03 Kung Fu

Dobra Family Kung Fu Style of Martial Arts

Luke and Mick, Trinity Training Center demo at the Rave, Summer 2010

In my research of martial arts I found a sense of family legacy, which is one of my King's greatest desires. Fathers pass along the faith, impressing God's revelation upon them. Fathers can also model and pass along healthy living, fitness, and fighting style (self defense).

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 quoted by Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40

I practice Kung Fu under Sifu Dexter Parker (peoriakungfu.com) and I have studied the history of Krav Maga and believe the principles of self defense and survival to be worthy of passing on to my posterity. (A.1)

The Dobra Family martial arts is a philosophy built on the solid foundation of the Hung Gar (Hung family, Southern Chinese style) Kung Fu as taught by Sifu Dexter Parker (1) and the historical reality of self defense as taught through Krav Maga.

I would define our family martial arts like Bruce Lee defined his, as a "style without style". "Unlike more traditional martial arts, [Bruce Lee's] Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts." (2)

Kung Fu

Loosely translated as "hard work," but more accurately it is something significant achieved through hard work and effort.

Kung, "which literally means skill, art, labor or effort. When taken literally, kung fu can embrace any manner of disciplines, from painting to craftmanship. . . authentic kung fu, has a common purpose of spiritual awakening." (1)

Kung Fu is a lifestyle. "Everything is Kung Fu." Jackie Chan's character says in the 2010 movie Karate Kid. (It should have been named Kung Fu Kid since they were in China learning/teaching Kung Fu, not Japanese external fighting Karate!)

In this book I will document, for my children and their children, the Dobra Family Kung Fu style, a basic introduction to Kung Fu and Krav Maga, the philosophy of the Dobra Family Kung Fu style, and also the principles of self defense.