BILL "SURFACABRA" COBB
CONGRATULATIONS SIFU DAVIS FOR HAVING A FEATURE ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2017 ISSUE OF BLACK BELT MAGAZINE!
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SUMMER 2017 TRAINING CAMP AND INSTRUCTOR TRAINING CAMP A SUCCESS
SOME MINOR ADDITIONS WILL BE MADE SOON TO THE HARDCORE JEET KUNE DO SCHOOL CURRICULUM INCLUDING MOOK JONG MATERIAL
WHAT IS SURF DRAGON GUNG FU?
Surf Dragon Gung Fu is my own expression of training in the Hardcore Jeet Kune Do system of Sifu Lamar M Davis II. This awesome body of research incorporates Sifu Davis' lifelong training, research and devotion to all phases of Bruce Lee's martial arts from Hong Kong to Seattle, Oakland, LA Chinatown, and everything in between! This comprehensive art encompasses western style boxing and fencing principles with a strong base of Wing Chun gung fu and massive modification based on Bruce Lee's own unique inspirations, research and methods.
ABOUT SIFU LAMAR M DAVIS II
Sifu Davis' credentials, certifications and experience are extensive. I could not do it justice in a few sentences so I encourage you to read about it on his official website at: SIFU DAVIS BIOGRAPHY
MAGAZINE COVER APPEARANCES BY SIFU LAMAR M DAVIS II
WHAT IS YOUR HISTORY OF TRAINING WITH SIFU DAVIS?
I began training under Sifu Davis in Hardcore Jeet Kune Do in 1999. I was immediately impressed by the techniques and highly interested in the Wing Chun material as well as the fast striking and kicking methods displayed by Sifu Davis and his students!
Over the years I have been fortunate enough to get to experience training at sessions with many of Bruce Lee's original students including 2000 and 2001 Nucleus events (at which many of his Bruce Lee's students led workout sessions) and seminars with Jerry Poteet, Steve Golden, and Ted Wong. My experiences have validated for me that the Hardcore Jeet Kune Do curriculum developed by Sifu Davis is the most authentic, complete set of research and training practices available related to Bruce Lee's JKD. I also got to observe again and again the deep level of respect and friendship which Bruce Lee's original students held towards Sifu Davis. Sifu Davis is the real deal, and he teaches the real stuff. Methodically, correctly, effectively, in depth.
IS THERE A SURF DRAGON GUNG FU SCHOOL?
Not yet! Perhaps one day. If I reach a point that I feel my skill is at a full instructor level sufficient to run a school and properly represent and teach all phases of the art at all levels from beginner to advanced, and there is a demand or need within the community for such instruction, it could happen. It would continue to be under the direction and authority of Sifu Davis and the Hardcore Jeet Kune Do Chinese Gung Fu Association and would serve to celebrate and perpetuate this art.
WHAT IS YOUR LEVEL OR RANK WITHIN THE HARDCORE JEET KUNE DO ORGANIZATION?
I am an Apprentice Instructor Level II, familiar with the basic Intermediate Student Level material and qualified to teach it to others.
Certificates from various training camps and events taught by Sifu Lamar M Davis II from 2000 to 2017. Training in Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Davis and his students has been a valuable enrichment to my life!
WHERE CAN I ATTEND A SEMINAR OR TRAINING CAMP?
Sifu Lamar M Davis II holds seasonal training camps, classes and special events at his private instruction facility in Oneonta, Alabama. For more information see his website at:
HARDCORE JEET KUNE DO CHINESE GUNG FU ASSOCIATION
There you will find a large amount of excellent free articles and training material as well as contact information so that you can communicate with Sifu Davis directly. Sifu Davis also travels performing seminars and training camps throughout the United States and in other countries such as England, Ireland, Canada, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
CAN I GET INSTRUCTION FROM YOU?
As an apprentice level 2 instructor I am authorized to teach Beginning and Intermediate material from the Hardcore Jeet Kune Do curriculum. If you have a serious interest in this art and are willing to study some of the basic articles and material available for free on the Hardcore Jeet Kune Do Web site (www.hjkdcgfa.com) then I'm sure we could work something out.
DO YOU SURF?
I am an avid surfer since catching my first wave at Waikiki at the age of 10. Florida offers a variety of waves suitable for longboard and shortboard and whenever the surf is good, I hope to be on it! Surfing is excellent as a complementary training for Jeet Kune Do particularly in the areas of balance, timing and overall conditioning. The cosmic connection with the energy of the waves and their propagation over long distances has deep philosophical resonance with our ideals as gung fu practitioners.
DO YOU PLAY SOME KIND OF MUSIC?
Yes I enjoy recording music and making surf videos. You can see that at
BILL SURF music and videos
ARE YOU FROM MARS?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE JEET KUNE DO TECHNIQUE?
Whatever technique I am training at the moment!
IS CHINESE CULTURE OR LANGUAGE NECESSARY TO STUDY THIS ART?
The art that forms the foundation for Jeet Kune Do is the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun gung fu. Therefore we have a cultural affinity and respect for the Chinese origins and traditions. We do not train wearing traditional uniforms and we generally conduct training in a practical and non-traditional manner, however we do extensively employ Chinese terminology for the various kicks, punches, and other techniques. Many of these terms can be seen for reference at: HARDCORE JEET KUNE DO TERMINOLOGY
ARE THERE ANY UPCOMING EVENTS I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?
The 2017 Hardcore Jeet Kune Do Fall Training Camp will be held on October 27, 28 and 29 at Sifu Davis' private martial arts academy in Oneonta, Alabama.
I hope to be there! Contact me for more info or feel free to contact Sifu Davis directly through his main school page:
HARDCORE JEET KUNE DO CHINESE GUNG FU ASSOCIATION
RETROSPECTIVE: 2017 HARDCORE JEET KUNE DO SPRING TRAINING CAMP AND INSTRUCTOR CAMP - - PICTURES AND THEMES
CORE GROUP OF INSTRUCTOR TRAINEES AROUND SIFU DAVIS - - PARTICIPANTS IN THE WEEKLONG INSTRUCTOR TRAINING CAMP
Needless to say the training was a "blast" but extra in-depth both from a historical and practical standpoint. Because it was an instructor trainee class, we could move quickly through material and both cover and practice a lot.
Training began with historical foundation of Bruce Lee's fighting method and the major areas of his training were evaluated for their influence into the entirety of his fighting arts as he is KNOWN to have practiced them in different stages of his life. Yes this includes Wing Chun which he was practicing up through the very end of his life.
The major influences of Wing Chun, Fencing, Western Boxing, and other gung fu styles were shown in their Jeet Kune Do applications.
The school is looking great. Floors, walls, mook jongs, shelving for training gear etc are all in great shape and laid out in the most functional setup yet.
Sifu Davis was in no mood for messing around when it came time for practice. His burning desire to perpetuate the highest level of training in the PROVEN REALITY of Bruce Lee's martial art was evident day after day. As potential future instructors of this art, we were charged with knowing not only how to perform and teach but why it is so and where the influence of each technique comes from.
On the last day a group from VALOR JKD joined and the training intensity increased another notch. It was a welcome experience to get to train with some large powerful guys and generally with a fresh group who had good skills. Fun!
So in summary the Hardcore Jeet Kune Do Summer Training Camp and Instructor Training Camp 2017 was an excellent event. In depth training in stance, footwork, strikes, kicks, stop kicks, and basic trapping was placed throughout in a historical context DOCUMENTED by photos, recollection and teaching of Bruce Lee's original students. By "Bruce Lee's original students" we mean not only the 5 of them who have certified Sifu Davis as a full instructor but the many others he has has the opportunity to communicate and train with. A curriculum build from and including all phases of Bruce Lee's art from his roots in the Hong Kong gung fu scene to his schools in Seattle, Oakland, and Los Angeles and to what he was doing, practicing and teaching others up through his last days as a movie star.
FROM MY LATEST READINGS AND RESEARCH
"Bruce demonstrated the effectiveness of his style by having me throw punches at him from any and all angles. He said, 'Hit me any way that you can.' I threw jabs, hooks, and haymakers as fast as I could, but none of them made contact. Each punch was blocked and I always ended up staring at the wrong end of Bruce's fist. Once he had shown me that he could stop all my punches from long range, he demonstrated that I was completely helpless at close range. Everytime that his hands made contact with mine, I was unable to do anything. His hands controlled mine with a kind of friction that stopped any kind of forward movement. Whenever I tried to nullify this friction by changing my angle of attack, Bruce would also change his angle of defense and my hands were still unable to move forward. I figured that if I wasn't able to get in, I would at least be able to get away. But when I tried to withdraw my hands I found that I wasn't able to pull them back without getting hit. Next I attempted to disengage and go around his hands, but this strategy was met with direct strikes to my chest. Before Bruce finished his demonstration of Wing Chun hand entrapment techniques, I was convinced that he could both hit and control me at will." - - - Jesse Glover, Bruce Lee's first student and assistant instructor, from his book "Bruce Lee" in which he tells about meeting and training with Bruce in Seattle Washington
THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN MY PAGE 'SURF DRAGON GUNG FU'. Whether you practice Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun, or any of their sub-branches I wish you the best in your quest for martial excellence.
I have found great fitness and awesome practical self defense benefits. As well as, being an apprentice level instructor trainee, give some basic instruction to people that really opened their eyes about what JKD is all about in terms of effectiveness. Also the Wing Chun roots give you superior infighting skills and is fun to train and gives you tools to shut things down.
I encourage you to dig deeply into these arts on an intellectual level, seek out the quality training and information from the best instructors and find ways to train it that are motivational to you. It definitely is good to structure your training around some core sources, and in particular your main source - - as in my case, the Hardcore Jeet Kune Do curriculum taught by Sifu Lamar M Davis II which encompasses all phases of Bruce Lee's fighting, training and teaching methods as passed on and related by his original students, his own training notes, photo and video documentation, etc.
HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?
Just send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or give me a call at: (321) 298-5290
A PERSONAL MESSAGE
I hope that whether your journey includes training in Jeet Kune Do or not, you will find a way to respond harmoniously to the energies you encounter in life. Whatever wave it is that you want to ride in life - - whether it is a goal you want to accomplish, something you want to build, achieve or experience - - Get out there and ride that wave!! -- - Bill