During the mid-sixties, Roldan started his journey into the world of martial arts. Born on November 2nd, 1951, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Roldan grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The neighborhood is also known as ALPHABET CITY, what used to be one of New York's most dangerous communities.
In his martial arts life, Roldan first studied GOJU-RYU under Master Owen Watson. After realizing Roldan had potential , Watson introduced him to Grand Master Frank Ruiz (founder of NISEI GOJU) for advance training and further development. The time spent with Grand Master Ruiz, proved to be a turning point for Roldan's martial arts education as he was elevated to Chief Instructor of NISEI GOJU After mastering NISEI GOJU, Roldan was sent by Ruiz to learn more about practical application of the GOJU KATAS and advance teaching skills from Supreme Grand Master Peter Urban (founder: USA/URBAN GOJU). During this time, Roldan was sent to study SAMURAI JU JIT-SU under its founder Grand Master Peter Siringano Sr. Grand Masters Ruiz and Siringano were known as the Damon and Pythias of the martial world. In the mid seventies, Roldan was fortunate to be granted permission to study VEE-ARNIS-JITSU under its founder , Prof. Florendo MaCalruz Visitacion. In 1979, Grand Master Ruiz retired to Florida and appointed Roldan to be the Head Master of the NISEI GOJU-RYU WORLD HEADQUARTERS in New York City.
Continuing the evolution of Nisei Goju, Roldan added the elements of ju jitsu and stick fighting, broadening the art created by the Great Grand Master Frank Ruiz. Roldan credits the martial arts for giving him the discipline to struggle for a better life.
|Roldan became a man in the martial arts. A Physical Educator for the Board of Education of the City of New York, Roldan received his bachelors and masters work in New York's Hunter College. His research and study have brought him to the Philipines, Israel, the Caribbean, and other parts of the world. A founding member of the World Eskrima Arnis Federation, Roldan was also a member of the 1989 U.S.A. Eskrima Team at the World Champions in Cebu City and Manila in the Philippines. A student of some of the pioneers of the American Martial Arts Movement, Grand Master Roldan travels around the United States and the world hosting seminars in Nisei Goju-Ryu karate, ju jit-su , Nisei Arnis Jitsu, kata application, and Kobudo(oriental weapons).|