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Martial Arts


David is a martial arts master who began studying kung fu at the age of 14. He has over 40 years experience in training, teaching and demonstrating martial arts, including the last 20 years as head instructor (Sigung) at the Ching Wu Athletic Association in Winnipeg. He has competed successfully in local and national martial arts events, in both forms division and full contact sparring. In 1993 David and a number of his students competed at the national level resulting in his becoming a national champion as well as a member of the 1993 Canadian Wushu Team.

David's qualifications include Sifu award (Canada Kung-Fu Association, 1983) and 1st degree black belt (Canada Kung-Fu Association, 1980). He also attained Master level in Shaolin Kung Fu, 6th degree black belt in Jujitsu, 1st degree black belt in Shorin Ryu Karate, black sash in Praying Mantis, and black sash in Wing Chun. More recently David completed a period of study in 2006 at the Shaolin Temple in China.

David has trained with many renowned masters over the years such as:

Competition Highlights
1993 Canadian Wushu Championships
  • member, Canadian Wushu team
  • 1st place traditional Tai Chi division
  • 1st place long weapon division - compulsory staff routine
  • 2nd place compulsory southern fist routine
  • Sikaran Tournament of Champions - 1st place weapons division
  • Green Dragon Invitational - 1st place long weapons division
  • Dragon's Den Mid-Canadian Martial Arts Open - 1st place long weapons division
1981 World Tae Kwon Do Federation North America Championships
  • 1st place full contact sparring division (black belt heavyweight)
  • 3rd place black belt pattern
Training Experience Highlights
March 2006 Extensive testing, critiquing, and instruction at the Shaolin Temple in Henan, China resulting in Ching Wu being accepted as an associate school representing the Shaolin Temple in Canada.
2004 Judo at the Kodokan in Japan, and Shorinji Kempo at the Chuo Budokan in Japan.
1992-1993 Long Fist, Eagle Claw, Faan Zi, Bagua, etc. under Yulan Tang.
1990-1993 Northern Shaolin, Southern Fist, Five Forms/Eight Methods, Plum Blossom Stake, and Tong Bei under Carl Wei.
1984-1988 Wushu and T'ai Chi at the Wushu Centre in Montreal under Andrea Falk, Paule Bertrand, and Lu Vi Hong. Resumed training at the Lalonde Academie.
1979-1981 Aikido at the Wild Tiger Self-Defence Combat Club in Winnipeg under Roger Richard.
1978-1982 Northern Shaolin, Praying Mantis, Wing Chun, and Shorin Ryu Karate at the Black Dragon Kung-Fu School in Winnipeg under Les Kaszas.
1972-1977 Shaolin Goshin and Jujitsu at the Lalonde Academie in Montreal under Sensei René Lalonde.
1972-1977 Judo at the Shidokan in Montreal under Sensei Hiroshi Nakamura and Sensei Akio Nakamura.


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