Lee Gar Lin (Darrell Jordan)
Darrell Jordan (Lee Gar Lin) has been studying and practicing Martial Arts since 1967 starting with boxing, and then moving on to Shotokan Karate in 1968 while growing up in NYC. He achieved his Brown belt in Shotokan after 4 years of study and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1972 Active (infantry/mortars) (and again in 1985 Marine Corp Reserve as a Scout/Sniper). In 1972 he was subsequently shipped out over seas to various countries in South East Asia as an Infantryman. One of those countries was Okinawa, the birthplace of Karate. He immediately went out to locate a Karate school in which he found a local Dojo where Isshin-Ryu was taught not far from Camp Hansen. Sifu Darrell was shipped to the Philippines where he found to his surprise a Shorin Ryu school and he continued his study.
In 1975 Darrell moved back to NYC, and after some research he subsequestnly located the LEE MOY SHAN Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) Kung Fu school, he joined that night when he went to visit. Darrell recalls " I walked into the school and met the Instructor at the time Mr. Steve Goericke. (Lee Gar Xun, Steve has a school in Sag Harbor in Long Island NY), He took me into the gym area and what I saw going on was absolutely amazing. All these guys and gals were facing each other in pairs and their arms seemed to be connected and at the same time they were hitting each other as best as they could with blinding speed. I asked Mr. Goericke what were they doing?He told me Chi Sao (sticking hands)." Darrell joined right then and there after realizing the validity of what he had just observed. Darrell gives credit to all of his Si-Hings (older Kung Fu brothers) for his rapid development in Ving Tsun, but a very special thanks goes to Steve Goericke, Richie Louie, Vinny Thomas, Paul Field, Robert Ham and Li Ping." It was these gentleman that had a profound impact on his development. Of course, without they're beloved Sifu, Master LEE MOY SHAN, none of would exist as they are today."
Darrell was accepted as a Disciple of Master LEE MOY SHAN in 1985 and was given his Disciple name Lee Gar Lin. Sifu - Darrell then moved to Orlando, Fl. in 1989 where he opened his third Ving Tsun School. Sifu Darrell traded kung fu with his good friend Sifu Rocky Byars who taught Shuia Chiao and Ch'ang Tai Chi. Sifu Rocky was the Vice President of the United States Shuai Chiao Assn. Shuia Chiao specializes in fast hard takedowns. Sifu - Darrell has been teaching Ch'ang Tai Chi and Shuia Chiao as a seperate class. Sifu Darrell has been involved in the Chinese Martial Arts community in Florida, as a Judge and Referee in numerous International and State Championship Chinese Kung Fu Tournaments. It is his desire to unite all Chinese Martial Arts regardless of style, but most especially, the Ving Tsun community.
Sifu Darrell serves as the Honorable Advisor to the Authentic Ving Tsun Association, is a Member of the "Ving Tsun Athletic Assn." of Hong Kong as well as an International Board Member and Director of Ving Tsun Kung Fu for the "United States Martial Arts Assn." He is a member of the "Yip Man Ving Tsun Martial Arts Sifu Council", and a Board Member of the "International Black Belt Council," "World Independent Chinese Martial Arts Federation," "World Independent Martial Arts Organizations" and the "World Organizations of Martial Arts." He was inducted into the "Martial Arts Masters, Pioneers and Legends Hall of Fame" for "Master Instructor of the Year, 1998," and the "United States Martial Arts Association" Hall of Fame for Master Instructor, year 2000."Most recently, Sifu Darrell has been nominated and inducted into the World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame (Malaysia) under the catagory; "Silver Award 2006" for having over 30 years in one particular system. He is is a certified 8th degree Black Belt awarded by Grandmaster Lee Moy Shan for 30 years sustained study and teaching in Ving Tsun Kung Fu. He is the Founder and President of the World Ving Tsun Athletic Assn., The American Ving Tsun Athletic Assn., and the Florida Ving Tsun Athletic Assn. Sifu - Darrell is a feelance author for major Kung Fu magazines such as "KungFu Qigong" magazine, and the "Journal of Chinese Martial Arts," and has authored the book, "the Sound of Ving Tsun - the Grandmasters and Masters." Sifu Darrell is a founding member of the Dept. of Home Land Security via USCGA SR105 and a current member and served as the Chairman, Maritime Port Security (Div.05), and was a Security Officer with the Dept. of Army. Sifu Darrell is a current member of the Orange County Sheriff's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 93, member- Order of the Lion Rampant, and member of the Naval Order of the United States. He is a freelance Executive Protection Agent and is a retired Corporate Fraud Investigator