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Sifu Thomas Haase

Sifu Haase has been practicing Kung Fu for over 45 years, teaching Kung Fu for 41 years, and has been actively involved in the Wah Lum system for the past 36 years. He began his training in 1972 and started Kung Fu in 1976 while stationed at Fairbanks Alaska, where he trained in the Tibetan Charging White Crane Kung Fu style 閃電火山西藏進攻白鶴功夫派. This style was founded by Abbot Kangsar Ming in the mid 1800’s at the Chengtian Shaolin Temple in Western Sichuan Province, China, near the Tibet border. 

In August 1981 he moved to Melbourne Florida and in the spring of 1982 began training in the Wah Lum system. In November of 1987, he was given permission to open a Wah Lum club in Palm Bay, Florida, where he trained students in the traditional art of Kung Fu. After teaching in a club atmosphere for five years, Sifu Haase then decided to open a full time school. So on Saturday, August 4th, 1992 Sifu Haase and his wife Cynthia opened the Wah Lum Kung Fu of Merritt Island, Florida, school. Once again, it was only a short time before numerous students were training at this new addition to the Merritt Island community.

The school continued to grow and prosper and after five years Grandmaster Chan asked Sifu Haase if he would open a school in Tampa.

In December of 1996 the Wah Lum Kung Fu of Tampa School was officially opened and has continued to promote and teach the Wah Lum style throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Additionally, since beginning in the Wah Lum system, Sifu Haase has been granted permission by Grandmaster Chan to train with numerous world renowned Kung Fu Grandmasters in the USA and China.

Grandmasters such as:

Lee Koon Hung – Choi Lai Fut style and student of Shek Kin (“Enter the Dragon” movie star);

 Mok Poi On – Shaolin Wing Chun;

 Zhang Bing Dou – Tai Chi Plum Flower Praying Mantis (known as the “Mantis King of Shandong Province”);

Zhang Kui - Tai Chi Plum Flower Praying Mantis

Yu Cheng Hui – Tai Chi Plum Flower Praying Mantis master, Tang dynasty two-handed straight sword authority, and “Shaolin Temple” movie star;

Cui Lu Yi – Hong’s Chen Tai Chi master and China Kung Fu movie star;

Li En Jiu – Tai Chi Plum Flower Praying Mantis master and Hong’s Chen Tai Chi Standard Bearer; 

Lu Jun Hai – Mi Zong Lau Han style;

Chen Dao Yun – National champion (13 consecutive years), Da Hong family style;

Liang Yi Quan – Shaolin (Shaolin E’Po Kung Fu College, Dengfeng)

Jin Xuan Liang – Guangzhou China Choi Lai Fut style;

Grandmaster Buck Sam Kong - Hung Gar

Coach William Bevil - 65 year gymnast, Olympic Training Coach, and International Gymnastics Judge

Sifu Liu Li - Beijing national champion (Eagle Claw)

Sifu Bob Rosen - Boston Wah Lum Headquarters

Sifu George Kee

Sifu Mimi Chan

Sifu Tu Truong

Sifu Nelson Chan

Master Shi K. Liu

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Simo Cynthia Swann Haase

Cynthia began her Kung Fu/Tai Chi career in 1986 when she enrolled in a local Tai Chi class.

Following this, she began to study Kung Fu at the Wah Lum school in Temple Terrace in 1988.

In 1991 she moved to Melbourne FL. and continued her training under her husband Sifu Thomas Haase.

During her career she has had the opportunity to receive special training from some of the worlds greatest GrandMasters, such as:

Chan Pui - Wah Lum Kung Fu

Lee Koon Hung - Choi Lai Fut

Lu Jin Hai - Mi Zong Lau Han

Cui Lu Yi - Hong style Chen Tai Chi

Chen Dao Yun - China national champion (13 consecutive years)/ Dong family style

Liu Cheng De - Hong style Chen Tai Chi

Zhang Bing Dou - Tai Chi Mei Hua Praying Mantis (Mantis King of Shandong Province)

Liang Yi Quan - Shaolin Temple

Sifu Bob Rosen - Boston Wah Lum Headqurters

Coach William Bevil - Olympic style gymnastics

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Sihing Rich Cummings

 

Sihing Rich has been in the martial arts for the past 35 years and began his career in 1983 when he enrolled in a Merritt Island Tae Kwon Do school. Within a short time he was competing throughout the state in the Florida Black Belt Tournament circuit.

In 1984 he began his Kung Fu training in White Dragon and then in 1986 he found the Wah Lum club in Rockledge where Sifu Haase was assisting.

In 1992 when Sifu Haase opened the full time school in Merritt Island, Rich was one of the first students to join.

In 1997, Sihing Rich moved to Tampa and has remained an integral part of the Wah Lum of Tampa school.

Sihing Rich has had the opportunity to train with numerous Grandmasters and Masters to enhance his Kung Fu. His additional training includes:   

Tai Chi Mei Hua Praying Mantis,

Olympic style gymnastics,

Bagua,

Chen Tai Chi,

Wu Tai Chi,

Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi

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Sihing Mike Kirn

 

Sihing Mike began his martial arts career in early 1996 in Merritt Island at the Wah Lum Kung Fu of Merritt Island school under Sifu Haase.

When Sifu Haase relocated to the Tampa area, Sihing Mike continued his training under Sifu Harry Lo in Melbourne.

While in Melbourne, Sihing Mike trained on their demo team and worked as an assistant instructor.

In 2012 he moved to St. Petersburg and returned to training with his Sifu at the Wah Lum of Tampa school.

In addition to his class curriculum, Mike has also trained with:

Grandmaster Chan

Lu Jun Hai

Sifu George Kee

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Sihing Guill Rios

 

Sihing Guill began training in boxing in 1985.

In 1994 he started training at a local Wah Lum Kung Fu club and when it closed, he continued his own personal training with the techniques he learned.

In 1996 he enrolled at the Wah Lum Kung Fu of Tampa school, when it first opened on Kennedy Blvd.

Since then he has been an active member and integral part of the Tampa school for the promotion of the Wah Lum system. Additionally, Sihing Guill has also trained with numerous World renowned Grandmasters, such as:

Grandmaster Chan Poi,

Chen Dao Yun

Zhang Bing Dou

Sifu Bob Rosen

Sifu  George Kee

Sifu  Leroy Kautz

Sifu Tu Truong

Coach William Bevil

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Sihing Kevin Woodworth

Sihing Kevin began his martial arts career in 1994 when he trained in Aikido.

In 1996 he began in Wah Lum Kung Fu in Tampa trained diligently until 2005 when he moved to Atlanta for work. While there he expanded his knowledge by training in Aiki-Jiujitsu.

In 2015 he returned to Tampa and resumed his training once again in Wah Lum, where he continues as a senior member and Instructor.

 

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Sihing Tommy Maurer

 

Sihing Tommy began his martial arts career in 1993 when he trained at the Chung Mo Do school in St. Petersburg.

In 1997 he trained for several months at the Kerry King Judo and Jiu Jitsu school.

In 1999 he began at the Wah Lum Kung Fu of Tampa school, where he has diligently trained and progressed to Assistant Instructor. In with  to his regular training,

Sihing Tommy has also trained world renowned Grandmasters such as:

Grandmaster Chan Poi

Tony Yang

Sifu Bob Rosen

Sifu George Kee

Sifu Leroy Kautz

Sifu Tu Truong

Coach William Bevil

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Sijie Christine Myers

 

Sijie Christine began her martial arts training in 1999 at the Wah Lum Kung Fu of Tampa school. Since then she has trained diligently and become a senior member of the Tampa team.

Additionally, she has also trained with several world renowned Grandmasters. Such as:

Grandmaster Chan Poi

Chen Dao Yun

Sifu Bob Rosen

Sifu George Kee

Sifu Leroy Kautz

Coach William Bevil

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Sihing Leander Williams

 

Sihing Lee began his martial arts career in 1997, when he enrolled at a Tae Kwon Do school in Brandon and included Hop Kido for its self defense properties.

In 2002 he found the Wah Lum Kung Fu of Tampa school and immediately enrolled in the adult classes.

Since enrolling,  Sihing Lee has trained diligently at the school and at home with a total dedication to the Wah Lum system. Additionally, he has also had the opportunity to train numerous world renowned Grandmasters, such as:

Grandmaster Chan Poi

Lu Jun Hai

Chen Dao Yun

Sifu George Kee

Sifu Leroy Kautz

Sifu Tu Truong

Coach William Bevil

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Sijie Amy Marbut

 

Sijie Amy began her training in 2002 at the Wah Lum Kung Fu of Tampa school. Her dedication to the system and her training have brought her to the position as as senior member within the Wah Lum Tampa team.

In 2010 she was a gold standard medalist at the Guangzhou New Martial Hero Tournament in Guangzhou China,

Additionally, her studies have also included training with world renowned Grandmasters such as:

Grandmaster Chan Poi

Chen Dao Yun

Lu Jin Hai

Coach William Bevil

Sifu Leroy Kautz

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Sihing Tony Sweat

 

Sihing Tony began his martial arts career in 1993 when he enrolled in a local Tae Kwon Do school.

Eventually, in 2009, he started training at Wah Lum Kung Fu of Tampa.

In 2010, he travelled to China with the Wah Lum Delegation which competed in the New Martial Hero Magazine Kung Fu Championship Tournament. Also, while in China he trained at the E'Po Shaolin Martial Art College in Dengfeng City under Grandmaster Liang Yi Quan.

His training has also included special seminars with:

Grandmaster Chan Poi

Grandmaster Liang Yi Quan

Sifu George Kee

Coach William Bevil (Olympic training coach)

Sifu Haase: to further expand his knowledge and understanding of Praying Mantis Kung Fu through the Tai Chi Plum Flower Kung Fu and Wah Lum systems.

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Sihing Ray Eales

 

Sihing Ray began his martial arts career in 1976 when trained in Okinawan Karate.

In 1979, while living in Nashville Tennessee, he enrolled in a Southern Kung Fu style. Where he trained in the Southern fist style along with the Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi.

After several years, Sihing Ray moved back to Tampa and began teaching Tai Chi privately.

In 2014 he enrolled at the Wah Lum Kung Fu of Tampa school, where he is an active member and experienced instructor.