I teach a style called, Choi Lai Fut. It is spelled many different ways, you may see it as Choy Lay Fut, Choy Lee Fut, Choy Li Fut, or Tsoi Li Fo.
The root of all martial arts was brought from India to China by a Zen Buddhist monk named Da Mo (Bodhidharma). He taught the monks in China the 18 Lohan Kung (18 Buddha Hands ) for health of body, mind, and spirit. These exercises evolved into the many styles of Kung fu. The most popular style of Kung Fu from the famous Shaolin system is Choi Lai Fut.
This style is known for its dynamic and explosive movements. Characterized by continuous flowing movements that enable you to block, strike, and kick at the same time, this art provides you with full efficiency and maximum effectiveness. In Choi Lai Fut Kung Fu many movements are associated with various animals, the most well-known are the Shaolin Five Animals: the tiger, crane, leopard, snake, and dragon. Many movements imitate their physical characteristics and/or symbolic qualities.
A Proven Highly Effective Martial Art
Through centuries of refinement in the Shaolin Monasteries of China, Kung Fu has evolved into one of the most effective and efficient forms of martial art ever developed by man. Originally taught in secrecy to monks and later only to select Chinese families, this fascinating art is now available to everyone. Here at the Iron Temple Kung Fu School we teach the most popular style of kung fu from the famous Shaolin, Choi Lai Fut.
Kung Fu provides numerous benefits to the student. You may be interested in keeping the body fit but are tired of boring exercises; you may be looking for a positive way to relieve stress or wish to develop a sense of self improvement. In addition statistics show that violent crime has increased dramatically making it more important to know how to defend yourself and loved ones.
Kung Fu is based on scientific principles that provide maximum power and effectiveness for self defense. Regular practice strengthens the heart, regulates blood pressure, improves lung capacity, aids in weight control, and increases muscular strength and flexibility.
Kung Fu is great for your body and mind. Relieve stress and enhance your self esteem as kung fu helps you develop stronger will power, concentration, and self confidence. Kung Fu is a means of self development through self discipline. It may rightfully be used for self defense when absolutely necessary, but not for fighting. It is much nobler to strive for harmony with others and especially with your own self.
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear" - unknown
My students call me Sifu, which means teacher in Cantonese. I started my training in 1979 with Sifu Frank Primicias in Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego, California. In 1981, my focus was on finishing college and took a "sabbatical" from kung fu training. I graduated from San Diego State University in 1990, and returned to training in 1992. I started teaching in 1995 with the approval of my instructor. I received my Black Sash in 1998.
I currently teach in the Chula Vista / Bonita area.
Letter to Prospective Students
Martial arts in China are typically taught outdoors. It is a normal thing in China, sort of like playing football in the park in America. When you walk through a park, you can see people doing Tai Chi, or some other form or style of kung fu.
When I first started, I was taught outdoors in the park. When it rained, we would exercise under trees, in a garage or under a roof of some sort that had enough space for many of us.
I teach outdoors. During the summer, we will be out in a park. During winter, my driveway (it's a long driveway) is where I teach. I live in a "cul du sac", which provides a semi-private setting. If you have no problem training in these kind of environments, then join us!