TAE JEET KUNG FU DO MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOLS
New Dojo Brings 1st Generation Martial Arts to Emmett
Five Black Belts and 38 years of experience are just the start of great things offered at Emmett’s new Dojo. Owner David Kunz has studied and worked in Martial Arts with some of the best dating back to the 1960’s when Marital Arts first came to the United States.
“I teach hand-to-hand contact,” said Kunz. “I teach my students respect, self-control, balance, self-esteem and how to actually defend themselves in real life situations.”
Friday nights are popular at the new Dojo as students have a chance to put the skills they learn to the test during “Friday Fight Night”. Students put on full protective gear, take everything they have learned and put it together with a full contact.
“Kids need activity, a chance to unleash their energy and stay out of trouble,” said Kunz. “I teach them the skills as well as self confidence and how to focus. I know I’m doing something right when I get calls from teachers and parents who ask what I’m doing because their kids, who weren’t doing the work in school, are suddenly improving and taking responsibility.”
Kunz’s Dojo name comes from the five disciplines in which he holds Black Belts: Tae Kwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, Kung Fu, Kempo, and Do-incorporating all the arts into one.
Kunz’s resume includes serving in the Military Police, Police Departments and as a personal body guard.
“I met John Travolta while working as a police officer,” said Kunz. “I went to work for him and several other celebrities for a few years. I started opening Dojo’s in California and was a full contact fighter known as ‘The Demolisher’ for many years.”
Kunz is a published writer for Kung Fu magazine and trains police officers in how to protect themselves.
“My classes are not a babysitting service,” said Kunz. “I teach ground fighting combining the skills and styles of people I’ve directly worked with like Bruce Lee, Rick Avery, Bob Bremer and Jerry Fisher. I’ve hosted 6 major full-contact tournaments.”
According to Kunz, his 10-year old son David who is a Brown Belt has the most amazing roundhouse kicks that must be seen to be believed.
Classes are held Monday – Friday: at 6 pm for 5 – 12 yr olds; at 7 pm for 13 yrs – adult. All classes are only $5.00 each. A special is currently being offered which includes a free Gi (uniform) with one month of unlimited classes for only $80.
The Dojo is located at 143 E. Main Street, 608-0825 for information.