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White Dragon Martial Arts - San Marcos

Sifu Jerime VanDergriff - Chief Instructor of White Dragon Martial Arts San Marcos

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Some of my earliest memories are of watching kung fu theater on Sunday mornings. I can still remember practicing bowing like the actors portraying Martial Arts masters. The concepts of respect and humility combined with the ability to aptly defend yourself resonated with me very deeply, even at a young age. As a child, I was removed from the care of my abusive family and placed into foster care. I quickly became the target of bullies because I was smaller and bashful. Unfortunately, the State did not offer any form of self-defense training to its wards, so I was in fights often. When I turned 18 and “termed out” of the care of the court, I became homeless; I blamed everyone for these negative life experiences. One day, I had an epiphany: I didn’t want to be homeless and full of blame. I found a job, a place to live, and White Dragon.

White Dragon was a turning point for me. It provided me with a supportive family I never had before and a purpose to my life. My teacher, Sifu Ben Stanley, has been my teacher for fifteen years and has been a positive role model and father figure—things that I didn’t have much of growing up. It is because of his influence and training at White Dragon that I developed discipline and a sense of self. At his urging, I participated in many tournaments and won medals, many first place, in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and combative competitions, including the Plum Blossom International Federation Tournament in San Francisco, the International Chinese Martial Arts Championships in Florida, and the First International Tai Chi Chuan Championship in Taiwan.

I knew from the first months of training that being a Sifu was what I wanted to do with my life. I want to provide a positive, encouraging environment for my instructors and students; I want people, who, like me, feel lost and unsupported, to find a kung fu/tai chi family. I want people to feel confident that they can defend themselves and feel good about what they’ve accomplished. Because of my years of training at White Dragon Martial Arts, I’ve developed these things and want to share what I’ve learned with others.

Traveling for various martial arts tournaments fueled my desire to see the world and now I have hiked in Hawaii and the northern California redwoods; road tripped along the Oregon and Washington coasts; and seen the rich culture of China and Hong Kong. In addition to travel, I also enjoy finding and listening to records. Music is a passion in my life and my collection spans blues, jazz, classical, classic rock, reggae, country, alternative, and rap. I appreciate and love to explore the way that musicians tell their stories and creativity through their melodies and vocals. I also explore my own creativity through my art. I have been a woodworker for almost twenty years and in the past five years have explored painting using stencils. I enjoy the puzzle of creating a negative image and figuring out how to create a stencil out of it. Lastly, my dogs, Angua and Gaspode, provide me with such joy. Whether it is chasing the ball Fiesta Island, training agility, or hanging out by the fire, they are a constant source of unconditional love.

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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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