Dragon's Lair Mission Statement
Our mission at the Dragon's Lair Martial Arts Academy is to be the premiere school for the teaching and training of Modern Gung Fu.
The late Bruce Lee set in motion many years ago the evolution of Martial Arts as we are seeing it today. Things have changed since then. Now, more than ever, we need respect, discipline, confidence, and patience in our world. We need to give life skills and self-protection to as many kids and adults as we can reach. Now more than ever, Martial Arts is needed in our schools, homes, and work. We strive to keep a safe, positive learning environment in class. By reaching out to the community, schools and parents, our goal is to participate in the development of adults & children everywhere.
Top 20 Submissions in MMA
At the Dragon's Lair, get training not only in Kung Fu, but also MMA. Here's a link to the "top 20 MMA submissions."
History of Modern Gung Fu
Wing Chun was created over 3 centuries ago by a Shaolin Nun Ng Mui. She was one of five to survive extermination by the Chin Empire who had outlawed the practice of Kung Fu. They attacked the temple where Ng Mui lived.
In her travels she saved a young girl from marriage to a tyrant officer by teaching her the original fighting art which she refined to a simpler and more efficient way of fighting with fast short movements. She used this art to defeat the tyrant. Her name was Wing Chun.
Yim Wing Chun became a legend for her fighting skills. It was then past on to Chan Wah the money changer and then to Yip Man who continued to do challenge fights, in which he was undefeated. This was the solidification years of Wing Chun. He then went on to refine the art and movements of Wing Chun that were passed on to Bruce Lee.
Bruce Lee trained under Yip Man and/or his Sihings, namely William Chung as his senior. Realizing he could never exceed the abilities of his teachers in the same art, he sought out other fighting methods leading to his moving to the United States (the Seattle years.) During his high school education he met Jesse Glover, his first student, assistant instructor and friend in Seattle.
Jesse began a class of his own with James DeMile. They collected other students along the way, in no particular order: Leroy Garcia, Ed Heart, Skip Ellsworth, and the renowned Taki Kimura.
“Jesse Glover, whom I have had the pleasure of training with the least in my career of the Martial Arts, has affected me the most. His humble approach and level of skill is unmatched by anyone I have trained with. James DeMile, whom I trained with for 8 ˝ years, has a meticulous eye for dissecting the movements and training of techniques learned from Bruce and Jesse.
There are countless versions of the Bruce Lee history in the United States. This version is a blending of information passed down to me. Remember, in your search for the truth of Bruce Lee, he trained with many people. There is no doubt that Bruce Lee evolved and changed his teachings over time. All of which were instrumental to the final development of Bruce himself. This means that all techniques taught by Bruce to all his students were unique to them at that time in history (all worthy of your research.)
My own training, including the above, started with high school wrestling and years of other martial arts and boxing while in the Navy. After I was certified by James DeMile and trained with Jesse Glover, this started the formation of Modern Gung Fu.”
-Sibok Cary Hiatt
“Luck Favors the Prepared”
Bruce Lee's Original Fighting System
The Dragon's Lair Martial Arts Academy and Fitness Center provides proven effective self-protection. We teach the very same principles that the late Bruce Lee taught to his students.
Modern Gung Fu (Kung Fu), taught at The Dragon's Lair Martial Arts Academy, has its origins in traditional Wing Chun (Gung Fu) by Master Yipp Man. Bruce Lee trained under Yipp Man in China. He then moved to the U.S. to Seattle, Washington, where he met Jesse Glover (his first student)and James DeMile. After getting certified as an instructor in Wing Chun Do by Sijo James DeMile and getting fine-tuned by Jesse Glover, (Non-Classical Gung Fu) Cary Hiatt continues in the Lee Tradition by evolving as second generation Bruce Lee, and introducing Modern Gung Fu to the world of Martial Arts.