Modern Martial Arts and Health Radio E06: Sifu Ed Monaghan On the Philosophy and Culture of Martial Arts


May 15, 2020

Dr. Troy Schott, D.C.

Sifu Ed has studied a variety of martial arts for over 40 years, holding a black belt or equivalent rank and instructor’s certification in Jeet Kune Do, Savate, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate and Kung Fu. He has competed in numerous full-contact competitions, including full-contact karate, kickboxing, Savate, Muay Thai and “no rules” tournaments.

As a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, he studies the effects of movement-based awareness training on children and adults to improve their ability to focus and learn more effectively. As a professor, he teaches mind/body connectivity through the study of movement in the Department of Theater, Film, and Television, as well as applied exercise science and Eastern philosophy. He is responsible for the physical conditioning of students on a department-wide basis.

He has studied with many world-renowned Martial Arts Masters including Bruce Lee’s students Sifu Jerry Poteet and Guru Dan Inosanto.  He was personally trained in Jeet Kune Do by Sifu Poteet, named by Inside Kung Fu magazine as “unquestionably the greatest Jeet Kune Do Instructor in the world.”  He has also studied with many great Lamas, Gurus and teachers of Eastern philosophy and religion.

Ed has also assisted instructing courses in defensive tactics for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Force Training Unit and has trained in Special Weapons and Tactics with DEA Mobile Enforcement Team II.

He has privately trained many celebrities including Val Kilmer, John Malkovich, Alicia Silverstone, and Julianne Moore.

Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as an athletic trainer, Ed was chosen one of America’s Top 100 Trainers by Men’s Journal magazine, and one of the top 5 in Los Angeles. In 2010 Ed was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame and voted “Martial Arts Leader of the Year.”

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