Sifu Andreas Simatos
Sifu Andreas began in martial arts at the age of 4. After earning degrees in black belt in Tae Kwon Do for 20 years, he continued on his martial arts journey for years with other arts… but never finding what was right for his energy. After a philosophical journey for years, he sought out Jeet Kune Do and discovered it in the city of Chicago, which eventually led to an invitation and first training experience in Los Angeles with Sifu Jerry Poteet.
In the years that followed, Sifu Andreas spent much of his time every month privately training nationally and often privately in the home of Sifu Jerry, as well as receiving augmented training from some fellow veteran certified JKD Instructors. Sifu Andreas is the one of the last to be certified by Sifu Jerry in the traditional chinatown style manner of private one-on-one training and testing. (Sifu Jerry’s wife and protégé, Sifu Fran Poteet-Joseph, is now continuing the tradition for certification for the future generation.)
Since 2009, Sifu Andreas has been one of a very small elite group of active certified JKD instructors that was certified directly under Sifu Jerry to fully teach authentic JKD.
Sifu Andreas is the founder The Art of Ki™, philosophies and training for a healthy lifestyle, inspired by the martial arts way.
Sifu Andreas currently teaches all asepcts of The Art of Ki™, including Jeet Kune Do, KiFit™ fitness program, Tai Ki™, and The Art of Ki™ philosophies through ‘The Art of Self-Expression’, diet consulting, and more.
Sifu Andreas teaches internationally and specializes in-person training throughout the Chicago area and Greece. He provides seminars to local private and public groups as well as guest-hosts in international seminars and events. Sifu Andreas is a proud representative of the Jerry Poteet’s Jeet Kune Do Association.