Jeffrey C., McLean, VA Martial Arts Coach

Jeffrey C.

TTT Performance Martial Arts,LLC

Martial Arts


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Practicing martial arts for 55 years, instructor for 35 years specializing in military grade hand to hand combat training. I offer Self Defense For Woman classes in McLean VA. View all coaching experience

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Training Locations
  • Vassar College (NY)

  • 30 years

  • Qualified Private Coach

  • Adults, Teenagers

  • MMA, Kung Fu, Judo

  • Sweep, Strikes, Roundhouse kick, Mental tranquility, Kick, Jabs, Chi, Blocks, Balance


  • Vassar College (NY)

  • 30 years

  • Qualified Private Coach


  • Adults, Teenagers

  • MMA, Kung Fu, Judo

  • Sweep, Strikes, Roundhouse kick, Mental tranquility, Kick, Jabs, Chi, Blocks, Balance

More About Coach Jeffrey

Ranked as a Grandmaster in several styles of Chinese Kung Fu - pure combat Wu Gong Combat styles only. Soft styles of WuDan Temple, hard styles of North and South Shaolin, and a combination sytem of KunTao from Taiwan. Practicing over 5 decades, instructing/coaching for 35 years. Did many full contact tournaments when younger, most held in Chinatowns during festivals such as August Moon and New Year. First teacher was all China middle weight full contact champion, fled China in 1966 when Mao outlawed the arts and closed temples. Other teachers included 6 Province Taiwan full contact champion, a one time head of the Kano Judo sect, and the present East Coast Director of The World Kung Fu Federation, China/Hong Kong. I am a lineage holder master. I can instruct ancient methods of "internal" soft styles, Qi Gong breathing/ stretching exercise, and meditations for health purposes. I can instruct one to be a world class martial artist/fighter. I have trained people for full contact tournaments and cage fighting. I instruct every aspect of a real world fight. I can also offer straight up real world Self Defense, training simple movements used in a variety of ways. These techniques are the same used by Special Forces personnel around the globe. I do offer a program especially for Self Defense For Woman (taught indoors). I prefer to train outside year round as it lends the most realistic setting for a person to be trained in martial arts. People don't get jumped in air-conditioned/heated schools wearing uniforms while on a nice mat. They get jumped in the outside, so that is where I prefer to teach.

I hold Master level rank in 6 styles of classical period Wu Gong, the fighting styles of Kung Fu. I also hold a 1st dan in combat Kano Judo. I earned these ranks from several teachers over my lifetime, each of whom was the number 1,2, or 3 in the world for the style they taught. No movie fluff, just get it done ASAP.

I always begin with an assessment of the athlete. I look at flexibility (mental and physical), speed, strength, and balance. A session for a client seeking training in straight up Self Defense would be different than a session for a client looking to be a true combat martial artist or enter a full contact tournament or a cage bout.

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Coach Jeffrey is great. He really knows martial arts and self defense in an authentic way. He’s thorough, yet easy to get along with, and I learned a lot within a short space of time. Highly recommend.

Super nice, knowledgeable, and motivating. 10/10

Coach Jeffrey is Awesome. He is a true expert and Professional. He well understands my martial arts and fitness needs and aspirations and is already readily accommodating them. I would please highly recommend Coach Jeffrey and give him the highest level of endorsement. I am excited to pursue my sessions with Coach Jeffrey, he is Superb in every manner. Thank you

Coach Jeffrey is wonderful to work with. He is very professional and flexible enough to target the sessions towards your overall needs without sacrificing style and content.

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I am very excited to continue my training with ShiFu Cook. He offers a very focused and realistic approach to martial arts teaching. I am very pleased with my first session, and I´m truly looking forward to continuing learning from him. Very patient, knowledgeable, and willing to share his knowledge with his students. Sessions are demanding, but that's exactly what motivated me the most.

Jeff is a wonderful coach. He offers order and purpose to a discipline that might otherwise be disjointed and seemingly random. He builds a foundation brick by brick. He starts with correctives that show how our hips move, and why we move them. Then he teaches nine basic movements that rely on the correctives to lay groundwork for blocks, punches, kicks, deflections, and sweeps. Within each of these techniques, he shows the correctives and nine movements in action, allowing nearly infinite variations to develop based on practice and a creative mind. When I started, I was a clumsy oaf. Now I'm still an oaf who can defend himself well, all thanks to Jeff.

If your looking to learn how to defend yourself in life threatening situations, Jeffrey's incredible experience and mastery of his trade in combination with his patient friendly attitude and devotion to your success make learning under him a pleasure. Would recommend to anyone!

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I've met and trained under a number of "3-star" martial arts teachers, and even a couple of 4-stars. But I have no hesitation at all in giving Master Jeffrey a well-deserved 5. I could write a page about why I like training with him, but foremost of all, IMHO, is his dedication to the fundamentals, and his truly amazing ability to point them out during training. I've been "around the dojo," as it were, for over 40 years, and if I've learned anything, it's that true mastery lies in the fundamentals. Master Cook constantly pauses in training to illustrate how the fundamentals emerge in each scenario: "Look - there's movement number 1," "There's the little step from the bow," "That's the cross-body block from the first form," and on and on. Anyone can teach anyone else the basic movements of a form, a bow or what-have-you. But only a true master can show you how the fundamentals are woven together to achieve everything else. I am so grateful to the Tao for introducing me to Master Cook. If you *really* want to "live to train, train to live," you MUST study under this man.

I studied with Grand Master Cook for six years prior to which I had studied with one of his top students learning pure Ou-Der Kun Tao, a military style from Taiwan that employs concepts of which the application is both brutal and efficient. I came to Master Cook with a background in Ju-Jitsu and Ou-Der and learned one thing: That everyone starts from the beginning, no exceptions. Master Cook’s conviction to start the student from scratch is in line with the greatest and most classical traditions in the martial arts. To “empty one’s cup” is not to forget what you know but to be open to what you must learn. Master Cook builds a foundation with each of his students that creates a fundamental knowledge of concept that the student will be able to apply throughout their training making learning the martial arts a seamless process. His approach allows the student the ability to not only see how their own style(s) relate but also how all martial arts relate. It is the quality of his instruction paired with the body of knowledge and unparalleled effectiveness of what he teaches that creates a martial artist second to none. Due to my time with Master Cook I have learned to be my own teacher and have acquired the ability to break down the traditional kata he teaches and apply them any way I choose. Furthermore, I gained the insight to see the unifying concepts in all martial arts which is only something that can be gained through proper instruction, hard work and an open mind.
Two things are essential for a martial artist: the understanding of how to teach yourself and the discipline to do so. I had the honor of studying under Master Cook for approximately fourteen years. We trained in basements, kitchens, parks, and backyards. We trained in pouring and freezing rain, in 100 degree heat, and even snow-storms as weather conditions never deterred class. Master Cook took me through various systems, styles, and an incalculable amount of lessons. He provided me with the physical tools to perform as a martial artist, but more importantly he guided me in the mental understanding of the concepts of martial arts. With Master Cook as my guide I have learned, yes, how to defend myself and my family, how to fight viciously and efficiently when necessary, but more importantly many of the priceless, life lessons a martial artist must learn to succeed. These lessons cannot be described fully in words; however, they are labeled in words like: virtue, respect, honor, discipline, and many others. He is a perfectionist by nature and holds students to the highest expectations. He approaches martial arts from levels of the body, the mind, and the spirit. Martial arts cannot be separated from life; they are one and the same. Besides the physical benefits the understanding of approaching concepts to teach myself and the discipline to do so affect everything I do. It has made me better at life. I have graduated with a masters degree in Global Affairs at NYU and have had great success teaching my own students in Rhode Island and New York. 'Knowing is Understanding the How, Wisdom is in the Doing, and the Way to Do is to Be.' Master Cook is an invaluable resource of knowledge, a phenomenal teacher who leads by example, and a friend. Through martial arts he has taught me the most valuable lesson of all--to Be.
I began studying martial arts when I was 9 years old. Over my lifetime I have studied various styles of Jiu Jitsu, Kempo and I have been to numerous seminars and demonstrations. Nothing I have ever seen even remotely compares to what Grand Master Jeff Cook has to offer as a martial artist, a teacher, or a person. Shifu Cook comes from a lineage of pure martial artists with a tradition directly from the Temples in China. I have seen many “good” martial artists but after almost 20 years of experience I can say without hesitancy, that the purest, most effective techniques I have ever seen are taught by Master Cook. Many schools teach a very “watered down” style or combination of either karate, kempo, kenpo, jiu jitsu, tae kwon do…etc. The traditional Kung Fu that is offered by Master Cook is absolutely second to none. He has learned from a very elite group of Grand Masters that have passed on only the most pure forms of Kung Fu. Anyone interested in learning not only “real” martial arts, but who are looking for something that will teach them a lot about themselves would be very pleased after a session with my Shifu, and friend, Grand Master Cook. I met Grand Master Jeff Cook when he would visit our school after he began training my Sensei when I was 12. I began taking classes with Shifu in his backyard “dojo” in New England where the temperature would reach as cold as below 0 degrees in the winter and as hot as 100 in the summer. His class prepared me for my life long quest for knowledge in both martial arts and in my professional field.
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