Our School (Kwoon) in Raleigh: The environment is one of a family school, not a big business school. The relaxed structure allows students to gain without pressures found in more commercial facilities.
This enviroment is the same that Sifu Chin offered my classmates and myself in the starting around 1990. He explained this is the
way Master Kuo and Master Sik taught him.
We strive to passdown this tradition of learning tai chi and kungfu in the same respectful manner.
Our Curriculum focuses to improve upon your health, your mental and physical wellbeing, while learning how to express and/or apply martial art.
What were, and still are the differences?
- There are no contracts
- You are not in bank drafts
- You are not required to buy uniforms, jerseys, tshirts, belts
- You can work out a flexible schedule to train
- There are No belts, Your Effort is Your Rank
- No expensive 'special' tests to prove you are worthy of moving forward.
Sifu Tim Smith:
"Learning and practicing Kung Fu has been one of the greatest treats
in my lifetime."
Tai Chi / Chi Kung and Meditation began in 1987, with a very experienced friend who let me follow him.
A little later, one of my smalltown, local friends, Dale 'Sunshine' Frye (World Kickboxing Champion and now stuntman in Iron Man 3) and I would work out in local gym.
Dale was always transparent with me, an honest friend. Our conversations led me to seeking out formal teaching. That took a while here in North Carolina, there was no internet, and the one's that were in the "Yellow Pages", you didn't want.
When I found Kung Fu
The story of how I found Sifu David Chin in Fayetteville was an adventure. At the time he owned/cooked at the Golden Dragon Resturaunt on Raeford Road. His fiance, Kimberly was the receptionist.
I started Tai Chi, QuangPing Tai Chi Chuan both forms as taught by Sigung Kuo Lien Ying, Chi Kung, and Kungfu training with Sifu Chin around 1990. Later we worked Choy Li Fut, HsingI, Yichuan, Ba Gua and the Tibetan Hop Gar / Llama systems.
I began with a small group of young military men and we practiced as Sifu Chin ran the resturaunt. I learned much through the sweat and effort with my classmates over many years.
Opening the Raleigh Kwoon
Sifu Chin certified and encouraged me to teach in 1997. He offered me several of the pictures and materials that were
in our original kwoon. In 2003, I opened the Raleigh Kwoon. Sifu Chin referred Paul, a White Crane practitioner to me. He told me to teach him Hop Gar Kung Fu.
With my background as an Exercise Specialist Certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, Naturopathic Study Cardiac, Pulmonary, Degenerative Disease Physiologist
I have been able to blend in much of Sifu Chin's teaching in Chi flow, the Meridian System, and Acupuncture Points with patients and the development of power in the definitions of Kung Fu.
If you are in the Raleigh area and wish to develop skills and understanding of Kung Fu and Tai Chi, it will be our pleasure to assist you. You can find more about me here
You can listen to Tibetan KungFu 001 : "An Introduction"
Tibetan Kung Fu and Tai Chi in Raleigh, NC