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Antonio LaMotta biography: 13 things about Shinobi Kai Kenjutsu founder from Virginia

Antonio Paredes LaMotta

Antonio Paredes LaMotta

Antonio Paredes LaMotta is a multilingual martial artist from Virginia, United States. He is the founder of Shinobi Kai Kenjutsu, which sets the highest standards on the precepts of philosophy and techniques in the art of swordsmanship and martial arts.

LaMotta is a crisis response, security, fugitive recovery agent, bodyguard, security contractor. He works for Nationwide Investigations and Security, a security services firm based in Houston, Texas, USA.

“He’s a very devoted guy,” Nationwide Investigations and Security CEO Allen Hollimon said of him in an interview with CNN. “I’ve never had an issue with him. He’s not a threat.”

La Motta speaks English, Spanish, Filipino, Japanese, German and Arabic. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. He was born in 1959.
  2. He is a resident of Chesapeake, Virginia. He used to live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. From August 2014 to May 2019, he was a facilities maintenance technician for Chesapeake.
  3. He was a member of the U.S. Army.
  4. He is related to Kimberly A. LaMotta and Joseph M. LaMotta.
  5. He enjoys martial arts, hiking, canoeing, painting, drawing, writing, designing, constructing and playing the guitar.
  6. On September 18, 1993, he founded Shinobi Kai Kenjutsu. The name was given by  Japanese American martial artist and actor Tadashi Yamashita, who is also known as Bronson Lee.
  7. On July 4, 1995, he conducted a Shinobi Kai Kenjutsu class with Yamashita.
  8. In 2009, he graduated from Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach where he earned his associate degree in drafting and design.
  9. He supported 45th U.S. president Donald Trump and Virginia senator Amanda Chase. He took to social media to promote QAnon, an unfounded conspiracy theory claiming that Trump is waging a secret war against elite pedophiles in business, the government and the media. He walked down the steps of the Virginia State Capitol close to Chase on February 17, 2020, the day she announced her run for governor of Virginia in 2021, making her the first ever female Republican candidate for governor in the state.
  10. He is a member and ambassador of Vets for Trump, which was founded by his fellow Chesapeake resident Joshua Erick Macias
  11. Days before the 59th quadrennial U.S. presidential election, he told his supervisor at Nationwide Investigations and Security that he needed leave for an “assignment” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Using his silver Hummer, he and Macias travelled from Virginia to Philadelphia with another woman to “deliver a truck full of fake ballots” to Philadelphia and “straighten things out.”
  12. In the evening of November 5, 2020, he and Macias were arrested for illegally carrying a gun outside the Philadelphia Convention Center, the vote counting center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He had a 9mm Beretta in a holster while Macias had a .40-caliber Beretta handgun inside his jacket and an assault-style rifle and 160 rounds of ammunition were found in his Hummer. They were charged with concealed firearm without a license and carrying a firearm on public streets or public property, which are a third-degree felony and a first-degree misdemeanor, respectively.
  13. On November 6, 2020, he and Macias were arraigned and a judge set bail at $750,000 each.

(This is a developing story. More details will be added soon.)

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