Memphis Martial Arts

Memphis Martial Arts is home to a variety of arts, each with its own unique approach. Come and see why we think these are some of the best in the city!

Kempo Karate: Style and Instructor information
Pak Mei / White Eyebrow Kung Fu: Style and Instructor information

Okinawan Kempo Karate Jitsu is a classical system of karate encompassing a great deal more than punching and kicking. The techniques are those that were used by the ancient warriors of the Ryukyu Islands. It is these that separate Okinawan Kempo from the modern and traditional forms of karate.

Kempo: a martial art that includes grappling techniques (tuite), vital point strikes (kyusho jitsu), and weapons techniques (kobudo). These are not separate arts or additions to karate, but are contained in the original art.

Karate: The art of self-defense using the whole body, including the Empty hand, T'ang hand, or China hand.

Jitsu: The science and study of karate through training the mind as well as the body.

Kempo Karate Instructors:
Sensei Clif Bullard - 901.275.1636 or email
7th degree black belt, Kempo
1st degree black sash and certified instructor, Ching Jwa Gung Fu
Certified Instructor, Dayan ("Wild Goose") Qi Gong

Clif Bullard began his martial arts training in 1984 at the University of Mississippi's Isshinryu Karate Club under Sensei Robert Holly. After moving to Memphis in 1986, he studied at the Ching Jwa ("Golden Talon") Gung Fu school under Sifu William Vardeman and was awarded both his black sash and his Sifu certification in 1991.

In 1994 he attended his first pressure point seminar, taught by Eli McCoy of Milan, TN. This caused him to realize that there was a much deeper level of knowledge which he hadn't seen before, and he began studying Kempo and Aikido under one of Master McCoy's students, Gary Chase of Memphis Aiki-kai. He was awarded his first-degree black belt for Ryukyu Kempo in 2001.

In 2003 Clif moved to Nashville where he continued his Kempo training with Steve Cooper of Cooper Karate and Jujutsu Center. Under Master Cooper he climbed to the rank of third-degree black belt. In 2007, Clif moved back to Memphis and resumed his Ryukyu Kempo training with Master Chase. As of August, 2016 Clif has reached the rank of seventh degree black belt.

In addition to continuing his Kempo training, in 2011 Clif also received his instructor's certification for Wild Goose Qi Gong.

Sensei Bullard is proud to be an affiliate of Dillman Karate International.

Sensei Ralph White
3rd degree black belt, Kempo
1st degree black belt, Aikido
1st degree black belt, Tae Kwon Do
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The White Eyebrow Kung Fu system is one of the few martial arts that combine the practices of internal and external system into one unit, a concept of Yin and Yang. White Eyebrow Kung fu combines softness, hardness, breath, coordination, speed, and agility into one solid unit. White Eyebrow is a lethal style and not geared toward sporting applications. White Eyebrow Kung Fu is a close range, mid-range, very fast, and aggressive style. It will train your body to produce a maximum force from a short range distance. It also trains the practitioner to develop quick and aggressive hands and footwork to move in any direction. The White Eyebrow Kung Fu is a rare powerful form of martial arts. It consists of four dimensional attributes: Tun (swallow), Tou (spit), Fau (float), Chaam (sink), and six points of power: head, neck, two arms, two legs, back, and clenching of the teeth into its fighting style.

Chang Lai-chuen (1889-1964) was the modern founder of the White-Eyebrow System. Both his disciple Ng Nam-king and his youngest son Chang Beng-fat had taught Dr. Yeu-Quang Wong. Dr. Yeu-Quang Wong taught and trained me from 2005 until his death in 2009. Then Luke Kilburn became the teacher. Luke Kilburn trained me for several years until I graduated and was authorized to teach the Pak Mei (White Eyebrow) Kung Fu System.

Pak Mei trained in the Southern Shaolin Temple. He became one of the surviving Five Ancestors of Shaolin Temple after the destruction of the Shaolin Temple. Pak Mei developed his kung fu in the 1600’s. White Eyebrow Kung Fu was given to Pak Mei on account of his silver eyebrows. Pak Mei passed his kung fu system down to Chan monk Kwong-wei. Kwong-wei taught Chan monk Jok Fah-yuen and Jok Fah-yuen taught monk Lien-sang and Chang Lai-chuen. Chang Lai-chuen became the 4th Generation of the Pak Mei (White Eyebrow) Shaolin Kung Fu System.

Classes are taught in a traditional manner. Pak Mei Kung Fu Institute is a no belt ranking system. Once a student has fulfilled all the curriculum requirements, a ceremony of graduation will take place to grant student Pak Mei (White Eyebrow) Shaolin Kung Fu certificate. This is an art for learning real life fighting skills and not just for functional exercise.

Pakmei / White Eyebrow Kung Fu Instructor:
Sifu Kevin Kelly - 901.491.1752 or email

Sifu Kevin Kelly is a 7th Generation of Pak Mei (White Eyebrow) Shaolin Kung Fu System under Chang Lai-chuen (CLC) lineage. He still travels to the Chattanooga Branch in Tennessee to continue practice, training, and dwelling in unity with the Pak Mei Kung Fu family. He was introduced to martial arts in 1981, where he trained for a short time. He later started back in 2000. He has trained in various martial art systems before encountering the Pak Mei Kung Fu. In 2005, under Dr. Yeu-Quang Wong a 6th Generation of Pak Mei Kung Fu, he began his training in Pak Mei Kung Fu until Dr. Yeu-Quang Wong’s death in March 2009. Dr. Yeu-Quang Wong bestowed Pak Mei Kung Fu Chattanooga Tennessee Branch to Luke Kilburn. Luke Kilburn a 7th Generation of Pak Mei Kung Fu trained Kevin several more years until he fulfilled all the curriculum requirements for the Pak Mei (White Eyebrow) Shaolin Kung Fu program. Kevin graduated and was granted the certificate in Pak Mei (White Eyebrow) Shaolin Kung Fu System in 2012. Kevin received a BS degree in Athletic Trainer Sports Medicine in the mid 90’s. He is currently working in the Information Technology industry.

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SELF-CONTROL - n; control of oneself, or of ones own emotions, desires, actions, etc. -- Websters New World Dictionary, 3rd College Edition

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