiliev, former member of Russian Special Forces, trainer at the Spets Institute and Chief Instructor in the Western hemisphere of Russian Martial Art, also known as Systema.
Since that first seminar, Brad has immersed himself in Systema training, including four trips to Russia to train with Colonel Mikhail Ryabko, and countless seminars throughout the United States and Canada.
is currently one of the few senior instructors of Systema
He teaches a fortunate cadre of Systema students at Scornavacco Martial Arts Academy (under the name Systema Colorado) in Longmont, Colorado as well as police officers, bodyguards, FBI agents and civilians at various seminars throughout the country.
PHASE 6: "EUDAIMONIA"
In partnership with his wife, Dr. Karla, a Harvard University graduate with a PhD in Education, Brad Scornavacco
shares many secrets to a "good life" - breathing, fluid movement, self-control, focus, and relaxation.
and Dr. Karla also remember their roots.
It was through play that Brad
was first introduced to Martial Arts
- and it was through a keen awareness of a need for practical self-defense that motivated him to continue.
is a wonderful man, a talented practitioner, and a caring and gifted teacher."
carries with him the knowledge, professionalism, and positive attitude of a well-schooled graduate.
"For more than a year, I've had the opportunity to attend many classes where I learned various self-defense techniques with Brad Scornavacco
I have found him to be a teacher who is well versed in the subject of self-defense and who is very effective in assuring that all of his
students can experience success.
My daughters and myself have enjoyed a greater degree of confidence since taking classes under Mr. Scornavacco's
I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE
"I am favorably impressed with the level of commitment and dedication that Mr. Scornavacco
has towards women's issues in regards to self-defense, myself having four teen-aged daughters and a wife that have studied under him for the past year and a half.
As a Martial Artist, he
is one of the most practical and skillful individuals that I have ever witnessed, but what is more impressive is his
desire to openly share that knowledge and skill with everyone, from children to adults, as their level of development permits.
is very sensitive to his
student's progress and developmental needs, and adjusts his
teaching accordingly, to maximize the learning experience.
Mr.Scornavacco's enthusiasm and love for what he
is doing is a great motivational force for all of his
"I have studied under Mr. Scornavacco
for three and one-half years.
During that time I have come to know Mr. Scornavacco very well and hold him in the highest regard.
Of all the martial artists I have met, Mr. Scornavacco
is one of the most competent and knowledgeable instructors in his
More important than his
in-depth understanding of karate, however, he
has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and admirable sense of character.
It is these things that make him stand out amongst his
I have entrusted not only my own education to him but also that of my wife and my six year old son.
possesses the traits that draw the karate students my school has now and keeps them coming back year after year.
Over the years I have also had the opportunity to instruct many classes with Mr. Scornavacco
From this point of view I have seen first hand the effect Mr. Scornavacco
has had on the students, most notably the children.
We have well over one hundred children in our school and every one of them looks to Mr. Scornavacco as an excellent role model.
The parents are equally as pleased and credit the success our school enjoys to Mr. Scornavacco
humble yet enthusiastic approach to teaching Karate endeared him to people of all ages and he
is a special favorite among the children.
taught an after school karate class for our PTA for the past three years.
During that time, he
was always dependable and punctual; traits not found in all of our after school instructors.
was able to fill his
class and maintained a high level of participation throughout the school year.
I attribute his
success to his
ability to work well with children, his
ability to maintain a high level of discipline, and his
ability to make class fun.
The children truly respected him and looked forward to his
Both children loved Mr. Scornavacco's
always made the classes fun while maintaining order.
has shown himself to be extremely responsible and dependable.
I never knew him to be absent from the studio.
was sick, we would no