I started training Self Defense in January of 2009 at a local MMA gym in Northern California. My interest was in self-defense, not MMA. I realized back then the importance of training something Stand Up and Ground. After what I call aggressive wrestling with submissions and Muay Thai for 4 months and being injured almost the whole time, I decided to spend more time training on my own at home. The Tao of Jeet Kune Do has great philosophies for self-training of all kinds and that book became my teacher. My wife began to train in Aikido, during that time which taught us some valuable techniques, however my brief training in MMA made me question the effectiveness against some people I had trained with. I tried standard boxing for a while, but still never found what I was seeking.
It was in January of 2010 that I saw an ad for a "JKD" teacher who turned out to be my first PFS (Progressive Fighting Systems) instructor. After 2 classes, I could see right away that this was practical and effective, as well as covered all aspects of a REAL fight.
It was June of 2010 that I first met Sigung Paul Vunak, one of Dan Inosanto's most dedicated students who carried on the development of Contemporary Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee's martial art philosophy). Listening to Paul's story opened my eyes to a world AND possibilities that I never imagined.
With Paul’s help, I have been able to pass on what I have learned to others who wish to have a better life. I first started on this Martial Arts path for self-defense, to protect my family if need be. My goals and life have changed so much since then, it is hard to explain, or recognize who that person was who first walked into that MMA gym. Jeet Kune Do gives one the ability to tie all of his or her talents into a concentrated focus, no matter what those talents might be. Sigung Paul Vunak was the most potent and valuable Jeet Kune Do instructor of our time. I would not be where I am today without his guidance in the ways of Jeet Kune Do.
Apprentice Instructor PFS March 2010
Phase 1 instructor Contemporary JKD October 2010
Full Instructor Contemporary JKD September 2014
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