The Official IKTHOF Training Center

Private Class Regular Class

Part Time Hero

One annual fee and $20/class
Low commitment for the occasional hero

Regular Hero

Eight 90 minute classes per month
Choose what you want to learn and master

Super Hero

Twenty 90 minute classes per month
Learn everything! Impact, projectile, flex, edged and unarmed systems and apply to be part of our elite team!

The Superhero Foundry

Become a Superhero or just look like one at the first, real world Superhero Training Center and the first professional indoor knife and axe throwing range in Las Vegas, NV (Established in 2014). We are also the Official Training Center of the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame!

 The ONLY professional indoor knife throwing center recognized and respected by the largest knife & axe throwing organizations and clubs in the world – IKTHOF (International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame – U.S.A.), Eurothrowers (European Throwing Club Flying Blades), KATTA (Knife and Tomahawk Throwers Association – UK) and Le Mans Habilis (France). Operated by 11 time World champion Knife Thrower, undefeated stick fighting champion and Master Instructors, Melody Joy Cuenca and TJ Cuenca – “The World’s Highest Ranked Knife Throwing Couple”. Combined experience of over twenty years in the knife & axe throwing arts.  Certified master instructors with the IKTHOF.  Our instructors have competed and won championships in the USA, Canada, France, Italy, and England.

RESULTS OF 2017 IKTHOF US Nationals Knife & Tomahawk Throwing ProAm Championships – HERE

 What is a ‘superhero’?  We use the term ‘superhero’ as a metaphor that refers to a state of personal excellence, fitness and community service that is above and beyond the comfort level of the average human. HEROES is an acronym that stands for health, enthusiasm, responsibility, outreach, excellence, and safety. A SUPERHERO has all of that, and more.  They also have the willingness and drive to help humanity in a very positive way.

MISSION STATEMENT: To educate, train and inspire gifted human beings to extend beyond their self-imposed limitations and actively make a positive change in the world we live in by transforming their minds, bodies, and spirits into that of true superheroes.

Specializing in:

  • Precision Projectile Throwing (Knife, Axe, Tomahawk, Shuriken, Shaken, and more)
  • Ocho Kantos Kali – A Filipino Warrior Art System
  • Survival Parkour
  • Cosplay weapons fabrication and sales
  • Cosplay Prop Construction
  • Comic, Anime & Manga Culture

Meet the Team

Your guides to the world of superheroes

CEO / Chief Instructor

Dr. T. J. “Guro Jon” Cuenca originally of Iloilo City, Philippines, has studied martial arts since 1976. His main style is Ocho Kantos Kali with specialization in improvised weaponry, blades and impact weapons. He graduated with a degree in Dental Medicine in 1992, and is the director of The Superhero Foundry and CEO of Tribal Advantage Systems International in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The primary system fighting system used is known as Ocho Kantos Kali (OKK). OKK is an authentic Filipino martial arts style derived from the Moro style of FMA, and founded in the southern Philippines in the province called Mindanao.  The  art was nearly lost throughout the history of Spanish rule, and is now taught by only a select few around the world, including Punong Guro Jon who is a master in the system.

Punong Guro Jon Cuenca is ranked in the top 100 Living FMA instructors by the Filipino Martial Arts Museum and a member of the World Filipino Martial Arts Association. He is a Master Knife and Tomahawk Throwing Instructor under the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame and an Expert level Knife thrower in the IKTHOF.  He is also a nine time Blade Sport Champion and an Undefeated Live Stick Fighting champion in over 52 live stick fights.


CFO, Chief Throwing Instructor

Melody Joy ‘Montana Hale’ Cuenca is the wife of Dr. T. Jon Cuenca and the CFO of the Superhero Foundry.

Melody Joy ‘Montana Hale’ Cuenca is the #1 adult female knife thrower in the world and an eleven-time world champion. She recently defended her title as the 2016 Overall Women’s Knife Throwing Champion in Maniago, Italy.  She was the 2015 Overall Women’s World Champion in Knife and Axe Throwing in Nottinghamshire, England in August 2015 and in Callac, France in 2014.  As a 10 year veteran of the International Knife Throwers’ Hall of Fame, this three-time inducted member won the Walk Across Texas (accuracy throwing) at the 2013 IKTHOF Championships on Nov 1-3, 2013 in Blanco, Texas and tied the world record once held by ‘Top Shot’ host, Todd ‘Jack Dagger’ Abrams.

Melody’s resume reads like a Who’s Who of Extremely Dangerous people. She graduated from the world famous United Stuntman’s Association program in 2002, learning armed & unarmed stage combat, footfalls, stair falls, air ram, precision driving, horse falls, rock climbing, fire burns, speed drops, wire work, rappelling and high falls. She was also part of the Las Vegas Movie Masters stunt and demo team that was owned and operated by her now-husband, Dr. TJ Cuenca

To learn more about Melody click this link for an article in the Las Vegas Sun:


And here is another article about Masters Jon and Melody Joy on


And another on the SOG site:


Ranked the Number One Adult Female Knife Thrower in the World



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