Shifu Steffan de Graffenried

Steffan de Graffenried was born in Decatur, Alabama in 1964. He began his martial arts training shortly after seeing the first episode of Kung Fu the TV series in 1972 at the age of 8. Because there were no Kung Fu studios in the area, he opted to learn the only martial art style he Read more about Shifu Steffan de Graffenried[…]

Grandmaster Tony Yang

Grandmaster Tony Yang 楊曉東 Xiao Dong (Tony) Yang was born and raised in Taiwan. He has been studying martial arts for over 40 years. His specialties include Bajiquan, Northern Praying Mantis, Taijiquan, Xing Yi Quan, and Baguazhang. He began studying at age 6 under the instruction of his uncle, a martial arts master. He learned Read more about Grandmaster Tony Yang[…]

Shifu Jamie Hooper

Shifu Jamie Hooper began his martial arts career in 1971 after seeing Bruce Lee in what was released in the US as “The Chinese Connection” (we now know that the labels were accidentally switched at the factory with “Fists of Fury”). In 1971 North Alabama offered little in the way of martial arts variety, so Read more about Shifu Jamie Hooper[…]