About the teacher, Shifu Michael Haley:
Michael Haley began his martial arts training in Buffalo, NY, USA in 1981 at the age of 14. He first learned Hong Jia from Master Ting Fong Wong of Hong Kong. After training in this style for five years, he began studying Okinawan Go Ju Ryu karate under 2nd Dan Les Heri in 1986. After four years, he obtained his black belt in this style and for the next several years, he fought in ISKA full-contact tournaments as well as tough-man and form competitions.
In 1991, he switched interests back into the Chinese martial arts, after attending a seminar from Shyun Kwon Long (James Sun). He then began to train in 8-Step Praying Mantis under Shifu Dean Economos in Buffalo, NY.
In 1995, Shifu Haley had the rare opportunity to move to San Francisco, California, USA to continue studying 8-Step Praying Mantis and Wu Style Taiji Quan directly under Shifu Shyun Kwon Long, who certified and ranked him as Shifu and was given the name Di Long (earth dragon) and became a 7th-generation disciple student under the great Grandmaster Chiang Hui Long.
In 1996, while living in San Francisco, he met world-famous Qi Gong master, Yan Chu Feng, and began learning a high-level medical Qi Gong, Jin Gon Tzu Li Gong (projecting qi skill) and became her first American tudi (student). Yen Chu Fan later moved from San Francisco, California, USA to live with Shifu Haley and now resides in Buffalo, New York, USA.
Shifu Haley teaches traditional and authentic Ba Bu Tang Lang Quan, 8-Step Praying Mantis and Wu style Taiji Quan, Jin Gon Tzu Li Gong (projecting qi skill) and iron palm at his school, "Kung Fu USA."
He has taught seminars and performed demonstrations in New York, New Jersey, California and Florida. He has also taught Taiji for the continuing education programs at Sweet Home School District in Amherst, NY. For further information, please call us, visit our websites or stop in today.