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Wun Hop Kuen Do
Wun Hop Kuen Do was founded by Al Dacascos and is one of the four branch styles of the Kajukenbo Martial Art System. Thus, Wun Hop Kuen Do techniques identify with and are based on the Kajukenbo system. You can find additional information about Wun Hop Kuen Do look here. The literal meaning of Wun Hop Kuen Do is combination fist art style. This is a translation of the Cantonese Chinese dialect. In the Mandarin dialect the style would be "Quan Hur Chuen Dao". This martial arts style incorporates techniques from many different styles including Northern and Southern Kung Fu systems, Aikido, Judo, Jujitsu, Eskrima and many different styles of Karate. Since this style is always being developed, it is not a fixed system. This means that we are always striving to improve the style by incorporation and improvement of useful methods or techniques. In addition, the philosophy of remaining "unfixed" also applies to our defense techniques in that there is no defined response to a given situation, we attempt to fit the situation as it arises. This idea leads to self defense that is creative and allows one to think about what is the best response. We have many drills to allow practice of this type of fluidity and creativity that lead to the ability to respond reflexively to any situation. To me this is one of the primary things that set this style apart from most others, it is a martial art that asks you to think for yourself and use your own common sense to actually see what you should do next. This is in contrast to many other training methods where one is supposed to mimic techniques which many times are not practical except under very defined circumstances.
- What Is Wun Hop Kuen Do?
Although Wun Hop Kuen Do is not a fixed style it is a written system of techniques, training methods and philosophy. These principles and training methods are born out of the Kajukenbo system and Ch'uan Fa style (one of the four branch styles of Kajukenbo). The result is a system of training methods and maneuvers that teaches one to be system-less. You might say a system without a system. Because of its complex appearance one might feel that the study of Wun Hop Kuen Do might conflict with your present training system. However, we have a saying that "If it doesn't fit, then it is not Wun Hop Kuen Do". Thus, Wun Hop Kuen Do should have the ability to fit any situation at any time.
- My Martial Arts Classes
I am currently teaching classes in College Station, Texas, near Texas A&M University. If you are interested in learning Wun Hop Kuen Do you can email me. My classes are oriented toward practicality and street defense. This is due to the fact that I began teaching this style exclusively for street defense by the request of a friend of mine at Stanford University. However, there are certainly many other aspects of the Wun Hop Kuen Do art form. My experience in Wun Hop Kuen Do has been enhanced by the fact that I spent a great deal of time in other styles, including Escrima, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan, Blossom Fist and Jujitsu. Since Wun Hop Kuen Do incorporates techniques from almost any other style, this is an advantage, particularly when teaching students who have trained in other styles. For this reason, a large number of my students have black belts in other styles. My classes consist of aerobic, flexibility and strength training as well as technical, form and fighting instruction. Our fighting training is designed to improve both street and tournament fighting. My primary goal is to improve the self-defense capability of all of my students no matter what physical capability, background or level of experience they have. The result is more confidence, discipline and physical fitness in all of my students. This is my primary reward for teaching.
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- Other WHKD Webpages
Sifu Jason Goldsmith has opened a Wun Hop Kuen Do school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. You should check his school out.
The Wun Hop Kuen Do International Association has a very NICE website that is just full of useful information.
There is now a school in Wyoming under Sifu Ben Fajardo. You can get more information at his website.
There are a large number of Wun Hop Kuen Do schools in Germany. If you are from Germany or are visiting Germany, you should take the opportunity to look them up. You will find that this is a very good site. Wun Hop Kuen Do has a long history in Germany, you can read more look here.
- My Martial Arts Lineage
The lineage of a martial artist makes it clear where they are coming from. In other words, a martial artist is the result of the instructors that they have had. Each instructor has an influence on the expression of the style. This information is particularly important in a style such as Wun Hop Kuen Do that remains constantly changing.
My martial arts lineage is as follows:
Jeffrey D. Cirillo
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