Sifu Master Eric K. 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!
Master Eric K. Hermansen