The System M.A.
The System M.A. is the brand name for our School.
Our school was established in 2011 with the goal of educating, promoting, and practicing real Martial Arts.
What is our Curriculum?
Our lessons have been carefully crafted into a Curriculum for each pupil to walk down. This path contains the absolute best of our experience, knowledge, and training over the last 15 years.
Our fortunate experience comes from the training with Highly Qualified Mentors. We propagate this knowledge through our lessons.
Our Mentors & Background
Sifu Jacob in GuangTung Province - China 2007
Master of Gung Fu, Grand Master Y.C. Wong
Sifu Jacob Brinnand always had an affinity towards Martial Arts since early childhood. He first gained exposure to his foundational art Hung Gar in 1999 in Sunnyvale Ca. It was not until 2005 however when the real tutelage under the Great Gung Fu Master Y.C. Wong would begin in historic Chinatown San Francisco.
Great Master Y.C. Wong was among that first generation of pioneers to actually bring Chinese Kung Fu and Martial Arts to the US, est. 1967. initiated into the tradition through family, Grand Master Y.C. Wong was a "Live in Disciple" under his illustrious instructor Lam Jo. He has been published in dozens of articles and is respectfully considered the senior most Hung Gar Kung Fu authority teaching today in the U.S. at 88 years old. Master Wong instructed Jacob in traditional Hung Gar, Guan Ping Yang Tai Chi, Standing Meditation, and basics of Pek Kwa and BaGua. After years of dedication Jacob was granted permission to teach. The lessons of hard work, repetition, good character, and humility remains our key to success in life and Gung Fu to date.
Great Grand Master Lam Jo, at 99. yrs. old. 1910-2012
Student Picture Day in Palm Springs, 2017
Navy Seal Veteran. Pencak Silat, Pendekar
In 2011 Jacob opened his first first Chinese Kung Fu school in San Francisco, on the opening date his sworn Kung Fu Brother Ken introduced him to a "Hidden Warrior" a true Pendekar (Master) of Silat & retired Navy Seal combatant.
This Veteran was highly trained with 50 years practical experience. So impressed with the Combat drills, and the use of his applications, we ourself became a pupil in this "Old Street Hand Method" of boxing.
Please understand our wish to not publicly identify him. After a student is accepted we can formally discuss the styles background, until then this Combat lineage goes under the psudo name "Tribal Silat". This training has contributed greatly to the way we approach Martial Arts, and how to act in times of great danger.
1967 First "Open to Public Kung Fu Exhibition" in U.S. An event which ignited the Gung Fu Craze.
Hosted and organized by Y.C.Wong Gung Fu
Training would run late into the night.
5 X World Champion Kickboxer. Master Kathy Long
We continue to cross train and learn at every opportunity.
Jan. 2017: While cross training in a Ju JItsu gym. Jacob found the very fortunate opportunity to train and eventually become a student of Sifu Kathy Long.
This Black Belt Magazine Hall of Famer is a 5 Time World Champion Kickboxer with a sensational pro fight record! She is among Royalty in Muay Thai / Kickboxing, MMA, & Kung Su circles.
Her training has been vital to helping us bridge the gap between traditional arts and sparring techniques. Training continues to this day, and for that we are very fortunate.
Our Students Train with our Teachers
Great Grand Master of Escrima. Master Atillo
On July 13th 2019, Sifu Jacob became a "Disciple" of the Original Saavedra Escrima / Balintawak System.
Please Note: We continue to evolve our knowledge with more time and experience, keeping the arts alive. Our pursuit is to explore the depths of our great arts and pass it on to the next generation. We welcome you to train with us, and to one day train with our masters as well.