Claremont Karate Kung Fu

Claremont Karate Kung Fu

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As a martial artist with over 40 years experience  I provide private and very small group lessons in Kyokumaru, ultimate circle, karate and Southern Chinese White Crane Kungfu. All of my instruction places its emphasis on real world defensibility.

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Upland, CA 91786
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

With any new student, I believe the most important thing to do is listen. I listen to your voice and to your intention. I will listen carefully to your hopes, fears, dreams and ambitions. I will listen to your body as it responds to my instruction. I take every consideration in tailoring a program to each students needs, goals, learning style and growth potential. I believe that the best martial artists are fashioned one of the time by hand. As a result I only teach private lessons and small groups.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I began trasining in 1969. I have been teaching the martial arts in one form or another since 1985. Kyokumaru, (Ultimate Circle) karate is the fruit of decades of research and development. Currently, I am the only authorized instructor of Feeding Crane kung fu as recognized by the world governing body Feeding Crane kung fu International.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My base rate is $50 per session. That being said, my actual fee varies from student to student. My mission statement is simple - To empower people and enrich their lives through martial arts.- Money is only one of many considerations and frankly, not the most important.

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What types of students have you worked with?

Every type imaginable

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

On May 2, 2014 I checked into Cedars-Sinai for bilateral total hip replacement surgery. On May 4 at 2:30 PM the doctor came into my room and said, "Congratulations sensei! You just broke the Cedars-Sinai record for leaving the hospital after a double hip replacement surgery'. I said, "Doc, I've been training for this my whole life." One year.and one day after my surgery I won the silver medal in the mens sparring division 35 yrs & older at the prestigious Ozawa Cup In Las Vegas Nevada

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

The first session with me is always free. We could take up to two hours to decide if we resonate. Do your research. Have a very clear vision of what you want from the martial arts and convey that vision to every potential instructor. Listen to your instincs.  Ask questions and listen attentively. Take as many free introductory sessions as you can until you find the instructor who will motivate you and guide you in the direction of your intention.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Ask the teacher to talk about their teaching philosophy. Ask them what they feel is the primary purpose of the martial arts. Ask them to explain their combat philosophy. Equally as important as asking the right questions, is giving us the right information. Tell us about your needs. Tell us about your health. Tell us about your hopes and fears and any trepidation you might have about entering into this journey. Most importantly, pay very close attention to how we listen.