After 26 years of learning and teaching martial arts, shifu Neil Ripski is high demand for workshops worldwide. In the past year, he has taught in Italy, Israel and the U.S.A. This fall, he will be returning to Europe and Israel to teach.
Red Jade Martial Arts also serves as a meeting place for instructors from around the world. Teachers from China, Israel, Scotland, New York, Chicago and other part of the U.S.A. travel to Creston to participate in Ripski’s full-time training course.
As of this fall, Ripski will be restructuring his classes in a manner comparable to traditional Chinese kung fu families. The family will accept students from the public only twice a year, and evaluate them as potential training participants. As with a traditional family, the training will be done in small groups, with no secrets withheld.
Several instructors teach at Red Jade, as well as many skilled international instructors. Current instructors include Ripski, a master of drunken boxing; David Huscroft, a second-degree black sash; and Jason Deatherage, a third-degree black sash. David Mannes, a first-degree black sash from New York, is teaching at Red Jade early this month.
Red Jade Martial Arts has moved to a new location at 3305 Erickson Rd., and will accept new students only in September and January, unless the potential participant is invited by another existing family member. For a drop-in fee, prospective students can come to a class, to see if they are interested in joining the Red Jade family.
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