After searching around at other studios I met Sifu Adrian Tandez and knew I had found the right place. He teaches JKD, FMA, CSW and Silat...the environment is relaxed but focused and everyone helps each other to become a better practitioner of the arts. The students will even meet up out of class to hang out or practice. It's truly a great place and I am very happy I found it.
I definitely got what I wanted in Adrian Tandez. He instructs his students in both the physical AND mental aspects of art and fighting so that you not only know what to do, why you are doing it.
The best part? You don't have to wait years before you are exposed to safe, practical self defense. I am not the greatest martial artist, but I am so thankful I am able to attend this academy.
1. Sifu Tandez learned directly from Dan Inosanto, not only one of Bruce Lee's closest friends but also a great martial artist himself.
2. Sifu Tandez teaches classes himself. Sifu Tandez is a great teacher, and explains the "why" in every technique.
3. Every class is different. Because JKD is a combination of many styles, one day we do grappling, the next day kicking, the next trapping... never boring and always very active.
4. Great equipment. The punch bags, the floor mat, everything is new and Sifu Tandez takes great care of his equipment and of the gym. For beginners there are gloves, etc. you can borrow during class.
5. Friendly people. Everyone I met at the gym is nice. No matter if its a beginner or someone who's been there for years, they are all welcoming and ready to work with you. For beginners, coming into a class full of people who know what they are doing can be worrisome, but not here, they will help you get started and make you feel part of the 'family'.
6. It's a great workout. Even if you are not too much into the 'martial' part of it, just coming because of the workout is worth it.
7. There's Kali! Some people only do the JKD class, but I like to stay for the class right after which is Kali. Sifu Tandez also teaches that and is a great complement to JKD or any other martial arts style. On Wednesdays is 'open gym' day, which means you can come in to practice, ask questions, and spar.
This. Is. Reality. Based. Martial. Arts.
Each day I come to practice you are always working with a partner. Time is not spent on forms or fancy movements but movements that protect yourself
and/or attack a person who is trying to hurt you.
Take your pick: Filipino Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do, Silat, and Mixed Martial Arts. The main teacher, Sifu Tandez, is very experienced and easy to approach. Each class I am surround by friendly peers and even friendlier senior students. On some days there is a lot of information to take in. Other days there is just simple, realistic drills to develop self defense. Best thing about this place is the almost family-like atmosphere of the students and the valuable, street based martial arts training you'll get.
- Adan C., Vacaville, CA