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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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Nuestra Misión y Valores...

En White Dragon Martial Arts, nuestra misión es ser el mejor del mundo en mejorar las vidas de nuestros estudiantes a través de la práctica de las artes marciales. Logramos esta misión a través de nuestro método único de entrenamiento y por inculcar valores fundamentales. Por enseñar valores importantes come la disciplina, la humildad, la actitud positiva, y el respeto por uno mismo y por los demás, nuestros estudiantes aprenden que las artes marciales son una manera de vivir, no sólo un sistema de defensa personal. El método de White Dragon es enfocarnos en desarrollar una mente más fuerte igual a un cuerpo más fuerte, con la esperanza de producir individuos seguros y completos, capaces de alcanzar la excelencia en todas áreas de la vida.

¡Entrene Duro, Viva Mejor!

White Dragon empareja cada estudiante con su propio instructor para proveer el entrenamiento personal y de grupo más completo que se puede encontrar. Nuestra combinación única de Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Kickboxing y AMM crea la experiencia más eficaz y completa que le ayudará a ponerse en forma, enseñarle como defenderse, y mejorar su vida de maneras que usted no sabía que fueran posibles. Estamos dedicados a proveer para usted la más alta calidad de instrucción de artes marciales a través de un ambiente positivo, y basado en valores, tanto como un programa flexible para adaptarnos a su horario. Nuestra visión es ayudarle a estar en forma física y desarrollar confianza en sí mismo por estudiar las artes marciales para que usted pueda tener éxito en todos los aspectos de la vida.
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