Grand Master Hwang Kee

Tang Soo Do Grand Master Hwang Kee

The first style of martial Art that I trained in  was Tang Soo Do. I was introduced to this system in 1965. My school friend at the time was the son of my instructor. I was enrolled because of my friendship. The cost for lessons unlimited in the mid 60’s was $15.00 a month. My instructor was Sa Bom Nim Raymond Soon.

I trained at the academy six days a week and would attend competitions on Sundays. I kept this routine up for five years. I was awarded my Black Belt in 1970, at the age of 12,  in this system, at that time, a dark Blue Belt represented a Black for this style.

Chuck Norris made this system popular in U.S.A. in the early 1960’s and was known in tournaments for his spinning back hook kick. Many of the spin kicking techniques that Bruce Lee used in his films comes from this style. Chuck Norris was a friend, student and training partner of the late Bruce Lee.  He once told me that when they first met, they talk for hours about the martal arts and the different styles of kicking.  Bruce Lee already had in his method of fighting (Jeet Kune Do), kicking technique’s from Northen Style Gung Fu but added in the kicking style’s of  Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do.

Sifu Jack Kenpo Master Ed Parker Guro Richard Lamoureaux

Ed Parkers Midwest Regionals Tournament 1980

This tournament was held once a year and was hosted by Kenpo Instructor Lee Wedlake. I would compete in the competition and also attend Ed Parkers seminars on Advanced Karate Theorys. Parker help the Martial Arts become popular during the late 50’s and early 60’s. It was at his International Tournament in 1966 that Bruce Lee was discovered for the Green Hornet show.

Sifu Jack Soderberg Tai Chi Form

Sifu Jack Soderberg founder of the CDF academies demonstrates tai chi form at a demo in  chicago. Sifu Jack has been training martial arts for over 30 years. His school is located in Las Vegas, NV.