Jun Davantes has been training in the Martial Arts for more than 40 years. Starting in Tae Kwon Do in 1980, Jun moved on to Seven Start Praying Mantis, under the late sifu Ming Loy, after a year. He studied the Praying Mantis style for 6 years before moving into the Long Fist style of Kung Fu called Chang Chuan, while studying biomedical engineering at Marquette University. Jun trained under the late Grandmaster Yin for three years until his professional career took precedence over Martial Arts training, resulting in a two-year break from training. Returning to Milwaukee in 1992 for graduate school, he resumed his training under Mr. Sipin at Four Winds Martial Arts.
Jun has been with the school ever since. Under Mr. Sipin’s instruction and guidance, he earned his 2nd Degree Black Belt in Doce Pares Escrima and his 2nd Degree Black Belt Karate.
Jun was the Regional & National Champion in stick fighting and forms at both the 1996 and 1998 tournament seasons. At the 1996 National Championship, Jun took 1st place in the overall forms competition, winning the Golden Stick trophy against champions across the different adult forms divisions. At the 1996 WEKAF World Tournament in Carson City, CA, he placed 2nd in the overall standings. Jun continued to compete in the 2002-2008 tournament seasons and placed 1st and 2nd in his divisions for forms and live stick fighting. In the 2006 WEKAF World Championship held in Orlando, FL, Jun took 1st place in the men's open forms' division.
Meaning of Martial Arts
"I often tell people that the Martial Arts is a lifestyle rather than a hobby for me. I attribute the Martial Arts for helping develop the discipline and strength that I needed to avoid the negative elements that were all around while growing up in the inner-city areas of Chicago. It's been instrumental in helping develop the person I am today. The Martial Arts has had a positive impact on both my personal and professional life. My wife Kris and I have shared the positive influences of the Martial Arts with our kids Ana, Jaden and Kyan. As a result, our two boys have picked up martial arts training also. Jaden and Kyan have been studying at Four Winds Martial Arts since they were three years old. Both have competed at the regional, national and world stages. It's exciting to watch their skills and maturity in the Martial Arts advance as they grow older."
Being an Instructor
"I love teaching the Martial Arts. Seeing the evolution of a new student into the upper ranks is very rewarding. Four Winds Martial Arts teaches such a broad spectrum of styles and techniques that effectively complement each other. Because of the array of material that we teach our students, it's easy for new students to become overwhelmed. Guiding them through our curriculum and encouraging them to stick with it is a major part of the excitement that I get out of teaching."
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