Gary Dill / Jill Hernandez
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Street Defense Systems (SDS) Jeet Kune Do is the longest-standing professional JKD training organization in the world today and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the ORIGINAL JEET KUNE DO, as developed by Bruce Lee and taught at his Oakland School. We have been providing authentic training and internationally recognized certification for 30 years with numerous affiliated schools across the United States and world wide.
518 S. Muskogee Ave, Tahlequah, OK 74464
Professor Gary Dill has the rare honor of being one of the few original students who trained in one of Bruce Lee's three JKD schools while Bruce was still alive and heading up the JKD training program. The Oakland, California School where Dill learned JKD, was known as: "THE JKD FIGHTING SCHOOL." Dill has been teaching Jeet Kune Do for over 49 years (1971-present), and is considered by many to be a nationally known authority in JKD today. He has written numerous articles concerning JKD for "Black Belt," "Inside Kung Fu," and other martial arts magazines. He has also authored a JKD training manual, and produced a comprehensive collection of JKD home study training DVD'S.
The Jeet Kune Do Association is now offering a certification / recognition program for existing JKD instructors through the newly developed open division, JEET KUNE DO COMBATIVES. We welcome all JKD instructors with legitimate lineage.
Full JKD TRAINING MANUAL is NOW $75 + $15 Shipping costs. (Due to higher shipping charges.) $50 shipping fee for international orders.
Listed below are black sash and black belt promotions from the last 3-4 months. Promotions are chronological in listing.
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL.
Senior Master Frank Ehnle Recognized Grandmaster by SDS International
In March, 2021 Master Frank Ehnle was recognized and certified as Grandmaster, 10th Degree Black Belt, in his personal combat system of YONG MU DO (The Way of the Fighting Dragon) by SDS International Martial Arts Federation and authorized by Grandmaster Gary Dill. GM Ehnle has been affiliated with SDS for over 20 years and is a master sifu in Jeet Kune Do Combatives. He has master level rankings and has been actively involved in the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese fighting systems for the past forty years. His school, Wang Yong Mu Do, is located in Brandon, Florida.
BILL HOLMAN APPOINTED TO SOKE-DAI IN BUSHIDO KEMPO
I’m proud to announce that Senior Master Bill Holman has been appointed to the position of Soke-Dai for the Bushido Kempo division. He is now one of the designated successors of Bushido Kempo. One of the requirements for Soke-Dai is being at most of the camps and being accessible in person for decisions and meetings regarding the organization. With this appointment comes the administrative rank of 8th Degree Black Belt under SDS. Soke-Dai Holman has been a dedicated, loyal member for 32 years and has proven himself to be highly capable to take on the responsibilities of being a Soke-Dai. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!
NEW SHIHAN APPOINTMENT
At Wintercamp, I announced that Master Karl Cockrum was appointed to the prestigious position of SHIHAN. Cockrum has been a loyal member and warrior with Street Defense Systems for decades. Being a Shihan means that Karl is now a part of the top leadership team, along with the Sokedais, which will take over the reins of this organization upon my death. This is not a promotion, but is a position of responsibility, and because of his dedication to me and SDS.
BUSHIDO KEMPO BLACK BELT PROMOTIONS
Congratulations to those who tested and were promoted just prior to Spring Camp on April 23 in Bushido Kempo.
Bill Holman - 7th Degree Black Belt
Jill Hernandez - 4th Degree Black Belt
JEET KUNE DO BLACK SASH PROMOTIONS
Congratulations to those who tested and were promoted recently in Professor Gary Dill's Jeet Kune Do.
Tom DiGiovanna - 5th Degree Black Sash
Aaron Johnson - 5th Degree Black Sash
Stan Duckworth - 5th Degree Black Sash
Drew Dowling - 3rd Degree Black Sash
Marc DiGiovanna - 3rd Degree Black Sash
Steve DiGiovanna - 3rd Degree Black Sash
BUSHIDO KENJUSTSU & BOJUTSU PROMOTIONS
Congratulations to those who tested and were promoted recently in Professor Gary Dill's Bushido KenJutsu and Bojutsu.
Karl Cockrum – 4th Degree Black Belt – Bushido KenJutsu (sword)
Sean Whitesell – 3rd Degree Black Belt – Bushido Kenjutsu (sword)
Aaron Johnson – 2nd Degree Black Belt – Bushido Kenjutsu (sword)
Tim Kittrell – 2nd Degree Black Belt – BoJutsu (wood staff and baton)
Jill Hernandez – 2nd Degree Black Belt – BoJutsu (wood staff and baton)
Drew Dreadfulwater Dowling – 1st Degree Black Belt – BoJutsu (wood staff and baton) Scott Marshall – 1st Degree Black Belt (Shodan-Ho) – KenJutsu
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