Guro (teacher) Jeff Davidson is an internationally recognized instructor of Southeast Asian knife and empty-hand combatives, who has taught martial arts in Michigan since 1985. He established his first school at the age of 16 in a suburb of Detroit, which served well over 500 students of all ages during his tenure.
In 1987, Mr. Davidson began travelling directly to the Southeast Asia to study Pencak Silat and Kali/ Escrima, under various teachers. By the early 1990’s he was teaching a unique personal variation of the Cimande system of West Java to a growing body of students throughout the Midwest. Since his school was located in the city of Farmington, Michigan, he chose to call his expression of the Art Cimande Desatani – Desa (town), Tani (Farming) in keeping with the old tradition of identifying a specific style with its place of origin and practice.
Today, he continues to teach not only Sundanese Silat, but also Silat Kuntau Tekpi from Kedah, Malaysia (which he learned from Cikgu Omar Hakim), Pekiti-Tirsia Kali (as a direct student of Grandmaster Leo T. Gaje and Guro Doug Marcaida), and is one of only five individuals given permission to teach Barako Batangueno a highly unorthodox system of pistol and knife-fighting by its founder Manong Leon “Tito Jun” Saludo of Batangas. He is also student of Kali De Leon under Ama Guro Jun deLeon.
Since 2000, Mr. Davidson has also made regular trips to West Africa – specifically Nigeria and Benin – to study the indigenous martial arts of Yorubaland and has received formal initiation into several traditional Martial Arts societies there.
Guro Davidson has conducted seminars on various specialized topics in the Southeast Asian fighting disciplines for diverse groups of students in North America, South America, West Africa, and Israel.
He has received numerous accolades from the Indonesian Counselor General of Illinois, The Philippine American Cultural Community Center of Michigan, and has been a featured guest lecturer on Southeast Asian martial culture at academic institutions such as the University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Oakland University, Michigan State University, and Marygrove College of Detroit.