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It’s not every day that you get a chance to meet a Martial Arts Legend, let alone get a chance to interview them and write an article about them. So I am just so excited to meet and interview Sir GJ Torres and learn more about his Martial Arts journey.
Grand Master GJ Torres of Black Dragons Dojo has been in karate for decades doing a lot of hard work. He had a tough life before but it made him a strong and trustworthy man!
He has twins who also train karate; Master Raymond Torres and Master GJ Torres Jr.!
Master GJ Torres created the Black Dragon’s system which is the Heilong system. He created the Heilong System by mixing different forms of karate like Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan, Tichi, and boxing.
GM GJ Torres’ native is Arroyo Puerto Rico. He moved from there to the Bronx when he was 4 years old and lived at the Gunhill Projects until he was the age of 10. From there, he moved to Brooklyn and then back to the Bronx in his teen years.
So when did he start doing Martial Arts and what made him interested to do it?
According to GM GJ, his martial arts journey began in 1967, and his first instructor was Sifu Yuk Bok Wong from the Heilong System. His uncle was the one that got him interested in the arts, after seeing two neighborhood kids kicking at each other.
What inspires him to continue doing Martial Arts and which style does he specialize in?
He was inspired to continue training because he loved what it felt like to fight and compete.
His style now is “The Black Dragon” Hei-Long and his present instructor (for over 40 years) is Shidoshi Ron Vanclief.
His Most Memorable Moment and Achievement
According to him, he has many memorable moments in Martial Arts, but the highlight of his competitions was being the First Martial Artist to bring a team of competitors to Vietnam.
“Never have there ever been any team. of any sport to compete in Vietnam. They honored my work by having me perform a Kama Kata at the opening ceremony,” says GM Torres, with full pride and joy.
How does he stay fit in order to perform physical activities that are required in Martial Arts?
He says by training every day, hitting the gym in the mornings, and sparring at night.
“I’m a great believer that if you’re teaching fit, you must be fit,” says GM Torres.
What does he want to teach the new generation about Martial Arts?
“I want to teach the new generation what I’ve been teaching them for years.
Forget all these flipping and pretty competitions and keep the old school alive.
Unity in the martial arts is a legacy. I have 5 adult children and 14 grandkids, and every one of them is a martial artist and will keep my legacy alive”
GM GJ Torres certainly lives up to his beliefs and is such an inspiration to both old and new generations of Martial Artists.
Martial arts training is one of the best ways to stay physically fit and mentally sharp. Martial Arts have been shown in studies to have a positive effect on our physical and mental health, including lower blood pressure, better cholesterol levels, increased bone density, and reduced stress. In addition, it can help you improve your life by giving you discipline and respect for yourself as well as those around you. It also helps develop focus so that even when things get tough (and they will) these skills will serve me well!
Discipline is the ability to control one’s emotions and behaviors. It’s the key to success in any field, especially martial arts. Discipline is the foundation of all great achievements; without it, you’re just good at something instead of great at something.
Discipline requires self-control, which can be difficult when faced with temptations like money or sex (or even food). But if you want to be successful in any endeavor—including being a good martial artist—you must have discipline!
Respect is earned, not given. The best way to earn respect is by performing an action that shows your fellow team members and community members that you’re someone they can rely on. This means doing your job well and being a good person in general.
If you want others to respect you, it’s important for them to see how much effort and dedication you put into whatever task it is that needs doing. If your actions show what kind of person you are then they will take notice—and this makes them more likely to respect what else happens around them too!
Confidence is an important aspect of life. It can be learned, trained, and built.
Martial arts are a great way to build confidence because they help you learn how to take on challenges and accomplish new activities that may seem intimidating at first but become easier with time. For example, if you are learning how to do something new such as riding a bike or playing basketball, it helps if you have some sort of guidance from someone else who has experience doing those things before (like your instructor). The more often you practice something like riding a bike or playing basketball, the better at it will become over time!
- Focus on the task at hand.
- Focus on the end result.
- Focus on the process.
- Focus on the benefits of an end result, or of a particular aspect of your current activity (e.g., “I’m learning how to do this”).
Sense of Self-Worth
Martial arts are also a great way to develop your sense of self-worth. You are a unique individual, capable of achieving anything you put your mind to. Martial arts can help build confidence in yourself and make you feel good about who you are as an individual.
You may think that it’s impossible for someone like yourself to be successful at something like martial arts, but martial arts teaches us how important it is for us all to believe in ourselves and our abilities no matter what obstacles come our way!
Morals and Ethics
The martial arts teach you to be respectful, honest, and responsible.
In martial arts, you are taught to listen to your teachers and learn from them. You also learn that it is important not only to respect others but also yourself as a person. When you are in training for an event like karate or jujitsu, there are many coaches who will help guide you along the way so that you can achieve what they want for themselves as well as for other members of their team or school. You should always strive towards being respectful towards all people around you—whether it’s someone new at your school or someone who has been practicing martial arts longer than yourself (both may feel awkward having conversations with each other). It’s important because martial artists often have very competitive mindsets which could lead them down a path where they don’t want others’ opinions on what their goals should be; instead these individuals need someone else telling them how far ahead or behind they really are in terms of skill level compared against another competitor—and this type of feedback can only come from someone who knows exactly how good each individual feels about himself/herself right now!
Self-Defense and Anti-bullying
Martial arts are a great way to learn self-defense and how to use your body as a weapon. The difference between boxing and martial arts is that boxing is more focused on striking, while martial arts focus on kicks and punches. Martial arts also help you develop confidence; it’s easy for people who are not confident in themselves to feel threatened by someone who is confident in their own abilities.
Martial artists often have trouble with bullies because they tend to be bigger than the bully, but this doesn’t mean there isn’t any room for improvement! If you train hard enough, those bullies won’t stand a chance when someone comes along who knows what they’re doing!
Another benefit of martial arts is discipline: practicing every day can make us better at whatever we do whether it’s schoolwork or work outside of school hours such as cooking dinner after practice (which helps me stay healthy too!).
The bottom line is that Martial Arts training provides many benefits that you can carry with you throughout your life.
Martial Arts training provides many benefits that you can carry with you throughout your life.
- Self-discipline: You will learn how to control your body in a way that helps build self-discipline, which is the foundation of any successful life. If you don’t have self-discipline, then it will be very difficult for you to succeed in anything else in life besides martial arts.
- Self-respect: When we respect ourselves and our ability to achieve goals on our own terms, we feel good about ourselves as people and are less likely to become victims of other people who lack respect for others or themselves (or both). This leads us towards healthier relationships with friends/family members because they know where they stand with us when things go wrong!
- Self-confidence: Confidence comes from knowing what works best for us without having someone tell us how much better they think we should be doing something instead; instead just try something different until something works well enough then stick with it forever after no matter what anyone else says otherwise – even if others say there’s no point trying anything new again because everything has already been tried before so why bother trying anything else at all…try harder next time!”
As you can see, martial arts are not just for kids. They are an excellent way to get in shape and learn new skills that will help you throughout your life. Want to know more about how beneficial Martial Arts is?
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A martial artist and judo champion, he taught Bruce Lee, fought in an early mixed martial arts fight, and served as an inspiration for a Tarantino character.
World-famous wrestling, judo, and stuntman Gene LeBell trained popular figures such as Bruce Lee, Elvis Presley, and John Wayne. He also appeared in Hollywood movies which served as inspiration for Brad Pitt’s role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He died at the age of 89.
LeBell’s Trustee and Business Manager, Kellie Cunningham, confirmed that LeBell died Tuesday morning at his residence in Sherman Oaks.
Gene LeBell, affectionately known as the “Godfather of Grappling” and “Judo” Gene LeBell is a two-time AAU national judo champion. On top of that, he taught his masterful submission techniques to many notable martial artists including Lee, Chuck Norris, World Wrestling Entertainment’s “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and many, many others.
Ivan Gene LeBell was born in Los Angeles on Oct. 9, 1932. His mother, Aileen Eaton, promoted fights at the Olympic Auditorium and was the first woman inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
LeBell moved to Japan to study judo and won U.S. titles in the 1950s before segueing to pro wrestling, learning the art of catch wrestling (a grappling style) from Ed “Strangler” Lewis, Lou Thesz, and Karl Gotch.
From 1962-82, he ran the Los Angeles territory of the National Wrestling Alliance with his brother Mike.
He authored more than 12 books, including Gene LeBell’s Grappling World — The Encyclopaedia of Finishing Holds, Gene LeBell’s Handbook of Judo, Pro-Wrestling Finishing Holds, and The Grappling Club Master, and filmed his techniques for instructional videos.
Demetrius Angelo, born in our Nation’s Capital in the 1960’s among the residue of the Civil Rights Movement. During this time, his father was one of the first Blacks to integrate the Washington D.C Metropolitan Police Department which meant “Trouble” was not an option . In 1973, Demetrius began playing “Little League” sports and credits it as the catalyst for his interest in playing sports. He believes the sport taught him discipline and the importance of healthy living. It all started back in 1975 when Demetrius saw Bruce Lee on TV. Immediately he told his dad that he wanted to do “That”. So his dad took him down to the local Boys Club where the rest of Demetrius’ journey in the Martial Arts would start. The Korean art of Tang Soo Do was the initial Martial Art taught at the Boys Club and it was there he developed his love for Kicking. In 1979, Demetrius was introduced to Master Donald S. Bitanga of the American Asian Combat System, where he learned several styles of Martial Arts – including: Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Kobayoshi Karate, American Free Style Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Chinese Boxing, Western Boxing, Largo DeMano Escrima and Kobudo. Demetrius obtained his 1st Degree Black Belt at 16 and began student-teaching at the dojo which birthed in him a love and zeal for teaching.
The seventies was an incredible decade for Black film actors because it marked the first time they were the heroes on the silver screen. With the emergence of pioneers such as Grand Master Ron Van Clief (the first Black person in Chinese Kung Fu films) and people like Jim Kelly and Fred Williamson tearing up the silver screen here in the States, it’s no surprise that Demetrius caught the bug to be an Action Star!
At 17, Demetrius moved to New York City to attend college and pursue his desire to perform in Action Films! NYC quickly became familiar to Demetrius, as his mother was born in the Bronx. Demetrius steadfastly resumed his study of the Martial Arts meeting such greats as Masters Andre “Ice Man” Brown, Dwayne Sudan Thomas and Malcolm Livingston of the Wolf Fox Fighting System now known as DFT. It was in 1991 that Demetrius would get very close to his film icons Bruce Lee and Steven Segal when he was introduced to Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu by Master Keith Maza and Sifu Dr. Gary Young and at that same time he also met the late Grand Master Bob Bute of the Jukido Jiu Jitsu, Grand Master David Jones of Grizzmatic Touch Ryu Jiu Jitsu and Grand Master Florend M Visitacion (Professor Vee) of Vee Arnis Jitsu. Training with these Masters, Demetrius increased vastly in his knowledge of Aikido, Judo, Jiu Jitus, Arnis and Wing Chun in which he credits as the foundation of his own art Scientific Tactical Defense along with Karate, Kobudo and Firearms Tactics.
Demetrius used the lessons he learned in martial arts and applied them to his career in Fitness. As a Personal Group Fitness Instructor, he developed his own fitness brand, C4 Intense Training.
Demetrius appeared in his first Independent Action films in 1994 and in 1996 met “The Black Dragon” Ron Van Clief on set, who was instrumental in guiding Demetrius to his first national advertisement campaign for HBO.
Demetrius Angelo was a stunt performer in the Luke Cage episodes Suckas Need Bodyguards and Now You’re Mine.
Teacher, Competitor, Author, Actor
Born and raised in the Bronx, Ron “The Black Dragon” Van Clief started his martial arts training in his early teens. Ron Van Clief served in the U.S. Marine from 1960 to 1965 with a tour in Vietnam during that year. After military service, he became a New York City Transit Police Officer from 1965 to 1968.
Ron Van Clief was a five-time karate and kung fu world champion and 15-time All-American Champion. He competed in full-contact and non-contact tournaments in New York and several national tournaments.
He began his martial arts training in the 50’s and eventually trained with Bruce Lee. He was christened the “Black Dragon” during this time.
Van Clief was a student of Goju-Ryu masters Peter Urban, Frank Ruiz, and Moses Powell as well as WingTsun founder Leung Ting. He also studied Modern Arnis (Remy Presas) and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (Joe Moreira).
On December 16, 1994, at the age of 51, he competed in the 4th Ultimate Fighting Championship. In this fight, he faced off against Royce Gracie, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion.
Van Clief is an author of many instructional books and video recordings as well as a film choreographer and actor appearing in several films. He continues to conduct seminars and attend training with his son in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Ron Van Clief’s first major acting job was as the lead in a 1974 Hong Kong film called The Black Dragon (which was renamed to Super Dragon for its US release). Playing opposite Jason Pai Piao, Van Clief had a very positive reception from audiences.
Some of his film roles during the 70s were for Blaxploitation films which capitalized on the then-novelty of an African-American martial artist. It was a style that had previously been explored by Jim Kelly in the prequel to Enter The Dragon. He starred alongside Leo Fong in a Filipino action film called Bamboo Trap in 1975. Van Clief’s roles in films earned him the nickname “The Black Dragon” and the name inspired the titles of his films The Black Dragon’s Revenge (aka The Black Dragon Revenges the Death of Bruce Lee) (1975) and Way of the Black Dragon (1979). He appeared in the 1977 Italian crime film The Squeeze opposite Lee Van Cleef and Karen Black and was also the fight choreographer for the 1985 film The Last Dragon.
Ron Van Clief provided various voice-over roles for the international TV series titled Kung Faux.
He has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild for over 3 decades.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to train with the Black Dragon at Deadly Art of Survival’s 2nd Convention, happening on September 10, 2022. He will be instructing an Official Chinese Goju training on the event.
VETERAN martial arts practitioner Sijo Thomas Gettling began his study of Judo in 1964 under Judoka and Vietnam tunnel rat Robert Saunders
While deployed in Vietnam, Saunders gave Gettling his blessing to study Kung Fu under Sifu Diu Shen. Gettling’s passion for martial arts led him to Sydney Filson, who introduced him to two legends in their field. Jason Lau; a Wing Chun legend and Thomas Agero; a Kobudo master.
Blessed with the privilege to receive instruction from all three, Gettling at age 14 began teaching children from his neighborhood and turned to the tournament circuit when both he and his student found great success in the combined artform which is now known as San Lung Tao.
When he was 17, Sijo Gettling was approached by Adolfo Ennever to join the group of AFMA. Unbeknownst to him, the president of this group was Ronald Duncan- the father of American Ninjitsu… Not long after, Gettling was recruited as part of a select group called the Shadows of the Black Dragon.
For over three decades, Gettling served as the Renshi (Master Instructor) to Adolfo Ennever, O’sensei Ronald Duncan, and Hanshi Vincente Cruz.
In 2010, Gettling parted ways with AFMA and founded a successful organization called the World Warrior Alliance (WWA). The WWA hosted well-attended seminars around the USA and Canada.
Always a student, Gettling has received mentorship from Oso Tayari Casel and Soke Lil John Davis over the last 11 years.
Despite having several books and magazine features in his lifetime, Gettling’s biggest and proudest achievements beyond his students have been 100’s tournament victories, He takes pride in his student’s success both inside and outside the Dojo, as well as in his own career as a personal bodyguard to the stars that have included taking care of James Brown, Madonna, Tina Turner, and Pele.
Approaching year 58 of training, Sijo Gettling’s greatest gift without a doubt is his longevity and consistency in his beloved martial arts – career – students – and family.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet and experience Sijo Thomas Gettling’s greatness at Deadly Art of Survival’s 2nd Convention, happening on September 10, 2022. GM will be instructing an Official Nunchaku seminar on the event.
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