My workshop had a good crowd for 8am today, about 20 people showed up to learn about martial arts and self defense. Zoomed through drills and techniques from JKD, Silat, Savate, Muay Thai, Capoeira and FMA....brief talk on self defense and I was out of time. My favorite moments were when the Hawaiian family from my Polynesian Games workshop on Wednesday showed up. All four kids were dressed out in there Karate Gi's and belts, and at the end they all came up to me, the two older boys bowed and shook hands. When the little girl came up I bowed, she bowed...then came up and hugged me! Cutest thing ever. Check out the photos below to see the workshop. Thank you to Tom Parry who was my reluctant assistant and photographer!!
8am tomorrow I shall be teaching on the beautiful Kahuku Terrace at the Turtle Bay Resort of North Shore Oahu, HI. My class will be "Intro to Martial Arts and Self Defense" I am going to attempt to show/teach 7 different arts (JKD. Silat, Savate, Muay Thai, Capoeira, FMA and Hapkido) in 50 minutes....possible?
My intention is to show all the different bows and salutations and a simple drill from each one, then go over basic self defense tips....no time for messing around. Wish me luck :)
The British Ninja made an appearance at the memorial to the late Sifu Jerry Poteet today. Sifu Poteet was a student of Sigung Bruce Lee and has taught countless students and instructors for the past 60 years!! It was a very moving service with Jason Scott Lee breaking down while talking about his mentor and Linda Lee Cadwell speaking on his behalf also. While it was a very respectful service there was definitely underlying tones of the JKD nucleus vs. concepts argument. I will stick with Guro Dan's typical response in that I am too busy training to worry about it. One thing I will say is that while I did not know Sifu Jerry Poteet, he must have been a great man to elicit such beautiful words from so many people at the memorial.
The UCLA Martial Arts Leadership Team will be taking a 'field trip' down to the Legendary Inosanto Academy this evening to watch; Muay Thai, Silat, FMA and Jeet Kune Do Classes. Students will get to see over 60 years of martial arts history at the academy including Bruce Lee's own punching pad!!
UCLA Bruin Ninjas Summer Camp 2011
June 16th I will be presenting to the Southwest Regional American Alliance for Physical Health, Education, Recreation and Dance on Children's Martial Arts & Wellness. My presentation will include the first couple of episodes of a new documentary that I am Co-Producing with Greenline Mixed Media Arts. We will release the documentaries to the public one episode at a time in July.
The British Ninja
Jedi is my religion, Ninja is my profession.