GHOST BEAR MARTIAL ACADEMY
               PROFESSIONAL MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTION   
 
 
  

                                                                                                                                                                 
               
Instructor Profile

 

                               
                 David Smith  *(Master Yue Fei) has  40+  years experience in the martial arts. He began what would become his life path in 1974,  in the dojo of his first teacher- Sensei Shojiro Koyama (Arizona Karate Association-Japanese Shotokan Karate).  This focused and highly disciplined training that began in childhood provided him the solid foundation for the intensive advanced training he would receive years later under Grandmaster Yuen Khan of China.    Master Yue Fei is the first Westerner to earn a name in the House of Khan, and to earn a Master level ranking from Grandmaster Khan.  He primarily teaches the Chinese martial arts system Mongoose-Within-A-Circle (also
known simply as Ji Shu Khan). He is trained in close quarters unarmed combat, professional protection, and personal defensive tactics. He served as Grandmaster Khan's chief instructor with  Ji Shu Khan International, and has international executive protection experience. He has also served as a field instructor and representative with S.C.S (Thailand), an international training organization for military, law enforcement, and other field professionals.
    He is also trained in the balance of Internal Arts, and has a basic certification in
Touch for Health Applied Kinesiology.

*Master Yue Fei is David Smith's earned name and rank, and is used in place of his Western name in a teaching context.
This title and rank is a position of service, not power or control.








 I derived 'Ghost Bear' from a many-years long process of introspection, deep meditation, and personal rituals (integration of Bear totems and iconography;  and the concept of 'ghostwalking'). 
            Even my deep connection to Arizona and its unique and powerful energy is part of it (my family has been in Arizona since the mid- 19th century; Charlebois Springs in the Superstition Mountains is named after my great-great grandfather). 
                  As I achieved a level of personal awakening, I realized that all of the aspects of how I walk my path seemed to be crystalized in the simple truth of this strong icon. I have also always felt very strongly connected to Wolf icons and totems, and I certainly incorporate many of these attributes into my life as well, but 'Ghost Bear' very much defined my path as a martial artist.  The strength, confidence, and circumspection of the Bear (in my many roles as teacher and protector); the subtlety and enhanced awareness achieved through 'ghostwalking' (a technique for not only perceiving energy and intention, but how to utilize it in an efficient and subtle way- critical for potentially dangerous situations); and the courage to not only face adversity, but to face Self with great introspection and truth. The Ghost Bear icon is not only the banner under which I teach others; it is my personal standard.  

   
                 

 
                    

                                                                          

      

                                               MY TEACHERS

                   


 "Sensei Shojiro Koyama is greatly respected internationally as one of the finest martial arts teachers in the world. He is a man of great honor and integrity, and I credit Sensei Koyama with providing a strong foundation of training and understanding. It was in this dojo where the important life-long lessons of humility, self-discipline, honor, and respect (for Self, as well as for others) were re-enforced.  I hold Sensei Koyama in the highest regards, and maintain the deepest respect for him as a man of wisdom and knowledge (not only of the martial arts, but of life in general)".

" Grandmaster Khan is a man who has always walked a path of wisdom and compassion. He  employed a brutally efficient martial system for his work throughout the globe (generally extremely dangerous work), but he also showed how it was just as important to extend the 'empty hand' in aid (healing, or teaching others).  In fact, despite being a Grandmaster of extremely high rank, he always signs his name with two Chinese characters loosely translated as 'man of the fields' , i.e. 'one who serves'.  He is a fine example of balance; humility rather than ego, confidence rather than arrogance, always tempering action with wisdom. As he told me once, "the hand that kills must also heal"- from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the fields of Africa, he had vast experience in both. I am proud and honored to not only have been his student, but to have served him as assistant instructor, then as Head Instructor with Ji Shu Khan International, and then as his personal bodyguard (as is customary within the monastery-based system where he was raised and trained). I accepted the challenge of his teachings as my life's work. I continue to uphold this Martial Way, by allowing it to constantly evolve and grow, and by continuing to be of service to others."  


 
                       

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