Ed Ferrigan has taught martial arts for over 33 years. His passion is teaching. Ed began his Martial Arts training in 1985 with Master Yong Ju Lee (at the time in Huntsville, Al). He achieved his first black belt in Tang Soo Do in 1987.
For the next couple years, Ed trained in various schools and styles in the great north west. After searching and testing many styles and instructors, Ed began training with Sifu Al Dacascos in Wun Hop Kuen Do Kung Fu…
Overall, Ed comments that Wun Hop Kuen Do was his favorite style and Grand Master Al his favorite instructor. During this time he lead the project of assisting Sifu Al in compiling all the Wun Hop Kuen Do techniques into a handbook that consolidated his lifelong of learning in the martial arts. “I spent hundreds of hours directly with Sifu Al detailing out each technique so we could archive them in a master handbook.”
Ed was also one of the Grand Master’s lead instructors over a nine year period and worked with Grand Master Dacascos as a protege student.
He achieved his black belt in Wun Hop Kuen Do with Sifu Al in 1993, at this time he also opened his own school in Tigard, OR, a suburb of Portland. This school was called Oregon Martial Arts College. He also received his second degree in 1995 in Tang Soo Do.
On average, Ed trained 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for around 9 years. His “commitment” brought many benefits including becoming very proficient in many aspects of the martial arts including: Kung Fu and Tang Soo Do, Filipino stick fighting or Escrima, staff and bo techniques, including Tango Soo Do and Kung Fu Forms.
Ed continues to train on his own since selling his school in 1997. From time to time he will work one-on-one with students in his therapy and life coaching practice to help them gain confidence and self defense skills.
Ed comments, “I’ve never liked belt levels for political and egotistical reasons. I stopped wanting belts early on because it took me out of the reason I was training. My martial arts training was very personal to me, it was a way for me to find myself through discipline, long hours of practice, hours of meditation and introspection. I’ve never like the political or money aspects of being affiliated with organizations, so I chose to not participate in them. It did not fulfill the reasons I was training in the martial arts. That said, belt levels and affiliation can be very useful to those who need encouragement, like structure, and want a “tribe” to belong to. To me, what really matters is how hard a person trains and feels about him/herself. Use the martial arts to grow your confidence, get to know yourself, and bring inward peace to your mind. Blessing on your personal journey.”