Sifu Harinder Singh
It’s been my privilege to have known Sifu Singh for a good portion of the past decade of my life. Sifu Singh is the head of the Jeet Kune Do Athletic Association and is in my opinion the epitomy of what Sijo Bruce Lee meant about Jeet Kune Do being the way of no way. His instruction and encouragement have been crucial to my own training. There would be no Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy if it were not for Sifu Singh’s unwavering guidance. Despite his own incredible martial skills an teachings, Sifu Singh is humble and an example in that he still actively seeks out mentors of his own. He continues to develop himself and thereby develop his students by training with boxing instructors like Derrick Sierra, Brazilian Jiujitsu with Marcel Louzado, Serrada Escrima instructor Darren Tibon, and wrestling coach John Clarke. Sifu Singh is an example of what the path of the martial artist is supposed to look like. Sifu Singh actively encourages me to develop myself in all areas of fighting for the sake of not just myself, but for the students at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy, and it is this encouragement which brings us to the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy’s second mentor.
Kuya Doug Marcaida
Doug Marcaida doesn’t go by the title guro or master, though you can’t argue with the skill and knowledge of the Filipino martial arts he brings to the table. Instead, he prefers to be called kuya, or big brother. It’s that spirit of humility and knowledge that he brings to every training session. Kuya Doug’s guidance and sharing of his art of Marcaida Kali has completely transformed my understanding of weapons fighting. While many may be impressed by flashy and rapid-fire movements, Kuya Doug continually encourages a focus on basics, on simple mechanics and body structure, and it is this focus on fundamentals that the students at the Maryland Jeet Kune Do Academy continually benefit from.