sifu cosmo zimik

Sifu Cosmo began studying Burmese Thaing Kung Fu when he was 4 years old. 
He initially learned from his oldest brother, Aring, who was a Thaing practitioner.Later, he studied under Grandmaster Shimreigam Serou.

A Brief History About Cosmo Zimik

Brief History of Cosmo's Life:Born into a tribal war with India, trained as a black belt and street fighter from the age of nine, tortured and left for dead at the age of seventeen, Cosmo Zimik has an intimate, working knowledge of violence.During his long weeks of recovery, nursed to health by a total stranger deep in the jungle, the seed of the Empty Hand Revolution germinated in Cosmo’s mind.Four years of underground fight clubs, multiple contracts on his life and another near death experience forced Cosmo’s Empty Hand Revolution into full fruition. In a world hungry for power and drunk on violence, what does it mean to be a true warrior?

Read Cosmo's Story

The paragraph above is an excerpt from the book "Empty Hand Revolution: The Unfinished Life of Cosmo Zimik" by David Mark Brown.

You can view and purchase the book here

sifu cosmo zimik's proficiencies

6th Degree Black Belt, Thaing is a combination of Burmese Martial Arts which includes, Bando, Banshay, Naban, and Lethwei. Bando is a hand to hand unarmed combat style, Banshay a weapons based system, Naban which is wrestling, pressure points & joint manipulation, and Leithwei which is Burmese kick boxing, the art of 9 limbs.

Tae Kwon Do

7th Degree Black Belt, is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.
The Chitah JKD Global Federation has trained over 300,000 women in self defense around the world.

Sifu Cosmo has learned many different Martial Arts including: Burmese Thaing | Indian Martial Arts |  Chinese Kung Fu | Qin Na (pressure points and joint locks) | Muay Thai Kick Boxing and weapons. Some of the weapons include:  Swords | double swords | sticks |  long staff | khukri, knife, and spears.

What We Do

KTVB Channel 7 News Story About
Sifu Cosmo & Empty Hand Combat

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“They come from tough backgrounds; single parent households, gang affiliations and abuse. At the gym, Cosmo Zimik tells them they are warriors and trains them to be champions in martial arts. But something else happens when Zimik and other volunteers spend time with them — they learn they have something worth fighting for both inside and outside of the gym. For many, that’s enough to turn their lives around.”

Idaho Press Tribune, April 30, 2013

“The kids of the world have Cosmo Zimik watching their backs.”


Idaho Business Review, March 30, 2010 


Cosmo from Empty Hand Combat has graciously hosted Kids from City Light Home for Women and Children every summer for many years! He teaches them to love themselves and God. He gives them self control and love and never lets them leave with out a good role model to look up to. I would recommend Cosmo and his Dojo whole heartledly !!!

Kendell T.


Our grandchildren started at the dojo 2-1/2 years ago, and I can't say enough good things about the training they have received. It has helped with their interpersonal skills, they physical fitness, and their work at school. I can't think of a part of their lives that hasn't been improved upon because of the lessons they're taught each week. Cosmo and his staff have been a true Godsend in their lives!

Sandy j.


I've known Cosmo for over two years now, and I love Empty Hand Combat and the sister gym Empty Hand Warrior Muay Thai. There is so much they offer. This is not only a martial arts gym with experienced teachers, but they offer opportunity for amazing challenges (such as fights outside of the state), outlets for helping the community, and an environment to create quality friendships. Thank you Cosmo and Sarah!!

Jessica m.