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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

Devin Willis’s approach/simple defense against a thai clinch

Devin Willis taught us  “..A simple defense against a thai clinch is pushing your opponent’s chin ito gain a clinch on him to set up a trip or transition to a throw”

 This works well and I have used it over and over!pushing your opponent’s chin ito gain

Steps are as follow:

1) thai clinch
2)headlock (this is very momentary and as soonas this is applied you back should be halfway through applying rule 3)
3)throw over your hips
4)slam him as hard as you can

April 20, 2008 Posted by | 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.

Resource:

Modernkungfu.wetpaint.com

http://tinyurl.com/ywpdup

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:

mcolby@realkungfusansoo.com

 

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

Modern Kung Fu Defense: Choke

  If You W ere being Choked What would  you do? 

In a grappling situation , What you want to do first is to relieve pressure by pulling his right forearm downward and getting your chin tucked in a bit. (As much as you can tuck your chin, the better as it will relieve pressure)

Roll on your back (your stomach should facing the sky/ceiling and your opponent is on his/her back.

Next once you have relieved pressure (or a lot of it and your chin is tucked in, with your right hand, try to pull his LEFT forearm (preferable the wrist) away from your head. (You dont want that arm wrapped around your head) While you tuck your chin in more to the point where its hard for him to choke you.

Now use TWO of your hands to pull that left arm away from your head (Pull it as it was a lever, as you will). It is impossible for him to choke you now with one arm and your chin tucked although it will be uncomfortable. While you are pulling his left arm away from your head, keep moving your head to the left side to the ground then your shoulders.

Note -raise yourself up on the balls of your feet and twist your hip one way, creating space, then suddenly the opposite way, which will give you the opportunity to twist your body round to meet your opponent – you are now in the guard.

While you are moving your head/shoulders away from him, move your hips away too (towards the left side) and now put your hands on his
hips and push him away from you. By moving your knees up and pushing him away will help too and will prevent him from doing a mount on you.

Rear Naked ChokeFinishing Moves Basic Ground Fighting Techniques  ArmyStudyGuide.com

How to Escape From a Rear Naked Choke | eHow.com

Rear naked Choke Escape from Ground From: Submissions101

Standing Rear Choke Escape From: Submissions101

October 14, 2007 Posted by | Defensive Tactics, devin willis | , , | Leave a comment

Defensive Tactics and Modern Kung Fu

Devin Willis taught Security and protection agents, how to survive if they had to defend themselves. I was there during his classes, most of the time being there “dummy”. Below are a very basic thought process of Devin. .

There is a difference between martial arts and Defensive Tactics- do not get me wrong , I love them both and think both have uses. Let me share my humble opinion.

Defensive Tactics– 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 exampes are located at – Defensive tactics courses

Certified Defensive Tactics Courses Modern Warrior

Martial Arts- Which I love as well;0) but 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.

Please refer to:

Use of Force Tactics and No lethal Weapons, paper published by Americans for Effective in Law Enforcement, in 1988.

Non-lethal Weapons: A Survey of Officers, published by Defensive Tactics Newsletter in Lakeland, FL: ISC Division of Wellness, in April 1993, vol. II, number 4;
USE-OF-FORCE TACTICS AND NON-LETHAL WEAPONRY

The sad truth  officers and protection agents must pay out of their own pocket to get great training. Most departments/clients do not have it in the budget.
This is Based on recording and notes  from Devin Willis 1991 class and a fourm notes  he had had posted

May 29, 2007 Posted by | Defensive Tactics, devin willis | , | 2 Comments