Open email to my students. I’ll be posting the website for this news very soon… here is some background info if you’re stuck in traffic or a line at the grocery store!
I’m ready to explode!
I’ve been holding this information in for a VERY long time! As people have found out, finding a JKD instructor any where is not easy. Finding a qualified one, with years upon years of experience is now becoming even harder. I can show you hundreds of emails I receive from people all over the world who are looking for a qualified JKD instructor in their neck of the woods. It is rare. Before I get into the biggest announcement I’ve made to date, I want to remind you of a couple quick notes:
1. Classes are in full swing. We’re on week #5 of our BJJ classes. Here is a review video: CLICK HERE. We are reviewing all of this info this week and weekend. You can jump in at anytime (but now is a perfect time with the review week).
2. We have a Female Self-Defense seminar on Saturday, 1/21 from 9-11am (Rockford) and Noon-2pm (Bloomingdale) which I will be personally teaching. It is only $19, and perfect for wives, girlfriends, sisters, mothers and female friends and co-workers. Sign up at www.SelfDefenseCalendar.com or through our Facebook pages.
3. Our Instructorship Camp is happening on 2/4-5. Let me know if you’re interested in getting certified in Jeet Kune Do, as EDS has certified more JKD Instructors in the Midwest than any other school or organization!
4. The rumors are true… I’ve been contracted by an elite Federal organization to overhaul their whole self-defense program… literally rewrite their whole manual. If you are interested in helping me fine tune the custom program I’ve been developing for them, please contact me asap. The training is intense.
Now for the REALLY good stuff!
As many of you know, for about the last 18 months I’ve dedicated myself into digging deeper into the JKD world, and finding not just one, but dozens of other JKD Instructors who have stacks of credentials… many either direct students of Bruce Lee’s, or of his main assistant and student Dan Inosanto. In my mind, every “qualified” instructor must have their lineage traced back to one of these two.
So over the last 18 months I’ve pumped up my JKD IQ… ok, I’ve put them on steroids, by interviewing, meeting and training with dozen upon dozens of JKD Masters! Always wanting to give the best instruction to my students, I thought, “How can I give this experience to my students”? Well, I can’t trek them around the US with me, as I have over the last year and a half. It is too expensive and time consuming. “But, what if I bring these JKD Masters to them?”, I thought.
I quickly found out (as I guessed), that each of these JKD Masters, who are at the top of their game charge $2000-3000 per seminar visit, plus expenses of flights, lodging and food. About $4000 per instructor. But my goal wasn’t to bring just one Master out… any school can do that. They take a whole weekend out and get one perspective, one set of lessons. My goal is to submerge my students in a sea of knowledge, experiences, techniques, drills, lessons and information… just like I got to do this last year and a half.
So, after many, many long talks with my wife, we decided that this vision fueled by my passion was worth whatever the cost was. However, we wanted to make sure it was affordable to everyone. How could those two goals mix? Upon some serious prayer, and more talks we knew it was more important to have the experience AND make it affordable, regardless of the cost to us. Just as we bet the farm on this business multiple times over the last 17 years, based on our passion and vision, we knew we had to do the same here.
Regardless if you are religious, many of you know my wife and I am. Our faith is a big part of our life… the biggest actually. However, I’ve always respected others by not preaching from the front of the classroom. But, I’ll tell you here that God has opened some pretty incredible doors lately, and I want to share that with you (i.e. the Federal contract training above, bringing these JKD Masters to your doorstep, etc.).
As a result, we will be bringing in not just one, not even just two JKD Masters, but FIVE!!! over the course of one weekend here at the school. We are flying them in from FIVE different cities, to teach you the most incredible JKD seminar which has ever been assembled. No where else in this entire world have you ever had the chance to learn from FIVE JKD Masters in one weekend. The cool news is that we’ve made it just as affordable as almost any school I’ve seen charge for just one instructor’s seminar! But it gets better, as an EDS student you’ll receive an additional discount just for being a student here! You’re a part of the school who will be hosting the biggest JKD seminar EVER!
I know you’re asking who are the FIVE, how much does it exactly cost, what are they teaching, etc.? I’ll be releasing a detailed email very soon which will answer all of these questions. For now, make sure you reserve March 30 – April 1st 2012 in your calendars. This event will go down in the history books, and you have a front row seat.
Students who attend class will get the most up to date info!
I’ll be in touch,
ps: Yes, this does tie into the new JKD Master’s class being offered exclusively through EDS staring in a couple weeks. There is no extra cost to current EDS students… and the info taught in this limited availability class will blow your mind. Much more info to come!