If you were walking out into the darkness of a shopping mall parking lot late in the evening and could choose one person to be by your side for protection, having Gheorghe Buruian of Morton Grove along for the trip would be a solid choice!
Better-known as Master George, he is
"It's truly an honor to join the likes of other tremendous martial artists as a member of the Masters Hall of Fame," said Buruian, originally from Romania and now living in north suburban Morton Grove. He mentioned that he always enjoyed teaching and showing others the techniques for not only
"Master George always strives to be great at everything he does," commented Head
The 42-year-old martial arts master currently holds a Krav Maga Expert Level 9 certification as an instructor -- one of the highest ranked masters in the mid-west. One of the aspects that gains him so much respect from others is that he not only
Since coming to the U.S. in 2002, and for more than a decade now, Buruian has also trained those who "protect and serve" in the art of self-defense. He has taught members of the US military as well as law enforcement officers in personal protection should they ever need to use it -- combining traditional martial arts with street fighting tactics mostly associated with Krav Maga.
Buruian knows firsthand what it's like to serve in uniform; he spent three years as an elite Romanian Special Forces operative. He also fought in professional mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in the mid-90s. And his lifetime record isn't too shabby -- an impressive 37-3 record in tournaments fought throughout Eastern Europe.
Today Buruian devotes his time to teaching his expert techniques to students of all ages. Since 2009, he's been an instructor at the White Tiger Martial Arts
"It's so rewarding seeing young kids and adults enjoy learning martial arts the way that I did," Buruian added. "They thrive in learning something new and you can see their confidence build. I hope to introduce some of them as Hall-of-Fame Masters in the future."