Jake was born in 1980 and as kid definately grew up on kung fu theatre. He used to go to his grandpa’s house on sundays and watch all day. When he was in second grade he talked my parents in to signing him up for Karate lessons at East West Karate.He managed to make it to yellow belt, the first promotion level. He eventually moved and had to stop studying.
When he turned 16, got transportation and a job, he looked around his area for martial arts and eventually settled on New Century Kempo. (Off shoot of Tracy system) The style was American Kempo with Kick Boxing and ground grappling. Jake studied for 4 years there from 1996-2000 which was early for MMA and a lot of the sport he studied was Shoot Fighting. Financial changes ended his studies at this school. Final rank was a Green belt, the 5th promotion at that school.
In 2000 he found traditional 5 animal style at a school named White Lotus. His first few classes left him in amazement in the difference between past training and what was being newly presented. While training at White Lotus he eventually decided that it was time to make sure that the skills he was collecting worked, so he got a job as a bouncer in downtown Hartford and now have more than 8 years of experience with practical applications and real life scenarios. Jake stayed with White Lotus until the public classes ended around 2004. He earned a Final rank of assistant instructor.
After a break he began searching for some more kung fu. He was expecting that all the Fu he would find would be similar to the traditional animal style. In his words “I was wrong. I found Sifu Andrew DiGuiseppi and after I took my first class I was hooked. We covered stance work, form work and application, as well as a good warm up.” His search had ended.
Sifu Jake began training at Connecticut Wing Chun under Sifu DiGuiseppi in 2006. He joined the group classes and proved to be a very quick study. His strength and coordination, from his previous training, gave him a firm foundation to master Wing Chun techniques quite easily.
Sifu Jake displayed a very high level of dedication, respect and effort through out his training. Pushing hard to set the bar for other students, both in sparring and technique drilling.
Sifu Jake earned his instructorship and wooden dummy level in 2009, where he then assisted Sifu DiGuiseppi with the instruction of the other students. Sifu Jake has a fast, yet power style with a perfectly solid foundation in the Wing Chun formula. His previous training in Kung Fu assisted greatly in his development of Wing Chun’s sensitivity and structure. His powerful stance, strong posture, and ultra high level of technique execution make him a formidable fighter.
In 2011, after many years of dedication and hard training he was given his Black Sash and completion of the system. Sifu Jake’s tremendous talent, dedication and high level of respect make for obvious reasons for him to be trained well. He possesses the highest level of fighting skill and comprehension of Wing Chun. Any one who gets an opportunity to train with Sifu Jake will greatly benefit from his vast real life experience and expert ability to transfer knowledge.
Sifu Jake is currently offering private and semi-private lessons in Wing Chun and Self Defense at the Waterbury Location of Connecticut Wing Chun and in his home town of Bristol, CT.
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