Sifu Lamar Burno - The Shaolin Experience

Sifu Lamar Burno

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Sifu Lamar Burno

Sifu Lamar Burno

Sifu Lamar Burno (Sifu Burno) is a visiting instructor at Oh Do Kwon Tae Kwon Do & Self Defense – Tazewell TKD. He is the owner of Elizabethtown, North Carolina based, The Shaolin Experience. He has practiced martial arts for over four decades.

Martial Arts Training

Sifu Burno earned his Black Belt, 6th Dan, in American Tae Kwon Do under Sensei Madison Nelson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was born and raised. His father, a black belt in Judo, enrolled him and he excelled.

Sifu Verrone Romeoletti - Sifu Rome's Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy - Philadelphia, PA
Sifu Verrone Romeoletti (r.), Sifu Burno

Always having a thirst for a challenge, Sifu Burno earned a Black Sash, instructor level, in the Shaolin Art of Chinese Hung Gar Kung Fu originating from the Sui Lam Temple in Southern Shaolin. He trained extensively at Sifu Rome’s Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy for fourteen years under the direction of Sifu Veronne Romeoletti (Sifu Rome).

“He trained with me since he was in junior high school. He’s got good skills. He’s a good guy and very responsible. He stood beside me and was my right arm and taught grown men. He ran the classes when I wasn’t there,” said Sifu Rome.

Sifu Lamar Burno
Sifu Burno

Sifu Burno earned the distinction of Electric Knight in Ninjutsu under Cornelius Graper of Albany, Georgia.

In tournament competition, Sifu Burno has won over sixteen grand championships, one hundred first place trophies, seventy-two second place trophies and one 3rd place trophy.

In 2004, Sifu Burno combined Tae Kwon Do, Hung Gar Kung Fu, and Ninjutsu and opened Lamar’s Siu Lum Pai Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy 3.  Today the school is known as The Shaolin Experience.

Celebrity and Executive Defense and Protection

Sifu Lamar Burno - On Point Executive Protection
Sifu Burno (m.)

As the owner and chief agent of On Point Executive Protection, Sifu Burno has utilized his martial arts training and self-defense knowledge in the most practical of ways, as a celebrity bodyguard.  He has protected many R&B and Gospel artists such as: Boyz II Men, also from his hometown and best known for their number one hit single, End of the Road.  He appeared in the video for their 2000 hit, Thank You, from their album titled, Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya; Ce Ce Peniston, best known for her hit single, Finally; Dave Hollister, formerly of the R&B quartet Blackstreet, best known for his hit single, One Woman Man, and many more…




“Dr. Burno, my assistant has been in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. He was a former police officer, served in the armed forces and body-guarded some of the leading celebrities in the industry…Thank you for your dedication behind the scenes for keeping some of our favorite artists safe in the industry.” Nils Bundy, President of Artists Relations at Artists Music Guild

Community Patrol and Self Defense

Sifu Burno was the Eastern Director of the Philadelphia Guardian Angels and was promoted to this position after exhibiting exemplary service as a commander.  The Guardian Angels is a non-profit international volunteer organization that specializes in unarmed crime prevention headquartered in New York City and founded by Curtis Sliwa.

Sifu Burno utilized his expertise and street smarts to aid in the defense of residents and tourists.  He has served as a trainer and chapter leader imparting his street smarts and martial arts expertise to vulnerable groups.  This position helped him to hone his martial arts and self defense skills while patrolling some of the toughest streets, subways, and buses in Philly.  His collective work with the Guardian Angels helped to make the streets safe and improve the quality of life.

Honors & Awards

Sifu Burno’s community work has won him the Leukemia Society Humanitarian Award, Multiple Sclerosis Golden Heart Award, and the WPVI 6 Thanksgiving Day Parade Commendation.  In 2009, he was recognized by all of the New Jersey United States senators, mayors, former New Jersey Governor Corzine and Congress as one of the leading men of Community Affairs and as a humanitarian and a true distinguished gentleman of our time. On March 15, 2010, he received a Congratulatory Citation from United States President Barack Obama for his undying service to all of mankind and a host of other awards too numerous to mention.

Martial Arts, Weapons, and Stunt Coordination

Sifu Burno has worked in the film industry as an actor since he was five years old.  He added to his body of film work by working as an assistant stunt coordinator.  He has significant experience helping to shape fight scenes and turn the actors into actual fighters, policemen, or law enforcement officers utilizing his own martial arts training, United States Army military police and combat skills, and Philadelphia Policeman work.  Some of his most notable work includes:

  • The Last Dragon – In the fight scene where Eddie Arkadian interviewed fighters to defeat Bruce Leroy; He personally demonstrated to Taimak, the film’s lead, how to fall and rollout correctly.
  • Condition Red – Worked directly with James Russo, lead correction officer, demonstrating how to simulate throwing punches for the outside inmate chase scene.
  • Fallen – In addition to appearing as a police officer in this movie staring Denzel Washington, he taught other actors appearing as police officers the correct way to fall, how to walk through doors, aggressive behavior, and how to properly hold firearms.
  • In film 12 Monkeys, starring Bruce Willis, he duplicated the same work on Fallen on this sci-fi thriller.
  • Cadillac Man – In this film starring the late Robin Williams, he appeared as a swat team member and coordinated building infiltration.
  • Coming to America – This film starring Eddie Murphy, featured comedian Arsenio Hall who benefited from his instruction on how to hold and sweep with a stick in the Zamunda, African Nguni stick fighting scene.


Sifu Burno is a member of the United Martial Arts Referee Association.


Sifu Burno has earned his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University and a Masters of Science Degree in Personal Protection with a concentration in Intelligence Management from Henley Putnam University.

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Comments (37)

  1. Dr. Danette M. Vercher

    June 3, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    So very proud of Sifu Lamar Burno!

  2. Marie Phillips

    June 4, 2020 at 2:12 am

    Wow, Sifu Lamar Burno has done so much! I love how you talked about how he loved a challenge even from an early age.

  3. Ave

    June 4, 2020 at 5:59 am

    Sigh Lamar Burno has done so many great things for the community! I can’t believe he has won that amount of championships and trophies in tournament competitions. Amazing!

  4. Piper Mortez

    June 4, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Wow, Sifu Burno sounds like a dedicated instructor. I love the photos. They show how diverse his skill set really is!

  5. Daniel Sierra

    June 4, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Wow amazing all that Sifu Lamar Burno has done! Such an inspiration, I am determined to train with him!

    • Toya Johnson

      June 4, 2020 at 12:26 pm

      You took the words out of my mouth and onto the keyboard. I want to train with him too!

  6. Latavia Walsh

    June 4, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    GOD has given you a gift in Sifu Burno. That no one can take away. Being who you are will bring you much success.

  7. Luke Jackson

    June 4, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Keshia, I knew your father, Grandmaster Roy. He taught me Tae Kwon Do. I’m sure he would be proud that you are hosting Sifu Burno. I’m looking forward to this!

  8. John Lasea

    June 4, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    I have been searching for someone to teach Kung Fu in my area. I’m not too far away in Tennessee. I’m going to try to make it!

  9. GiGi Eats

    June 4, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Well Sifu Burno seems downright awesome!

  10. Brooke r

    June 4, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    So great all that Sifu Burno has done! Those awards are wonderful!

  11. Renee

    June 4, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    I really enjoy learning about Sifu Burno! What a positive man he is. My son loves to wrestle and is into martial arts so I will be sharing this with him for sure.

  12. Kuntala Bhattacharya

    June 4, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Liked reading about Sifu Lamar Burno. Great dedication and work for the community. In fact, people like them set examples for others. I hope you will get good references for learning Kung fu martial art.

  13. Emman Damian

    June 4, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    This is the first time I heard about Sifu Lamar Burno. I hope to be mentored by him. So cool!

  14. Cassandra Arico

    June 4, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Shaolin Kung Fu is so interesting to learn about, I’m definitely going to return for more updates as the time draws close.

  15. The Joyous Living

    June 4, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Terrific post Keshia. Sifu Burno sounds like a terrifc role model for your students.

  16. Elicit Folio

    June 4, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    What a great story about Sifu Lamar Burno. I would love to see more posts about him and his journey!

  17. Eswari

    June 5, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Amazing!! Very proud of SIFU LAMAR BURNO..

  18. WorldInEyes

    June 5, 2020 at 10:57 am

    what an amazing personality he is..i haven’t ever heard of him until i read this..Such inspiring and interesting would love to know bout him…

  19. sumit walia

    June 5, 2020 at 11:37 am

    so much accomplished in one lifetime. truly Sifu Lamar Burno is indeed one in a million

  20. Cyndi Buchanan

    June 5, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Sounds like an incredible instructor. My kids really enjoyed Tae Kwon Do when they took classes.

  21. Mary

    June 5, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    I have never heard of Sifu Burno, but I was really impressed to read about all his achievements. Great job with the article.

  22. Gervin Khan

    June 5, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Your truly such an amazing man, you definitely inspire others to be their better self.

  23. Ceci Rey

    June 5, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Speechless…what a resume and background. If you are in that area…take advantage of this talented person!

  24. Tracy @ Cleland Clan

    June 5, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    I love that he gives back to his community so much. He sounds like a great role model.

  25. Celebrate Woman Today

    June 5, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Learning from different teachers of their techniques in Taekwando allows each student to perfect their own ways and develop their unique approach to this Art.

  26. Razena

    June 6, 2020 at 7:04 am

    If I had an opportunity to learn martial arts I would want Sifu Burno as my teacher. He appears to be an accomplished multiskilled trainer.

  27. Monidipa

    June 6, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Wow Keshia, it really feels good to see that Sifu Lamar Burno has done so much! However, I liked his approach towards life and accepting challenges.. God Bless!

  28. catha uy

    June 6, 2020 at 10:19 am

    i love martials arts and i practice Arnis, a Filipino old way of combat, Sifu Lamar Burno is such a wonderful inspiration for all martial arts lover.

  29. Hannah

    June 6, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Sifu Lamar Burno is just so inspirational! These are the types of role models we need nowadays!! Also, I wonder it was like to be a celebrity bodyguard?!

  30. Neil Alvin

    June 7, 2020 at 12:40 am

    Nice! I learned something new about an icon in Martial arts. Sifu Lamar.

  31. aisasami

    June 7, 2020 at 8:36 am

    What an inspiration to all those who practice martial arts. Reading Sifu Bruno’s story, I really look up to him as a lower belt student.

  32. Michele

    June 7, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Sifu Lamar Burno has done a lot for the community. He has accomplished so much. Congrats to him.

  33. Blair villanueva

    June 7, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Sifu Burno seems a very hardworking and down to earth man. Very inspirational.

  34. Sushmita

    June 8, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    This story is so inspiring! Sifu Burno is definitely a star!


    June 8, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    Each style has its advantages, and it is always up to the practitioner to take it to the highest level. Good work Sifu Burno has been doing.

  36. Elizabeth O

    June 17, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Sifu Bruno sounds really a great instructor and he inspiring too on how dedicated him.


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