header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
50°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
April 12
1738 - Fr. Francisco Garcés born in Spain; came through SCV in 1776, found Tataviam fighting with Coastal Chumash, observed Santa Clara River flowing by night and dry by day despite the season being spring [story]
Garces statue


| Tuesday, May 13, 2014

By Taylor Jackson

Martial arts master Bruce Lee left behind a legacy when he passed away in 1973 at the age of 32. His signature martial art Jeet Kune Do, a blend of many different forms of martial art, has been quietly passed down from his original disciples to their own students over the last few decades.  And now the Way of the Intercepting Fist is being taught in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Ekata Training Center is co-founded and led by Edward Monaghan and JoAnn Wabisca and offers a holistic approach that incorporates Western technology with Eastern philosophy in their teachings. Central to their teaching is the art of Jeet Kune Do, which unlike many martial arts is focused on practical and efficient self defense rather than appearances or use in sport. Both Monaghan and Wabisca bear the title “Sifu,” a Chinese word that means “master” or “teacher.”Ekata

Jeet Kune Do is not considered a style of martial art, but rather “a style without style.”  Bruce Lee is said to have stated “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. That water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend.”

“Bruce looked at various truths,” said Wabisca. “His foundation was in Wing Chun, but he also found truth in fencing, he also found truth in Western boxing. Those predominately were the truths he considered important to include in his Jeet Kune Do.”

In addition to its roots in boxing, Judo, Wing Chun and European fencing, Ekata’s curriculum incorporates teachings of and from other martial art styles including Brazillian jujitsu for ground fighting and grappling; Savate, or French kickboxing; and Muay Thai. This cross training provides a well rounded skill set that allows the practitioner to engage an opponent effectively at nearly any range.

“If you want a martial art that’s heavily focused on punching, then you’d go with boxing,” said Membership Director Andrew Aragon. “If you want a martial art thats heavily focused on kicking, you’d go with Tae Kwon Do. If you want a martial art thats heavily focused on wrestling, then you’d go with Jujitsu. If you want a martial art that encompasses all of those things and you went with Jeet Kune Do, you would be 500% covered.”

ekataViolence is not the only aspect to Ekata’s training regimen however. Ekata takes it’s name from the Sanskrit word for “oneness,” and offers training in both “yin” and “yang” arts. While Jeet Kun Do offers an efficient means of self-defense, other classes such as meditation, yoga, and T’ai Chi offer an emphasis on inner awareness, harmony and balance.

“The primary purpose of this facility is to help everyone understand this principal of mindfulness as it applies in a life context,” said Monaghan.

“We want to help people to be aware, to be present, present-focused so they can experience life more fully.”

Ekata also encourages family participation, offering classes and training programs for children and teens as well as adults. “When the family comes together, it empowers them to have just the basic fundamentals so they’re at the same place, so they can see and enjoy and have an engaging communication and an engaging time.” said Wabisca.

Ekata is hosting an Inaugural Summer Kickoff Celebration on May 17th and 18th, from 9 AM to 7 PM. Admission is free. For more information click here.

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


WATCH NOW
LOCAL SPORTS HEADLINES
Monday, Mar 29, 2021
The Valencia Vikings dominated their second game of the season, beating host Canyon 73-3 on Friday night.
Monday, Mar 29, 2021
The run game was alive and well for the Golden Valley football team on Friday night, as the Grizzlies used a punishing ground attack to defeat the West Ranch Wildcats 31-15 at Valencia High School.
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2021
Former College of the Canyons football student-athlete Kilian Zierer has been named to the 2019-20 California Community College Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
Monday, Mar 22, 2021
The 2019 state championship College of the Canyons women's golf team has been named a 2019-20 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Scholar Team Award winner.
Thursday, Mar 18, 2021
In an effort to allow as much access as possible while keeping everyone safe, some William S. Hart Union High School District school sites are utilizing a livestream for sporting events this spring, starting with football.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1738 - Fr. Francisco Garcés born in Spain; came through SCV in 1776, found Tataviam fighting with Coastal Chumash, observed Santa Clara River flowing by night and dry by day despite the season being spring [story]
Garces statue
1987 - Ramona Chapel and Red Schoolhouse relocated to Heritage Junction [story]
Red Schoolhouse
1835 - Outlaw and Rocks/Park/High School namesake Tiburcio Vasquez born in Monterey, Calif. [story]
Tiburcio Vasquez
Nearly 100 people gathered in front of the highly anticipated Laemmle 7 in Newhall to officially open the theater to the Santa Clarita Valley community.
Laemmle Officially Opens in Old Town Newhall
The city of Santa Clarita Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission recently met to receive an update from city staff about the status of the Pioneer Oil Refinery in Newhall.
Parks Commissioners Asked to Advise on Pioneer Oil Refinery’s Future
A judge’s ruling this week dealt a setback to the Tejon Ranch Co.’s proposed 19,000-unit Centennial development project in the upper northwest corner of Los Angeles County.
Judge Halts Centennial Development Project in Tejon Ranch
The California Community College Athletic Trainers Association has named longtime athletic trainer, and current College of the Canyons associate athletic director, Chad Peters its 2021 Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Chad Peters Named CCCATA 2021 Athletic Trainer of the Year
Los Angeles County Public Health on Friday confirmed 48 new deaths and 752 new cases of COVID-19 countywide, with 27,432 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: 27,432 Total SCV Cases; County Nears 5 Million Administered Doses
The Santa Clarita City Council Legislative Committee briefly met Thursday morning to recommend that the City Council oppose four pieces of state legislation that would expand the state’s land-use authority.
Council Committee Recommends Opposition to State Land-Use Bills
In an effort to provide kids across the Santa Clarita Valley with a safe place to play and learn over spring break while parents are working, the Boys & Girls Club of SCV holds an annual camp.
Boys & Girls Club Holds Spring Break Camp
In recognition of public safety dispatchers' services, the California Highway Patrol joins other law enforcement agencies to recognize National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week on April 11-17, 2021.
CHP to Honor Public Safety Dispatchers During National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Officials in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be hosting a virtual community discussion on child abuse prevention April 20.
L.A. County Sheriffs to Host Child Abuse Prevention Seminar
1937 - Pioneer aviator E.B. Christopher and passenger killed in crash of light plane on Ridge Route near Gorman [story]
wreckage
CBRE announced the sale of a state-of-the-art 24,164 square-foot industrial facility to Tera McHugh and John McHugh, owners of Versatile Systems, Inc.
Valencia Industrial Building Sold to Versatile Systems
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying public health restrictions in place for large events and community gatherings, as well as past participation numbers, the city of Santa Clarita has evaluated several components of the annual Santa Clarita Marathon and is making a necessary change to the event.
City Postpones 2021 Marathon, Event Permanently Moved to February
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday 52 new deaths and 710 new cases of COVID-19, with 27,417 total cases in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Thursday COVID-19 Roundup: L.A. County Hospitalizations Remain Under 600; SCV Cases Total 27,417
Because of the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, some pet owners may have delayed purchasing their annual pet licenses and are now subject to late penalty fees.
Animal Care & Control Temporarily Waives Pet Licensing Fees
College of the Canyons will welcome José Rivera, award-winning playwright and the first Puerto Rican screenwriter to be nominated for an Oscar, to the School of Visual & Performing Arts’ Virtual Industry Insight Series on Monday, April 12.
COC Virtual Industry Insight Series Welcomes Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter José Rivera
Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) will spotlight contemporary artist Alex Schaeffer in a virtual oil demo on Monday, April 19, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
April 19: Virtual Oil Demo by Artist Alex Schaeffer
Spectrum Commercial Real Estate advisors Yair Haimoff, SIOR, Randy Cude, and Matt Sreden represented the seller in the sale of a 23,817-square-foot professional office building in a prime Valencia location.
Avenue Kearny Building Sells for $6 Million
Following stakeholder planning meetings over the course of a year and a public survey period in January, the city of Santa Clarita’s 2021 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) draft update enters the next phase in the approval and adoption process.
Residents Can Now Review Santa Clarita’s 2021 Hazard Mitigation Draft Plan
Cassie Gratton knows how to open a Laemmle theater. The general manager of the Newhall Laemmle, which will open its doors with a ribbon-cutting this Friday, also helped to open Laemmle’s Glendale and Claremont locations.
After Several Delays, Laemmle Newhall Opens Friday
The California Department of Transportation announced that new High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV, or carpool) lanes are open to motorists on Northbound and Southbound Interstate 5 between the Ventura Freeway (State Route 134) interchange in Los Angeles and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank.
CalTrans Announces Opening of New I-5 Carpool Lanes
%d bloggers like this: