Sifu Hal Asbury
Sifu Hal Asbury has been involved in martial arts for over 30 years. After years of training in Tang Soo Do, he began training in Hung Ga under Master Frank Yee in 1985, studying forms, fighting techniques, lion dance and injury medicine. Sifu Asbury has been a Sifu of this art since 1990 and is an indoor disciple of Master Yee; he is also a fourth generation lineage holder from Wong Fei Hung. In addition to his Hung Ga training, he is an instructor in Xing Yi Quan and Ba Gua Zhang, having trained in these arts for more than ten years with acupuncturist, author, and martial artist Tom Bisio. This training included qigong, pushing hands, throwing, locking techniques, and full contact sparring. Sifu Asbury learned Qigong both for health and physical rehabilitation, Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage) and Zheng Gu joint mobilizations with Tom as well. Sifu Asbury has a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine from Touro College, and is a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist. Sifu Asbury's wide perspective and long teaching experience give him a unique grasp of both theory and practice of kung fu, and an ability to make use of both internal and external principles in a practical way. Sifu Asbury does not believe there is a split between theory and practice in kung fu; he believes that Hung Ga Kung Fu, Xing Yi Quan, and Ba Gua Zhang are practical for use in both training and real fighting, if understood and trained properly.
Sifu Matthew Blazon Yee
Matthew Blazon Yee has been studying martial arts from a young age, learning various styles such as Kempo Karate, Tae kwon do and Judo, as well as studying Muai Thai and Shooto (Japanese submission wrestling) in Japan. Under Sifu Frank Yee, Matthew has utilized the Hung Ga Kung Fu foundation to incorporate his experiences in earning Grand Champion in Traditional Southern Fist in the 1994 Beijing China International Tournament, as well as training numerous Full Contact Gold Medallists. Matthew is also a certified personal trainer and licensed Acupuncturist.
Sifu Christopher Alexander Diente
Christopher Alexander Diente has been studying martial arts for many years in a variety of styles such as Seido Karate, Kickboxing, Judo and Hung Ga Kung Fu. Under Sifu Frank Yee he has earned many titles in numerous competitions. Sifu Chris has been a New York City Police Officer for 9 years, and currently is a Detective in the Narcotics division. Drawing from the countless assaults, fights and other street altercations that he has encountered in his professional life, Chris has developed a very practical, specialized self-defense routine.
Sifu Yui Chow
Yui C. Chow started his martial art career with Kyokushinkai Karate, Fu Jow Pai and Chen style Tai Chi. He continued his training with Yee's Hung Ga Kung Fu. Yui has been a consistent champion in regional, national and international tournaments for Traditional Southern Fist in the past decade. Yui always brings all of his experiences and insights to each of his classes and has trained many tournament Gold Medallists. Yui is currently training Shuai Jiao with Master Jeng, Hsing-Ping.
Sifu Brian Klingborg
Brian Klingborg has studied a variety of martial arts under a number of teachers both in the USA and abroad. He started with Shotokan Karate, studied Wing Chun with Sifu Lo Man Kam briefly in Taiwan, and eventually became a student of Lai Hung, with whom he studied Northern Shao Lin. He began practicing Hung Ga in the late 1990s after moving to New York. In the past, Brian competed in full-contact San Shou matches and he currently also trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Sifu Larry Liermann
Larry Liermann has been studying Hung-Ga since 1994, when he joined Yee's Hung-Ga in Bayside, NY, under the tutelage of Sifu Cairi Degia and Sifu Zsuzsana Sapy. He has had the great honor to learn from several great teachers from both Yee's Hung-Ga and New York Hung-Ga (formerly Yee's Hung-Ga Chelsea Branch) who have had a profound impact on his Kung-Fu training, including Sifu Matthew Blazon Yee and Sifu Yui Chow. Larry has successfully competed in many local, national, and international tournaments for Hand Forms, Weapons, and Full-Contact Fighting, including Shuai Jiao, San Da, and Lei Tai. He continues to believe that Hung-Ga makes you a stronger person physically as well as mentally.
Sifu Brendan Malone
While growing up, Sifu Brendan was greatly influenced by the movies of Bruce Lee and the TV series "Kung Fu". He started his martial arts training while in high school, studying both boxing and wrestling. After extensively researching the Chinese martial arts and trying several schools and styles, he finally found his home at New York Hung Ga in 1999. Sifu Brendan chose Hung Ga because he felt Southern Shaolin fit his body type and mindset. He appreciated the fighting concepts of both the 5 Animals and 5 Elements, the internal Qi Qong training, and the rich history of famous practitioners in the style. His favorite Hung Ga technique is combining the Butterfly Palm with the Tiger Claw. Sifu Brendan is also an accomplished lion dancer. As a professional school teacher, Sifu Brendan has sought to bring Hung Ga to his students because he feels it provides discipline and helps maintain fitness. As for his own health, Sifu Brendan can attest to the healing and strengthening qualities of Hung Ga as the training has helped his bad back by correcting his posture, cured his knee injuries, and he has increased energy. At about the same time he started training Hung Ga, Sifu Brendan started studying Yang Style Tai Chi with Patrick Blackburn and Ron Navarre, and to this day, he still practices both styles. He feels both styles have helped him become a more complete martial artist as Hung Ga trains external to internal, and Yang Tai Chi trains internal to external.