View Full Version : Karate for Christ, a Joke, Jesus did San Soo

8/20/2003 5:27pm,
This man take those Christian Karate punks anyday:

Master Raul Ries
Raul Ries was exposed to the art of Kung Fu San Soo at the age of 16, when his boss, Rueben Ramirez took him to Jimmy H. Woo’s (Lo Si Fu) Studio. He was impressed by the fighting style of San Soo, as opposed to the other arts he had seen. Part of this impression was influenced by the presence of Lo Si Fu himself. He had a presence that made people stop when he entered a room. He had a confidence that radiated from him and earned him respect.
Raul began training with Lo Si Fu in 1965, but his training was interrupted by his Tour of Duty in Vietnam. He was in Alpha Company 1-7, with the First Marine Division, 7th Marines, in a highly trained group, called the Bounty Hunters. He served two years in the Marine Corps. before being honorably discharged in 1968. After his discharge, Raul returned to Lo Si Fu’s studio and began training in earnest. Lo Si Fu saw potential in Raul and began to disciple him. He was more than a Master to a young student; he treated Raul like a son. Lo Si Fu became the father figure Raul desired. He was able to teach Raul how to reign in some of the anger he had built up inside over the years. Unfortunately, that control was reserved for the studio. Out on the streets, Raul was still an angry fighting machine, and now he was trained to kill.

During Raul’s training, Lo Si Fu chose him to participate in the exhibitions he organized. They demonstrated Kung Fu San Soo at the Pomona Fair, Chinatown’s annual festivities, and many other events. He would take part as often as time allowed. Along the way, Raul had earned his black belt and opened his own San Soo studio in Azusa.

Within six months of opening his studio, Raul’s clientele had outgrown the studio and he had to move to a larger facility. The new studio was able to accommodate 70-80 students. However, within a year and a half, he again had to move to a larger studio. At his new location in Covina, he was able to teach over 200 students.

It was during this time, on Easter Sunday, April 15, 1972, that his life was transformed. Raul accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior and began bible studies at his studio. In January of 1980, Raul received his Masters from Lo Si Fu. He now teaches San Soo in the church he pastors in Diamond Bar, California.

As a Christian Pastor and a Master in the art of Kung Fu San Soo, Raul has been asked many times about the conflict between the two. Because Lo Si Fu never taught the mysticism associated with Kung Fu, he does not see a conflict. Lo Si Fu did not rely on mystical powers, but confidence in one’s abilities. He would always say, “You can take my life, but not my confidence.” Lo Si Fu dedicated his life to teaching Kung Fu San Soo, in its’ purist form. In memory of his dedication and leadership, whose presence surpasses words, Raul has continued on, in this tradition.

Contact Information

Address: 22324 Golden Springs Dr.
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Phone: (909) 396-1884
Fax: (909) 396-0553
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.sansoodiamondbar.com


8/20/2003 5:35pm,
Try this for size:


8/20/2003 5:42pm,
Nice... whats with the money on his shirt?

8/20/2003 5:43pm,
I didnt mean this post as a diss to Master Raul Ries though, I am sure he is a great fighter. This church progam is actually legit. (as far as I can tell from the web)