Progressive Fighting Systems of New Mexico will present a Jeet Kune Do Self-Defense Seminar noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 28-29 at High Flyers Gymnastics in the Pueblo Complex, 1900 Diamond Dr. in Los Alamos.
The fee is $150 at the door. Students 18 and under pay $30 for this seminar. All students must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver to participate in the seminar.
Leading and coordinating this event is Lawrence Garcia, one of only six Senior Instructors in Jeet Kune Do under Paul Vunak.
“In Cantonese Jeet Kune Do (JKD) means the way of the incepting fist or foot,” Garcia said. “JKD is a hybrid approach to martial arts established by the legendary Bruce Lee. It is very similar to the mixed martial arts (MMA) watched today on the Ultimate Fighting Championship and other MMA organizations.”
Participants at this seminar will learn functionalized street-proven self-defense, unorthodox combatives for street survival, trapping skills out of MMA, rapid assault tactics, and the use of improvised weapons.
“All street fights fall under the confines of four ranges: kicking, punching, clinch and ground,” Garcia said. “Participants will learn practical drills that cover all four ranges. I will be teaching the same curriculum that my instructor Paul Vunak taught to Seal Team 6 and many other government agencies.”
Trained under Guro Dan Inosanto who was a close friend and influence on Bruce Lee, Paul Vunak developed a scientific form of street fighting called Contemporary Jeet Kune Do. Vunak is without a doubt one of the most respected and dangerous men in the world when it comes to hand-to-hand combat.
“We will not only drill hand-to-hand techniques but also with weapons, such as sticks and practice knives,” Garcia said. “Some drills are high intensity because they are trained under pressure to be functional. I am very big on movement—expect a great work out!”
Although intensity at the seminar will be high, participants will not need to have previous experience in the martial arts.
“This approach is geared to people who have no formal experience,” Garcia said. “I typically have a broad range of participants, from beginning to advanced students. I have something in the toolbox for all.”