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Grand Master John P. Nieto

Master Nieto is a 10th Degree Black Belt and the President of Chuan Fa America. He lives and teaches in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here is a brief list of Master Nieto’s credentials, rank, and accomplishments:

International Kenpo Hall of Fame, Inducted June 23, 2007, Chicago, Il.
1995 to Present, Martial Arts Director Sports and Wellness (Downtown)
Kenpo (Tracy’s) Albuquerque, New Mexico
1990 to Present, President of Chuan Fa America (Kenpo Karate)
1966 to 1989 Trained with Traco International Kenpo Karate Tai Chi Chuan Fa America
1971 to 1975 Kick Boxing, Jujitsu, Weapons, Escrima, Boxing (USN Activity) Manila, Tokyo, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Taiwan.
1963 to 1966 Ismael Franco, New Mexico, Escrima, Kenpo, Judo, Kendo
1959 to 1963 Trained with Masutatsu Oyama (Kyokushinkai Karate), Riverside, California.
9th Degree Black Belt American Chuan Fa Society 1999
9th Degree Black Belt Tracy’s Kenpo 2001
10th Degree Black Belt Chuan Fa America August 2010



Sensei Shawn Wilson
1973: Shawn Wilson born in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Calvin and Carrol Wilson
1976-1980: Trained in Moo Duk Kwan with Calvin Wilson (Father)
1982-1984: Trained Tae Kwon Do with Simon Heffron in Albuquerque, New Mexico
1985-Present: Chuan Fa Kenpo with Master John P. Nieto in Albuquerque, New Mexico
1986-1988: Trained in Kajukenbo with Gerald Chavez in Albuquerque, New Mexico
1999-2001: Trained in Wushu Kung Fu in Albuquerque, New Mexico
2003-2010: Trained in Army Combatives while serving in the United States Army
2006-2008: Trained in Kumdo (Korean Kendo) in Seoul, South Korea
2012: Trained and certified in Defensive Tactics, Krav Maga with Marty Cale through Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO)
2012: Trained and certified in One-on-One Control Tactics with Steven Jimerfield through WCSO
2012: Instructor Women’s Self-Defense for WCSO 
2017: In August, Sensei Shawn Wilson was inducted into the Kenpo Hall of Fame
2021: Promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt