Bryant Fong is a martial arts master based in the San Francisco Bay area, and is the head coach and co-founder of the San Francisco Wushu Team. He was taught by Sifu Anthony Chan (member of Black Belt Magazine’s Hall of Fame) and Chen style taijiquan experts, Sifu Feng zhi Qiang (Beijing, China) and Sifu Chen Xiao Want (Chengzhou, China). Mr. Fong has also trained extensively with the Beijing Wushu Team, China’s premier wushu team. He is also well-versed in the traditional wushu styles of Northern Shaolin and Tibetan White Crane.
Sifu Fong is well-known in Northern California for skill in his famous nine-section whip, rope dart, and praying mantis forms. In November 1986, Sifu Fong was the deputy team leader of the U.S. Wushu Team, which competed at the 2nd International Martial Arts Tianjin Daily Cup Invitational Tournament (Tianjin, China). In October 1991, he was selected as the U.S. National Wushu Team Coach. He took this team to compete in the 1st International Wushu World Championships in Beijing.
Sifu Fong has coached many top wushu competitors in the United States. Currently, he’s the wushu coach for the University of Californiat Berkeley, and is teaching taiji philosophy and applications for City College of San Francisco. He’s also teaching taiji qigong and taijiquan for senior citizens for the the San Francisco YMCAs. Mr. Fong has been recognized by the California Arts Council for his excellence in teaching and performing wushu as a cultural art form. Mr. Fong is active in the promotion and performance of traditional Chinese lion dancing, and performs for schools and conventions throughout the Bay Area.
Private, small group, YMCA and public college classes are available. Sifu Fong teaches various Chinese forms for both health and competition-oriented students. He also organizes an annual two-week tour and seminar in Beijing each summer. During this seminar students can study with world-class Beijing masters..
For a small Tai Chi group with some one-on-one instruction see SifuFong outside the Japantown YMCA(near Geary and Laguna in San Francisco) on Sunday morning. Group warmups start at 9 am, lessons with the instructor at 10. Currently these classes are just $5 per day, in a friendly and supportive environment. Most of the students practice solo Tai Chi hand and weapon forms to increase strength, flexibility, balance, grace of movement, and to reduce stress. Some are serious competitors. Some have a dance or yoga background. Students from absolute beginners to tournament champions work out together and lend each other mutual support and constructive criticism. This is outdoors, and the weather is normally good. (See Sifu Fong’s schedule here.)
Most students are oriented toward solo demonstration competition in the hand or weapon handling forms, but if sparring is your style, Sifu Fong can lead you in the ancient style of Chinese ‘Push-Hands’ – which is now gaining popularity – or other fields. Many students practice Chen Tai-Chi hand form (a more active form than Yang), and various sword forms.
Sifu Fong teaches the following styles:
1) Chen Style TaiChi
-Feng Zhi Qiang
-Chen Xiao Wang
2) Bagua Zhang
-Li Zhi Ming
-Fu Zheng Soong
3) Xing Yi
4) Northern Shaolin
5) Tibetan White Crane
6) Fu Style TaiChi
7) Sun Style TaiChi
8) Contemporary Wushu
9) Push Hands
10) Lion Dancing
11) Weapon forms
-Tai Chi sword
Other specialties available via private lessons.
Address: P.O. Box 210159, San Francisco, CA 94121