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Name

Immanuel Gomez

DOM Rank

Phase One Instructor

PFS Rank

Phase One Instructor 2016 Edged Weapons Instructor

Location

Merrillville, IN

Address

1205 W Lincoln Highway Suite #9

Phone Number

219-895-5450

Quotation

"The more you teach, the more you learn, the more you learn, the more you realize how much you truly don’t know, thus teaching what you do know in order to know.”

Biography

Immanuel Gomez is no stranger to the martial arts, at age 5 he had two passions in life ministry & martial arts, & began his journey in Sil Lum Chuan Fa Kung Fu & Tae Kwon Do. Holding rank in multiple systems including 3rd degree black sash in Sil Lum Chuan Fa Kung Fu.

Immanuel’s life has not been an easy one & at an early age due to certain circumstances vowed if he could/would be blessed & skilled in the martial arts he would give back, helping others especially women, children, & the disabled to learn to protect & defend themselves.

While Immanuel still sees the value in classic traditional based martial arts systems, he felt something was missing in his training at a young age, only to soon find out many classical systems of martial arts didn’t work without modifying, while also training progressively, blending & combining other styles & elements within them to make them functional.

When Immanuel searched out & began training in Kali, Arnis, Stick Fighting & knife fighting he felt very connected to them & it was love at first sight to the combative arts of South East Asia. Immanuel has always sought after truth in Combat & felt the connection to the methods & philosophy of JKD/Kali training, & highly impressed with the level of skill & tenacity of Sifu Paul Vunak’s approach to effectively end a fight fiercely & quickly.

Immanuel has enjoyed teaching martial arts part time to the youth & women’s Self Defense, anyone who knows him knows how much love & passion he puts into teaching & training; especially when working with a few of his past students with special needs loving every minute of it, always trying to bring out the best in each & every student he was & is blessed to teach.
He has worked in the Security field & at one time a security trainer, other jobs in the past included being a bouncer as side work which was an even more pivotal point in Immanuel’s life where he would witness how many traditional martial arts would be ineffective compared to what He was learning in CJKD/KALI PFS.
While Immanuel respects tradition & see’s many benefits to traditional martial arts, he also has found out tradition can also keep a person bound thus being limited especially when it came to real combat situations.

With training does come the spiritual & Immanuel is no stranger to this either & serves as a head Pastor leading a congregation & has spoken at conferences & breakout sessions also. It was in the 2nd year of his marriage to his lovely wife where he would face an even greater obstacle in life, he and his wife were in a tragic car accident & both became disabled. Some years passed & Immanuel settled it that Martial Arts & being a fighter was a passion in his life & part of who he is & thus began teaching again in his area & opening up to a new era of also wanting to work even more with both the disabled & non – disabled community in his area.

In His own words:
“It was by the grace of Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ) & through the love of my life my lovely wife’s, motivation along with her prayers & the prayers encouragement of others who knew me growing up reminding me of the fighter they’ve always known me to be that caused me to search deep within & bring him back out.

One thing holds true those who truly know Immanuel personally know he’s genuine, loving, compassionate, & a no nonsense teacher, both in the martial arts & in ministry; he loves bringing out the best in his students & congregants. Don’t let his being a minister fool you, when it comes to Self Defense & Self Preservation he takes a no nonsense approach & wants to ensure he’s teaching his students practical Self Defense to help give them the tools necessary to aid them in defending themselves in a real altercation.

Having a loving concern for the safety of his wife and women in general, Immanuel has a passion for teaching self-defense to women also, along with a loving concern for the disabled & thus Immanuel derives a great deal of satisfaction from teaching women, men, & children to defend themselves against would be attackers along with teaching the disabled that they are otherwise able.

Immanuel has since been promoted to Phase 1 Instructor in the PFS system & considers it a real privilege to be a student of Mr. Vunak & mentor Senior Instructor Barry Jenkins. Immanuel is truly thankful & honored to have the privilege of teaching Contemporary Jeet Kune Do under the lineage of Sifu Paul Vunak, tying back to Guru Dan Inosanto, and the legend himself Bruce Lee.

Some of Immanuel’s goals are to become a full instructor & possibly one day a Senior Instructor under PFS & learn as much as he can to advance & teach others various systems including those offered through Progressive fighting systems.

Immanuel’s Motto as an instructor:
” The more you teach, the more you learn, the more you learn, the more you realize  you truly don’t know, thus teaching what you do know in order to know.”

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Indiana