Alvaro de la Cerda
Instructor Seattle & Kent, USA Head Office
Grandmaster Thommy Luke Boehlig
- Between 2000 and 2002 he had appereances in German television shows „Die Wache“ and „Unter Uns“. He also pushed his musical career. He released the CD „Hinterm Horizont“ with the project „Das Motiv“ (Dance Street Records) and took acting, hip hop singing, guitar, bass guitar and drums lessons.
- In 2002 Boehlig was appointed Scottish National Trainer for WT within the EWTO by Grandmaster Kernspecht. Later that year he was awarded the distinguished title “Sifu” by the EWTO Organization.
- From 2000-2003 he starred again in the German TV show „Die Wache“ and acted as stunt choreographer for the TV show „Unter uns“ in Cologne / Germany.
- In 2004 he worked as a close protection bodyguard for buddhist high priest Zuiou Inuoe and Cardinal Felix Machado of the papal council of the Vatican.
- In 2005 he founded the martial arts organization "Martial Arts International" (along with Wing Tsjun Grandmaster Allan Fong, Eskrima Suro Emanuel Hart and Chi Kung Sifu Thomas Resch) as the overall martial arts governing body for Wing Tsjun, Eskrima and ChiKung.
- In 2005 Boehlig was awarded the master level of Wing Tsjun, becoming the second highest ranking Wing Tsjun teacher within Wing Tsjun International. The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Cologne appointed him Trainer of Merchants of Sports and Fitness.
- Additionally he was appointed “Master of Wing Tsjun” and “Dai-Sifu” by Grandmaster Allan Fong, making him head of his organization.
- In 2006 he accepted the appointment as international chief examiner of Wing Tsjun International and he became trainer of the City Police of the German cities Langenfeld and Hilden for intervention techniques.
- In 2007 he published his first book "The Art of Fighting" and the DVD "Wing Tsjun".
- In 2009 he appointed his oldest student Sifu David Martin Pascual to become a master of Wing Tsjun, which traditionally made him grandmaster of the style.
- 2010: Due to the fact that now his organization no longer exclusively offered Wing Tsjun, he changed the name of his cooperation to Boehlig Defense Systems (BDS).
- By then the branches of the BDS comprised BDS Wing Tsjun (for adults and teenagers), BDS Kung Fu (a program specifically designed for children between 4 and 12 years) and BDS Prevention (a psychological course which has its focus in avoiding a violent situation verbally).
- 2011 the BDS offer was extended by the law-enforcement training branch BDS Tactical.
- 2013 he published his second book „Siu Nim Tau – a little idea“.
- In 2014 the fitness concept BDS Combat Fitness was launched to complement the existing curriculum.
- Later in 2014, Boehlig became the official instructor of intervention techniques for the correction officers at the penal institution in Iserlohn, Germany.
- Additionally he was appointed “Scientific Advisor for Deescalatory & Control Techniques by the initiative “Sprache gegen Gewalt” (Language against violence).
- The "Sri Lanka Police Academy" in Colombo implememted BDS Tactical into the curriculum of all Police officers trained at the academy.
- Also, Brazilian police forces intensified their collaboration with the BDS. In 2013, Boehlig began holding BDS Tactical seminars for the special unit "BOPE" and in 2015 the "Policia Environmental" from Maceió also booked his services.
He lives in Germany, personally supports all schools in the Seattle area and travels worldwide for seminars and galas.