The Kung Fu Academy is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Students of all ages regularly attend class from all over Colorado Springs and nearby Woodland Park.
Kung Fu is for just about anyone: the young, middle aged, old, male and female. There is no age limitation as Kung Fu is ideal for any individual to keep in shape physically,as well as mentally. Kung Fu improves your health, and increases your speed, strength, flexibility, and stamina.
Sifu Dave Simeone
Sifu Dave Simeone is the Master Instructor, with 50 years of dedication and training in martial arts. His expertise, knowledge, teaching ability, and love of the Chinese martial arts make him one of the finest instructors in Colorado and is exemplified in his dedicated students. He has taught Tai Chi, a relaxing, energizing, slow, meditative movement to adults and seniors of all abilities along the east coast, Alaska, Hawaii, and Arizona and has operated 3 successful schools in Colorado since 1996.
Simeone has studied extensively with some of the best, world-renowned masters in America and China, such as Grandmasters Chan Pui and Bow Sim Mark (China's top Tai Chi Gold Medalist). Currently an adept fan and student of Master Victor Fu (grandson of the renowned Northern Tiger, Fu Chen Sung and son of Master Fu Wing Fai), Sifu Dave wishes to help pass on the legacy of the Fu Style and Shao Lin Martial Arts and Wudang internal philosophy. Sifu Dave currently is accepting new students at The Kung Fu Academy, located at 4224 N. Nevade Ave. Suite 210, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.
The Story Behind The Style:
We teach the Tam Tui Northern Praying Mantis style of Kung Fu. The Praying Mantis system was created by Master Wong Long over 300 years ago at Shangung province. Over the years, several branches of the Praying Mantis emerged, one being the WL Praying Mantis system, named after the Temple in China. A skillful martial artist studying there, Lee Kwan Shan later combined his family style "Tam Tui" (a style emphasizing strong leg movements) with the WL Praying Mantis to from a well rounded and effective system known as the WL Tam Tui Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu.
Kung Fu means "hard work." There are many different styles taken from the movements of animals, birds and insects. Training in Kung Fu consists of:
- Kung Fu Basic Exercises
- Hand Forms
- Weapon Forms
- Self-Defense Techniques