Togo Ishii -石井 東吾-
Instructor of Jun Fan Gung-Fu & Jeet Kune Do/Martial Artist
Member of Jeet Kune Do Asia/Japan, Branch Instructor of Tokyo & Saitama & Gunma Dojos
Born: 12 March 1981
Togo Ishii was deeply impressed by the sophisticated martial arts and warm personality of Ted Wong in the participated seminar that was held when Ted Wong visited Japan for a second time. Togo Ishii then became a disciple of Hiro Watanabe, who is an immediate disciple of Ted Wong.
Togo Ishii received permission to accompany Hiro Watanabe and took a private lesson from Ted Wong at his home in Los Angeles.
Since then, until August 2010, Togo Ishii has taken a total of 18 private lessons from Ted Wong with Hiro Watanabe in Japan and the United States.
From 2003 on, whenever Ted Wong hosted the seminars of Jun Fan Gung-Fu & Jeet Kune Do in Japan, he always appointed Togo Ishii to be his demonstration assistant.
Togo Ishii participated in the Bruce Lee Foundation’s first seminar, which was held over two days in Los Angeles Chinatown (Ted Wong served as an instructor). In the same month, Ted Wong taught Togo Ishii how to compete against other styles of martial arts.
Togo Ishii won the Most Valuable Player award at the Chinese Martial Arts Sanda Tournament in his first appearance.
Togo Ishii won the Best Bout and the Best Technique awards at the Chinese Martial Arts Sanda Tournament in his second appearance.
Togo Ishii served as a co-instructor in the seminar of Jun Fan Gung-Fu & Jeet Kune Do in Taiwan, hosted by Hiro Watanabe.
Established the Gunma main dojo.
From July to August of the year, Togo Ishii received the very last private lesson from Ted Wong in the United States.
Togo Ishii served as a main instructor in the Jeet Kune Do Asia/Japan’s Tokyo Seminar.
Togo Ishii performed a demonstration in the world’s first instructional DVD of the original Jeet Kune Do. (Hiro Watanabe’s Jeet Kune Do Basic Techniques and Application of Basic Techniques are now available on QUEST.)
Togo Ishii performed a demonstration in the world’s first instructional DVD of Jun Fan Gung-Fu. (Hiro Watanabe’s Jun Fan Gung-Fu is now available on QUEST.)
Established the Saitama branch dojo.
Togo Ishii performed a demonstration in the world’s first instructional DVD of the original Jeet Kune Do and Jun Fan Gung-Fu. (Hiro Watanabe’s Jun Fan Gung-Fu & Jeet Kune Do Advanced Techniques is now available on QUEST.)
Togo Ishii opened the Jeet Kune Do seminar at the MMA Dojo Yudukido-Honpo.
In the same year, Togo Ishii provided private lessons to professional fighters.
Established the Tokyo branch dojo.
To discipline himself as a martial artist, Togo Ishii is currently taking private lessons from Hiro Watanabe every month to learn various empty-handed martial arts and weaponry arts such as Katana (Japanese sword), Sai, Kama (sickle), Tuifa (or Tonfa), Kusari-Fundo (chain with a weight attached to each end), and Naginata (pole sword). Also, as an instructor, Togo Ishii is dedicated to instructing his disciples at Tokyo, Saitama, and Gunma branch dojos every week.
Up to this day, Togo Ishii has intensively trained Jeet Kune Do directly under the grandmaster Ted Wong, and trained as a private student under the legitimate successor Hiro Watanabe for many years. By advancing the above efforts, Togo Ishii accurately acquired the techniques and knowledge of Jeet Kune Do, which is the great legacy of Bruce Lee.
Togo Ishii is now infused with a strong sense of mission to pass down what has been taught from distinguished masters over to up-and-coming generations through not only precise but also passionate guidance.