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JKD In the Park

My cell if you get lost, etc.

My home phone for everything else



This is a Sunday on-going JKD/FMA/Martial Arts/Personal Defense workout Safety first is my primary rule.

To find the horseshoe pits, enter the park at the Stanyan Hayes Park entrance, follow the paved footpath until you reach the road. Turn right, walk up about a hundred yards and you will see a sign/staircase for the horseshoe pits.

Rain days are at the Chinese Pavilion (the gazebo on the Stowe Lake island just past the waterfall).  It is a bit less muni friendly, but car parking should be available on the lake for those who travel that way.

In it's favor, the location has nearby bathrooms, it feels more martial artsy, it can handle eight, is covered, so no rained out. But more importantly, great acoustics. It's bothered me practicing Sonny's stuff without music, this place solves that.


I am going to start allowing folks to spar/play - a major gear-shift from the self-defense/combatives scenario approach I have used since I started organizing this group. It is strictly optional. I am going to require three classes before I let you play.

The distinction I am making here is spar = without weapons, play = with trainer-weapons - rattan is basically banned.

As always, no fight club, no dog brothers.

(Several of you have taken exception to my no dog brothers rule, implying, "we're not all idiots." After all, a guy trained by  subject of a dog brother documentary, Sonny Umpad, and fracking punk-rock anarchist icon, Frank Discussion, should delight in training you to take out guys with batons in riot gear. Sadly, this is not the case.

The problem isn't the TFM or the dog-brothers, per say, the problem is its devotees tend to develop an attitude that becomes a problem.  The dog brother attitude/approach makes it difficult for some rare individuals within their ranks and on their periphery to know why they are training. Of the three people I've kicked to the curb/banned from this group, two fell into that category. The third was a mentally disturbed registered sex offender.

Highly recommend watching the original Japanese "Shall we dance," movie if you are still a bit confused about what I will and will not accept behavioral-wise.


People of all levels and different Martial Arts systems are welcome to attend. I emphasize, safety first, movement, flow, with broken rhythm, basic techniques and JKD terminology/language.


For those of you who don't know, is a useful resource for getting around on Muni, but kinda sucks unless you already know what bus routes you need.




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  • Gavin I.

    I do understand about the rain.

    March 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got it. Might make it out next Sunday due to the rain.

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where in the park?

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where in the lake?

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If it doesnt rain

    February 25, 2014

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