This image above is for those who look for lineages. I really don’t have the need for any, because I am always learning everyday from all sorts of media, and there were other styles I dabbled in, but were shared with me by friends, and senior Classmates. Besides my main teachers listed below, there were several Masters that shared with me.
The Internal Arts
In around 1999 I began my quest to learn the Internal Kung Fu styles. In fact, they came to me. Through my best Friend, I met an amazing Master of Xing Yi, Bagua Zhang, Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong. I immediately began working on learning the following taught to me by Master Wang Shi Qing:
- Qigong/Yang Shen Gong
- Xing Yi Quan
- Tai Chi Chuan
Like me, This master had an early foundation in Shaolin kung fu, and other kung fu styles before learning the Internal Styles.
The styles are unique and somewhat rare. I learned the Sun, Wu, and Yang Ban Hou small framed Tai Chi Chuan styles, and a hybrid Xingyi-Bagua system that hails from the famous masters: Zhang Zhao Dong, Dong Hai Chuan and Yin Fu. Rare indeed.
Other Kung Fu Styles
I trained as an amateur boxer at a local neighborhood Gym, in Fresno from 1982-84, from age 10-12 years old. In 1985, I then began learning the Okinawan Karate; Shorin Ryu for a few months, before beginning my path of Kung Fu, or Chinese Martial Arts (Choy Lee Fut).
Choy Lee Fut
In July of 1985 I met and began studying under Master Fred Spencer in the art of Choy Lee Fut. He taught me several forms of the Lau Bun lineage that he learned from Master Jew Leong in San Francisco in the 1970s. I quickly became his top student and always was referred to as such whenever I came to visit a class as a teen and later as a young man. I kept learning from him over the next 14 years, which included all the updated forms as we eventually and finally learned from the Great, Great, Grandson of the Founder, Master Ng, Fu Hang in Los Angeles Lincoln Heights district. Blocks away from Chinatown. Fun times.
From 1986-1987, I was around in what I call the Golden Years of John Cho’s school in the mid 80s, and also was around when Master Julian Chen (from Beijing) was teaching Chen style at Fresno state. As a teen, I was all about the Kung Fu world here in Fresno, so I said I’d wait until I was older to learn Taiji! I was foolish not to…
From John Cho, I leaned a few of the first level Long Fist sets, some of a Northern Mantis that he taught, and a small bit of Hung Gar and Wing Chun he also taught. Good times. And yes, I was 1 of about 3 Non-Asian accepted because of our skills and discipline. It was impossible to get in unless you were invited in those times. (Especially if you were Caucasian)
During the end of his life, My Big Brother Wayne Carisi shared his Buddha Hand Wing Chun hand forms with me. I only practice those for me and Him, but they show their hand from time to time.
My system consists of the following forms and drills:
- Stance Training: Stances, drills, stepping methods of Shaolin and Wudang arts.
- Core Training: Internal and External Drills that co-ordinate with the footwork for external power and internal strength.
- Breath Work (Breathing): Various breathing methods for cleansing and refreshing. Qigong and various forms of inner transformation.
- Boxing Styles: Various forms of Kung Fu; Tai Chi Chuan, Baguazhang, Xing Yi Quan, Shaolin-based styles. Including 2-person drills, and some weapons.
This system is comprised of styles and systems I learned and practiced for many years. I do not mess around and train like there is no tomorrow. I ALWAYS practiced this way, and do not bullshit around. Styles and routines I learned and PRACTICED include: The 5 Wheel Horses and Fists, Small Plum Blossom, Intercepting Cross-Pattern Tiger, Small Cross Pattern, Dragon Staff & Single and Double End Staff, Double Daggers, Double Hook Swords, Plum Blossom Broadsword, and many drills and skills of the Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu style(s).
I also studied seriously several Qigong styles, including: 18 Lohan, 5 Elements, Primordial Qigong, Yang Shen Gong, Heaven/Earth, and two others I can’t mention. Internal Kung Fu: I also still study and practice seriously the Taijiquan styles of Sun, Wu Hao, and Yang Ban Hou small frames. Several forms of Baguazhang and Xingyi too for the last 20+ years. I also learned many drills and skills that go along with them all. Weapons like the Wudang Sword, Bagua Broadsword, Staff, as well.
I can say that nobody has learned even 1/3 of it, and I do not foresee any of my students exceeding my ability or level by the time I pass to the next level of life, unfortunately. I really don’t feel sorry about that, because this is my system that I made for myself. If someone wants to learn my versions of these arts mentioned above, I will only teach those I feel are genuine. And if someone wanted to learn from the bottom, I would tell you, that if they put in the time and effort, they will exceed me in all ways. (This would be ideal for someone who has not developed an ego, so from childhood would be ideal, but adults can achieve high success if they can humble themselves. We’re talking years of training correctly, though. Not the way my public classes run.)