Professor Vee left with Professor Petronelli

Petronelli's Te Combat Kuntao Ju Jitsu                  Soke Richard Petronelli, 10th Degree Jūdan 十段


Now also Tuhon (named so by Grand Tuhon Supreme Leo Gaje in Sept 2016 at a ceremony in Johnston RI at Petronelli's Dojo) , Soke, Richard Petronelli resides in North Providence, Rhode Island. He has devoted his life to the practice of martial arts and is a life time student (never stops learning.) At the age of five, his father, Mike, introduced him to Mr. John Lee with whom he trained in the art of Jiu-Jitsu until the age of ten. 
Shortly thereafter, Richard trained under Master Peter Deblaiso in traditional Karate. It was during this time that he met Master Peter Rogers. Thus began a 15-year training relationship in which he learned trust, discipline, respect and most of all – harmony. He received a 4th Dan from Master Peter Rogers in Koba-Ryu.

Richard's progressed while training with Professor John Wooten, as well with other great masters and professors including Master Shoon Yip in Kung Fu, Master Charlie Hu, and Master Chong L. Woo. His martial arts knowledge includes styles in Karate, Kung Fu, Combat Jiu-Jitsu, Wing Chung, Monkey Style Kung Fu, One Touch Knockouts and Judo.

​​In 1987, Professor John Wooten introduced Richard to the late Professor Florendo M. Visitacion, known to his students and friends as “Professor Vee.” During this time, Richard trained with Professor Talib Mohammed.

On May 4th, 1994 Richard received his 10th Dan from Professor Vee.  Their relationship became a close bond that lasted until Professor Vee’s passing on January 4th, 1999. Richard, now Professor Petronelli, once again made the three-hour drive to the Bronx, New York – where he had learned the art of Vee-Arnis-Jitsu – "The System of Systems" – to pay tribute to this great man. "Professor Vee taught me much more than how to punch or kick. I was taught about life – and how to give unselfishly the pearls of wisdom to my students. Martial arts is not a profitable entity, but a way of life and devotion of love for me. One that I hope will impact and inspire my students to continue."

In March of 1999 Professor Petronelli was nominated for and inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He also received his Doctorate Degree in Martial Arts from Dr. Miguel E.A. moore, Ph.D, Sc.D, P.S.A. President/Founder/CEO, W.M.A.H.O.F.

November 5th of that same year he tested and successfully presented his system in front of the World Head Council – the same board in front of which Professor Vee himself tested. With the completion of this, he earned his Sokeship and 10th degree in his own system,Te Combat Kuntao JuJitsu.

​Soke Professor Petronelli’s accomplishments in his art also include inductions into both the United Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the Vee-Arnis-Jitsu Hall of Fame – both in 2003. He is a member of the Head Family Board of the International Society head Founders, an executive officer of the Kokon Ryu Bujutsu Renmei Federation, and has been elected Executive Chairman on the board of the
World Martial Arts Hall of Fame.