JKD Kickboxing Gung Fu

JKD Kickboxing Gung Fu

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29 years in business

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Second generation instructor from Sigung Bruce Lee through the Oakland JKD School lineage of Sifu James Yimm Lee now teaching private classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students and practitioners of the martial arts. Classes are tailor-made to match your level of fitness, skill, ability, desire, and goals.

I have been teaching mostly private classes of 1-4 students since 2010. Before that, I ran a kwoon (called dojo in Japanese) teaching large classes of students in Denver, Colorado; then Los Angeles, California; then Ashland-Medford, Oregon. My way of instruction will rocket launch your aspiration to become a full-fledged martial artist. I always told my many student in the 90's to early 2000's how taking classes 3x week for at least six months would turn you into the equivalent of a black-belt. They corrected me and said, "Sifu, it's actually three months." In short, that's how fast they got good in full-contact self-defense. (In JKD, the only ranking is based on the time you began -- not a colored belt). Meaning your skill would be comparable if not superior to many others PLUS you would have a full grasp and understanding of how every "style" or "system" of martial arts that exist out there fit into the flow of empty hand or armed combat. Within that time frame, there is a lot of instruction in CQC (Close Quarters Combat) included as well practice in all four ranges of hand-to-hand combat. 

1.    All beginners start with Boxing 101 – Fundamentals of and Intro to Boxing – (13-class module) An interwoven connection between lecture, theory, and practice leading to increased kinesthetic awareness and body memory. You will learn stances, form, balance, movement, punching, combinations, et al training with focus gloves and learning contact sparring. You will be a confident novice boxer at the end of the first 13-classes.

I also teach T'ai Chi and Chi Gung -- and you will see its incorporation in the self-defense I teach. NO ONE else teaches this way. The unseen power to all external methods is rooted in T'ai Chi and Chi Gung. I am a practitioner of the Beijing style, the Yang style, Wu style, and am currently studying the Wudang style. My roots are from the Taoist Institute. And for those interested in strictly T'ai Chi and Chi Gung, I also teach them separately.

IMPACT one or two-day Immediate Self Defense Classes are also offered for the non-martial artist, novice, young teen, women, too-busy-professional or worker to learn confidence, awareness and the real ability to defend yourself in this short training intensive. You will be a changed person for the good and even better. You may make the practice of martial arts a way of life.

The Jeet-Kune Do I teach I also call Shen Chi (heavenly life-force) Gung Fu. These teachings incorporate the internal arts to develop power, fluidity, and Chi; the external arts to develop form, structure, and sensitivity; meditation to develop deep awareness of the Spirit and to attain no-mind; movement to develop speed, flow, and aliveness; and mind to direct the will and unite the esoteric and exoteric bodies. While you will learn to use every anatomical weapon you have at your disposal, you will, more importantly, learn and tap into the subtle energy field that pervades the environment and the potential battleground, whether in your inner being or the outer world.

Sifu Rolando’s lineage in Jeet Kune Do Gung Fu stems from the Oakland school of James Yimm Lee under Sifu Ted Wong & Sifu Charles Taveras, the Los Angeles JFJKD school of Guro Dan Inosanto, and the JFJKD Grappling school of Sifu Larry Hartsell. He began training in boxing, judo, and arnis as a teenager. His many other instructors and teachers include: Sifu Hoover Chan, Wing Chun; Sifu Carl Totton, T’ai Chi & Chi Kung; Professor Salem Assli, La Savate-Boxe Francaise; and the late great Besar Pendekar Herman Suwanda, Mande Muda Pencak Silat. He continues to study the writings and teachings of Sifu Paul Vunak JFJKD trapping (Progressive Fighting Systems), Master Hua-Ching Ni, Chinese Internal Arts; and Dr. Yang Jwing Ming, Chinese Internal & Martial Arts. He continuously studies, practices, trains, and teaches elements from Chinese and Western Boxing, Wing Chun, Savate, Jiujitsu, Judo, Muay Thai, Pencak Silat, Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), and Chinese Internal & Martial Arts.

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  • Christian Alan

    Working with Sifu Rolando has helped me transform into a much wiser and confident man by helping me understand my true purpose in life. Our practices in tai chi continue to evolve week after week and with them come excellent life lessons in understanding the benefits and science behind tai chi and meditation. Sifu Rolando is a wise man, a great instructor and I’m grateful he has also become a close friend. I highly recommend Sifu Rolando if you are truly trying to make a positive change in your life and become the best version of yourself. Christian.

  • Tiff Artis

    Sifu Rolando's 13 session program is amazing! I was all over the place when I first started with him. I truly feel transformed not just with my martial arts, but in my whole life. Working with Sifu has made me more aware of myself, and more in control of myself. I can't thank him enough for the time he put into teaching me the history of JKD, and how to protect myself in real life situations. I feel transformed from Day 1 to Day 13. I went from scared sparring, to warrior sparring. What a great instructor! I can't wait to get started on my next 13 session program after the holidays. I am a lifetime client for sure. Great service! Thanks Sifu!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1. Phone interview 

2. 30-minute Intro and preliminary session

3. Training determined, agreed on, and contract term signed

4. Term can be weekend intensive or regular scheduled thirteen (13) 1-hour class module: Boxing & Striking; IMPACT Immediate Self-Defense training

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

46-years of dedicated martial arts training since age 13. Learned by order and continually: boxing, judo, kickboxing, wing chun, t'ai chi, chi gung, arnis, kali, escrima, jiu jitsu, savate, pencil silat, hsing i, Muay Thai, and Systema.

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

For 2020, I am offering an incentivized discounted rate of $30 per class, a minimum 13-class module.

How did you get started teaching?

Primary instructor for Colorado JKD Gung Fu Club, 1992-1995.

Head instructor for Los Angeles JKD Gung Fu Club, 1996-2007.

Head instructor for Rogue Valley JKD Gung Fu Academy, 2007-2016.

Head Instructor, Mission Valley Boxing Club, 2019-Present.

What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds. Beginner. Intermediate. Advanced.

Teach black belts from other traditions. Teacher of teachers from other disciplines or traditions and within the JKD family.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I-JKD Competition produced by colleague Sifu Paul Swaim Louis

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

Know yourself (as much as you can) and what you really want in life.

Interview an instructor to see how their very being and background matches up to you and your goals.

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