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A Day of Training in the 90’s

hanegoshiI remember one day sparring with Devin Willis , He let me attack at any level of intensity I choose to use. My attacks, were full contact with high intensity, which Devin had problem dealing with in all ranges. As the sparring pursued, he started to land some blows of his own to my legs then some punches , next thing I knew he thew me with a Ippon Seio Nage to the ground .

I got back up , got ready noticed and we started banging hard, I made contact with one punch then I tried to kick and I think he swept me with a modified De Ashi Harai (Barai) which resulted me back on the ground with Devin on top pining me so I could not move. He started hitting me with light contact, so I tapped–Just another day traing and learning MKF

James

June 16, 2009 Posted by | devin willis | | 2 Comments

The Son of Devin Willis-Is he the future of MKF?

The above is Devin’s son ! What an exciting Time between All the Willis’s Modern Kung-Fu will pass on to the next generation.fighting arts

April 5, 2009 Posted by | devin willis, MKF Ranges, MKF Take downs and Throws, Modern Kung Fu Instructor Defends Knife Class, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Modern Kung Fu Instructor Devin Willis Contact Infomation

We have had several people contacting me on how to call Devin. Below is the best ways I know to contact him

Devin Willis – LinkedIn

http://www.linkedin.com/in/devinwillis

Devin Willis — Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress

http://wordpress.com/tag/devin-willis/

Devin Willis’s BlogLog.-The MyBlogLog Blog

Devin Willis | Facebook

http://www.new.facebook.com/people/Devin_Willis/1078389212

My Time With Devin Willis – mkfmartialarts

http://modernkungfu.wetpaint.com/page/My+Time+With+Devin+Willis


“Devin Willis” Combative Arts swicki at eurekster.com

Devin Willis (Utah, USA)Wink
http://wink.com/people/nm/devin%20willis/

Devin's Email- devin_willis@mstarmetro.net

References -"Devin Willis"--My Teacher from Modern Kung Fu Wetpaint

September 23, 2008 Posted by | devin willis | , , | 8 Comments

Study of Speed In Throwing Arts

Laboratory of Sport and Health, Faculty of Sciences Sport and Physical Education, France.  seem to support what I have learned in the throwing arts. I also found this inRamdane Almansba post in Judo-the-Blog It Stated the following:

The aim of this work was to verify if there was a difference in throwing speed performance between heavier

and lighter weight categories in judo. Sixteen judoists aged 18±3 years-old, eight considered in the light weight category (-73 kg) and eight considered in the heavy weight category (+73 kg) participated in the study. A force/velocity test was used to determine the anaerobic power, strength, and pedal speed for each subject. Three trials of Nage-komi exercise, each comprised of 15s sets of Osoto-g

ari, Uchi-mata and Ippon-seoi-nage throws were performed by each subject to ascertain throwing speed. Throws within the sets were intersected by one period of 3 minute passive rest while the trials were separated by one period of 10 minute passive rest. Heart rate and the greatest number of throws within each set were measured for three trials.
We use

d an ANOVA to compare the number of throws between the two weight categories and a

“Student” test when the difference was significant. A correlation was used to examine the link between the different parameters.
Results

show that in the force/velocity test pedal speed did not differ between the two categories. However, there was a significant difference between the two categories when throwing speed was measured by the number of throws executed during the Ippon-seoi-nage and Uchi-mata, but there was no significant difference between the two categories for Osoto-gari.

Our study showed that the throwing speed of judoists represented by number of throws appears to be significantly different between the two categories. The lighter category has more speed than the heavier c ategory using arm technique (Ippon-seoi-nage), while the heavier category has more speed using leg technique with half turn of the attacker’s body (Uchi-mata). As a result, throwing speed is related to the type of technique used and not weight category…”

James

More Resources;

Sanshou + Modern Kung Fu?— James–Modern Kung fu

September 18, 2008 Posted by | david lee, devin willis, MKF Take downs and Throws, Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Chatting With Mr. “Devin Willis”

I had a chance to talk with Devin on the phone last night and enjoyed it a lot!

When did you start your martial arts training?

Devin

My father  Donald Willis was my first instructor. He liked boxing a lot and some Judo. He taught me the basics of judo and boxing when I was very young…(no gi)

Later I would train in American Kenpo , Shotokan Karate  and Kung fu. In the later years I trained with Master David Lee in Modern Kung fu and became a teacher for him in San Jose California. I have had many teachers over the years, because I am always learning.

Through Family and friends  I met other martial artists like Ed Parker. (Not just karate people but boxers , wrestlers, aikido, judo…etc. In fact Damon(His brother) has trained with world class instructors, but keeps training with me(I noted this seemed to humble Devin)

It was a very interesting time. I met Mr. Parker of Kenpo and what a great man he was and I learned a lot by talking and listening. He was a good example of leadership in the Martial Arts AND is missed.

More to come-

James</h4>

September 11, 2008 Posted by | david lee, devin willis, ed parker, History of Modern kung fu, MKF Ranges, MKF Take downs and Throws, Uncategorized | , , , | 6 Comments

Devin Willis +Defensive Tactics

An ESI Graduate ,Agent C.T Wrote the following:

“…I worked from about 1987-1991 Devin Willis was hired as an instructor in about 1991 and taught us for about a year before leaving for a Protection (Bodyguard) career

Mr. Devin Willis “There is a difference between martial arts (such as Aikido or Modern Kung Fu) and Defensive Tactics- he loved them both and both have uses.

D.T- Must Emphasize speed, simplicity and effectiveness. can not take years to perfect.It MUST focus is on real world self-defense (real cases of violence against agents or officers) empty-hand tactics, striking tactics, handcuffing, baton tactics, Person searches, falling and ground tactics, edged weapon , Tear gas tactics, handgun retention or handgun disarming, armed attacks etc

Some examples are located below

Martial Arts– takes time to learn and practice, most of us while practicing M.A do not worry about a handgun being strapped to our hip or ankle.

We do not worry about rolling around on the ground with a guy hyped on drugs reaching for the gun. While trying to punch you in the face.

With that said I do think after years of study and working out in the field you will learn quickly what will work and what will not and become effective at protecting yourself.

According to my notes we covered:

Joint Controls – the effective use of joint manipulation both in a defensive and as a control for escorting a suspect capacity.

Impact Weapons-cover the standard and advanced use of common impact and control weapons used in that era. These will include the expandable baton and the Guardian.

Effective Use of Strikes– nontraditional strikes as a defensive tool. A major focus will be placed on stun strikes.

Defense Against Weapons -focused on defending against an edged/blunt weapons designed to disarm the attacker. We also learned disarming persons armed with a gun. We learned effective movements for both handguns and long guns.

Ground Defenses-l dealt with defenses on the ground and techniques to escape and control while on the ground.He called it the W.EB

It is good to read that Mr. Devin Willis is doing well and that Darin Williams is also doing GREAT! I plan on contacting Darin , letting him know the things taught to me through his company has made me a better protection agent …”

I rember when this was going on and Devin loved training Security and law enforcement.

James

Sources:

Defensive Tactics at Select Patrol-Agent C.T
ESI Graduate

I remember Training With Devin Willis And Damon WillisModern kungfu Wetpaint com

August 31, 2008 Posted by | devin willis, MKF Ranges | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Let Us Uphold These Obligations as Instructors

I know my fellow Instructors, who have taught Law enforcement with Instructor Calasanz Martinez. He wrote :

“..officers have no time to waste with useless techniques in their martial arts training. What they need is something that works and the conditioning and stamina to execute these techniques in a high intensity confrontation….

Martinez. further wrote “…It is the obligation of a marital arts instructor to prepare not only police officers, but also the general public, for such unhealthy or life-threatening confrontations. Unfortunately, some martial artists are making a lot of money marketing a lot of empty promises…”

I agree %100 , let us uphold these obligations.

SourceMartial Arts Schools for Law Enforcment Officers Posted: 02-08-2008

Resources And Learn More About Related Subjects

Finding A Martial Arts Instructor By Gene Roos-(http://www.fightingarts.com) -“..Finding a legitimate martial arts instructor is not often easy. Most beginning students just don’t know enough to judge what they should be looking for and what to avoid. This article has great  suggestions.

Leadership and The Martial Arts -by Sensei Robert M. Carver-(http://www.usmaf.org/)  “…  As Martial Art Instructors, we have unique challenges in our responsibilities toward our students. It is no longer enough that we are proficient in kicking, punching, throwing and twisting joints. These days, Instructors must be good leaders and mentors to our students, and guide them in their Martial Arts development…”This article  shows how we can become better Instructors

One Minute Entrepreneur Could help Martial Arts business– James-

I remember Training With Devin Willis And Damon Willis- MKF Warrior-http://modernkungfu.wetpaint.com

My thoughts on leadership;0)Devin Willis– July 26, 2008-“My Discoveries on the Road to Prosper and Learn Blog”

August 3, 2008 Posted by | devin willis, leadership, obligations as Instructors, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

One Minute Entrepreneur + Martial Arts business Could help

“Business
Martial Arts”

Entrepreneur.com wrote “…A martial arts school can be an expensive new business venture to set in motion. However, the average cost now paid by a student per year for martial arts training is in excess of $600. Providing the business could train 200 students per year, this would result in revenues exceeding $120,000, based on an average of $600 per year per student. Needless to say, this type of specialized instruction can be very financially lucrative. In addition to group training, one-on-one martial arts training is also becoming popular for the serious student who is prepared to pay $40 per hour or more for an intensive training session..” see Business Idea Center: Martial Arts

Ethan Willis and Randy Garn knew firsthand the need of many young owners for personalized guidance in starting and growing a business. This is the spark that led them to found Prosper Learning (Prosper Inc.), whose motto is, “Your life is your business . . . Making it Prosper is ours.”(see CNET Networks, Inc ref Provo company works to make clients Prosper Deseret News (Salt Lake City),  Jun 26, 2005)

When I talked with Devin, he explained that these teachings, have helped martial artists along the way! I hope to train with him soon. I would also like to  meet up with Ethan  and Randy and share my thoughts!

James

Entrepreneurship Resource a ect For us- Martial Artists

INC.COM-Small business resources for the entrepreneur, home based business, advice and ideas for starting a business, writing a business plan, management

The Top Blogs for EntrepreneursFrom About.com

My Discoveries on the Road to Prosper and Learn By Devin Willis

July 24, 2008 Posted by | devin willis, Ethan Willis, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 7 Comments

Ethan Willis-Great Author and Warrior

Ethan Willis was about 14yrs old when I knew him. Even then this young( Willis trained) fighter had and appears all the attributes of a great warrior– smarts, strength, endurance, explosive power, personal drive, willingness to work hard Read this Martial arts blog about Ethan Willis

July 17, 2008 Posted by | devin willis, Ethan Willis, Prosper Learning | , , , | 6 Comments

Research, Your Best MKF learning Resource!

Research

Have you ever set out to search online searching for training resources in subjects such as warrior arts , street combat, self defense, martial arts.

Info and Reference – Have fun looking at how the world around us  and find martial arts. you can search the internet for martial arts related items or for anything else of interest.

Devin Willis’s Proven Research Resources That,  produce positive results !

Other places to places to check are the following: Willis Modern Combative Arts , Douglas Hess’s Martial Arts search engine and martialarts@about.com

July 13, 2008 Posted by | Defensive Tactics, devin willis, MKF Take downs and Throws, Modern Kung Fu Swicki, systems used, Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment