INTERNATIONAL KUNG-FU SAN SOO ASSOCIATION     
 
Master Tom Akers
Sifu Akers has known Grand Master Woo since the 1950's before he began teaching non-Chinese people. His mother worked at the same market as Grand Master Woo. Master Akers is fiercely loyal to his Grand Master. Quote "I am completely and totally dedicated to Chin Lo Si Fu and San Soo".

There was a disciple of the famous Chinese Master Wong Fae Hong who refused to change anything about his Master's art. The Chinese called him "old square mind". Sifu Akers is the "old square mind" of San Soo. He insists that his students call Grand Master "Lo Si Fu" and encourages all San Soo schools to do the same, out of respect and tradition.

He strives to teach the traditional Chinese martial art way. He requires students to learn what the terms mean and how to write, read and understand the Chinese calligraphy of San Soo. He has his students study martial arts history and Chinese philosophy.

He had the first non-Chinese Lion dancing team in the U.S. Quote," Chin Lo Si Fu loved and taught Lion dancing and so do I".

Sifu Akers is known to be stubborn and bullheaded when it comes to Lo Si Fu or San Soo. But, everyone who knows him understands his love for the art. His motto is "There is no San Soo without Chin Lo Si Fu!" ***NO COMPROMISE***

Contact Information

Address: Pure Health Center
5118 W. Main
New Port Richey, FL 34656
Phone: (727) 847-7990
Fax: None
Email: sansoosifuakers@cs.com
Website: www.sansoosifuakers.com

 

Master Paul Borisoff
Master Paul H. Borisoff began his study of the art of Kung Fu San Soo in 1975, under the tutelage of Master Charles W. Cory. He became an assistant instructor at the North Hollywood facility in 1977 and continued until opening his own school in November 1978. He was awarded the degree of Master in 1986. He has also trained with Grand Master Jimmy H. Woo in classes offered by the first International Kung Fu San Soo Association.

Master Paul H. Borisoff has taught Kung Fu San Soo for Los Angeles Recreation & Parks (6 centers), Los Angeles City Schools (In-service classes for teachers and school nurses). He has instructed for the YMCA, YWCA, Woman's Workshop and North Valley Jewish Community Center.

Master Paul H. Borisoff is committed to instructing the Art of Kung Fu San Soo, as taught by Grand Master, Jimmy H. Woo. A classically trained violinist, he understands the necessity of staying the course; keeping it pure and unadulterated. I feel that study of this art is an ongoing process. It takes many years of study and the process can be arduous.

As a school owner or student, the temptations are great to take an easier, more immediately profitable path, bending to the latest fad. In the end he feels that the achievement of excellence in this art depends on repeated practice and persistence, and that a school owners integrity is staying loyal and committed to the system which he professes to teach. There is so much room for personal variation in this art, but one has to honor its precepts and foundational concepts.

Paul H. Borisoff was born in Los Angeles and has a bachelor degree in Radio Television and Film, from California State University at Northridge. Since age 16, he has given Music and Photography instruction. He has worked in the fields of Medical Imaging, Camera and Lens Repair, Customer Service and Corporate Purchasing.

Contact Information

Address: 6117 Reseda Blvd. Suite D
Reseda, CA  91335
Phone: (818) 996-7832
Fax: None
Email: kfss@pacbell.net
Website: http://home.pacbell.net/kfss
 
Master Joe Burresch Jr.

I was introduced to Grand Master Jimmy H. Woo and the art of Kung Fu San Soo in 1974. A friend of mine from high school was a green belt in the art, at the time. I had been training in full contact Karate and when my friend told me that he was going to his Kung Fu studio in the El Monte, Midway Shopping Center, I asked if I could come along. From the moment I walked into the studio, I was hooked. As I sat and watched the workouts of the various belts, I was approached by a very friendly man wearing a blue leisure suit and a big smile on his face. He introduced himself as Jimmy H. Woo and asked if I had any questions. My response was, "When can I start"? After 4 years of military service, I continued my training in San Soo and received my black belt from Grand Master Jimmy H. Woo in 1980 and my Masters in 1992.

I have instructed officers from the California Highway Patrol and taught women in Assault Prevention classes. I am currently teaching San Soo in Upland, California at the School of the Fighting Science of Kung Fu San Soo, as it was taught to me by the late Lo Sifu Chin Siu Dek (Grand Master Jimmy H. Woo).

 

Contact Information

Address: 188 D North Central Ave.
Upland, CA 91786
Phone: (909) 730-9899
Fax: None
Email: sansooteach@hotmail.com
Website: None
 

 

Master Mark Colby
Kung-Fu San Soo is the most complete and systematic art that I have seen in all my martial arts experience. The use of intersecting triangles and circles give it a very strong base. It's practical use of the body allows this art to be used or adapted by anyone with power.

I began studying San Soo in August of 1985 under Master Carl Lorenzen at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Ca. Carl Lorenzen transcribed the five Kung Fu San Soo instructor's manuals, dictated by Grand Master Woo as the standard for the perpetuation of this art. These books include many forms as well as offensive and defensive combative techniques.

From the first day I entered the world of San Soo, I was fascinated by how practical and effective the fighting techniques seemed to be compared to other arts I had seen. As my studies continued, I learned how the motions in the forms were directly related to the patterns in the fighting techniques. It was apparent to me that these moves were not just put together randomly. Rather a well thought out system of motion designed by monks over hundreds of years, who seemed to have an excellent understanding of physiology. From the day I began to study San Soo until now, I believe that there is no reason to look to any other art to complete it or add anything lacking. If you look closely enough, San Soo has It's own way of dealing with any situation.

Carl invited me to train in his garage. I also continued to study with Carl at Saddleback College until early 1996 when he retired from the Orange County Sheriff's Department. I have continued to study with Carl over the years in a more private setting.

One thing that I have discovered is that you never stop being a student. From white belt all the way through master. San Soo can be an endless, life long journey with ever changing combinations of moves. One can grow from the 4 to 6 move lesson uences to a blending of moves together based on principle of motion.

This gives you freedom to use the art according to your situation at hand.

I began instructing classes at my home in 1990 as a brown belt. I found that I was challenged to learn more details about each lesson as I taught them to others. I was also an assistant instructor under Carl Lorenzen at Saddleback College from 1990-1996. At Carl's retirement in 1996, Scott Pemberton took over Carl's class at the college. I assisted Scott's classes on Tuesday nights at Saddleback College from 1996 until 2004. I also instructed sessions on Thursday nights in a private setting studying San Soo with a smaller group of students.

In May of 1992 I was awarded the level of Black belt. In May of 2003 I was awarded the level of Master by Carl L. Lorenzen.

As of January 4, 2005 I am instructing classes at Faith Community Church in Irvine, Ca. We are meeting on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:00PM ñ 9:00PM with an open work out time from 6:30PM ñ 7:00PM.

Don't hesitate to visit us on our website or call the phone number in the contact information section below.

If you are in the Irvine area, stop in and visit us during our scheduled class times.


 

Contact Information

Address: Kung-Fu San Soo
P. O. BOX 1257
Lake Forest, Ca. 92609
Phone:

(949)215-4921

Fax: (949)215-4921
Email: mark@realkungfusansoo.com
Website:
 

 

Master Chuck Cory
Master Chuck Cory opened his first San Soo School in North Hollywood, California in 1974. He attained the rank of Master in the Art of Kung Fu San Soo under Grandmaster Jimmy H. Woo in January of 1983.

He has taught Kung Fu San Soo to thousands of men, women and children over the years, including the blind and the physically challenged.

Master Cory has been involved with all types of teaching, from teaching personal bodyguards, law enforcement, rape prevention, self confidence and stress management training through San Soo.

He currently also teaches many types of weapons use and defense training programs, including knife, sword, staff, baton, handgun retention and nerve stick; utilizing a nerve stick design that he and Master Fred Mead developed.

Many of his students teach San Soo around the world. Master Cory is well respected in the Martial Arts world for his knowledge of fighting.

Saying of San Soo, I consider myself very fortunate to have discovered San Soo. It has changed my life for the better. Grandmaster Jimmy H. Woo was like a father to all of us who knew him. I am just sorry that many of my newer generation San Soo colleagues never had the opportunity to meet and learn from him as I did. 

Master Cory is currently teaching a in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. He can be reached for information on his classes by Email at: sansoomichigan@yahoo.com or cwc2@aol.com or by phone at 1-313-561-8258.
 

Contact Information

Address: 34639 Ford Rd.
Westland, MI 48185
Phone: (313) 231-0445
Fax: None
Email: sansoomichigan@yahoo.com 
Website: www.sansoomichigan.com

 

Master Artie Dison
 

My introduction to Kung Fu San Soo came about through Master Raul Ries many years ago. In 1977, Master Raul Ries had a Kung Fu San Soo studio in Covina, California.

I went to Raul's studio, but it was not to workout or even see the art. I was invited to share music performing a concert for Rallis Wednesday night bible study which was held inside of Rallis Kung Fu Studio.  Back then I never knew what Kung Fu San Soo was and I did not know that Pastor Raul Ries was known as Master Raul Ries in the martial arts world.

I was a Christian recording artist (singer/songwriter/guitarist/arranger) performing ministry outreach concerts all over the west coast. I was involved with Calvary Chapel's Maranatha music outreach ministry. (Serving God and music ministry has always been my passion and still is to this day).  My relationship with Master Raul Ries continued to grow throughout the years by means of participating in music ministry outreach concerts that were put on by Calvary Chapel of West Covina, which is now called Calvary Chapel Golden Springs.  Master Raul would often mention Kung Fu San Soo to me, but at that time I had never  really heard of the art nor did I ever think twice about ever learning the art of San Soo.  After many years had passed, in 1989 I finally decided to contact Raul to let him know that I wanted to learn Kung Fu San Soo.  

I began my San Soo training in 1990 training under Master Ted Sias (14 yrs). During that same time period I would regularly take the long drive out to Master Raul and Xavierís Ries school which was located in Diamond Bar, CA to train under Master Raul and Xavierís Ries.  I received my black belt in 1995 and received my 7th degree in 2002.

I have been training regularly since January of 1990 and I continue to train under Master Raul Ries in quest of my Masters degree.  

In January of 2004, I opened my studio in Anaheim. My school has grown significantly since opening. I have a passion for this art of Kung Fu San Soo and I enjoy teaching the art exactly how I was taught from my 1st generation Masters. The teaching method is the same as Master Raul & Master Xavier Ries taught, with the forty-five basics for white belts, 72 for yellow belts and so on. The study of forms with hands and weapons are taught regularly and I put an emphasis on safety and respect towards one another in the studio and outside the studio. We teach our students to be aware of the formulation of a bad situation, the ingredients of trouble and the elements of a fight which the end results and aftermath are never desirable, i.e. lawsuits, retaliation, and death. We advise the students to avoid and attempt to defuse unwelcomed confrontations before they evolve into an ugly mess. In the event one has to use the art, we teach them how to commit to powerfully execute the art but to also make the decision in terms of the options they may have to execute various levels of force in regards to the situation. As of recent I have begun to unleash the flow of creativity using my San Soo abilities, to perform demos with a theme of good vs. evil as a form of ministry outreach at church teen camps. It has been fun and entertaining. 

Kung Fu San Soo is a thinking manís art. The most powerful tool we have is our mind.

Class schedule

Classes for Kids are held every    Tuesday & Thursday @ 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Classes for Adults are every held Tuesday & Thursday @ 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Saturday morning classes for adults & teens only @10:00am to 12:00 noon


 

Contact Information

Address:

1340 N. Candlewood St. Anaheim, CA 92805

Phone: 714-292-3234
Email: art_dison@edwards.com

 

Master David M. Dowell
My participation in the martial arts began in 1962. For several years I studied various arts until 1980, than I began my training in Kung Fu San Soo. I studied under Richard Dinsmore in Chula Vista, CA receiving my 7th degree black belt in 1992. I began training with Master Jack Sera in El Monte, CA in 1992 and was awarded my Master’s degree in 1996. At that time I was a recognized Master in the International Kung Fu San Soo Association.

From 1986 through 1999 I have owned and operated my own Kung Fu San Soo schools in National City, Lemon Grove, El Cajon and San Diego, CA.

I am currently conducting classes at Morley Field Park in San Diego, CA and will be opening a new studio in the very near future.

Beginning in 1996 my school has performed annual Kung Fu San Soo demonstrations for the Chinese New Year and the Del Mar Fair as well as many other community, university and private demonstrations.

Contact Information

Address: P.O. Box 900061, San Diego, CA  92190-0061
Phone: 619-840-8657
Pager: 619-506-0207
Fax: None
Email: kfssinstructor@cox.net
Website: None

 

Master Jerry Druckerman
At the age of twelve I started in sport karate. Then at seventeen, one of my neighbors introduced me to Master Bill Lasiter, who was teaching San Soo at the time, and I was hooked for life. When I met Jimmy H. Woo, he was bigger than life. I could see why. Jimmy had such presence and a confidence that was indescribable. He was my hero and still is to this day.

I received my Master certificate from Grand Master Woo in 1982. I have been teaching the art since I was 18yrs. old and have opened several studios through the years. I have been teaching for the past twelve years at the California Athletic Club, 9120 Haven Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

I would like to thank all the older instructors for sharing their pearls of wisdom over the years. I know we all wanted to be just like Jimmy Woo. We would try to talk like him, walk like him and fight like him. We will all spend the rest of our lives with that part of him that we loved and respected. He was a father figure, an advisor and a teacher of life. Jimmy H. Woo, who was bigger than life, dedicated that life to his belief of the importance of ones own self respect. He did not care about fame or money. Jimmy would often say, " I'm one of the best fighters in the world." Knowing who he was, made him respected and the sharing of his beliefs made him loved.

I know that San Soo is who I am. Everything else I do is just an extension of my San Soo. I can only hope that everyone that was touched by Jimmy H. Woo remembers what his life meant. I hope they continue to pass on his knowledge and his teachings for the building of human character.

Contact Information

Address: California Athletic Club
9120 Haven Ave.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA  91730
Phone: None
Fax: None
Email: jdsansoo@aol.com
Website: None

 

Jerome Eckleberry
Grand Master Jimmy H Woo's Fighting Art of San Soo

Without honor and a good human character, San Soo is just another ugly fighting system. As superb as it is, it is nothing without the respect and honor that is woven into the fabric of it. When I first began to learn this art back in 1972 at Smysorís Studio, we were lectured on the building of a good human character. The fighting side would help you to be a better fighter, but to reach your potential you must have your spiritual side under control. This came easily to the Smysorís teaching style as they follow strong Christian values. Granted, the fighting is great and requires much practice and study, but, when do you let the tiger out of the box? This seems to be the higher side of this art. Grand Master Woo gave us that tiger and put it in a box but he could only hope we would release that tiger in an honorable way. In my school, we look at this very seriously. We honor our art with our very best fighting ability, but more importantly, we respect each other as human beings.

In our little school, students are welcomed as family. We tell them about our history, honor, linage, and teachers. No one stands around drinking coffee and talking about how great they are. Our instructors strive to become stronger in order to help students attain higher goals for themselves. We blend ancient and modern exercise to strengthen our bodies, but we do not blend Grand Master Woo's art. We lean toward old traditional ways in that aspect. Is it tough? Yes! Is it worth it? You bet it is!
If you are considering this fighting system, I would strongly encourage you to contact our Lo Si Mo through her website, www.kungfusansoo.com for her recommendation on an accredited school and/or instructor.

Lau Sifu Chin Siu Dek built many masters, all have something, and some have much more.
 

Contact Information

Address: Main Street Studio
1213 West Main Street
Fairfield, Illinois 62837
Phone: (618) 842-7467
Fax: None
Email: jerome@mainstreetshop.biz
Website: None

 

Master Michael Falabella
Moving from student to instructor in the art of San Soo has been a natural transition for a man that was willing to start over with each instructor in order to learn and fine tune his skills as much as possible. The journey to becoming a Master in the art of San Soo, has been longer than most, but the color of his belt is the least of his concerns. He shares Lo Si Fuís dedication to the teaching and building of character. Although he did not study directly under Lo Si Fu, he has been taught by his first generation instructors and garnered the essence of what Lo Si Fu stood for and therefore the art of San Soo. 

He got his first glimpse of San Soo while he was at Alta Loma High School. Russ Couch, a sophomore, put on a demonstration of the art in 1972. According to Michael, from that moment on, I was hooked! The focus on practical hand-to-hand combat was appealing to the young wrestler. It was the one-on-one competition that was a challenge to him. This exposure to the art of San Soo influenced his decision to study with Jerry Druckerman, second degree black belt, when he met him four years later at Chaffey College. He took both group and private lessons from Jerry until he closed his studio.

Upon closing his studio in 1977, Jerry introduced Michael to Master Bill Lassiter at his Ontario, California studio. Although Michael was a green belt, he chose to begin as a white belt with Master Bill, but advanced quickly due to his prior studies in the art. By 1979, Michael was on the verge of receiving his black belt, but he had to discontinue his studies. While he was not studying under a Master, the extra years of study had reinforced his sense of discipline and dedication. Michael practiced his technique and form regularly, and he was able to work out wherever he traveled.

Michael rededicated his life to the Lord in 1982, after attending Pastor Raul's studies for a short time. It was also not a coincidence that Pastor Raul was a Kung Fu San Soo Master. After hearing Pastor Raul mention Lo Is Fu (Jimmy H. Woo) and San Soo in 1991, Michael was prompted to talk with Pastor Raul about San Soo. Soon after, Pastor/Master Raul began a class for the staff and eventually opened it up to the body. As in the past, Michael started over as a white belt. Within three months, Masters Raul and Xavier Ries recognized that he was more advanced and moved him up to green belt. They also recognized his abilities as an instructor and in 1992, as a brown belt, he began to assist Master J.P. King. After receiving his black belt in 1993, he began filling in for Masters Raul and Xavier in their absences. By this time, he was already on staff at the church and it was a natural transition to assist in San Soo along with his other ministry duties.

During the course of his studies in San Soo, Michael had the privilege of meeting Lo Si Fu and watching him teach the instructor's class quite often. His most vivid memory of Lo Si Fu is reflected in his recollection, when I met Jimmy, he was bigger than life's Although he was not studying under Master Raul at that time, he probably had the privilege to see him in action as well. To some it may seem as though Michael took a long journey on the way to receiving his Masters in San Soo, he will receive it in January 2001, but when you look at the whole picture, you can see the hand of God at work. The study of San Soo appealed to the competitiveness in him, and the additional years nourished his need to know as much as possible about the art. This desire to know every aspect of the art has only made him a better instructor and enabled God to use him on many levels.

 

Contact Information

Address: 22324 Golden Springs Dr. 
Diamond Bar
CA, 91765 
Phone: (909) 396-1884
Fax: None
Email: michaelf@calvarygs.org
Website: None

 

Master Eric Hermansen
As the Chin family taught their art only to family members, the art of Kung Fu San Soo was passed down five generations to our late Grand Master Jimmy H. Woo from his great, great, great grandfather who had learned the art from early childhood in the Kwan Yin monastery.

Those of us, who have been privileged and blessed with the opportunity to learn this art, have found that it has profound character building traits. It helps us to better understand others and ourselves with the harmony we refer to as "body of mind".

I am honored and humbled to study this beautiful art that has become me. I started training in the art under the tutelage of Master Paul Borisoff in 1986. I was awarded my black belt in 1991. In 1993 I opened my own school in Medford, Oregon. I have taught to people from all walks of life including police, military and celebrities. I have conducted seminars and demos for women crisis clinics, public schools, universities and the Britt Garden Children festivals. In 1996 I opened a school in Olympia, Washington and started teaching the art at Evergreen State College. I've currently signed on as martial arts contractor for Fort Lewis military base. In 1999 I was awarded my Masters degree.

I am committed to the preservation of the art as passed on to us by Grand Master Woo. The art is a culmination of much time and effort and has been tested and proven in combat over many generations. It is based on highly sophisticated principles of physics. It has the roots that are pure and complete. Being designed for combat, it cannot be made a sport. To mix San Soo with other styles shows a lack of understanding of the art. I am dedicated to keeping the art pure. You cannot serve two masters. In Kung Fu San Soo you are training your nervous system. If you train in another system your nervous system gets confused and you end up with nothing. Kung Fu San Soo is a gold mine. We are lucky to have found such pure system!

Contact Information

Address: Mariposa, California
Phone: None
Fax: None
Email: eric@kungfusansoomaster.com
Website: www.kungfusansoomaster.com

 

Master Edward Mattson III

I began studying the martial arts at the age of six. My mother thought it would be a good idea for me to learn how to defend myself as well as gain some discipline. I continued my studies in Karate until my teens. Then one day I walked into a San Soo school in Buena Park, Ca., with a friend of mine. There we saw men fighting with fierce effectiveness and ease. I immediately realized that I had been wasting my time all these years in an art that could not hold a candle to what these men could do. I wasted no time in getting started with Master Vince Scocozza. I continued my studies for a short time at the studio in Buena Park. I remember one day a man came to visit the studio. When he walked into the room, you could feel the confidence explode from his body. He had an aura that surrounded him. I did not speak to the man, but I knew who he was. I had heard so much about him and the great things that he had done. Well, I'm sure you know who the man was. He was Grand Master Jimmy H. Woo. I will always regret not talking to him that day. I guess in a way I was in such awe of him that I did not feel worthy in his presence. During my teens and into my early twenties, I got the boxing bug and decided to pursue it further. I continued to train in San Soo with
friends.

After I married, my wife and I moved to Ontario, Ca. Just by chance, I went along with my wife to the California Athletic Club for a workout. When we signed up for membership, I was told that they offered Kung Fu San Soo to the gym members. Well, once again fate had lead me back to San Soo. I began my studies with Master Jerry Druckerman. I could not get enough training. I kept Master Druckerman hours after class picking his brain for what he calls pearls of the art. Nothing could keep me from training. Broken bones, sprains, tears, pulls or whatever, I lived and breathed San Soo. San Soo became what I was body and soul. I received my Black Belt in February, 1996. Later that year, I received San Soo Student of the Year, by Master Jerry Druckerman and Master Wikel. After receiving my Black Belt, I began teaching with Master Druckerman at the California Athletic Club. In the early months of 1999, a student told me that a man had visited the studio during my absence and wanted to fight me. Well, the very next class I was there, with anticipation of this fools arrival. We would get people into the studio now and then who wanted to fight with one of us. That is until they saw us work out. Then they would somehow get a sudden dose of reality and respectfully withdraw their challenge. (Gee, nobody wants to play). Well, I walked into class that evening and there I saw a man dressed in a black uniform. I thought to myself, well I guess I will have my hands full with this guy. Any of you who know Master Joe Burresch, know what I'm talking about. I introduced myself to Joe and he did the same. We began to work out slowly, feeling each other out. I could feel the power in his workout and was impressed with how a man his size could move with such ease. He is a tribute to the art. It took about five minutes for us to click. We just hit it off right away. In January 2000, Master Joe Burresch and I opened our first studio in Upland, Ca., The Fighting Science of Kung Fu San Soo. Master Burresch has sharpened my skills as a San Soo fighter and has passed on many things that he has learned from Grand Master Jimmy H. Woo. I received my fourth degree from Master Burresch in February, 2000.

Throughout my life, San Soo has been a driving force. During my younger and more adventurous days, I have been in situations where my life was in danger. Thankfully, I was able to use what I have learned to move quickly and effectively. Now that I am older, I have realized that San Soo is more then just punching and kicking. It is as Grand Master Woo has said, "The building of human character". More truthful words have never been spoken. Learning the art of San Soo is not about being a bully or a tough guy. It is the building of human character. As you continue to
learn this art, you become a better man, father, husband and student. You gain confidence along with humility. It takes a humble man to truly learn the beauties of this art. This art affords you the skills to take a man's life in a split second. We all train countless hours for that one moment when we will have to call upon our skills as a fighter. That moment may never come. I hope I never have to fight again. But, if someone decides to make the fatal mistake of endangering my life or the life of my wife and kids, I will be left with no choice but to eliminate the threat.

My goal is simple, to preserve the art without compromise and continue to pass along the beauty it holds. Who are we to add or delete any part of this art? This art has endured the biggest test of all, the test of time. Nothing compares to its effectiveness or simplicity. If we do not align our forces to preserve the art of San Soo, we will suffer the fate of extinction. Or worse yet, a watered down version of what we once knew as the most devastating combat art known to man. I dedicate myself to the preservation of Kung Fu San Soo and all it stands for.

 

Contact Information

Address: 2461 E. Orangethorpe Ave. Suite # 219
Fullerton, CA. 92831
Phone: (951) 544-1986
Fax: (714) 447-9336
Email: FIGHTINGSCIENCE@aol.com
Website: http://www.kungfusansoo.com
 

 

Master Juan Meza
  Juan started his training with Grand Master Jimmy H. Woo in 1968. He received his Black Belt in October of 1971 and his Masters in January 1981.

Juan has taught for the Kung Fu Club at UCLA, for the Recreation and Parks at Beverly Hills High School, and for Lo Sifu Jimmy H. Woo in Studio City. He has given Special Classes and seminars for the Marines at Camp Pendleton (1st Force Reconnaissance), for the Border Patrol (instructors Headquarters) at Chula Vista, for various police departments, and for the instructors for these special Elite Forces. He also gives private lessons to top belts and instructors.

San Soo is taught at the Whittier School of Master Juan M. Meza just as it was taught to him by Lo Sifu Chin Siu Dek (Grandmaster Jimmy H. Woo.) The goal is to bring each student to their maximum potential.

Class Hours:

Adults:
- Tue, Wed & Thu Evenings: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
- Wednesday Days: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
- Saturday Days: 10:00pm to 12:00pm
   
Children:
- Tue, Wed & Thu Evenings: 5:00pm to 6:30pm
   
Advanced Class:
- 1st and 3rd Saturday of each Month: 1:30pm to 3:00pm

 

Contact Information

Address: 13509 A&B Telegraph Rd.
Whittier, CA 90604
Phone: (562) 941-8799
Fax: None
Email: sifujuanmeza@dapgakungfu.com
Website: www.dapgakungfu.com

 

Romeo K. Mindang
I was born in Malaysia and grew up on the island of Borneo. My father is from a local tribe and my mother is from China (Fukien). My grandfather taught Pencak Silat, a traditional martial art of the region, and I grew up learning Silat with my brother.

I came to the United States at about 17yrs. of age and eventually started learning Kung Fu San Soo in 1988. At that time I was living in Orange County. My instructor was Master Larry Dusatko and I obtained my 1st degree black belt from him.

I moved to Michigan in 1994 and continued my development in the fine art of San Soo under Sifu Thomas Akers. I obtained my Instructors Certification with the IKFSSA under the guidance of Sifu Thomas Akers and eventually opened my own MoGwoon in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1995. I continue my training with Sifu Akers and currently hold a 4th degree black belt in San Soo.

I decided a long time ago, while in California, that my martial art training will be dedicated to Kung Fu San Soo. I personally feel that Kung Fu San Soo is the most comprehensive self defense training that is available. In spite of the hard conditioning, the practical techniques and the aggressive fighting philosophy, the underlying fundamental of Kung Fu San Soo is in the building of human character. All these make Kung Fu San Soo a comprehensive training program suitable for both physical and spiritual development available for an individual.

I emphasize the traditional approach as the fundamental curriculum in my Mo Gwoon. Kung Fu San Soo training should train both the physical and character building elements of the art. This makes the practitioner of San Soo a dangerous fighter, yet a humble human being.

The object of the future generation is to develop wisdom and physical power. This ensures San Soo survival and most of all Kung Fu San Soo will continue to " get better". Through this we keep Lo Si Fu's dream alive and his legacy to the next generation.

Contact Information

Address: Dragon's Den
2851 West Dickman Rd.
Battle Creek, MI 49016
Phone: 616-385-3541
Fax: None
Email: rkmorangutan@hotmail.com
Website: None

 

Master Garry Moore
Master Tom Akers introduced me to Grand Master Woo in 1969. This was the beginning of a new friendship and a new fighting system. I studied with Jimmy for more than 3 years. After I moved to the Whittier area, I studied with Larry Wikel. Larry later turned the studio over to Dave Carter and I continued my training with him. We all continued to attend Grand Master Woo's black belt classes. Jimmy not only gave us a part of his life, he shared a sacred part of his heritage that had never been shared with Americans. This art was designed for war, protecting your life and your loved ones. We may refer to San Soo as a defensive art, but it isn't. We do not defend ourselves when we are attacked, we attack. Jimmy used to say, " you can't win a fight with defense."

This art was never intended to be a sport. In China when martial artists fought, one would walk away and one would be dead or altered for life. Kung Fu San Soo is a complete fighting system that is second best to none. Out of respect for Jimmy and his art, we will continue to teach, promote and preserve the art of Kung Fu San Soo without compromise.

I have been active in the art for 30 years. My background includes training hospital police at the USC Medical Center, sheriffs in jail wards, private lessons and seminars. You may contact me at 429 S. Mesita Pl. , West Covina, Ca. 91791.

Contact Information

Address: 429 S. Mesita Pl.
West Covina, CA 91791
Phone: None
Fax: None
Email: None
Website: None

 

Scott Pemberton
Kung Fu San Soo is a powerful martial art designed to allow a person to control an aggressor easily. It is known as the practical art of fighting. But what does practical really mean?

UNDERSTANDABLE

Building confidence is the key to defending yourself effectively. After all, if you don’t really believe a particular technique will work, it probably won’t. This building of confidence is accomplished in Kung Fu San Soo by understanding not only WHAT to do in order to control an aggressor, but also by understanding WHY the techniques, stances, and strikes are done a certain way.

SIMPLE

Kung Fu San Soo is a very simple system of techniques carefully constructed to provide maximum force with minimal effort. The techniques are brief and direct. This makes it an ideal art for students that lack physical strength or endurance.

SAFE

Injuries from workouts can last a lifetime. Kung Fu San Soo workouts are done in a safe and controlled environment. Avoiding injuries is accomplished by understanding how to execute the elements of the art such as blocking and punching using circular motions that compliment the natural movement of the body.

VERSATILE

Each technique can be done many different ways. So instead of having to remember dozens of techniques for numerous circumstances, you can apply a single Kung Fu San Soo technique in a variety of situations.

I instruct at a community college in Orange County, California. Classes begin every January and August. This is an affordable way to be introduced to this practical art of self defense. If you would like any more information or live in Orange County and are interested in learning this fascinating art, feel free to email me at pemberton2000@juno.com

Contact Information

Address: None
Phone: None
Fax: None
Email: pemberton2000@juno.com
Website: None
 
 
Master Robert Phillips

He could not believe it, at the ripe age of sixteen, Robert's dream was finally coming true. As Robert stood in front of his fellow students, family, and closest friends, Master Dan Pastre was about to present him with his life long dream, a black belt. Robert has been training in the art of Kung Fu San Soo non stop since the day he walked into Master Pastre' school.

Robert was born and raised in northern California. Moving to a small community in the foothills with his mother and two sisters when he was in the first grade. After being inspired by what most young martial artist were inspired by, Bruce Lee, Robert started his quest of concurring the world of martial arts at a very young age. He experimented in several different styles of martial arts before discovering the art of Kung Fu San Soo. Robert began his training in San Soo at the age of twelve. Training a minimum of 25 hours a week in the studio, plus devoting the majority of his spare time practicing at home. The hard workouts and grueling training soon paid off. At the age of 16, Robert received his black belt, and started teaching children's classes for his instructor. Graduating high school when he was 17, Robert then started commuting to college as he continued to teach kung fu. When Robert turned 19, his instructor decided to retire, and Robert bought the school from him. Robert continued to train under the supervision of Master Pastre, and received his Masters degree in April of 1996. Just a few short years after graduating from California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelors degree in Organizational Communication and Public Relations.

Currently, Master Phillips operates the oldest and largest martial arts school in Nevada City, California. His school, Phillips School of Kung Fu San Soo, is the largest San Soo school in Northern California, and one of the largest San Soo schools in the state. Master Phillips has his eyes set on his next big goal, attaining the level of Grand Master. Traditionally first training your son to the minimum of black belt level, and then training your grandson to black belt level can only accomplish this. Seeing that Roberts oldest son is only 6, and currently holds a yellow belt, Master Phillips goal of attaining the level of Grand Master is several years away.

Contact Information

Address: Phillips School of Kung Fu San Soo
10028 Joerschke Drive #5
Grass Valley, CA. 95945
Mail Address:
  P.O. BOX 1999, Nevada City CA 95959
Phone: (530) 477-9411
Fax: None
Email: rphillips@pacbell.net
Website: www.phillipskungfu.com

 

Master Raul Ries
Raul Ries was exposed to the art of Kung Fu San Soo at the age of 16, when his boss, Rueben Ramirez took him to Jimmy H. Woo’s (Lo Si Fu) Studio. He was impressed by the fighting style of San Soo, as opposed to the other arts he had seen. Part of this impression was influenced by the presence of Lo Si Fu himself. He had a presence that made people stop when he entered a room. He had a confidence that radiated from him and earned him respect.

Raul began training with Lo Si Fu in 1965, but his training was interrupted by his Tour of Duty in Vietnam. He was in Alpha Company 1-7, with the First Marine Division, 7th Marines, in a highly trained group, called the Bounty Hunters. He served two years in the Marine Corps. before being honorably discharged in 1968. After his discharge, Raul returned to Lo Si Fu’s studio and began training in earnest. Lo Si Fu saw potential in Raul and began to disciple him. He was more than a Master to a young student; he treated Raul like a son. Lo Si Fu became the father figure Raul desired. He was able to teach Raul how to reign in some of the anger he had built up inside over the years. Unfortunately, that control was reserved for the studio. Out on the streets, Raul was still an angry fighting machine, and now he was trained to kill.

During Raul’s training, Lo Si Fu chose him to participate in the exhibitions he organized. They demonstrated Kung Fu San Soo at the Pomona Fair, Chinatown’s annual festivities, and many other events. He would take part as often as time allowed. Along the way, Raul had earned his black belt and opened his own San Soo studio in Azusa.

Within six months of opening his studio, Raul’s clientele had outgrown the studio and he had to move to a larger facility. The new studio was able to accommodate 70-80 students. However, within a year and a half, he again had to move to a larger studio. At his new location in Covina, he was able to teach over 200 students.

It was during this time, on Easter Sunday, April 15, 1972, that his life was transformed. Raul accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior and began bible studies at his studio. In January of 1980, Raul received his Masters from Lo Si Fu. He now teaches San Soo in the church he pastors in Diamond Bar, California.

As a Christian Pastor and a Master in the art of Kung Fu San Soo, Raul has been asked many times about the conflict between the two. Because Lo Si Fu never taught the mysticism associated with Kung Fu, he does not see a conflict. Lo Si Fu did not rely on mystical powers, but confidence in one’s abilities. He would always say, “You can take my life, but not my confidence.” Lo Si Fu dedicated his life to teaching Kung Fu San Soo, in its’ purist form. In memory of his dedication and leadership, whose presence surpasses words, Raul has continued on, in this tradition.

Contact Information

Address: 22324 Golden Springs Dr.
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Phone: (909) 396-1884
Fax: (909) 396-0553
Email: michaelf@somebodylovesyou.org
Website: www.sansoodiamondbar.com

 

Master Xavier Ries
My name is Xavier Ries and I began to study with Grand Master Jimmy, H. Woo on November of 1969 and received my black belt in 1972 and my eighth degree Master on January of 1981.

I have been practicing and teaching San Soo for over thirty years. I was involved in most all the demonstrations that Jimmy put on at the Pomona Fair, China Town and many others. I presently teach at 2200 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena California on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

The teaching method is the same as Jimmy taught, with the forty-five basics for white belt, 72 for yellow belt and so on. If you would like any information, please call 1-626-584-9992 and ask for Xavier or leave a message on my voice mail.

The art of Kung-Fu San Soo was introduced to the United States by Mr. Jimmy H. Woo, who taught in a studio at the Mid-Way Shopping Center, in El Monte California, from 1962 to 1984 when he retired from full time instruction, limiting himself to the black belt and Masters until his death on the 14th of February, of 1991. Being 76 years old, Grand-Master Jimmy H. Woo had seventy years experience in San Soo, as he began to be trained at age five by his Great Uncle.

Jimmy greatly opposed the integrating or mixing of other arts, whether it be with the intent to better the art or to create a new one, he was committed to keeping the art pure as it had been handed down to him by his ancestors. Jimmy used to illustrate this by someone attempting to make up a new English language and calling it, Chinese-English, in reality it would neither be Chinese or English and certainly no one would understand it, except the ones who were taught the new language.

The student was taught forms after his green belt, which consisted of twenty-six move that began from a certain point and working through various movements in a dance-like manner, all done in perpendicular moves from the starting point, like the shape of a cross and ending at the same starting point. These form could be done with weapons also, be it the single sword or double, spear, etc.

Contact Information

Address: 2200 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 
Phone: (626) 584-9992
Fax: None
Email: None
Website: None

 

Master Lawrence Rouse
Lawrence started his training in 1973 at the age of 19 with Sifu’s Larry and Sharon Wikel. When he first walked into their school he knew immediately he had found the art he had always wanted to study. As Lawrence watched Larry and Sharon work out and teach lessons he could not contain his excitement. Lawrence signed up that evening and worked out 6 days a week for as long as the school was open. From the time he received his green belt he started to work out full time. He would meet Larry at Winchell's prior to the beginning of the morning classes and would start at 9:00 a.m. and work out until noon. He would go home and come back and work out and help teach from 6:00pm until 10:00p.m. There were many evenings after the last class when he and some of the other students would reflect and hold discussions with Larry and Sharon. They would often be there past midnight. Those are some of his favorite San Soo memories.

Lawrence received his black belt in 1977 and started to teach at different facilities throughout Los Angeles. Some of the locations he taught were Gardena YMCA, Inglewood Recreation Center, UCLA as well as private and corporate training. After Larry and Sharon moved to North Carolina He worked out at Chuck Cory’s school and on occasion would go over to Grand Master Woo’s, but both were too far too work out on a regular basis. After Larry and Sharon moved back to Los Angeles and opened up their school in Culver City, Lawrence resumed studying with them.

When Sharon Wikel opened up her school, Lawrence continued to teach and work out at Larry Wikel’s school and received his Masters from him in June of 1997. There was so much he has learned from all his years of training with Larry and Sharon Wikel. Lawrence feels that his greatest acceleration in the art came from the intensive black belt class training from Larry Wikel. He gained such detailed and extensive knowledge that he believes he could not have received anywhere else. He still attends black belt classes at Larry’s twice a month along with working out in Larry’s day classes at least one time per week. He feels it is crucial to never stop learning. Lawrence has always referred to Larry Wikel as a Masters "Master". His knowledge of the Chin Na aspects of the art coupled with his complex understanding of the foundation has really helped Lawrence to achieve a level that years ago he would not think possible. Lawrence feels he has become a diagnostician in the art because of that training. Larry and Sharon Wikel always spoke about the "key to the art" and the fact that you would know it when and if you found it. Unfortunately, not everyone who trains is able to find the key and know how to use it. One thing is clear, when you find it you know it is there and it unlocks a world of San Soo that is truly amazing.

One of the many areas of the art that has always fascinated Lawrence is counters. If one truly understands the foundation they should be able to counter anything whether you are standing or on the ground. It is an aspect that he focuses on heavily.

In recent years he has taught classes for L.A.P.D. Foothill division as well as teaching the Foothill Division L.A.P.D. Jeopardy Program. The Jeopardy Program helps to prevent "at risk" youths from joining gangs.

In November of 1999 Lawrence opened his school in Van Nuys, CA. This has been a dream of his throughout his adult life. Lawrence’s mission is to always pass on the art to his students the way it was passed on to him. The first major step in teaching the art correctly is the "foundation." The foundation is the secret to a complete understanding of the art. When one deviates, changes or omits the foundation they sacrifice so much. It is important for all that teach Kung-Fu San Soo to carry on the principles and foundation of the art the way that Grand Master Woo taught it. Lawrence is steadfastly dedicated to doing that. We are all very lucky to be a part of the history of one of the world’s richest fighting arts in existence today. It is a big responsibility and he hopes all who teach will work hard to keep San Soo pure for all future generations. Preservation of San Soo should be the driving force of all San Soo Instructors.

Contact Information

Address: 7735 Haskel Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Phone: (818) 787-5500
Fax: None
Email: sansoocenter@1stnetusa.com
Website: www.sansoocenter.com

 

Master Sam Silva

What Is The Future of San Soo?

Jimmy loved to talk on various topics to his classes. One topic he would infrequently bring up was his prediction that San Soo, as he taught it, would disappear within eight years of his death. When he broached the subject of death, I refused to believe that Jimmy, a man of great strength and extreme confidence, would one day die. To me, he was going to live forever. 

However, years passed and two weeks after my first son was born, Jimmy passed away.

Now, years later, I have watched his prediction come true. Without the father to hold the family together, many sons and daughters have strayed away. Today, fewer than a handful of his original students actively teach San Soo. Of those, even fewer teach it in the same pure manner they learned from Jimmy. You might ask why this has happened? My answer is they lack a full appreciation of the art based on a lack of experience and understanding. 

Jimmy was a fighter. He fought countless times in both China and America. In each fight he relied on his San Soo skills. One man, several men, hand to hand or armed with weapons, Jimmy did not care. If forced to, he would fight anyone, anytime, anywhere. By experience, he proved the scientific method of fighting known as San Soo, was not theory, but fact. Jimmy called San Soo his art because he dedicated his life to its teaching and training. Classifying San Soo as the best he repeatedly reminded us that hundreds of men over many generations devoted their lives toward one purpose: The formulation of a pure system of organized fighting designed to take out an opponent as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Unfortunately, some of today's instructors have polluted this purity by blending in teachings and techniques that have nothing to do with the art, yet they advertise that they teach San Soo. flavor of the month instructors, take whatever is currently popular on the martial arts scene and mimic it into their teaching program. The result is disheartening. They trade outstanding, well based fighting technique for what looks good and is based on theory. When they do this, they willingly throw hundreds of years of development by the wayside, without even a second glance.

Personally speaking, when I began training, I, like many others, became involved in minor spats here and there. San Soo never let me down. Later, I became a police officer and worked in some of the worst areas of Los Angeles for 20 years. There, I had the unique experience of witnessing physical violence and the aftermath of violence perpetrated by street predators on innocent people. Additionally, in those areas, street fighting was reality and an accepted way of life for many. Violence would erupt in a second without warning. Constantly, my job exposed me to fighting in some form or another. Without dwelling on these experiences, I can say they formed an unequaled and outstanding exposure to the nuances of street fighting. They also provoked a deep gratitude in me to Jimmy for teaching his family's art in the manner it was developed. One of the many things I learned on the street is that there is vast difference between fighting theory and fact. With one you lose, with the other you survive. 

For those instructors who remain true to their roots, remember, the survival of this art lies not in the past, nor in the present, but in the future. That future is our child.

I admit, teaching children was not my first desire. When I began teaching adult classes at our church, my wife kept telling me that I should teach children and gave all the logical reasons for doing so. Not wanting to do it, I was able to side step the issue until one day, while visiting my friend, Vince, at his Buena Park Studio. Knowing I was again teaching, he asked if I were teaching children. When I told him no he replied, what if your teaching San Soo to kids saved one child from joining a gang or using drugs? Remember what Jimmy did for us? Vinceís words were like a knife through the heart. I tried to ignore them but they kept nagging at me. Then one evening a mother approached me with her 8-year-old daughter and asked if I taught children. When I told her no, she pointed to her fair-haired little girl and asked, what if you teach her one thing that protects her from being kidnapped. isn't that worth it. 

At that point, how can you argue with such logic? After asking the church, talking to my wife and praying for Christ to direct me, we now teach children. We teach them all aspects of San Soo, including defense and offense against an adult attacker. We also teach traditional Christian values, commitment, discipline, honesty, integrity and most of all, confidence. Our method of teaching boils down to two words, love and discipline. Discipline not only in the sense of receiving motivation when they misbehave or don't pay attention in class, but encouragement to be responsible for their actions. We see the effect of our teaching method by this: Children who have started as timid, withdrawn, introverted boys and girls with time, training, discipline and love, develop into confident, outgoing young people. This confidence not only effects them now, it will influence all aspects of their life as they grow up. As we teach them, my greatest desire is that these children remember the history, the lessons, and fine details of San Soo. Then one day, they, in turn will pass the same training down to others. In doing so, San Soo will very much remain alive. 

In all this, I picture Jimmy in my mind, standing in the midst of the children's class, with his typical big smile, patting the children on their heads and backs, exclaiming, you doing good

Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older, he will remain upon it. Proverbs 22:6

Sam Silva (pictured with sons, Samuel and Joshua) has been active in Kung Fu San Soo for more than 30 years. Training at the El Monte Studio, he received his black belt, first through seventh degree black belts and Master ranking from Grandmaster Jimmy H. Woo. Sam was the past Vice President of the International Kung Fu San Soo Association and has written nationally published articles on San Soo. He currently teaches at Calvary Chapel of the Chino Valley, 12205 N. Pipeline Ave., Chino.

Contact Information

Address: Calvary Chapel Chino Valley
12205 Pipeline Avenue
Chino, CA
Phone: (909)464-8255
Fax: None
Email: samthesifu@hotmail.com
Website: None

 

Master Larry Wikel

 

 

1st Generation Master Larry E. Wikel

Master Wikel began his training under Grandmaster Chin Siu Dek ( Jimmy H. Woo) in January 1965, and for 35 years has been a member and supporter of the Jimmy H. Woo Association and the Chin family art.

Master Wikel has taught the art to thousands of students through his classes and seminars held throughout the U.S. Many who have gone on to become well respected Masters and Instructors in the art.

“Simplicity of movement is the foundation of San Soo. The oneness of mind and body is its power.”

~ Master Larry E. Wikel ~

Master Wikel:

I have been asked to say a few words about Lau Si Fu ( “Jimmy” as he liked to be called), but it is hard to say just a few words about the man.

But to sum it up…

To know him was to be astounded by his knowledge and his ability as a fighter and a teacher.
To know him was to respect him for his commitment and devotion to his family, its art and the students he taught.
To know him was to love him for his compassion, patience, forgiveness and love he gave us all.
For as he would many times say;
“Good boys, bad boys, you’re all my boys.”

I will always love and respect him.
    

Contact Information

Address: 98 N. Lowery Suite 100
Smyrna, TN.  31767
Phone: 615-223-7002
Fax: None
Email: LWikel4628@aol.com
Website: None

 

Master Sharon Wikel
Master Sharon Wikel began her Kung-Fu San Soo training in 1965 with the late San Soo Grand Master Jimmy H. Woo and continued until his death in 1991. Sharon Wikel is one of the first women in the United States to be ranked a Master under Jimmy H. Woo. She began teaching the art in late 1969 in the Los Angeles, CA area. In 1992, she opened her own school in Los Angeles, becoming the first woman in the art of San Soo to open her own school.

Master Sharon Wikel now teaches semi-privately in Palmdale, CA. and teaches at the Reseda Kung Fu San Soo school twice a month. She was recently featured in the Dec. 1998 issue of an Italian Martial Arts Magazine called Samurai.

Contact Information

Address: None
Phone: None
Fax: None
Email: None
Website: http://members.aol.com/swsansoo

 

Master Bernice Chin Woo
My first introduction to the art of Kung Fu San Soo was in February 1965. My sister, two brothers and myself visited Jimmy H. Woo’s studio in El Monte, CA and after watching one session of his class we enrolled.

I received my black belt in 1968 and then taught a beginning class for women at Jimmy’s studio for one year.

During my course of study in the art I participated in many demonstrations in Chinatown, Pomona fair, Disneyland and belt promotion ceremonies at the Kung Fu San Soo studios.

Jimmy and I married in August 1973. I continued my study in the art and received my Master’s degree in 1976.

After Grand Master Woo’s passing in 1991, the Master’s of the art organized the International Kung Fu San Soo Association and I presided as president from 1992 to 1997. I am now currently hosting the Grand Master Jimmy H. Woo Kung Fu San Soo Associates web site. The instructors featured on the site have dedicated themselves to the teaching and promotion of the traditional Kung Fu San Soo that Grand Master Woo taught for over 50 years in the United States. The powerful character building impact of the man and his art will be honored, preserved and passed on to future generations.

Contact Information

Address: None
Phone: None
Fax: None
Email: Jhwoo@kungfusansoo.com
Website: www.kungfusansoo.com

  

Vince Scocozza
I began my training in 1971 at age 17 with Grand Master Jimmy H. Woo. I received my back belt in 1974 and then my Masters degree in January 1983. All my training was done at the El Monte School under the direction and guidance of Jimmy H. Woo. Like many of the other instructors who knew Jimmy, I too recognized there was something wonderful about him. From my first meeting with him I knew I was in the right art and definitely with the right instructor. Jimmy taught all of us how to become great fighters, but he also balanced that knowledge with the ramifications of loosing ones temper. It was my greatest honor to call Jimmy H.Woo my friend. I loved and respected him greatly. 

I have been teaching San Soo for the last 25 years. I opened my first school in 1975 in Buena Park, Ca. This school was then moved to a larger location in North Orange County in 1997. I have since relocated and now live in Northern California. I currently teach Kung-Fu San Soo through the Chico Area Recreation Department. I have classes for adults and children as well as many special classes geared towards women's safety. My classes are conducted in the same way that I was taught by Jimmy. My goal now is the same as it has always been, to pass on the art of Kung-Fu San Soo exactly as I was taught.

 

Contact Information

Address: Chico Area Recreation Department
545 Vallombrosa, Ave.
Chico, CA
Phone: (530) 895-4711
Fax: None
Email: None
Website: None

  

Weldon S. Bankston III
Weldon S. Bankston lll was introduced to the art of Kung Fu San Soo in March, 1990. Recently married and with a new baby on the way, he found himself between a drunk teen and a basketball player, trying to stop a fight. It was at this point that he realized he didn't know how to defend himself or, more importantly, his family.

He started attending the Academy of Kung Fu San Soo under the guidance of Master Rod Conahan. So many times in class, Master Conahan would tell his students, I'll teach you the way that Jimmy taught me. When you get your own school, you teach the way that I have taught you and we keep the art pure.

After receiving his black belt, Weldon took some time off due to increased family obligations. One night he was watching Tribute to the Masters hosted by Wesley Snipes. He watched, anticipating a mention of Grandmaster Jimmy Woo. When the show was over with no mention of Jimmy, Weldon was outraged. He contacted his instructor and told him that he wanted to return to training.

After a year and a half, Master Conahan told Weldon that he would be retiring, and asked him if he would like to take over the school. A dream come true, Weldon accepted the challenge.

As of December, 2004, Weldon, a 6th degree black belt, has owned the Academy of Kung Fu San Soo for 5 years and has striven to teach the way Master Conahan taught him. His philosophy on teaching: If jimmy were to walk through the door during a class, I would want him to be proud of my students and what we teach. San Soo is not just another art, it's the Chin family art. I'm proud to be a part of this great art and a part of the Chin family by association. Family and family traditions are very important to me. I want to carry on this art and pass it along to my children the purest way possible, Jimmy's way.

 

Contact Information

Address: 5740 S. College Ave., Unit B
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970) 223-7998
Fax: None
Email: SanSooGlobal@aol.com
Website: http://members.aol.com/sansooglobal/sansoo.html

  

Master Pete Duenas
I remember growing up I used to watch Bruce Lee on TV. I thought he was the greatest. As I grew up I always had the desire to be like Bruce Lee and I think this is what drove me to dabble in a couple forms of Karate at an early age but I never really felt confident about them and ended up dropping out. I grew up being a skinny kid and I think I really had no real confidence. However, during my high school years, I participated in wrestling, which helped shape my knowledge of body mechanics and balance and gave me a good foundation. It also helped me when I eventually began studying Kung Fu San Soo. Unfortunately, after I graduated from high school, I took a detour from my desire to study the martial arts. I then began my descent into a world of partying and fighting. I was unhappy and I felt empty. Fortunately the hand of God was upon my life and I never got into any serious trouble.

In January of 1993, I heard that Master Raul Ries was training students in Kung Fu San Soo at his church, Calvary Chapel Golden Springs, in Diamond Bar, CA. I had been attending Calvary Chapel off and on since I was a child, but I had never made any kind of lasting commitment with the Lord. I went to see the class and, from the first moment I saw the art in action, I was hooked. I could not believe that an art could be so beautiful yet it was so deadly. A little man could easily manipulate a big man, a woman could hold her own against a man and strength was not the key but technique.

I began my training on January 4th, 1993. There was so much to the art that I trained very hard and consistently. Rarely missing a class, I began to learn so much from my teachers and from the other students. I was blessed to be able to train under Master Raul Ries, Master Xavier Ries and Master Michael Falabella. Master Raul Ries had a great impact on my life and I began to change my lifestyle for the better. I changed, not because Master Ries made me change but, because of the great example that Master Ries was. I gave my life to the Lord Jesus Christ and my whole outlook on life changed.

Due to my consistent training and my desire to see the art perpetuate exactly the same way it was taught by my instructors, I was eventually promoted to the level of teacher. My goal today, is to see the students become even more skilled than their teachers so the art can progress forward. I believe that the key to success is to have a solid foundation in the basics, and I teach the techniques exactly as they were taught to me. I highly recommend that each student writes down and/or films each lesson so the art is not taught by memory. I recently received my Master certificate from Master Raul Ries on January 31, 2005 and I plan to continue my training and teaching in the art of Kung Fu San Soo.

 

Contact Information

Address: 22324 Golden Springs Dr.
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Phone: (626) 333-0984
Fax: None
Email: sifu1375@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.sansoodiamondbar.com or http://mysite.verizon.net/res0isgg/
 


 

Master Lou and Master Dora Montalvo

Our introduction and training in Kung Fu San Soo started with 1st. Generation Masters Sharon Wikel and Larry E. Wikel in 1991 and 1992. We attained our Masters degree from Master Larry E. Wikel and under his training we attained our Instructors Certification from the Jimmy H. Woo Kung Fu San Soo Association. We also attended his Black Belts only classes until his semi-retirement in 2004. We were also Assistant Instructors for Master Wikel during regular classes and taking over his classes whenever he had other business matters to attend to.

Our mission is to impact and empower people's lives with the positive benefits of martial arts training. To enhance our students choice of developing personal power, discipline, and respect. And to empower students in becoming well rounded, versatile, and open minded Individuals. Having to travel extensively around the country during our youth and being up-rooted and starting over, you have to quickly learn to deal with both physical and verbal confrontations with different people and situations. Having this real life perspective and advantage gives you a better insight into the real world. This in turn allows us to teach our students a more intensive and progressive style of Self-defense based on real experience and not assumptions.

Our creative, innovative, progressive and logical approach provides an environment and atmosphere that expedites the student's comprehension by internalizing his mind and body so they can act instinctively and use common sense before self-defense. We train our students to have an Offensive Mind Set rather then a Defensive One. The elements of a work-out are Action and Reaction. As one student attacks with an un-specified strike or weapon, his partner responds with a pattern of close range strikes, joint locks, nerve attacks, and take-downs. In response, the attacker reacts as if each strike were real. Other concepts include triangle and circle theories as well as elaborate timing principles which concern body reactions. The students learn how to manipulate the complete skeletal frame by taking a person's balance or using leverages the proper way and knowing how and why the body reacts a certain way. As one student learns to fight, his partner learns how each move feels and how a real opponent would react. This is one of the most neglected areas of training. Learning how to react is as important as learning how to hit. This will teach the student how to minimize the impact of a surprise attack. We as Teachers of Kung-Fu SAN SOO are committed to preserving the traditional values of the martial arts:  Respect, Honor, Discipline, Humility, Loyalty, Family.  Your Reaction and Action will determine the outcome of any confrontation.

 

Contact Information

Address: Double Dragons School of Kung Fu San Soo
11732 Washington Place
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: (310) 748-4415
Fax: None
Email: 2dragons@2dragonskfss.com
Website: http://www.2dragonskfss.com

 

Master Andre Salvage
Master André Salvage began his martial arts training at a very young age, receiving his first black belt when he was eighteen.  In 1971 he was introduced to Kung Fu San Soo and began his training under this art.  In 1979 he opened a small martial arts studio, educating students on the principles and skills of safety, peace of mind, courage, abundance, love, and confidence. He eventually expanded these teachings to include the local community; including schools and businesses, to demonstrate how these principles relate to personal growth, professional stability, and relationship building.  
 
After receiving his Master degree in the Art of Kung Fu San Soo in 1985, he founded André Salvage and Associates, Inc. offering a variety of programs, lectures, and seminars in all aspects of personal safety. André Salvage and Associates, Inc. has grown into a nationally acclaimed company offering a wide variety of classes that focus on removing the fears that hinder growth and the skills necessary for an abundant life.
 
Many large companies including Bank of America, Kaiser, Wells Fargo and Farmers Insurance, use his programs to train their employees in personal safety, awareness, assertiveness, conflict resolution, communication, and stress reduction. He also works with a wide range of children from kindergarten through high school, on safety, assertiveness, sexual harassment, self-esteem, and self-defense.
 
Always cognizant of his own upbringing with the difficulties he, himself had to overcome, André established The André Salvage Foundation.  The goal of this non-profit organization is to reach out to individuals at risk, and share with them the tools and skills of personal development and safety.
 
Master André Salvage is currently teaching Kung Fu San Soo classes at his studio in Marin County, California.  He can be reached through the contact information below.

 

Contact Information

Address:

Andre Salvage and Associates, Inc.

35 Mark Drive, Unit A

San Rafael, CA 94903

Phone: (415) 479-7400
Fax: (415) 479-7400
Email: andre@andresalvage.com
Website: http://www.andresalvage.com/san_soo