Ancient Fighting Arts
Sifu Frankel, Grand Master Hsu Fun Yuen and Anthony Megaro in Taipei for the Man-Ching Cup, 8/6/00
|Sifu Stephen Frankel started his training in 1979 - and is currently under the tutelage of Grand Master Hsu Fun Yuen. He is a certified member of the Wu Kung Tai Chi Association of America. He has also been training under Dr. Yang in the white crane system since 1990 and in chin-na with Dr. Yang since 1987 and is a certified instructor. Sifu Frankel is also an instructor of wing chun under Master Yip (Terrence) Pui, and is affiliated with Yip Pui Martial Arts Centers.|
Anthony Megaro has been training under Sifu Frankel since 1989 and is currently a third degree high level (black sash).
Following high school he continued study of Martial Arts with Li Yuanchih at a military school. Thereafter he furthered his instruction under the tutelage of Chen Man Ching in an intense study and analysis of the Martial Arts, particularly Tai Chi. Mr. Cheng was known as a connoisseur of the Tai Chi forms.
In 1951 he began a career as an instructor. In 1964 he traveled to such countries as Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand in hopes of popularizing the study of Tai Chi, successfully teaching over 2,000 students. In Taiwan he founded the Tai Chi Chuan Association of Taipei, Taiwan. Membership grew to 10,000.
In 1977 Sifu Hsu came to the United States and taught Tai Chi in New York and Miami. During the winter of 1978, he was invited to teach in Chicago. The amount of students in Chicago interested in learning Tai Chi steadily increased. Hence, during the summer of 1981, the Hsu Fun Yuen Tai Chi Academy in North Chicago was founded. Within 10 years of its establishment the number of students accumulated to approximately 1,000.
Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming started his Gong fu (or Kung Fu) training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane (Bai He) Master Cheng Gin Gsao. In thirteen years of study (1961-1974 A..D.) under Master Cheng, Dr. Yang became an expert in the White Crane style of Chinese martial arts, which includes both the use of bare hands and of various weapons such as saber, staff, spear, trident, two short rods, and many others. With the same master he also studied White Crane Qin Na (or Chin Na), Tui Na and Dian Xue massages, and herbal treatment.
At the age of sixteen, Dr. Yang began the study of Taijiquan (Yang Style) under Master Kao Tao. After learning from Master Kao, Dr. Yang continued his study and research of Taijiquan with several masters and senior practitioners such as Master Li, Mao-Ching and Mr. Wilson Chen in Taipei. Master Li learned his Taijiquan from the well-known Master Han, Ching-Tang, and Mr. Chen learned his Taijiquan from Master Chang, Xiang-San. Dr. Yang has mastered the Taiji bare hand sequence, pushing hands, the two-man fighting sequence, Taiji sword, Taiji saber, and Taiji Qigong.
At 18 he began the study of traditional Shaolin Long Fist (Changquan or Chang Chuan) with Master Li, Mao-Ching at the Tamkang College Guoshu Club (1964-1968 A.D.). From Master Li, Dr. Yang learned northern style Gong fu, which includes both bare hand (especially kicking) techniques and numerous weapons. In 1974, Dr. Yang came to the United States to study Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. At the request of a few students, Dr. Yang began to teach Gong fu (Kung Fu), which resulted in the foundation of the Purdue University Chinese Kung Fu Research Club in the spring of 1975. While at Purdue, Dr. Yang also taught college-credited courses in Taijiquan.
Sifu Yip Pui (Terrence) has over thirty years of Martial Arts experience and over ten years experience in teaching Martial Arts. In the late 1980's, he came over from Hong Kong with his dream of bringing Authentic Wing Chun to the United States.
He acquired his Wing Chun expertise from Grandmaster Yip Chun, the premier Wing Chun Artist in the world today and the eldest son of the late Grandmaster Yip Man. According to Inside Kung Fu magazine, Yip Man was one of the most influential Martial Artists of the 20th Century. Before Yip Man opened his doors to the public, Wing Chun was a Secret Style that was passed on to only a selected few. Since then, Wing Chun has grown to be one of the most popular styles in the world. Yip Man taught many famous martial artists, but his most recognizable student was the legendary Bruce Lee.
Sifu Terence Yip attempts to teach Wing Chun in its purest form. He is not interested in adding any fancy, flashy movements that would win tournaments or that might even make the style more interesting or pleasing to the eye. Sifu Yip teaches Wing Chun the traditional way - the way it was taught to him which is the way Grandmaster Yip Man taught it.
Sifu Yip also offers classes in Tai-chi Chuan and will also teach Taoist Xuan-Gong (more commonly known as Chi-Gong). Sifu Yip is also well-versed in health and nutrition and regularly gives seminars on subjects such as reflexology and the advantages of wheat grass juice.