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Mike is a long-time student and certified instructor under Sifu Ted Wong. His background in the martial arts is extensive. From the age of 10, he studied traditional jiujitsu and Wing Chun for many years. After moving to southern California, he sought out other martial arts in order to find what he believed to be the answer for him.
In the early 1990s, he was lucky enough to meet Ted Wong and become his private student. Training in Sifu Wong's back yard on a regular basis, Mike learned that Jeet Kune Do was "it". Everything he had learned in other martial arts became a thing of the past.
He soon opened a Jeet Kune Do studio that he ran for several years, teaching many people with various martial arts backgrounds. From police officers, body guards, military, to the average Joe on the street, he taught them to be more efficient and confident in their fighting skills.
Since then, because of family obligations, Mike chose to move back to his childhood home of Colorado. He has continued to teach small groups along the way.
Dan began studying with Mike in 2003 as a private student. He never studied any martial arts before Jeet Kune Do and was not previously interested in it. When Jeet Kune Do found him, it inspired something inside he didn't realize was missing.
Dan has never forgotten the special excitement of internal discovery he experienced at the beginning of his lessons. He tries to never lose touch of this and share it with any new students at JKD Colorado. He has made Jeet Kune Do a significant part of his life and is often found punching or kicking invisible adversaries that engage him at random intervals.