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Martial Arts and Kung Fu Classes in Tempe, AZ

Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun

Sifu Mark Jones, Owner & Head Instructor

Sifu Jones has been involved in the martial arts for over 30 years. As the Owner and Head Instructor of Hung Fa Kwoon of Arizona, he has many years of experience teaching students of all ages and abilities. Sifu Jones currently instructs the Adult Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun classes as well as the White Tiger Kung Fu classes (Ages 6-14) here at the Hung Fa Kwoon of AZ located in Tempe, Arizona. His own martial arts journey began as a child when he was exposed to both Judo and Karate and later as an adult, the southern Chinese Kung Fu style of Lau Gar Kuen in his native country England. Since settling in Arizona, USA over 14 years ago he has been training exclusively in Wing Chun Kung Fu, initially in Ip Man/Moy Yat family lineage until his exposure to Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun in early 2000.

Currently, Sifu Jones is a direct disciple of Grand Master Garrett Gee, Inheritor of the Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun system and serves as the Southwest Regional Director of the World Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun Association.  His previous ranks include 3rd Degree Black Sash, Ip Man Wing Chun under Master Richard Loewenhagen and 1st Degree Black Sash, Lau Gar Kuen in the British Kung Fu Association.

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Five Rings Aikido

Jim Clark Sensei

Jim HeadshotJim Clark had his first experience with martial arts in high school.  He studied Tae Kwon Do for about a year and achieved a blue belt rank. During his undergrad years, Clark Sensei walked on to OSU’s fencing team and went on to letter in the sport for four years.  His chosen weapon was saber, and he went on to place second in the Big Ten Conference and participated in the NCAA championships his senior year.  This fencing experience shaped the way Clark Sensei approaches violent encounters in regards to distance, timing, strategy and tactics.

After finishing graduate school at OSU in 1992, he and his wife moved to Phoenix, Arizona.  In 1996 Clark Sensei began his Aikido training with Fred Mastison Sensei at Aikido of Phoenix.  Aikido of Phoenix is an independent dojo with a lineage through the Seidokan organization.  In 2000, he was promoted to Shodan.  Clark Sensei earned his Nidan in 2003, and Sandan in 2006.  Along the way, he attended many seminars by numerous high ranking instructors, including both Aiki Expos, fall camps with Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei in Prescott, AZ, and the Bridge seminars in San Diego with Shihans Tissier, Doran, and Ikeda.  He has also attended numerous one-day and weekend seminars with various other instructors including John Stevens, Mary Heiny, Mitsugi Saotome, and Pat Hendricks.

After receiving his Shodan, Clark Sensei was given the opportunity to teach Kihon classes on a rotating basis with other Yudansha at the Aikido of Phoenix dojo, and has been teaching Aikido on and off ever since.  Clark Sensei also ran an Aikido Club for two years at the high school where he teaches Physics, Calculus, and Engineering.  His expanded teaching duties forced him to give up the club due to time constraints in 2007.  His professional teaching experience shapes the way Aikido classes are taught at Five Rings Aikido: a balance of demonstration, explanation, and lots of practice.

In 2007, Clark Sensei took a break from regular Aikido training to pursue an interest in Wing Chun Kung Fu.  He has studied Wing Chun in addition to Aikido through the present and trains right here at Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun of Arizona.  His training in Wing Chun led Clark Sensei to look very closely at his knowledge of Aikido and find ways to refine his Aikido practice to include some of the knowledge he was gaining.  This renewed focus is based on the principles of always occupying space along the line of attack and maintaining safety first when engaging an opponent.  By studying Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun, Clark Sensei found the knowledge of why Aikido techniques either work or fail, and it is based on simple physical principles.

Martial Arts and Kung Fu Classes in Tempe, AZ

Arizona Urban Combatives Krav Maga

Master Sergeant (Ret.), Gene Potocki

Gene Potocki, Arizona Urban Combatives Krav Maga & Self Defense InstructorMaster Sergeant Gene Potocki (Retired) is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army (75th Ranger Regiment/Special Operations) and has extensive experience in close-quarter combat and a variety of martial arts. Prior to his instructor certification in Krav Maga, Gene became the lead instructor of Arizona Urban Combatives (AUC). AUC focuses on self-defense training for men and women at all levels. His enthusiasm extends from his prior achievements and combat experience including: 3rd Degree Black Belt Aikido, Orange Belt Krav Maga (Level 3), Haganah Practitioner (Level 1), Kyusho Jitsu International Practitioner Tier One Defensive Tactics/Personal Protection Instructor. He is a Plank Holder in Tactical Applications Association and a lifetime member of United States Martial Arts Association, International Martial Arts Council of America, as well as a member of American Society of Law-Enforcement Trainers and the International Society of Close Quarters Combatants.

Martial Arts and Kung Fu Classes in Tempe, AZ

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