November 19, Victoria, B.C – You’ve seen the legendary Bruce Lee in movies, magazines and on television but now you can learn to fight like the man right here in Victoria, BC.
James Eke, owner of the recently opened Eke Academy of Martial Arts has been training in the martial arts for over 30 years (20 of which he has also spent teaching) and is pleased to be bringing something truly unique to Victoria.
At Eke Academy of Martial Arts, students have the opportunity to not only learn Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do (JKD) but the Filipino stick and blade system of Kali, the devastating Malaysian/Indonesian system of Silat, a dynamic fusion of Muay Thai and North American Kickboxing, grappling, kids and women’s classes and much more.
Eke, who trains under Bruce Lee’s protégé, Dan Inosanto, as well as Canadian veteran east-coast martial artist Rob Doley, says that he is not only excited to be opening the Eke Academy which has been a life-long dream of his but he is looking forward to showing what these amazing martial arts have to offer.
“I’ve been training for most of my life and can tell you that the martial arts change your life for the best. These systems have a way of giving you life-long lessons that you carry with you every day. Not only will you get in great shape, and learn practical ways to defend yourself but you’ll learn things about yourself that you never thought possible. Without a doubt the martial arts makes you a better person,” Eke said.
Working as a full-time regular force Captain in the Canadian Army, Eke understands the need to have a no-nonsense approach to self-defence. “The systems that I teach and that my students train in are meant for real life. They are all reality-tested and provide the tools you need to protect yourself and your loved ones while having a great time learning them.”
Eke explains that at the Academy students learn everything from how to punch and kick to stick and dagger fighting, grappling, throws, meditation, flexibility and how to deal with everything that life throws their way.
“Bruce Lee has always been a role model for me. Not as an actor and film star but as an amazing martial artist who changed the way we think about everything from fitness to fighting. At the Academy we look at Bruce Lee and what he did as a beacon on a path that we are all travelling on. He taught us things that we can all do to be the greatest that we can each be personally.”
It is Bruce Lee’s spin on martial arts that made the biggest differences in Eke’s life. “I trained for years in Karate, Judo, Jiujitsu, Iaido and arts like that and have a few black belts to show for it but it is what I learned from Jeet Kune Do through teachers like Mr. Inosanto and Rob Doley that have made the biggest difference of where I’ve gone with my own training, my own martial arts. I realize that to really expand and grow as a person and as a martial artist you have to have the creativity and inspiration to push past everything and aspire for more – from yourself and everything else.
Jeet Kune Do and the other arts I teach give the student that. The purpose is not to arrive at some elusive destination but to use your martial arts as a springboard to far greater things – it is about a journey, not a destination. It is about finding out your limits and then pushing past them – realizing that they aren’t any limits at all.”
The Eke Academy of Martial arts is located at 734 Aldebury Street in Esquimalt and is open most evenings and on the weekend. For more information check out the school’s website at www.EkeAcademy.com or call 250-216-2801.