No doubt many of you have seen, first hand, the need to have the skills to protect yourself. It might've been something relatively minor such as an angry person in a grocery store who simply would not let the situation slide and let cooler heads prevail. Or maybe you were walking in a parking lot by yourself and got caught unaware and found yourself in a fight for your life.
If you don’t have something like that in your past you probably know someone who does, and you can certainly sympathize with them. You’ve probably seen how those things effected your friend or family member and maybe you wondered how you’d deal with thing like that.
I know exactly how you feel from personal experience and I want you to know there’s a solution to this problem. I’m married with four children, so I’m keenly aware of how important it is to do right by your family, to provide for them and keep them safe and secure. What was once an academic exercise in my 20s has become “real life” in my 40s as my wife and I are raising our two daughters and twin sons.
Here’s the problem that keeps many people from receiving training. In a word, it’s intimidation.
It’s intimidating to walk into a martial arts school. You don’t know if it’s the right place for you, you don’t know anyone, you don’t know if the art they teach is effective, you don’t know the costs involved, and you don’t know if the instructor is a good fit for your needs.
And even if those things get dealt with, and you join a school, there’s the subtle and not-so-subtle pressure to become more and more engrossed in the subculture of martial arts schools, seminars, competitions, and the like. It’s a real, if not unintentional, problem that many schools create for the student who wants quality training.
Or, someone turns your attention to the latest high-speed/low-drag, tactically minded instructor, who had numerous deployments in the military, and can promise to make you just like him. In no time flat you’ll be wearing “operator” hats, pants, and shirts like a special forces soldier.
Look, the bottom line is that the overwhelming majority of people don’t necessarily want to immerse themselves in the martial arts subculture. They've got their lives and they like how they're living, they just want to know how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. What they need is someone who is familiar with the martial arts community but can also act as a liaison between that world and their own, to help them speak the language, if you will.
So is there a different way to go about teaching people self-defense? Is there a way to balance the harsh realities of street combat with the idea that you don’t have to engage in “total immersion” into the realm of violence?
The answer to these questions is a resounding YES! That’s EXACTLY why I’m reaching out to you now!
Like I told you earlier, I’ve taught people for nearly two decades. I’m obviously comfortable in the world of self-defense instruction and am familiar with violence and all of its consequences. I wouldn’t be a trustworthy teacher if I wasn’t. But I also know that there’s a world full of non-martial artists, regular folks who just want the best training they can get so that, God forbid something should happen, they’ll have the right tools in their toolbox.
The fact of the matter is that Bruce Lee, the founder of Jeet Kune Do (JKD, or “The Way of the Intercepting Fist”), was a pioneer in creating a strategy and developing tactics to be successful in street combat and self-defense. Further, his best friend and training partner, Dan Inosanto, took the ball and ran with it by adding the Filipino Martial Arts to JKD. Kali, or Escrima, utilizes sticks, knives, empty hand, and other techniques to bring a highly practical set of tools to what Bruce already brought into JKD.
My teacher, Sifu Paul Vunak, continues the legacy by adding Brazilian jiu-jitsu, an art made famous by the Gracie family and is an incredibly effective ground fighting art. Further, “Uncle Vu” brought other elements of the Filipino arts and blended them into his ground fighting strategy.
I’m confident that I can bridge the gap between the tough, gritty world of self-protection and the untrained but willing and motivated non-martial arts community. I love my martial arts brothers and sisters; they're family to me and they do great work for our community.
That is what "Self-Protection Mentorship" is, at its core. Balancing the important realities of self-protection with the equally important realities of everyday living. That's why I'm here and I invite you to commit to me so that I can commit to you.