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White Dragon Martial Arts - Mira Mesa

Sifu Ming Lau - Chief Instructor of White Dragon Martial Arts Mira Mesa

4th Degree Senior Black Sash

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My early schooling taught me a great deal about what can be accomplished with a just few resources and a desire to learn. I started kindergarten without a grasp of the English language and struggled quite a bit to fit in. Thankfully, my parents introduced me to Sesame Street and I quickly picked up what I needed to catch up to my peers. Since then, I’ve made it a habit to pick up new skills as opportunities present themselves.

As a school-aged kid in the 80’s, I rarely had trouble with bullies. This was because the Asian martial arts were still portrayed in popular media as mystical abilities inherent in asian peoples. Therefore, troublemakers would often avoid me and draw unfounded conclusions by saying, “Watch out, he’s Japanese—he must know Karate.” It didn’t bother me that I wasn’t Japanese. But it did bother me that I didn’t know how to defend myself.

I first became enamored with Judo and Kendo at the Minami Community Center in Santa Maria, California. They offered Judo classes and the adults had the option of learning Kendo. My mom signed me up for Judo, and after class I would often stay and watch the adults strap on their protective bogu gear and spar with bamboo shinai. Our teacher was an old Japanese master who wore a tattered belt that was colored with an alternating red/white pattern. I had no idea at the time, and learned later on, that he was ranked at a master-level 8th Dan. I was lucky to spend the next 6 years, every Tuesday and Thursday, learning a lot about tumbling, throwing, and pinning. And after each class, I was treated to an ice cream cone at Thrifty’s for only 15 cents! Chocolate Malted Crunch.

Formal kung fu training began when I moved to San Diego for college and walked into White Dragon Martial Arts in La Mesa after a hectic finals week. The founder, Master Nathan Fisher, gave me a tour and I was immediately drawn into the positive atmosphere of serious training. White Dragon displayed everything I had imagined while watching Kung Fu Theatre on Saturday afternoons in my childhood. Without hesitation, I signed up and, since then, I’ve trained consistently and have earned my 4th degree black sash.

My teacher, Tai-Sifu Don Tittle taught me that performance counts most in building confidence. For more than two decades, my teacher and I traveled all around the country competing—“picking fights,” he would say—with martial artists of various styles who also found the need to test their skills in competition. Each crucible event opened my eyes to what was lacking in my overall game. These tests led to improved training methods and a growing sense of confidence.

In 1998, Master Nathan Fisher, my teacher’s teacher, offered me an opportunity to teach kung fu. Soon after, I began running the White Dragon Martial Arts School in Mira Mesa under his guidance. I’ve been very lucky to share a lot of what I’ve learned with an eager community of students here in Mira Mesa. My core group has been with me for over a decade. My top student, Sifu Dandamudi, has since launched from Mira Mesa to start a school of his own, in Chula Vista. My wife, Mary, has earned her brown fringe in Tai Chi. Serene, my daughter, has earned her senior black sash and is also a part-time instructor. And my son, Thomas, is currently training for his black sash test. Passing on what I enjoy most about martial arts to the next generation has become my life’s work.

On my free time, I do kung fu. (Just kidding!) Although the kung fu philosophy is ever-present, I do enjoy other things like playing the guitar and piano. Photography and woodworking have also been big parts of my life, too. And recently, I’ve discovered that there are few things more satisfying than riding a motorcycle on the open road. I really enjoy my family and appreciate the country in which we live. We’ve vacationed to 49 states and are looking forward to visiting Hawaii next year.

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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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