BIOGRAPHY OF MASTER VINCE PALUMBO
Master Palumbo commenced training in 1974
as a junior boxing and gymnastics student
at the Semaphore Youth Club in Adelaide,
and after winning most of his junior
boxing bouts, he expanded his interests
to judo at the age of 11, at the McNally’s Gym in
Light Square, Adelaide.
In 1980 he began learning the martial art of Freestyle Karate at
the Zen Do Kai Bushido Dojo in Hindley
In 1984 Vince received his first Black Belt in Freestyle Karate,
and in the same year Vince then also
started to train in the art of Tae Kwon
Do under Master Chris Nasilowski, then
after 4 years of hard training, he earned his
Black Belt in 1988 with the Grand Master
Choon Bong Lee 9th Dan.
Also in 1988, it saw Vince travel to Alice Springs in the Northern
Territory of Australia, and he was to
commence training under Master Martin Gardiner
who was a Master level instructor of
the Korean Tang Soo Do Korean Karate, and the Filipino Doce Pares
Eskrima system of Stick and knife fighting.
During this stay in Alice Springs, he added a 1st
Dan in Tang Soo Do to his now growing
collection of Black Belt rankings in
the martial arts, and he also achieved a Brown Belt level in
Stickfighting after doing an examination
in front of Grandmaster Master Cacoy
Canete, who was in Australia doing some
seminars and exhibitions of the Doce Pares Eskrima. (This
was the first time that the two had met!)
Other training for Master Vince Palumbo includes Muay Thai Kickboxing,
for which he gives all credit to Master
Fai Quoc Giang of Vietnam, and as a matter
of fact, it was Master Giang who graded
him to 3rd Dan, and he also encouraged Vince to open his own martial
In 1991 Grand Master Brian Dossett, 9th Dan of the World Combat
Federation, graded Vince to the rank
of International Instructor 4th Dan level status.
In 1992, Vince went to the Philippines as assistant coach for the
Australian Stickfighting Team, and won
a Gold and a Bronze Medal at the WEKAF World Stickfighting
Titles in Manila and Cebu.
When he returned to Australia, he prepared for, and entered the
Australian Martial Arts Association Full
Contact Karate Championships that were
held in Adelaide, South Australia. He
won 5 titles in the one night – the Open and Middleweight
Karate Fighting divisions, Kata and the Weapons Kata
Divisions, and he won the Power Breaking
In 1993 won Grand Champion of Australia’s 1st Toughman Competition
which was held in Darwin of the Northern
Territory, and it was Master Anthony
Kleeman who cornered for him on that nite.
Vince won the tournament with opponent knockouts in his first two
fights, and then a unanimous decision
forthe title in his last fight.
1994, Vince won the South Australian Amateur Boxing
Title for Men's Novice Middleweight Division. (He was voted
as best Novice Boxer for that year.)
1995 was the year Vince won a South Australian Submission Grappling
In 1996 he won the Australian Title for Full Contact Kickfighting
in Sydney, and in that same year Vince
travelled to London to fight for a World
Kickboxing Title, but unfortunately he
had to settle for the runner up position.
1997 Vince won the title of champion at the Broken Hill Kickboxing
1998 Vince won the South Australian Boxing League State Title,
and then a Silver medal at the Australian
Amateur Boxing League's Australian Titles.(He
was South Australia’s Best Amateur Boxer.)
This same year saw Vince win the Australian Martial Arts Association
Full Contact Karate Title again.
Vince won the WKA Australian Shoot-Boxing Title in 1998 as well.
In 1999, Grand Master Cacoy Canete graded Vince to 6th Degree Master
level Black Belt in the art of Doce Pares
Eskrima and Pangamot Jujitsu.
Once again Vince won the title for South Australian Full Contact
Karate Champion, and he won the South
Australian Amateur Boxing Title for the
Open Middleweight Division too. He also
went to the Australian Boxing Titles
held in Darwin that year, and he earned
a Silver Medal. (Just missing out on Olympic Boxing Team selection).
In 2000 he again went and competed in the Australian
Amateur Boxing Titles, which wereheld
in Queensland, but had to settle for
a Bronze medal at this tournament. Vince also won another South
Australian Title in Amateur Boxing.
In 2001, Vince won the South Australian Super Middleweight Professional
Boxing Title with a real nice 3rd round
knock out of his opponent from New Zealand.
In 2002 Vince was awarded the Rank of 8th Dan in Doce Pares Eskrima,
Jujitsu and Filipino Karate by Grand
Master Cacoy Canete.
He also won the South Australian Full Contact Stickfighting Title
this year as well!
Vince was asked to appear in the movie 'FINAL Combat', and he was
also telephoned personally by the great
martial arts movie producer, Menahem
Golan. (He discovered Jean Claude Van Damme!)
In 2003, Vince won the IKBBF South Pacific Middleweight Professional
Boxing Title with a 4th round KO of his
opponent, and he won an Australian Full
Contact Stickfighting Title in Tasmania
It was in 2004 that Vince won a World Title in
Professional Boxing, under the IKBBFsanction for the vacant
middleweight division title. (He also
fought in the 2004 WEKAF World Full Contact
Stickfighting Titles in Cebu!)
2005, Vince travelled to Los Angeles, so he could lead an Australian
team to fight in the CACOY DOCE PARES
ESKRIMA WORLD FEDERATION’S full contact stickfighting world
tournament, he won the Openweight and Middleweight
World Titles after a very gruelling 12
fights on the competition day!
After the tournament, he was asked to make a special
appearance in the Hollywood movie called ‘PIT FIGHTER', that
stars Hector Echavarria and Armand Assante.
(Vince was asked to demonstrate his stickfighting skills in the