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 cardiovascular intensive, and in the 10+ year history of teaching this curriculum there has never been an injury.
A video outlining some of the fundamentals we teach at our self-defense seminars at UNC was 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.
Past clients of our seminars include:
- UNC Chapel Hill, 2006-current
- Safe Spring Break, 2006-2007
- Manly Dorm, 2007-2008
- Craig Dorm, 2007-2008
- UNC School of Law, 2007-2008
- Granville Towers Dorm, 2008
- McDougle Middle School with Las Guapitas, 2008
- Project Dinah, 2009
- UNC Week of Welcome, 2009-2013
- Mangum Dorm, 2009
- The Daily Tarheel, Instructional Video, 2009
- Officer Interest Group, Carrboro Police Department, 2010
- Levin Jewish Community Center, 2011-2012
- Alpha Delta (UNC sorority), 2013
- Cary Academy, 2014
- Gamma Phi Beta (Duke University sorority), 2015