DeMILE MARTIAL ARTS (DMA) Based in Auburn WA, was founded by Sifu Ken ( Kenny )DeMile pictured on the right with his Uncle Grand Master Sijo James DeMile in 2002 while attending an International Special Forces Combatives training camp held in Thailand.
DMA teaches Family and individual Self-Defense , Concealed Carry Training, and Fight Condtioning programs based on DeMile Self-Defense , Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Military Combatives, USCCA Training, Krav Maga, Boxing, and interval Bootcamp training for increased strength, speed, technique, and endurance.
WCD and DeMile Self -Defense was created by Sijo James DeMile. It represents the totality of his training experience with Bruce Lee , along with his US Military Boxing competitive background, Wing Chun, Judo,Jiu Jitsu, and the creative processes that led to the creation of original Jeet Kune Do ( JKD ).
DeMile Self-Defense formally DeMile Defensive Tactics was initially developed by James in the 1970's were shortly afters Bruces death the Police and military interest to learn Bruce Lee's techniques and training methodologies expanded around the world.
James was a student of Bruce Lee's from what is known as "The Seattle Period" where he trained, sparred, and conceptualized with Bruce for several years.
From 1959 to 1963 Bruce Lee, James DeMile an undefeated Military Boxing Heavyweight Champion, Jesse Glover a Judo Practitioner, and Ed Hart a grappler fought, trained, and explored the strengths and weaknesses of Wing Chun, Boxing, Judo, Grappling, and the importance of speed training. They worked on different fight scenarios, reaction speed response, and attack strategies while developing a criteria to determine whether a technique met the standard of practicality, simplicity, and efficiency.
It was during this period that the original foundations of Jeet Kune Do (JKD) were being laid. JKD is based on Bruce's philosophy, which at its core-is an individuals journey to ascertain what techniques work best for them based body type, athletics, personality, and training time.
Over the years James has taught WCD/JKD concepts through out the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia it has been utilized by US Special Forces Green Berets ( 1st Group), SAS, FBI, Seattle Police Dept, New York Nassau Police Dept, Port Clinton Police, Australia Brisbane Police Dept, New Zealand Correctional Institutes,King County Sherrif Dept and Secret Service Personnel, Virgin Airlines and a many other organizations.
It was also during the Seattle period Bruce and James spent much time analyzing and the testing different types of striking methods out which came the famous one and three inch power punch. Later James would write the best selling martial arts book called "Bruce Lee's 1 & 3 Inch Power Punch". The power punch striking technique became an immediate game changer in close quarter combat.
Beyond Ken's extensive background in modern Wing Chun/Jeet Kune Do, Ken hold's a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Certified Instructor in Israeli Krav Maga , Certified Military Combatives, Certified USCCA Firearms Instructor, Crossfit, and Certified USA Olympic Boxing Instructor.
In 1997/98 as a Sports Ju Jitsu Fighter Ken was a two time regional PNW Blackbelt Champion and took a bronze medal in the World Sports Ju Jitsu Championships in November of 1998. In 2015, he took the the Gold Medal at the Seattle International Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships and 2017 took the division Gold medal and Bronze medal in the absolutes in World Masters Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship in Las Vegas NV.
Ken also competed as a strength athlete in Scottish Highland were he won one first place as an amateur in Canadian/American Games Championships and placed 4th twice in the North American Championships in the Masters division out of 15 competitors.
Ken martial arts journey has given him the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest teachers in the world from Sijo James DeMile, Professor Royce Gracie, Professor Saolo Ribeiro,Xande Ribeiro, Rafeal Lovato Jr. Professor Marcio Feitosa, USA Olympic Boxing Coach Tom Mustane to the late Professor Wally Jay and World Wide Krav Maga.
Ken has worked with numerous corporations and nonprofit organizations as a team building coach and fitness consultant, his clients include Microsoft, the Synergy Network, Salon Services & Supply, Gold's Gym, and Grace Community Church.
Ken is the founder of thefittestwarrior.com a social media site for combative and strength athletes and is the co-founder of the Fittest Warrior Technologies for the purpose of measuring athletic performance.