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Joseph Simonet began his martial arts training in 1972 in the study of traditional Japanese Karate. During this time, Mr. Simonet was an avid weight trainer and power lifter. In 1973, Mr. Simonet began his study in Tracy's Kenpo Karate. At the age of 21, Mr. Simonet was managing a martial arts studio in Kirkland, Washington. With an open mind and an insatiable thirst for knowledge, Mr. Simonet spent the rest of the 1970's exploring several martial arts systems.

Consequently, this was also a time when martial arts seminar and workshop opportunities exploded. It was during this time that Simonet discovered Filipino Kali Escrima and Wing Chun Gung Fu. He also participated in many seminars including, but not limited to, Jeet Kun Do (JKD), Savate, Tai Chi, Silat, Muay Thai and Arnis. Thus KI Fighting Concepts emerged.

In the 1990's Mr. Simonet began his formal training in Pentjak Silat Tongkat Serak, Yang Style Tai Chi and Doce Pares. Simonet is now an 8th degree black belt in Tracy's Kenpo Karate. He has attained 2nd degree level in Grand Master Cacoy Canete's Escrido. He also became Master Chris Petrilli's first black belt student in 1998. Simonet has since attained 4th level black belt under Chris Petrilli in Doce Pares. He is a certified instructor in Yang Style Tai Chi under Dr. John Candea and a Guru with a 2nd degree black belt in Pentjak Silat Serak. Mr. Simonet reached black sash level in Wing Chung Gung Fu during the late 1980's.

After over thirty years of sustained effort in his training, Mr. Simonet has formulated his conceptual thinking into his own hybrid system called 'Art and Science of Mook Jong'.

This is a complete martial arts system, functional at all fighting ranges and utilizing practical applications of empty hand, club, and knife fighting. All this stems from his own sixty-second form, called the Slam Set.

Joseph Simonet continues to strive for the refinement of his martial arts expertise. He is truly a person whose pursuit of his life's dream has never wavered. His new hybrid system, 'Art and Science of Mook Jong', will no doubt change the course of the martial arts. He will have added to the 'gene pool' of the arts.