How We're Different
Welcome to the Street Fighter Kung Fu Academy!
Our school is unlike any school you've ever encountered. We are the North Carolina branch of the Dean Chin's Jow Ga Federation, and we are a traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu school with a focus on Self-Defense and combat. Each of our Instructors have more than 20 years of training and teaching experience, and are far more skilled than most teachers one would find in the same martial arts school.
We offer everything found in the traditional martial arts school: Forms, Weapons, Sparring, Lion Dance, and Philosophy. However, unlike most traditional schools, students will develop more actual fighting skills that are directly applicable in the streets. Most martial arts schools have not kept up with the times; by comparing us to other schools, you will see that our training will make you stronger, faster, smarter and braver than students of the competition. Come and visit us, and see the difference.
We train one weekend a month in a private location. Training is held on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our training will challenge you to your physical limits, and in time--you will gain muscle, lose fat, become stronger than you've ever been, becoming leaner, more limber and have far more endurance than ever.
Our Instructors will use both traditional and modern methods of training. You only need to bring your effort and will power.
What We Teach
At the Street Fighter Academy, you will learn a modern version of the Jow Ga Kung Fu system. Our style is under the Dean Chin lineage, which is known by many as the "American Jow Ga lineage". There are, of course, several lineages in America: Master Sam Hing Chan, Master Richard Chin (no relation to Dean Chin), Sifu Luu Vinh, and Sifu Thomas Tang. However, Sifu Dean Chin was the first to bring Jow Ga to America, and the DC lineage is the largest in America. The version we teach is the late Master Dean Chin's unique flavor of the Jow Ga style, which contains elements of Eagle Claw and White Eyebrow.
Instructor Sharif Talib is the product of several Jow Ga teachers: Sifus Derek Johnson, Raymond Wong, Terrance Robinson, Maurice Gatdula, and Craig Lee. Students under the Streetfighter banner will learn the lessons each of these great teachers, each having their own specialty within the Jow Ga system.
Training with us, you will learn conditioning and fighting technique before form. This is very different from many schools who go directly to form, and most of these schools never give attention to conditioning and combat. In your first six months, we will spend majority of your training developing footwork and upper body strength. Training will be intense and strenuous. Those who endure this stage will find that learning becomes easier and skill and performance levels will be higher than students of other gyms. You will learn your first form around the 9th month of training. This form is called "Siu Fook Fu", or Small Subduing Tiger. This form will contain many of the foundation principles and fighting techniques you will fall back on for the duration of your time with us. By the time you reach your first year of training, you should effectively be able to handle yourself, one on one, against any attacker on the street.
We use several methods to develop fighting skill, following a 12-Step Method. Some of those steps are:
Master Traditional Footwork
Learn and Excelt with the Use of the Wheel Punch
Seven Star Training for Blocking
Develop the Tiger and Eagle Claw
Mastering Close Range/Close Quarters Fighting
Develop Powerful Kicking
All of the training you will undergo while training with us will be guided by these principles.
"The martial arts was never a children's activity in the countries of their origin. These arts were created by warriors for warriors. The masters who came before us never had students who had to choose between soccer and martial arts--their students chose this path as a way of life. The martial arts is, at its core, a lifestyle where the practitioner uses his skills to save his own life--or protect the life of another. When the student understands this basic purpose, he or she realizes that one is doing more than simply taking a class--this is a journey...
We are not striving to make the art 'fun'. We are simply preserving a centuries-old form of combat, and helping our students change their bodies and the way they see their health and personal safety... Today's student needs protection--from muggers, from bullies, even from their own bad diets and health problems. This is what the martial arts does.
If you want to be sexy, join a gym. But if you would like to learn to protect yourself in the vent that you enccounter someone bent on robbing you or hurting loved ones, give us a call."
--Sifu Maurice Gatdula