About the instruction
Our Honolulu classes were a Christian-based martial arts program designed to equip our students Spirit, Soul, and Body. Bible-based...but not “religious”.
Our classes always had students from diverse denominations, a good amount of non-Christians, as well as confessed atheists. All were welcome, as long as you had a good heart, and a willingness to learn.
Students trained hard and fellowshipped in a spirit of brotherhood regardless of spiritual affiliation ( or lack thereof). Many of those friendships continue today having lasted the test of many years and many miles.
My goal, or vision, for a martial arts school/program has always been for it to be something much more than just a school of martial arts.
Think of it this way, many of us have been fortunate to have been in situations, be it a job, school, or church, that was just a “special” time...no other way to put it...special people, a special place, a special time.
Well, that’s what we had in our classes in Hawaii, and that’s my vision/goal for any and all classes I teach here in Reno...or anywhere else for that matter.
..it’s for something special
With that in mind, we operate more as a “semi-private academy” and I take the time to interview each and every person that wants to join our classes to make sure we’re a good fit, and to make sure we maintain a positive environment. Don’t get me wrong with all this talk of something special, while all of the classes are family friendly and values driven, we teach very effective, serious martial arts here. I want to make sure this is a safe, fun, positive experience for everyone involved.
Most people would tell me this is a terrible business practice, and honestly, it can take longer to build a program this way. But, I’m O.K. with that; I want to do something special here, to be real honest... I’m just not that interested in doing it any other way.
So, if this sounds like something you would like yourself and your family involved in, give me a call. We’ll have a chat, or “talk story” as we say back home. You can get to know me, I can get to know you, and we can see if this is a good fit.
Blessings & Aloha,
About the instructor
Sifu (Master Instructor) David Giomi has been studying martial arts since 1974, including nearly 10 years as a private student of renowned Jeet Kune Do instructor Guro Burton Richardson. Sifu David was also one of Guro Burton’s hand-picked sparring partners and worked in the Honolulu bar/nightclub industry for over 20 years.
One of only two people in the world with Instructor ranking in both Jun Fan Gung Fu/JKD (Original Bruce Lee method) and JKD Unlimited MMA For the Street , Sifu David is the only person ever promoted to Instructor Rank in Bruce Lee’s Jun Fan Gung Fu/JKD by Guro Burton, making him a 3rd Generation Instructor of Bruce Lee’s Original Art with direct lineage to Sijo Bruce Lee. He also holds the rank of 7th degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo, as well as a Black Sash Instructor ranking in Traditional Chinese Kung Fu, One of the featured performers in the new curriculum DVD’s for the legendary Sifu Larry Hartsell’s Jun Fan JKD Grappling Association; he was also an actor, stunt performer, and Assistant Fight Choreographer on the award winning movie MMA Streetfighter: One Percent Full, and is a licensed pastor.
Sifu David founded Hawaii Kung Fu/Cornerstone Martial Arts in Honolulu, Hi in 2001 as a Christian Martial Arts organization, teaching JKD, Kenpo, traditional Kung Fu and Tai Chi Ch’uan as part of his Christian Martial Arts curriculum at the Palolo Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and Lili’uokalani Elementary School on the island of Oahu.
7th Degree Black Belt Kenpo Karate
2nd degree Black Sash: Shaolin Kung Fu
Instructor Ranking: Bruce Lee’s Original Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do (3rd Generation, Bruce Lee: Dan Inosanto-Burton Richardson-David Giomi)
Instructor Ranking; Jeet Kune Do Unlimited; Mixed Martial Arts For the Street (TM)
One of only two people in the world with Instructor ranking in both JKD Unlimited MMA-FTS and Jun Fan Gung Fu (Original Bruce Lee method)
Instructor Ranking: Jeet Kune Do Concepts
Instructor Ranking: Filipino Martial Arts
Instructor Ranking: Sifu Larry Hartsell’s Jun Fan JKD Grappling Association
Blue Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (JKDU BJJ for the Street)
Instructor Tai Chi Ch’uan, Meditation, and Internal Martial Arts
Ninjutsu at Dragon Gate Sanctuary; Honolulu, HI
Studied Kempo Karate (Kara-Ho) as part of Great-Grandmaster Professor William K.S. “Thunderbolt” Chow’s school
Actor, Stunt Team member, Assistant Fight Choreographer, MMA Streetfighter: One Percent Full; winner of the award for best fight choreography at the "ACTION ON FILM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL" in Los Angeles 2009
Served in the following ministerial positions:
Hope Chapel Mana’olana: Associate Pastor, Men's Pastor, Home Church Pastor; Worship Leader
Hope Chapel Honolulu: Worship Leader, Assistant Pastor
Hope Chapel Las Vegas (Home Church): Founding Pastor