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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

Damon Willis in Pankration

I have been lucky! a student of Don Neale and Devin Willis (Modern Kung-Fu). I own a company and love teaching martial arts. I feel blessed and continue to learn and look forward to travel and train with Devin and Damon soon in Utah.

Devin has informed me recently, Damon has won a local Pankration matches. He won by two submissions and a 3 round decision He has been training with a great teacher Chuck Costello.

According to his biography on L.A Boxing, he is a :

“4th degree black belt in Pankration under Master Sgt. Luis De La Rosa *Founding member and senior referee for the Amateur Pankration League *Certified MMA and grappling instructor under Chris “Westsidestrangler” Brennan *Certified grappling instructor under Roy Harris and Harris International *Board of directors for the World Amateur Martial Arts International Association *Certified personal trainer *Professional fighter, coach and trainer *High Ranking in several traditional Martial Arts *Promoter and fighter manager Chuck and his fighters have competed in KOTC, the WFC, XCF, UCF, Reto Maximo, Crown Fighting Championships, Total Combat and more shows. His students are state and national Champions in Pankration as well as no-gi grappling. They have competed in California, Tijuana, Arizona, and Rocky point, Nevada, Colorado, Kentucky, Juarez and many more. Mr. Costello has trained in the martial arts his whole life.

Below is an example from one of Damon’s matches.

Devin Willis has always taught his students to keep growing and learning!


For more reading:

Pankration: Martial Art of Classical Greece By Paul McMichael Nurse, Ph.D.

Submission Fighting and the Rules of Ancient Greek WrestlingBy Christopher Miller

Modern Kung Fu History – Wetpaint

Damon Willis-MKF Instructor By

November 13, 2008 Posted by | MKF Take downs and Throws, Uncategorized | , , , | 4 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.

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…”


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?


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-


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

Research, Your Best MKF learning Resource!


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

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

Shuai Chaio and Chin NA In MKF

According to Devin Willis , “..Master David Lee was taught Shuai Chaio(Shuai Jiao), not Akido It also had entailed Chin Na. also, we were taught to also had strike as we to enter. In Shuai Chaio the main goal is to throw the opponent hard, at a very akward angles, and possibly breaking something along the way of the throw.

I was taught by my Instructor that Shuai-chiao was used by the bodyguards to the chinese emporers.

Our “drills”consited of full contact sparing , with the understanding a takedown was considered any part
of the body, other than the feet, touching the ground. You only got points for a clean throw, you had to remain on your feet and couldn’t be dragged down as well.

Also, once the two competitors “locked up” or made physical contact to initiate/repel, resist, we were given 4 count, if noone had been thrown the competitors were
seperated thus you had to go for the quick clean throw.

Many of the throws are similar to Judo, but sacracfice techniques are not used in sport version of Shuai Chaio (since whoever hits the ground first loses points). It is also illegal in sport Shuai Jiao to throw opponents with techniques that lock the joints.However , used Chin na and worked with joint locks..”
But in It is also illegal in street Shuai Chaio to throw opponents with techniques that lock the joints to break as they are thrown is  the version taught in MKF.


April 19, 2008 Posted by | david lee, devin willis, History of Modern kung fu, MKF Ranges, MKF Take downs and Throws, systems used | , , , , , | 6 Comments

I have always wondered if Grandmaster Jimmy H. Woo and Master Lee ever crossed paths?

     San Soo kung fu is one of the most effective systems for self defense. Modern Kung fu is also known as an effective system.

I have always wondered if Grandmaster Jimmy H. Woo and Master Lee ever crossed paths? Devin was never sure
Grandmaster Jimmy H. Woo brought the art of San Soo kung fu to America in

around the 1930’s and was the first Chinese to teach non-Asians. From when he

opened his El Monte, CA school in 1958 until his death in 1991, he taught

thousands of fighters what many Martial artists consider the most brutally effective

martial art existing today. I have started to study it the last year and Modern Kung fu seems to perhaps mimic it in many ways?

-kicks and punches, leverages (chin-na), mauling and grappling techniques,

classical (staff, tri-sectional, knife, ) and


-unorthodox (chair, shoe, belt, etc.) weaponry, sweeps, throws, and

take-downs, and pressure point or nervous system strikes.


San Soo kung fu and Modern Kung fu are attack-based, first-strike-mentality art unfettered by sport and aesthetic considerations. Eye gouges , joint and neck breaks, biting, and many other “unethical” strikes are the san soo practitioner’s bread and butter. We believe fighting is not a game, but brutal, ugly, nasty business.

As the great warrior Miyamoto Musashi said, our sole intent is to step in and kill the enemy.

There is no other consideration. Since any martial artist will fight

exactly as he has trained, we never train with rules but with deadly

serious intent and a healthy respect for not only our partners, but for

every human being. True san soo kung fu is not for everyone; only for

those who are serious about real-life self defense against one or more

attackers, armed or unarmed. No silly animal postures. No endless

breathing exercises. Just the scientific study of street-fighting

principles and psychology. One of the reasons I had to leave Devin because of his religion of Mormonism, His Instructor Don Neal was a Lay Pastor and my current instructor is also a Christian(what is a Christian?.)

For more information on San Soo kung fu, you can contact

Master Mark Colby

Contact him by email at:


or through his website at this link

P.s-Devin was an awesome man, teacher and fighter. He was just unsaved.

April 17, 2008 Posted by | david lee, devin willis, Grandmaster Jimmy H. Woo, History of Modern kung fu, MKF Ranges, MKF Take downs and Throws, Modern Kung Fu Swicki, San Soo kung fu | , , , | 4 Comments

Take downs and Throws

Here are some takedowns and throws which work well with/against kickboxing: (All of these are tried, true, and tested)— Takedowns from a Bear Hug —

A bear hug is relatively easy to achieve. From here, you can:

1. Backward Bending takedown — 4 finger grip at the lower back, side your head against chest or opposite frontal shoulder, pull in with arms as you push him backward with your head/shoulders/chest.

2. Backward Bend with outer clip — same as above, but with your leg hooking outside of his (if right side of your head is against his chest, you use right foot to clip him — important — kind of like a bear hug with kosoto gari).

3. Drop to a Double Leg

4. Drop to a Snatch Single against his lead leg — Follow up by sweeping out the other leg from behind, or heave-ho, or dump him (run the pipe), or redump with a flank (reaching through the legs to tap the knee).

— Takedowns against the left jab —

1. Flair Single — (This is a favorite of mine) Step in with right foot to meet the front of his left foot as you downward parry with your right hand (standard basic boxing). Your right hand follows up the parry by snatching the lead (left leg) of the opponent. Now, very important, you step past his lead foot with your LEFT foot (this is important so he can’t try and counter throw you). Continue stepping in, past his rear foot WITH YOUR RIGHT FOOT as your left hand takes his rear knee (right). At this time, your right arm is lifting his left leg upward, and as you’re walking past and taking the second leg, he flairs over like a rolling wheel. You land in side control. This also works well against a left round kick.

2. Outside slip to outside head engagement and minor outer clip on opposite side

— Takedowns against Some Kicks —

1. Against the Round Kick (aka “roundhouse” kick) — Arms up, elbows in, raise your lead knee and knee block it, then catch it under your arm on that side. From here, you can:

A. Step in and major inner reap the supporting leg (basic, but it works well, even with 16 oz. gloves on). Don’t let go of that kicking leg.

B. Trap the kicking leg under that armpit, place your other hand on top of that knee, step back and turn 135-180 degrees toward the leg you have trapped as you LOWER YOUR LEVEL. This is a VERY effective takedown against kickers (a dump with modified hold on that leg). There’s no way he can stay up when you do this.

2. Against the Side Kick — Gauge your distance as it comes in — back up a little if he’s lunging fast — and scoop parry it as you move outside of it. Now his back is exposed. From here, you can:

A. Back Bear Hug — Lift, quarter turn, and drop. Down he goes.

B. Back Bear Hug and Knee Bend — From the back bear hug, put the arch of your foot in against the back of his knee as you pull him backwards. Down he goes, right into your back mount if you like. Standard BJJ fare.

3. Against a Front Kick

A. Treat it like the beginning of the flair single, and continue from there. Down he goes, like a stone.

B. Catch his heel from underneath (not hard to do, if you can regulate distance), and from here:

(1) Lift and drive forward, and he’ll fall backward.

(2) Grab the top of that foot with the other hand, twist in a circle as you bring his leg down and outward in an arc. Or, if he tries to hold onto your neck to stay up while you’re holding his front kick, turn it under and you’ll end up behind him with his foot still in your grasp. From here, you can sweep out the other leg, or lower your level and take the other leg, or hold that foot tight up against his buttock and reach the other arm around his waist and take him down face first.

4. From an Overhook and Collar Tie

A. Sumi Gaeshi (also works with underhook)

B. Elbow tie with overhooking arm (pinching above the elbow with your thumb), push inward, he resists, you duckunder (head up and back upon completion) with penetrating step on that side. From here, you can clothesline him, or continue to his back and work from there.

5. From a Double Over

A. Salto

B. Wheel him over to the side, combined with a major inner against the thigh that goes “up”

May 2, 2007 Posted by | MKF Take downs and Throws | Leave a comment