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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).

...Fast Forward...

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.  

-Master H.

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Not as comfortable as it looks !

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Sifu Singh, Sifu Hendrix, Sifu Cruse
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James Wilks and Monty Hendrix

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Sigung Vunak and Sifu Hendrix

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Tim Cartmell

Tim Cartmell and Monty Hendrix




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General fitness can go a long way in helping you be able to protect yourself !  Even with basic defensive skills a fit person can be extremely successful in protecting themselves.  


On the other side of the coin I can't tell you how many extremely knowledgeable "Masters" I've seen that were so out of shape they would get tooled by any fit green belt in a straight up encounter.  


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Want to have the best kicks in the class?  Try this everyday for one month:

10 slow side kicks

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10 slow front kicks 

on each leg.


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Seminar with Mrs. Jade Hwang-Monroe in Jacksonville,NC

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Taekwon-Do students, on September, 24th, Grand Master Hwang's Daughter will be in Jacksonville, NC teaching a seminar. I will be going and want anyone who is interested to follow me down for this event.  Junior's under age, 18, your parents must go accompany you. More details will be coming soon!

-Master Hendrix





As most of you know, EMA hosts an annual
Fall Picnic every year.
This year the date has been set for October 22, 2011. Please make your plans NOW to join us for a ton of good food and great fun!  Lots of games and prizes too! Bring yourselves, loved ones and a covered dish to share





 A GREAT BIG THANK YOU  to all of our Summer Camp assistants without whom Summer Camp would not be such a ROCKIN' time!  

Julie Ossey, Tyler Williams,

Daniel McLaughlin and Gabby Hobson! 

Summer Camp 2011 


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 Junior students, find out about our summer attendance contest.


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  The more you come to class the more tickets you will get into our special drawing !

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The winning ticket in the drawing will receive a Friendly Center Gift Certificate and the drawing will be held at our annual fall picnic! 


Note: If you attended EMA's summer camp weeks # 1 or 2, then see an instructor for your bonus tickets.  



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August 2011 BB GSO

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Palmer VanEaton (1st Poome)

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 Chris Duong (1st Dan)


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Don't forget- If you have had PERFECT ATTENDANCE for the year, you qualify for the PERFECT ATTENDANCE RED JACKET!! 
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 Let us know about your group's upcoming event.  Our Demo  Team may be available to perform. 

Interested in joining the Demo Team?  Demo team meets the second Saturday of each month in Greensboro and Oak Ridge!  You must be at least 6 years old.

Board Breaking, Synchronized Forms, Weapons, Competition Strategies!!!

See either Master McKillican for info on the team meetings in Greensboro or Master Lewis for info on the team meetings in Oak Ridge.

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