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The Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast

Mar 13, 2018

It’s not often that Wade gets to interview a movie star — and today he does just that. Jino Kang has written, directed and starred in two full-length motion pictures based on martial arts. On top of that, he owns two successful martial arts schools in the Bay Area.


In this podcast, Wade and Jino discuss his original passion, Hapkido, which he learned from his father; how he became a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner; and how he opened two different martial arts school based on two different styles — Hapkido and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Key Takeaways:

[2:18] Jino’s grandfather’s and father’s journey in martial arts.

[4:00] Jino’s background in the martial arts.

[6:00] The process of opening up his first school in ’86, and his experience as a Realtor®.

[7:48] What led Jino to open up his second martial arts school (centered around Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), make an association with Charles Gracie, and begin running full time.

[9:48] How Hapkido has changed and how Jino is adapting to it.

[12:56] How Jino structures the kids’ classes with the adults.

[14:08] Where Jino sees the future of his schools headed.

[15:40] How the discipline of martial arts has translated into Jino’s personal and professional life.

[18:13] How Jino’s daughter is getting involved in the martial arts.

[19:24] The story of how Jino met Jackie Chan.

[20:53] Jino’s favorite training routines.

[23:00] Where to find more about Jino’s schools online.

[23:15] Jino’s parting words of advice to those that want to open up their own school.

[24:24] What Jino believes his father’s take would be on his martial art schools.


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