TRIBUTE

TRIBUTE TO GRANDMASTER jULIAN K. DURAN

This page of the Mixed Martial Arts Academy is dedicated to my Sifu, late Grandmaster Julian Keith Duran who dedicated over 45 years in the art. 

Grandmaster Duran trained thousands of students around the world and has received many recognitions from the Chinese martial arts world and from other martial arts systems. From White Plains New York to Florida, he settled in Boca Raton where he opened up his school, The Kung Fu Conservatory, and continued to impact many lives including mine form the day I became his student in 1998. 

Outside of Kung Fu, Grandmaster Duran was gifted with many other talents: he was a professional drummer,  screen writer; he loved to play the keyboard and was very sufficient in a variety of delicate cooking dish just to name a few of his talents. 

Grandmaster was loved and well respected by many inside and outside of the martial arts arena. He may no longer be with us in the flesh, but we carry him every day in our hearts and his legacy lives on through us, his students.

He will forever be missed but he left us something that is more precious than gold itself; and many joyful memories that will always leave a smile on our face and comfort our hearts of his absence. 

“A teacher is the foundation of his student; planting the seed and the core values needed to excel in their training. The student is the extension of his teacher; carrying the  knowledge that he learned beyond the limit of his teacher to become better. Building a legacy from the foundation.” ~Sifu Roberson Douge~

With that in mind, Grandmaster Julian K. Duran was my martial arts master and good friend for many years and we shared many memories and we trained and sweat together. Titles don’t mean nothing to me; the fact remains that no one can take from me the teachings that he taught me for those many years, or  that he was my martial arts teacher for all those years he was alive.