Do you see that barrel-chested guy with that massive metal mace? That's the Great Gama, Champion Wrestler of the Punjab. If you wanted to learn wrestling from Gama, you had to pass his challenge, perform 500 dand, aka "Hindu push-ups", and 1000 bethak, or squats.
That was just to start training with him!
Gama's exercise program was a huge influence on Bruce Lee's physical training. We find notes on it in the "Tao of Jeet Kune Do". These two exercises are almost a complete workout! So, this December at Maryland Jeet Kune Do, we are taking the Gama Challenge Together! If you're able, go ahead and do 500 dand and 1000 bethak! If' you can't, try doing half at 250 and 500!
You do these exercises in five sets, two bethak for every one dand. The standard warm-up we do in every class is five sets of ten dand and twenty bethak. That's fifty dand and twenty bethak right there! It only takes about five to ten minutes depending on your level of fitness. If you're an absolute beginner, here's an outline of how you can build up to doing 250 by the end of the month. It's easier than you think. Just do five sets of the numbers below on each day and you'll reach your goal by the end of the month! Can you already do five sets of ten and twenty? Or five sets of twenty and forty? Then start there and see how far you can progress by the end of the month!
Want to do the full Gama Challenge by the end of December? It's easy! Do two supersets of five sets of these exercises each day! Just double up. You can do one set in the morning, and one in the evening!
Weigh yourself and take a picture on your first day, and then don't step on a scale until the last day!
You'll be happy to start the New Year with a New You!
The Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy welcomes its newest intructor, Sihing John Fitzpatrick. Sihing John is an new Apprentice Instructor in the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association’s Progressive Fighting Systems program. He received his certification from Sifu Harinder Singh during Sifu Singh's Mid-Atlantic Seminar last month. Over the course of a six hour day, Sihing John demonstrated his understanding of the basic Progressive Fighting material.
Sihing John is a lifelong martial artist. He has studied Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for over twenty years, and is a black belt instructor of the Japanese art. He has been training in Jeet Kune Do for the past five years and has been a training partner of Sifu JB Jaeger for over a decade. He also has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu.
Sihing John’s new responsibilities as an Apprentice Instructor include teaching our Beginner Classes and assisting Sifu JB in leading advanced classes. As an Apprentice Instructor in Progressive Fighting Systems, Sihing John is qualified to instruct in the Jeet Kune Do-based Combatives program called Rapid Assault Tactics. Rapid Assault Tactics is a streamlined system designed to cover the essentials of ending a violent encounter. Sihing John is also certified to teach the basic ground defenses of Kina Mutai, as well defensive Kali concepts.
Last weekend, Maryland JKD took part in a Kali-Silat seminar led by Kuya Doug Marcaida, hosted by Alan and Anthony Sanidad of TryUmph Martial Arts of Gambrills. The one-day seminar covered aspects of the Brotherhood of the Blade's empty-hand Kali-Silat curriculum in the morning, and introduced how using the Karambit can influence those techniques in the afternoon.
To obtain enlightenment in martial art means the extinction of everything which obscures the "true knowledge", the "real life". - Sijo Bruce Lee
Sitting meditation is the activity most often associated with Zen practice in the popular mind, though if there was a second, the tea ceremony or martial arts would likely receive that nomination. Despite the popularity of the martial arts and its association with Zen in the popular mind, it is actually one of the least practiced avenues of Zen meditation. Throughout the history of Zen practice, the Shaolin monks and arts like Shorinji Kempo have been in the minority compared to the vast number of monasteries, teaching centers, and temples advocating sitting meditation and other methods. Martial Zen, however, can be a very difficult and challenging path.
Check out our Jeet Kune Do students working sparring drills for close range combat!
Check out Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy's latest video! This is our Jeet Kune Do class using Hubud entries into the clinch and terminating their attackers with brutal headbutts, knees, and elbows!
Check out this video showing our Jeet Kune Do class training clinch fighting entries off of Hubud!
Check out this video from Monday night's JKD Kickboxing class!
On Saturday, August 3rd, a group of women gathered at First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton, but not for prayer group or Bible study. They came to train in the nationally accredited self-protection program designed just for women, "Escape to Gain Safety". The class was taught by Sifu JB Jaeger and was open to members of the congregation at First Lutheran as well as members of the Gambrills, Odenton, and Severn community. The ladies learned situational awareness skills as well as combative strategies designed specifically women threatened with assault.
"I've always wanted to know self-defense and I also did it for my girls," said Shashana, who brought her two daughters. "I really enjoyed the class. It was better than what I thought it would be. I would encourage every woman to do it. It's not just hitting people. He (Sifu Jaeger) teaches you to look at your surroundings."
For Brandi, it was her third Escape to Gain Safety workshop with Sifu Jaeger.
"As a single woman who lives alone, I'm aware that I have an increased chance of becoming a victim," she said. "Seeing other women learn how to protect themselves and the pure energy that they learn to project is just awesome. The world can be a crazy place. I'd rather have the tools to protect myself."
First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Odenton will host another free Escape to Gain Safety workshop on Saturday, October 12th, from 1230pm to 3pm. You can register by calling (410)-353-2387 or click here.
Two members of the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy competed in the 2013 US Kuoshu International Championships. Wendy Carranza and Matt Cizek both competed in their respective Limited Sanshou events. It was a great day for the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy, as both of them defeated their opponents 3 to 1.
Wendy Carranza fought an opponent who outweighed her by almost 20 pounds. Wendy scored first with a thigh kick, and followed up with straight blasts that kept her opponent on the defensive.
Matt Cizek smashed his opponent with side kicks before his opponent could check them. He was able to finish his opponent with a round kick and straight blast combo.
Wendy and Matt went through months of grueling training to prepare for the tournament. After his match, Matt told Sifu JB, "That wasn't anywhere close to what you put us through."
"That's the idea," Sifu JB replied.
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