About our Standard Seminar
Our standard self-defense seminar is approximately 90 minutes. The first 20 minutes includes a discussion focusing on how to avoid a self-defense situation, when to run away, and common myths surrounding self-defense. The physical component of the seminar is approximately 60 minutes. Participants are taught how to knee and elbow properly on heavy shield bags. Once this accomplished, the seminar then teaches participants how to effectively employ these knees and elbows in a variety of scenarios (specifically, against a punch and against a bear hug). The final physical portion of the seminar focuses on defense against sexual assault, using basic grappling skills to fend off an assault. All aspects of the seminar, from holding the bags to being the “assaulter”, are performed by assistant instructors. At no point does a seminar participant throw a punch, act as an “assaulter”, or hold a bag for another seminar participant. Also, at no point in seminar does a participant actually get struck by a punch or kick. All assistant instructors aiding in the seminar are thoroughly trained by Sifu Goldsmith. The seminar can be considered a mild workout but is not cardiovascularly intensive, and in the 10 year history of teaching this curriculum at Brandeis and UNC, there has never been an injury.
A video outlining some of the fundamentals we teach at our self-defense seminars at UNC was recently produced by the Daily Tarheel, and can be seen below.
Customizing Our Seminars
The art of Wu Hun Dao specializes in adapting it's principles to a wide range of situations and people, and all instructors in the art are trained in generating focused, client-specific instruction. Seminars can be customized to a variety of target audiences, to meet the needs of targeted participants. These include, but are not limited to:
- College students
- Law enforcement
- Military personnel
- The elderly
- The physically handicapped
Additionally, a “seminar series” over the course of a few months can be established, where each seminar leads into the next, and allows for more advanced skill development of participants over time.
What Makes our Seminars Different?
Many martial arts claim to teach self-defense but have never tested their techniques against fully resisting opponents, either in the ring or in real life. When forced into a real situation, these martial arts often fail, to the detriment of their practitioners. Kajukenbo is different. It was developed in the slums of Hawaii in the 1940s, and every technique incorporated into the art has been tested against fully resisting opponents. This tradition continues to this day, and every technique taught at Tactical Kung Fu and Mixed Martial Arts has been tested by someone in either a full contact MMA match, or in a real combat or self-defense situation. If it doesn't work, we don't teach it.
About Tactical Kung Fu and MMA
Tactical Kung Fu and MMA focuses on teaching the martial art of Wu Hun Dao in the Research Triangle. Wu Hun Dao is a branch of Wun Hop Kuen Do/Kajukenbo; a practical mixed martial art that combines the best of many different martial arts styles to create a constantly evolving self-defense system. As evidence of its success, our style is frequently utilized by and taught to police departments (Multnomah PD in Oregon), the FBI, the Yemen Anti-terrorism Task Force, and the military, including the Army Rangers. With the advent of MMA and the UFC (aka mixed martial arts), Kajukenbo has had further success, with several current and past champions studying under instructors of the art. It has also been featured on the Discovery Channel Fight Quest series as the martial art representative of America.
The head instructor, Sifu Goldsmith, has been studying martial arts for 21 years. He received a black belt in a mix of Wun Hop Kuen Do and Tang So Do in 1998, and re-tested for a second black belt in Wun Hop Kuen Do under its founder in 2003. He is currently a 4th degree black belt in Wun Hop Kuen Do and a 1st degree Black Belt in Tang So Do. He has also studied several styles of karate, Tae Kwon Do, Escrima (Filipino stick and knife fighting) and Submission Wrestling. His rank has been certified by the Wun Hop Kuen Do International Association, of which he is a former board member. More information about him can be found here.
In addition to being an LLC, Tactical Kung Fu and MMA holds liability insurance that protects all participants as well as hosting institutions.
Our standard market rate is $40/person for the seminar. Tactical Kung Fu and MMA and the host institution then split these proceeds at a negotiable rate between the two entities. If we are being brought in to do a seminar for an institution, the cost is $20/person. These prices assume a 10-person minimum for participants, and all rates are negotiable.
Past clients of our seminars include:
- UNC Chapel Hill
- Safe Spring Break, 2006-07
- Manly Dorm, 2007-08
- Craig Dorm, 2007-08
- UNC School of Law, 2007-08
- Granville Towers Dorm, 2008
- Project Dinah, 2009
- UNC Week of Welcome, 2009-13
- Mangum Dorm, 2009
- The Daily Tarheel, Instructional Video, 2009
- McDougle Middle School with Las Guapitas, 2008
- Officer Interest Group, Carrboro Police Department, 2010
- Levin Jewish Community Center, 2011-current