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White Dragon Martial Arts - Oceanside

Sifu Dennis Smith - Chief Instructor of White Dragon Martial Arts Oceanside

5th Degree Senior Black Sash

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I was born in Torrance, California and lived in Inglewood until the age of 10 before returning to Torrance where I lived with my parents Ray and Diane. I moved to San Diego after graduating from high school to attend San Diego State University to play Volleyball for the Aztecs. I graduated with a bachelor’s of science in sports medicine.

Throughout the course of my life, I’ve seen and experienced a great deal of violence, and following one particular altercation involving multiple attackers I found the need to get some professional training. I began studying Choy Li Fut Kung Fu with Master Nathan Fisher at White Dragon. The power and versatility of this style of martial arts was the perfect fit for me. I was instantly impressed on how effective Choy Li Fut was as a system of self-defense. The practicality and intensity of the work-outs was incredible, and I was amazed at the results. I dedicated myself to reaching the black sash rank, and broke the record to become the fastest student to achieve that goal in the history of the school.

It was when I became an instructor at White Dragon that I realized that my true passion in life was in the cultivation and instruction in teaching martial arts. The unique mentoring relationship between the teacher and student’s interaction was something that I had never experienced before. The respect for self and others, goal achievement and core values that are part of White Dragon made it clear to me that teaching martial arts this is what I wanted to make my life’s work. After graduating from college in 1996 I was given the opportunity to run the White Dragon Martial Arts School in Oceanside, where I proved myself to be worthy of being promoted to the level of Sifu.

Along the way I have competed successfully in a variety of different national and international martial arts tournaments winning awards for kung fu and tai chi hand a weapons forms, as well as Chinese kickboxing and tai chi push hands. Over the years, I have promoted many of my own students to the level of Black Sash in both Tai-Chi and Choy Li Fut Kung Fu. And in 2009, I earned my 5th Degree Senior Black Sash, the highest rank in the Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong's Plum Blossom International Federation.

When I'm not teaching martial arts or working out, I enjoy spending free time with my family, the beach, coaching volleyball, working out, shooting sports and being a good husband and father.

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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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