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I am an instructor under Sifu Rick Cropper. I teach the Thursday class in the basics of our style - Ch'uan Fa Kajukenbo. My fight training started in the barrios of the South Bronx where I learned Hung Gar and 'street' Goju-Ryu. When I moved to Portland I wanted to train in a style that was street savvy and had kung-fu flair; I found that in my first exposure to Kajukenbo under sifu Fred King. From there I stayed in the kajukenbo family and trained under sifu Al Dacascos' Wun Hop Kuen Do system. After a hiatus of too many years I moved to SE Portland and found sifu Rick Cropper's school. I wanted to stay in the Kajukenbo system and his kwoon was the perfect fit. I have trained there for over 7 years and I am proud to have earned my black belts under him. The key word in Kajukenbo is family (not thuggery as an earlier poster suggested.) As family we treat each other with respect as we learn how to kick ass. If there is one thing I can say about Mr. Rick Cropper (excuse me while I use his proper name, I am speaking of him as a person,) is that he is great with kids, whether they be his own or his students. If you are looking for tough, effective training in a friendly environment check out our school. My name is SiHing Efrain Palermo, third degree black belt in the art of Ch'uan Fa Kajukenbo under sifu Rick Cropper. If you like to speak to me about any of my comments or just hang out and watch us train, my hours at the school are Thursdays 6-7, 7-8. Thank you.
I teach Beijing Temple of Heaven Curriculum Kung Fu. My students and teachers have the opportunity to travel to China after they receive high enough rank here in Portland. I travel to China for 2 months per year to study kung fu for 8 hours per day. Arts taught are Zen Tai Chi, Pao Chui (Cannon Fist), Ba Gua Zhang and Capoeira.
The St. Helens Shaolin Kung Fu Club offers classes in down town St. Helens at the old John Gumn School. Shaolin Long Fist and Northern Praying Mantis, taught in a philosophical style by a Christian teacher. Class schedules are on the website. Private classes available.
We offer kung fu classes for both children and adults. The term kung fu, in the popular idiom, means "Chinese martial arts:; however, in China the phrase can also be used to describe any skilled activity that requires long, hard work to master. Thus, it could be said that one has a "good kung fu" at baking, painting or archery (for example). Here at the academy, we respond well to both the traditional and the popular meanings of the word "kung fu". The martial roots of what we do are in good part Chinese in origin. We also acknowledge that martial arts is something that requires patience and hard work over time, and we are dedicated to providing all students with quality instruction and support in their training with this scope and focus in mind. Throughout their studies, students are exposed to striking, grappling, throwing, weapons, sparring, teaching and forms. We believe that the generalist, a well-rounded student, with a broad range of experience has a better chance at survival (in facing the unexpected) than the specialist.