KI Fighting Concepts unlocks a world of martial arts systems and methodologies
Grand master Ed Parker created American Kenpo Karate in 1954 while teaching at Brigham Young University. Elvis Presley was one of his most famous students, rising to the ranks of 7th degree black belt. In addition to training Elvis, Parker hosted the long beach internationals Karate Tournament for decades, and in 1964 Jun Fan, most commonly known as Bruce Lee, was a featured instructor. In the early 1960s, Dan Inosanto trained Kenpo Karate from Ed Parker, and later trained with Bruce Lee in JKD or Jeet Kune Do. Guru/Guro Dan Inosanto became one of the most world renowned martial artists through his innovation of Kali/Silat and Maphilindo Silat, which is a combination of Malaysian, Indonesian and Filipino martial arts. Ed Parker was more conceptual/theoretical in his perspective of Kenpo Karate, but Sifu Joseph's instructor, Al Tracy, was bound to specific self-defense techniques and adopted a business-like orientation to his martial arts. Sifu Simonet attended Ed Parker seminars in the 1980s in addition to three Dan Inosanto seminars starting in 1986. Sifu Simonet has trained in Kenpo Karate from 1973-present and is a 9th degree black belt in Tracy's Kenpo, after being a student of Grand Master Al Tracy's for 15+ years.
Wing Chun Kung Fu
Sifu Simonet started training Wing Chun Kung Fu in 1982 as he built his first Mook Jong or wooden dummy. He studied non-classical Gung Fu with several students of Jesse Glover, who was Bruce Lee's first student. Simonet was acquainted with both Jesse Glover and the founder of Wing Chun Do, Sijo James DeMile, who was also one of Bruce Lee's original students. Sifu Simonet's first official teacher was Sijo John Beall, from Greenlake Wing Chung. In 1986, Sifu Simonet attended a week-long Mook Jong Seminar presented by Master Wang Kiu in Whistler Mountain, B.C. Master Wang Kiu was an original student of Grandmaster Ip Man. GM Ip Man left mainland China in 1948 for Hong Kong to escape the Communist Regime of Mao Tse Tung (more recently pronounced Zedong). Unburdened by Chairman Mao's rule, Ip Man was able to openly teach his art of Wing Chun. A logical and effective system originally developed by women over 300 years ago, the name means "beautiful springtime". Indigenous to Wing Chun is the training method of Chi-Sau, also referred to as "sticky hands."
Yang Style Tai Chi
As spoken by Master Gao Fu, ranked among the renowned 100 esoteric martial arts masters in China, "One must practice Tai Chi for at least 20 years...upon that achievement, one is considered a solid beginner." Sifu Simonet started doing Tai Chi in 1986, and continues to practice it to this day. He mostly trained in "The garden of the Gods" in Manitou Springs, Colorado with Dr. John Candia, who was an Acupuncturist, Herbologist, and musician. Tai Chi is known for its melodic meditative and flowing movements, allowing those who practice it to develop balance both metaphorically and physically. It promotes relaxation, spiritual centeredness and bodily rejuvenation. It is one of the secrets of youth for the Chinese, and while visiting Shanghai, China Sifu Simonet witnessed the thousands of elders who fill the parks with their Tai Chi movements.
There are 7,107 islands in the Philippines, every one of which has its own take on the Filipino arts, such as Kali, Escrima, Arnis, Doce Pares, and an endless number of other systems. Often these arts were passed down from father to son through the generations, kept in the families in which they originated. The use of empty hand, rattan stick, and sword/dagger were weapons of choice for those who practiced these systems. Sifu Simonet started training the Filipino arts in 1983 and had several teachers who passed along fragments of the varied schools. In 1992, he met Grand Master Chris Petrilli from the Doce Pares system. Simonet has been instructed by Grand Master Cacoy Canete from Cebu City, Philippines, and he also trained with such noted masters as the father of Modern Arnis, Grand Master Remy Presas and Guro Dan Inosanto. The Filipino arts are defined by flowing and beautiful movements which are equally deadly and final. The practice of Sinawali is a fundamental approach to learning combative tactics from the Philippines.
Pentjak Silat Serak
The founder of Pentjak Silat was Pak Sera, a man born in the 1790's with a clubfoot and a malformed arm. He was from the Badui Tribe in West Java, which was known for clairvoyance and mystical qualities. Pentjak Silat was taught to the Dutch-Indonesians, and evolved into different families. Sifu Simonet trained with Pendekar Paul DeThouars, Victor DeThouars, as well as "Uncle Bill" DeThouars. The Silat system that Sifu Simonet learned originally was Tongkat Silat, a derivation of the mother art of Serak. He became a Second Degree Black Belt Guru in Tongkat Silat under Guru Bob Vanetta.
When Sifu Simonet first met Guru Vanetta at his house in Colorado Springs, Guru Vanetta said "Throw me a right punch". At that point, Simonet had been training martial arts for 20 years, and happily complied. The next thing he knew, Simonet was laying on the cement floor, looking up at Vanetta and the ceiling, puzzling about how he got there.
Sifu Simonet describes, "The experience was similar to that of a blind man living in an apartment for 20 years--even though he was sightless, he could move freely because the environment was memorized. Upon throwing the punch at Guru Vanetta, I felt as the blind man would have felt if someone had come in and rearranged his apartment furnishings while he was asleep. He awakes, smashes his shins and crashes to the floor with no reference as to where he is or what has happened. That was my first encounter with Pentjak Silat Serak."
The value Simonet found in training Silat Serak was through his gaining an understanding of weak points, the creation of fulcrums and otherwise disrupting the lower art bases of his opponents.
X-Dtac™ (Extreme Defensive Tactics)
After over four decades of studying martial arts schools from around the world, Sifu Simonet has garnered the wisdom, experience and learning needed to build new, more effective and efficient combative systems. X-Dtac™ is composed of several essential tenets: motor skills, muscle memory and tool development, based on probabilities, tapping into instincts and trusting intuition. Mathematically-based, X-Dtac™ has three ranges, five frames, three levels, and several compulsory striking sequences of empty hand, knife, and practical impact weapons. Such variables applied to single and multiple opponents, used in stand-up to ground grappling, make it a comprehensive and deadly system. Its methods and methodologies are extracted from sound tactics as well as strategic combative perspectives. Learning and practicing the X-Dtac™ system will promote several aspects of a refined and complete physique. There are several spokes of this development:
- Combative efficiency and practical self-defense
- Agility and flexibility
- Endurance training (bag work, focus mitt work, Jiu Jitsu, plyometrics, resistance training strength-training and flow- drills)
X-Dtac™ has the strengths of many martial arts systems, but is designed to be a more streamlined and advanced protocol for those who are looking to simplify, expedite and consolidate their martial skills. Bruce Lee has been quoted as saying "Absorb what is useful." X-Dtac™ extracts what is essential, because in combat, what is merely 'useful' becomes a liability. This system unburdens you from carrying and memorizing the weight of the nonessential and arms you with no more and no less than the most critical tools for achieving your maximum impact potential.