Darrell Jordan (Lee Gar Lin) has been studying and practicing Martial Arts since 1967 starting with boxing, and then Shotokan Karate in 1968 under Charlie Zayas at the St. James Church in Chinatown while growing up in NYC. He studied there until 1972 when he joined the US Marine Corps (infantry/mortars) (and again in 1985 Marine Corp Reserve as a Scout/Sniper). In 1972 he was subsequently stationed 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 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 later 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 Sihing 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, Grandmaster LEE MOY SHAN, none of us would exist as we are today."
Darrell was accepted as a Disciple of GM LEE MOY SHAN D.O.M. 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. Shuia Chiao specializes in fast hard take downs. Sifu - Darrell has been teaching Ch'ang Tai Chi and Shuai Chiao as a separate class, he holds a 5th Degree Black Belt from the International Shuai Chiao Association under Grandmaster Gene L. Chicoine. 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 Adviser to the "Authentic Ving Tsun Association" HK, he is a permanent member of the "Ving Tsun Athletic Assn." He serves as an International Board Member and Director of Ving Tsun Kung Fu for the United States Martial Arts Association
He is 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" as well as the "Black Dragon Fighting Society." He was inducted into the "Martial Arts Masters, Pioneers and Legends Hall of Fame" 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 category; 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 and has a D.Sc. in Personal Fitness Training. He is the Founder and President of the World Ving Tsun Association known formerly known as the World Ving Tsun Athletic Assn., The American Ving Tsun Athletic Assn., and the Florida Ving Tsun Athletic Assn. Sifu Darrell is an Ordained Reiki Healing Minister and Intuitive Tui Na Therapist.
Sifu - Darrell writes as a freelance author for major Kung Fu magazines such as "KungFu Qigong" magazine, and the "Journal of Chinese Martial Arts," and has authored the books, "The Sound of Ving Tsun - the Grandmasters and Masters, Ving Tsun Foundation, Arcane Ving Tsun and WVTAA Supplemental Exercises." Sifu Darrell is a Community Anti Terrorism Instructor and a founding member of the Dept. of Home Land Security via USCGA SR105 and served as the Chairman, Maritime Area Port Security (Div.05) and currently is a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Civil Air Patrol. He served as a Security Officer with the Dept. of Army and 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, member - NY State Shields and the NYPD/USMC Association. His favorite Charity involvement is with the I.O.O.F. and has been elected the 2010 Grand Noble of St. Cloud, FL. lodge 66.
Sifu Jordan multiple licenses in Florida, Washington and Idaho as a licensed Private Investigator and owner of AngleRight Investigations & Executive Protection. Sifu Jordan is available for Executive Protection if you are visiting any of these states.
Sifu Jordan spends his spare time as a volunteer investigator for the MissingKids.org network investigating the disappearance of children.
Sifu Darrell Jordan
Sifu Jordan Awarding the WVTAA Lifetime Achievement award to Soke Ron Van Clief
Sifu Jordan recieving his 8th degree rank diploma from GM Lee Moy Shan