Guys, July and August (so far) was outstanding. July was a wild month for me personally. I was grateful to spend some time on Edisto Island , S.C. with my family. Where Master Ellen Hendrix helped me film some of the Tai Chi Curriculum. The kids had a great time throwing sand at each other and tormenting their aunt Susan.
However, as you know, I never make anything simple. Mid week of the vacation, I flew out of Charleston and headed to Las Vegas to the'Martial Arts Super Show ' where myself and several other Jeet Kune Do Instructors were assistants to Sigung Paul Vunak who was a guest speaker. Sigung Vunak was also hired to teach a seminar at a Krav Maga school and we also assisted him there. Vunak is world famous for his work with the Navy Seal teams and is the premier Jeet Kune Do instructor on Earth.
I came home and we had an incredible round of belt tests at all three schools with some brand new black belts! (see to the right for details).
Last week I took off to Dana Point (Doheny, California) to train with Paul Vunak while camping at the beach.
I arrived last Friday after flying all day, and we trained from 4pm until dark on weapons under the guidance of Sifu Thomas Cruse. We also spent time getting acquainted with each other and studying grappling footage.
Saturday was a long day. I got up a little before 6am and did a run just for myself and then helped set up for the morning workout which started around 7am and consisted of Indian body weight exercises and Mace bell (Ghada) swings with Sifu Harrinder Singh! We progressed through the day to Classical Jeet Kune Do training, involving a lot of trapping!
We had free practice which I spent on grappling and that night former Shooto (no holds barred) fighting champion, Mr. Erik Paulson came in and we worked on take downs and leg locks. He was assisted by James Wilks - UFC fighter and former winner of the Ultimate Fighter show.
Sunday morning we were back at working out with the Ghada at 7 am. Then we had a special guest - 3 times world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion - Marcel Louzado helped us with our ground game.
Later , on Sunday Sigung Vunak took us through Contemporary Jeet Kune Do Curriculum - both standing and in the ground fighting phase.
We wrapped up Sunday with a Law Enforcement Discussion. The camp was INCREDIBLE !
After 2 days of sleeping on the ground, Sunday night I headed to a hotel. A shower was long past due and I don't "gel" with bath houses.
Monday morning I was back up early and heading over to Ace Jiu Jitsu in Fountain Valley, California.
Here I would find Mr. Tim Cartmell, who is the authority in the U.S.A. on Sun family style Tai-Ji (tai chi). He is also a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu !
So, Monday morning I grappled with his class for an hour and a half. Then I sat in on a Bag-ua class (an internal Chinese system similar to Tai Chi). Then I moved into a block of private lessons with Mr. Cartmell concerning Sun Tai Chi. It was outstanding!
We finished up around 4 pm and I didn't know what to do with all my free time! :) So I took off to my find my kids a little present for their daddy taking nearly a week away from home. I got back to the hotel and made several notes on the trip.
Tuesday morning, I was back up early and off to Sifu Singh's house for a semi-private workout on Contemporary Jeet Kune Do principles and techniques!
After a couple hours, I got straight in the car and headed back to Ace Jiu Jitsu where I met up with Mr. Cartmell for more private Sun Tai Ji training.
After we finished, I grabbed a bite to eat and looked my biggest battle of the trip square in the eyes - prepared for the most dastardly of full contact combat.... The L.A. traffic !
I made my way back to the LAX airport. My flight left at Midnight and I finally got back to Greensboro on Wednesday morning around 11am. I grabbed a nap and headed on to Essential Martial Arts. Ahhhhhhh, it was like I was never gone.
Special thanks to my wife and kids for supporting me as I continue travelling to teach and train. I am very lucky to have that unselfish support system.
Not as comfortable as it looks !
Sifu Singh, Sifu Hendrix, Sifu Cruse
James Wilks and Monty Hendrix
Sigung Vunak and Sifu Hendrix
Training Group at the Camp.
Tim Cartmell and Monty Hendrix
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August 2000 - June 2011