Brent H. is the head instructor of EBM Kung Fu and the Oakland San Shou Team. Brent had trained in in martial arts for most of his life and has been an active teacher at EBM for many years. Brent's teachers were Sifu Wong Jack Man (Hsing I, Tai Chi, Kung Fu), Sifu Kwan Sai Hung (Kung Fu, Chi Kung, Meditation), Cesar & Ralph Gracie (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu), Floyd Winter (Greco-Roman & Russian Sambo Wrestling). Brent also has a 2nd Degree Black Belt in full contact Karate under Charles Gordon. As a San Shou fighter in the 80 kilo class, Brent holds several titles including the 1999 USAWKF National Champion. Brent has served as the Coach of the US San Shou Team for the last two World Championships (Macau China 2003, Hanoi Vietnam 2005) and has coached 6 National San Shou Champions.
Brent began his training in martial arts at an early age. As a teenager he
earned a black belt in full-contact Karate and trained extensively in boxing and
kickboxing. He competed in dozens of tournaments. In his later teens, his interest
in Taoist and Buddhist philosophy and meditation drew him to Chinese martial arts.
Inspired by reading the 'Chronicles of Tao' Brent moved to San Francisco to study
with Taoist master Kwan Sai Hung. Kwan is the subject of the popular book 'Chronicles
of Tao' and a legend in his own right. Kwan's school, located at Fort Mason, was closed
to the public and the training session were 4 hours in length. The emphasis of the
training was rigorous body conditioning, internal development through chi kung, yoga
and meditation, and philosophical study. Around the same time Brent also graduated
from UC Berkeley.
When Kwan moved away from the Bay Area, Brent sought out his next teacher in
Wong Jack Man who was also teaching at Fort Mason. Sifu Wong is a Northern
Shaolin grandmaster from the Jing Mo association who has been teaching in San
Francisco since 1961. Although famous for his fight with Bruce Lee, Wong's true
character and skill are known by few. Wong's level of skill and mastery is beyond
any normal standards. Under Wong Brent learned the Sun style Hsing I system, Yang
style Tai Chi system, and Northern Shaolin system. It is Wong's system that Brent
teaches at the EBM Kung Fu Academy.
In 1993 Brent and two other top students from Wong's school started the EBM Kung Fu
Academy, an educational non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of Chinese
martial arts. In 1998 Brent formed the Oakland San Shou Team. As a fighter Brent has
captured several titles in the 80 kilo class, including a silver medal in the 1998
USAWKF Nationals and the Gold medal at the 1999 USAWKF Nationals. Earning over 30
titles in San Shou over the past several years, Oakland San Shou Team has become
one of the top US teams. Brent also served as one of the two coaches on the (USAWKF)
US San Shou Team with Gao Jian Mei in Macau China in 2003 and with Cung Le in Hanoi
Vietnam in 2005. Brent continues to grow as a martial artist, a fighter, and a teacher,
through daily practice and devotion.
Brent presently lives and teaches in Oakland California.