Hello there, and welcome to the FMA and JKD workout group. The main focus of this group is to meet at least twice a week on a consistent schedule, and to offer anyone from those who wants to learn what these different fighting styles are about, to people who may already have a vast amount of experience a non-fee based group to meet with on a regular basis and train, practice and play with drills, and workout in general.
In short, kali is the U.S. name for the general fighting method in the Philippines- using everything and anything as weapons- from small sticks to 15-foot butterfly knives to plain old empty hands. JKD stands for jeet kun do (which translates to ‘way of the intercepting fist’), and is the conceptual style founded by Bruce Lee. Bruce had a saying which was “research your own experience, absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is uniquely your own creation”. In other words, this isn’t a traditional linear fighting style- it’s a way to learn to adapt to the energy of a fight, and how to train to best respond to it- as it works for YOU. Myself, I’ve been in kali for some time (about 14 years now, give or take), JKD for about 3 or 4, and absolutely love training and learning new drills and techniques.
But! I’m a full-time student living entirely off my GI Bill and other veteran benefits, and due to my tight budget, am very limited to who I can train with in the area. Currently, I train with Sifu Joe Purcell on a weekly basis, and have begun studying Sayoc curriculum. I plan to begin private lesson in Sayoc around the end of August, so until then I'm learning as much of the fundamentals as possible to help reduce that cost. I do drills and still train as best I can, but it’s always better to have a group to work with. So I decided to create this group for anyone and everyone. We are incredibly fortunate that Sifu Weicht in Bedford allows us to train at his school- his generosity has provided this group much aid. As well, we are fortunate to have Sifu Tracy Frost in our group. Tracy has been seriously involved in FMA and JKD since the late 80s or early 90s- about 5-7 years longer than I have. He brings an amazing blend of theory and practice- plus hilarious stories for other instructors in this field that just can't be found anywhere else. He honors this group with his knowledge and humble attitude.
In order to cover the cost of utilities that we use at the school, the cost is $20 a month per person. I began this group as a non-profit, and it remains so. Every penny from that $20 goes directly to the school. Cash or check works fine- if you're using a check, make it payable to Trinity of Champions. I keep an Excel spreadsheet of all dues paid, and if you'd like a receipt just ask and we'll get one to you.
While I do have a couple of instructor certifications for FMA and weapons instruction, this group isn’t about me trying sell myself into being anyone’s instructor. Obviously, people may join who know next to nothing of kali other than what they’ve seen in Book of Eli or the Bourne movies, so of course I’m hoping that through the experience of the people in the group we can help them learn how to work with sticks or knives (no sharpened blades though, let’s keep things safe and ER visit free) or sarongs or marongs or whatever weapons or empty hands we feel like doing. I will be glad to talk to anyone who’d like to train with me as an instructor, and also will be more than happy to help if some would prefer to be in a traditional classroom environment if they feel the group doesn't offer that, and will be more than happy to recommend other instructors in the area that might fill that need.
Like I said, I’m not trying to sell my skillset to anyone here. I will set a general regimen and have different plans for each meetup, so the group will have direction. We've already gone as a group to several seminars in and around Texas, as well as competed in full-contact stick fights. If this sounds like the kind of thing you'd be interested in, drop me a line or come on in!