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  Sifu Marlon’s Biography

Before I begin, let me start from the end…. Which is always a new beginning:

In 2014 I suffered a series of difficulties which resulted in a stroke. Luckily with God’s help I recovered fully and quickly. The martial arts I had been practicing over the years had proved its value. Two years ago I graduated my top disciple, who opened his own commercial school. My ancestors and I, during our Bai Si (closed door tea ceremony) took oaths to never commercialize our style. So therefore, in 2016, I took this as an opportunity to re-open my school, condense the material (eliminate extraneous and repetitive forms) so as to make the new Curriculums easier to learn, over a shorter period of time. In May of this year, 2016, I began instructing low functioning adults for WJCS (Westchester Jewish Community Services). I teach about 35-40 students on Monday and Tuesday afternoon and evenings. It is very gratifying for me to see them able to perform fairly complex techniques. I had to realize first, these are complicated moves. Second, how to develop teaching methods to make the learning of the techniques easier. The idea is to transmit the same material to as many people as possible, but not waste time, and in today’s world, our time is precious, time is all we have...

And time is money...

I was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1962. I grew up in Flushing Queens, and began my martial art career in 1976, at 14 years of age. Of course Bruce Lee was my absolute hero. I first started with Shotokan Karate, Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do, learning from various schools in Jamaica, Queens. Then in 1977 I decided to focus on Kung Fu, joining Alan Lee’s Kung Fu Wu Shu academy located in Manhattan, New York. I studied with Grandmaster Lee until 1982, at which time I was seriously injured sparring against multiple attackers. I then decided to start studying Indian Yoga for 5 years, and gymnastics for a few years, while also learning Hung Gar Kung Fu.

In 1990 I found what I was looking for, I joined Tony Chuy’s Praying Mantis Martial Art Institute in Manhattan, New York. I painstakingly learned the Northern Praying Mantis system under Master Tony Chuy (9th generation), as well as Yang style Tai Chi Chuan (which I began in 1994), until I graduated from the Institute in 2002. In 1998 I underwent my Bai Si (closed door) disciple initiation, taking my oath to always protect my Sifu, my style, and my lineage, to never commercialize the styles for money sake. I also had the exquisite privilege of learning directly from Master Brendan Lai (my Sifu’s teacher – 8th generation) in 1994 and 1995. Additionally, I was extremely honored to learn directly from Master Yuen, Man Gai (Master Brendan Lai’s senior classmate) in 2008 during my trip to Hong Kong and China.

I learned Traditional Chinese (herbal, bone setting, acupuncture) Medicine (TCM) from Dr. Sit, Chiu Wai from 1995 to 2005. Dr. Sit was also a student of the great 7th generation disciple Wong, Hon Fun. He also taught me Taoist meditation techniques. I went through a “family induction” ceremony with Dr. Sit (4th generation of his family medical knowledge) and his family on October 22nd, 2006.

I graduated from my teachers school in 2002, opened my own school, with his permission in February 2004. In 2010 I purchased a property in Mamaroneck, New York that has been the home for my school since then.

I hope to receive many more sincere students, my door is always open...