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Banquet 2017 White Dragon Martial Arts

White Dragon Schools cordially invites students, friends, and family to attend this unique dining experience celebrating the annual visit of our honored guest, Grandmaster Doc Fai Wong. Come enjoy an eight course gormet Chinese dinner and meet Master Nathan Fisher, Tai-Sifu Donald Tittle, the Sifus, and the instructors of White Dragon Martial Arts. 

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GM Doc Fai Wong White Dragon Marital Arts 2017

One of the unique things about training at White Dragon Martial Arts is that we sponsor yearly seminars with our Grandmaster, Doc Fai Wong. This means that students of all levels have the ability to work with one of the highest level Kung Fu and Tai Chi Masters in the world. Don't miss this opportunity which comes only once a year! See your instructor for more details.

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White Dragon Martial Arts - Spirit of the Dragon

One of the biggest things that sets White Dragon apart from other martial arts schools is our connection to tradition. A tradition that teaches not only a highly effective fighting system, but also the values that help students do well in everyday life. Values like respect for self and others, health, discipline, positive attitude, and martial spirit are a central part of traditional martial arts.

Wearing our school’s uniform is one important way you can express your support for the traditional roots of our system, and the values that system represents. It is for this reason that I ask each of you to wear the uniform proudly whenever you attend a lesson, class or do a personal workout at the school. Only when participating in combative workouts with others is it appropriate to wear the school’s black combative shorts and a school t-shirt.

The traditional Chinese jacket, kung-fu pants, and rank sash are hallmarks of traditional Chinese martial arts, and are meant to represent a student’s dedication to the school’s training and values. With this understanding, it becomes clear that wearing just any workout clothes when in the school falls far short of the kind of commitment to tradition we seek. Additionally, as a student moves up in rank, we depend on him or her to help our instructors teach the newer students by setting a good example in every way possible, including the wearing of the school’s traditional uniform.

As teachers and students of one of San Diego’s oldest and largest traditional martial arts organizations, we should be proud of what we have built together. Successful traditional schools that have been around as long as White Dragon are few and far between. So, help us celebrate the spirit and values of White Dragon by wearing our school’s uniform with pride.  

Nathan Fisher - Founder, White Dragon Martial Arts

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From time to time, students with backgrounds in the gi arts (those who wear a gi to train like Karate, Judo, & Jiu Jitsu) ask the equivalent terms of dojo, kata and gi in Chinese.

The most popular term is dojo. "Do" in Chinese is ado, which means the Way. This "way" is the spiritual way, which is spoken of in Chinese religions. "Jo" in Chinese is chang, which means the place. Dojo is the same daochang in Chinese character writing. It means the place to practice the "way", "do" or dao.

Let's take a look at the gi arts. Karate-do means the "way of empty hand." Judo means the "way of the soft art" and Tae Kwon Do means the "way of the foot and the fist." Aikido means the "way of combining or harmonizing the qi". The term dojo is the place to practice the martial arts mentioned above and doesn't mean school or academy.

Dojo or daochang originally came from Taosist and Buddhist terminology. It's a place to practice or cultivate the spiritual way, "do" or dao. 

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Today, the term daochang in China refers to the place that performs ceremonies of the dead. While the term dojo uses the same Chinese characters as "daochang," today it has nothing to do with the martial arts. Some people use the term "guan" or Cantonese "goon" or "kwoon."

"Kwan" means the same thing in Korean. The word "guan" is used for more than martial arts. It can be chan guan, the restaurant; lu guan, the hotel; tushu guan, the library; shu guan, the old term for regular schools; yi guan, the clinic; cha guan, the tea shop; shuhua guan, the art gallery; yan guan, the smoke shop; and many more beside just kung-fu studio or wu guan. Most Chinese in the West use the English term "studio" instead of the Chinese term guan or kwoon, because the word guan has too many meanings. In other words, there is no equivalent term in kung-fu for the term dojo.

Kata is the next popular term students are always asking about. Kata is a tao or taolu in Chinese. When speaking in the Chinese language with another Chinese person, the correct way to say hand kata is kuen too for Cantonese and guan tao in Mandarin. The weapons kata is bingqi taolu, which is a general way of using the phrase. When breaking the term down into different weapons we use the these terms: long weapon kata is chang bingqi taolu and short weapon kata is duan bingqi taolu. The double weapon kata is ruan bingqi taolu. Let's break it down to the individual weapons. Staff kata is gun tao; spear kata is qiang tao; straight sword kata is jian tao; and broadsword is dao tao. Just keep adding the Chinese weapon term in front of "tao" for all other weapons.

The above terms are most likely used by non-Chinese instructors. I use the term non-Chinese, because the Chinese would not use taolu as placement term for kata when speaking to their English-speaking students. Chinese instructors would use English terms such as set, pattern or form. For example, for hand kata they would say "the hand set" instead of the hand taolu or quan tao.

Gi is another word for robe. It originated from judo (jiu jistu) practitioners and is made with heavy cotton-like canvas for grabbing and throwing. When karate masters began teaching their students, they adapted the gi from judo and made it into a lighter-weight uniform for student training.

Kung-fu schools in China don't have a particular training outfit. You often see wushu performers wear a nice exhibition Chinese outfit when they perform. Each performer is wearing a different color as well as a different outfit. Therefore, it's not even a uniform. To call it a uniform, everyone must wear the same outfit. In the 1970's when kung-fu was becoming well known in the Western world, some kung-fu schools had their students wear Chinese-style kung-fu clothing when training. Some people called it a kung-fu gi. However, the Chinese don't know what a gi is, because it doesn't mean uniform, nor does it mean robe.

by Doc Fai Wong

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Quinn Early White Dragon Martial Arts

Quinn Early transitioned from a life in the NFL to Being a Hollywood Stuntman

by NBC7's MJ Acosta

Let’s take a trip back to 1988 when Quinn Early was the 3rd overall pick for the Chargers. The young up and coming wide out hit the ground running, literally. Early played 12 seasons in the NFL but like many players, he was thinking ahead at what would come after his grid iron days.

As if getting hit on the football field wasn’t enough, Early found himself working as a stunt man after a fateful call from a friend. He remembers the day he shot his first scene saying, “Next thing I know I’m on the back of a pick of truck shooting a machine gun. And when the weekend was over they paid me. And I was like I can get paid to do this?”

Early says the transition was fairly seamless, “When they yell action, all eyes are on you. It’s like catching that bomb all eyes are on you,” says Early of the excitement of being on set.

The former wide receiver also had another passion that helped him in his stunt work. For almost 26 years now Early studies and teaches the art of Kung Fu. After nearly a lifetime of extremely physical activity, he found that eventually you can only push your body so far before you start to feel the pain. After suffering from sporadic back pain, Early had MRI’s taken and found he had three herniated discs in his lower back.

Even though he has to take it easy, Early continues to teach at White Dragon Martial Arts here in San Diego. His female students tell me he’s helped them learn how to protect themselves from potential attackers. Now he’s taking one step further through a new business venture. The “Stroovy” app is what Early describes as the “yelp for online dating.”

Early says, “Stroovy is a third party review application to help online daters make more informed choices within the online dating world. Stroovy gives online daters a tool that will help them to make better decisions about with whom to spend their time. 

That’s right, the former NFL player and Kung Fu master is helping those searching for love stay safe. The app has been live in the San Diego area for almost a month. Early hopes it will pick up steam nationally while he continues to heal.

Source:  http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/sports/Former-Chargers-Player-goes-from-the-Grid-Iron-to-the-Big-Screen 

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White Dragon has been nominated for Best Martial Arts School in San Diego County! Click on the link to cast your vote!

 

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Holiday Sale 2015 White Dragon Martial Arts

Get inspired this holiday season! Plan to save big at White Dragon’s Annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 5, 2015. When you upgrade your membership at the sale, you'll enjoy some of the lowest tuition prices of the year. Also, save up to 40% off supplies and equipment that you’ll need for the next level.

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White_Dragon_Martial_Arts_San_Diego_Rescue_Mission_Donation.JPGMaster Nathan Fisher Presenting a Check for $5400 to the San Diego Rescue Mission. White Dragon has raised over 10k so far in 2015.

On Sunday, October 11, 2015, White Dragon celebrated it’s 30 Year Anniversary at a banquet for 362 students, instructors, friends and family at Jasmine Chinese Restaurant. Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong, all 10 of White Dragon’s Sifus, as well as several visiting Plum Blossom Federation Sifus were also in attendance.  Remarks from White Dragon’s Founder, Master Nathan Fisher follow:

“Wow…..White Dragon is officially 30 years old!  You know, 3 decades of existence for any organization is an incredible accomplishment. And, we have a lot to be proud of: like the fact that White Dragon is the oldest and largest group of schools in Grandmaster’s Plum Blossom International Federation. And, outside of Grandmaster’s Headquarters School, we’ve also produced the most high-ranking Sifus, the most black sash students, and the most instructors over those 30 years than any other school in the Federation.  

But these achievements have definitely not come easily. In fact, it’s been very challenging at times. And we definitely would NOT still be here, if it weren’t for some very special people:

Firstly, White Dragon has a truly amazing staff of young men and women who dedicate themselves each and every week to transforming our students into great martial artists. Your time, your energy, and your patience help me and your Sifus build and sustain an organization that benefits thousands of people each year. You make it possible for traditional martial arts to flourish in an age where many such schools are closing. So, let me just say “thank you” on behalf of your students, your Sifus and Grandmaster for all that you do for the school.

Secondly, White Dragon has an absolutely incredible, amazing group of Sifus who work harder than any martial artists I’ve ever seen. Didn’t they do a fantastic performance for you the other night at the exhibition? You guys make it possible for students of all ages to learn our incredibly sophisticated system of martial arts. In you, lives the hope of a future where traditional martial arts flourish, because through your expertise and leadership you make our traditional system relevant to today’s generation of students. Without you, White Dragon simply would not exist. So, I want to thank you personally for all that you do for your students and for me. I couldn’t ask for a better adopted family than you!

Thirdly, I have to acknowledge the indispensable contribution of my teacher, who has supported White Dragon by working with me, and our staff and students, for 30 years. You continue to amaze us with the depth of your knowledge and the depth of your caring for our students. All these years, you’ve been coming to San Diego to share your expertise with us, and we will not let you down. In the years ahead, you will see even more students practicing the martial arts you love. And together, we will build a lasting legacy of improving people’s lives with the valuable lessons you’ve taught us.

I also want to thank our great students, some of whom have been training at White Dragon for decades.  People like Mr. and Mrs. the Spear, who’ve been training in the La Mesa since 1993, or Cassandra Wong with us since 1990. Or Joe Vasconcellos, training in Clairemont since 1990, or Kendrick Eaton, with us since 2000. There are so many more who are here tonight, that have practiced with us for more than a decade.  Your support has afforded us the time to live our lives as martial artists and as teachers focused on helping others. In my opinion, there is no better life to live.  So, thank you for your continued support of the work that we do. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together over the next 30 years.

Finally, I want to give thanks to the community in which we’ve made our home. The people of San Diego have allowed us to prosper and grow through good and bad times, and yet too many of the people who live here go without the bare necessities of food and shelter. So, in an effort to tackle this ever growing problem, this year White Dragon began donating a portion of all special event proceeds to the San Diego Rescue Mission, an organization that’s been serving the homeless here in San Diego for the past 60 years. So far this year, with your help, we’ve been able to raise a total of $10,300 to further this great cause.  

So, this evening I am pleased to present a check for $4850 to the Rescue Mission’s Director of Community Events, Mr. Ryan Chambers. Let’s give him a warm welcome…

Now, before we start the feast, I just want to mention one more person who’s done an awesome job for the school over the past few years. He’s been training with Tai Sifu Tittle for over 10 years now. And, he’s been a key part of the team that built White Dragon Chula Vista into the largest school in our organization. To recognize all this exemplary work, it is my great pleasure to officially promote him to the level of Assistant Chief Instructor of the Chula Vista school. Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in congratulating, Mr. Galih Bimaputra.  Congratulations Mr. Bimaputra!”

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White_Dragon_Martial_Arts_-_Safety_First.jpgMartial arts -- the term is based on fighting. Originally, martial arts training was often the deciding factor in life and death combat situations. Some martial arts started with armies, where soldiers learned the military art of survival at the enemy’s expense. Others were developed for common people who needed to defend their families and possessions.

Today, the fighting aspect of martial arts is for self-defense . Our modern society says that settling disputes by first or weapon fights is antisocial and illegal. So we learn self-defense, on the premise that it might just save our lives someday -- and it might.

However, there’s a big difference between self-defense fighting, where anything goes to save yourself from bodily harm, and sparring, the most common expression of martial arts fighting. Too many people seem to think that sparring and fighting are one and the same. If you’re tough in the studio or tournament, you’ll be tough on the street, because fighting is what it’s all about.

Wrong. Self-defense fighting and sparring are two entirely different things. Those of you who teach martial arts are going to have to realize that, because the number of injuries across the country in martial arts schools and tournaments is forcing insurance companies and state regulatory agencies to crack down on the concept of sparring.

Although it may have been rough and tough in the good old days of the survival of the fittest, things are different now. Major insurance companies are telling school owners and tournament promoters that no head contact is allowed in the school or at tournament. They’re requiring students and competitors to wear protective head, hand and foot gear, or they won’t carry the school’s insurance policy.

I don’t know about other states, but California’s martial arts tournaments are regulated by the state athletic commission. They put out a rule book every year, nicknamed the “red book”. Here’s how the red book describes martial arts sparring contests.

Article Two, Section 18627 defines the term full and light contact for martial arts. It says, “Full contact means the use of full unrestrained physical force in a martial arts contest. Light contact means the use of controlled martial arts techniques whereby contract to the body is permitted in a restrained manner, no contact to the face is permitted, and no contact is permitted which may result or is intended to result in physical harm to the opponent.”

In California, all full-contact, and that includes head contact, contests must be licensed by either the state athletic commission or the Amateur Athletic Union. So if you’re putting on a tournament that allows any head contact, and it’s not license, you’re breaking the law. Of course, if your insurance carrier finds out, they probably won’t honor any claim from your tournament.

What amazes me in the very few California tournament promoters who are even aware that their tournaments come under state jurisdiction, much less know the laws about light and full contact. Even though California’s law is clear, many people still misunderstand, allowing what they call kiss contact or light head contact in their tournaments. Each year these promoters unwittingly sponsor illegal martial arts contests. Since California is planning to crack down on such events, those unknowing promoters may unfortunately find out the hard way.

Many schools advertise full-contact training. It’s legal to train full-contact fighters in schools, at least in California. Boxing (kickboxing and mma) gyms do it all the time. However, are these martial arts schools really full-contact schools? Are the students actually knocked out during training? Do they allow punches and kicks to the face? Remember the insurance companies say that if you allow contact to the face, there could be a chance of knocking out the student with a blow to the head of his head striking the floor on the way down.

Personally, I think that insurance companies are right. Today’s martial art schools are not the same as in the old days. Not only can a blow to the head cause injuries, it can create negative feeling in the school. Sometimes when students get punched or kicked in the face, they lose their tempers and fight back in anger. And, for those of us who teach minors, parents hate to see their child injured.

That controversy about pulling punches ruining your ability to actually hit something is not true. You can use bags for power and penetration. If you can hit your opponent’s body in sparring practice, you’ll still have plenty of ability to hit a face in self-defense.

Don’t misunderstand me. I teach sparring and I teach self-defense. Most self-defense techniques cannot be practiced safely in sparring class, so students develop their fighting power on bags, dummies, forms practice, and two-person sets. Sparring is a way to develop better timing, tactical knowledge, footwork, reflexes, and awareness.

by Doc Fai Wong

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Our Mission & Values...

At White Dragon Martial Arts, our mission is to be the best in the world at improving the lives of our students through the practice of martial arts. We accomplish this mission through our unique training method and by instilling core values. By teaching important values like discipline, humility, positive attitude, and respect for self and others our students learn that martial arts is a complete way life, not just a system of self-defense. The White Dragon method focuses on building a stronger mind along with a stronger body in the hope of producing confident and well rounded individuals, capable of reaching excellence in all areas of life.

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White Dragon pairs every student with their own individual instructor to provide the most complete personal and group training available anywhere. Our unique combination of Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Kickboxing & MMA creates the most effective, well-rounded training experience which will help you get fit, teach you how to defend yourself, and improve your life in ways you didn’t know were possible. We’re dedicated to providing you with the highest quality martial arts instruction through a positive, values-based environment along with the most availability and flexibility to accommodate your schedule. Our vision is to help you build physical fitness and develop total self-confidence through studying martial arts so that you can excel in all aspects of life.
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