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About the Instructors

All instructors of the I.F.C.M.A. are certified black belt teachers who have participated in an active program of intensified Martial Arts training and teaching preparation. The instructors are all under the personal guidance of Grandmaster, and are required to participate in regular seminars and clinics to continually enhance their productivity and worth as competent teachers. All instructors use the latest video equipment to make visual learning concepts available to their students through the use of tapes of various forms and techniques.

The I.F.C.M.A. can claim among its ranks of instructors, both National and International level champions as well as several Regional champions. These instructors bring to classes a tradition of more than 300 years of Martial Arts Techniques, and a culture exchange that began more than 1000 years ago.

About the Training

Training in the martial arts is designed to cultivate and stimulate increased physical prowess, cardiovascular enrichment, self defense, sport, Asian culture, and an overall condition of Homeostasis (Complete unity if body health). The proper study of the martial arts serves to give students a feeling of self confidence based upon individual accomplishments rather than team victory or defeat of an opponent. Martial arts training can be entered into a very young age, and it is very common to see young children studying the martial arts, as well as being dazzled by the feats of students who are in their sixties or seventies. Discipline and structure are the key words in our schools. Students are taught to be mannered, respectful contributors to their communities.

 

IFCMA Masters & Black Sash

Master Michael Steigerwald (Wang, Quan Yong

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Michael Steigerwald began his study of the Martial Arts, in San Antonio, Texas at the Lackland A.F.B Judo Club in 1967. In 1974 he began studying Okinawan Shorin-Ryu karate in Wichita Falls, Texas under Sensei Greg Russell, a student of Master Sam Palmer. His enlistment in the US Air Force then brought him to McGuire AFB where, in 1978 he met his current teacher and began his life-long commitment to study the Chinese martial arts. It was there Mr. Steigerwald was able to study for 28 years directly under the sole U.S. representative of the Taichung Martial Arts Association in Taiwan, Grandmaster S. L. Martin. As it turned out, Grandmaster Martin had also previously trained alongside both Mr. Steigerwald’s Judo AND Karate teacher’s sensei! This was the very revelation that convinced young Mr. Steigerwald that he had indeed found his teacher for life!

During his martial arts career (now spanning 45 years), Master Steigerwald has been able to obtain black belt ranking in Taiwan Green Dragon Chinese Kung Fu, Kodokan Judo, and Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu Karate. Master Steigerwald specializes in Seven Star Praying Mantis Boxing and is well respected within the martial arts community as an active competitor and official in martial arts events throughout the Delaware Valley and Mid-Atlantic region. From 1980 into the early 2000’s, he was recognized by several publications and martial arts organizations, as a top rated competitor throughout the east coast and mid-Atlantic area, and has amassed hundreds of grand championship awards over the span of his competitive career, winning at several national-level events, and also internationally as a member of several teams representing the United States.

Master Steigerwald’s competitive achievements are quite extensive and he has successfully competed at local, national, and international levels, winning countless awards in his competitive career. He was a member of the US KuoShu Team which competed in the 1993 European Cup Championships held in Maidenhead England. This group was nicknamed the “dream team” as the overall team championship was captured by the United States and every team member also medaled individually at this event. Master Steigerwald took the Silver medal in two-man set competition and the Gold medal in full-contact fighting by defeating the Malaysian champion with a spectacular knockout during this event. Another notable achievement was a much publicized, 3 to 1 defeat of World Champion Billy Blanks during the fighting competition at the Bermuda Invitational Grand Championships in 1987.

On September 22, 2007, in a rare ceremony never before held by the IFCMA since its formation, Master Steigerwald was formally accepted as a senior disciple to the lineage of Ching Lung Kuoshu. Master Steigerwald has been inducted into several martial art “Hall of Fame’s” recognizing his many years of competitive dominance in forms, weapons, and sparring categories. Master Steigerwald has also served on the U.M.A.R.A. board of directors. He is an accomplished practitioner of Japanese kobudo and was most recently appointed as the NJ director for the Tiger Family Iaido Association.

 

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Master Judie Martin (Liang, Fei Zhi)

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Master Judie Martin is a student of Fukien Invincible White Crane Chinese martial arts. She has studied directly under the tutelage of Grandmaster  S. L. Martin since 1988.  She has been the outstanding female competitor for the International Federation of Chinese Martial Arts organization for 21 consecutive years, and was the reigning top rated forms and weapons competitor in the United Martial Arts Referees Association sanctioned events from 1992 to 2008. 

Additional studies include Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, Southern Shaolin, Seven Star Praying Mantis and White Crane Chi Kung. 

Master Martin has also accompanied her teacher on seven trips to Taiwan, R.O.C. for personal study with White Crane Grandmasters.  She is also one of the leading talents on the prestigious Green Dragon Chinese Martial Arts School’s International Exhibition Team.  She is the director of the Green Dragon Exhibition Team, and a member and performer of the Taiwan Lion Dance Team.

Master Martin was appointed “Martial Arts Coach ” for the Taichung Tang Shou - Dao Shyue Dao Kwang Association, by Graandmaster Hung Wen Hsueh in July 2006. Master Martin is the Senior White Crane Disciple to Grandmaster S. L. Martin.  In 2011 she was appointed as the United States Kuo Shu Federation (U.S.K.S.F.) Director of Light Contact and Southern Shaolin.

A graduate of the College of New Jersey, formally Trenton State College, she is certified in elementary education, special education and pre school handicapped.  She is currently employed by the Bordentown Regional School District where she has served as a special education teacher since 1985.  

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Master Darryl R. Comeaux (Zhuo, Zhong-Bing)

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Branch Chief of The Elusive Dragon school located in Blythe, California.  Master Comeaux is actively engaged in promoting professional quality martial arts instruction. The school is active in various Martial Arts networking ventures, Tournament Circuits and hosts seminars, tournaments and demonstrations in efforts to showcase the values and beauty of the Ching Lung Kuoshu system. 

Master Comeaux began his training in 1968 in Shotokan Karate and various schools in and around the Los Angeles, California area. 

 In 1975 he studied Tai Mantis from a student of Kam Yuen for one year.  In 1977 he enrolled in Tracy’s Karate and in Hapkido classes held at Lincoln high School.

He graduated from Lincoln High School in Stockton, California in 1978 and enlisted into the United States Air Force and studied Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do From James Fields at Ellsworth Air Force Base South Dakota until 1980.   In 1980 he transferred to Ramstein Air Base Germany and continued training in Moo Duk Kwan under Cephus Addison and competed as an Armed Forces Team Member for two consecutive years.

In 1982 he relocated to Del Rio Texas (Laughlin Air Force Base) and trained in Okinawa Motaba Ryu and Chinese Kenpo under Ron Nix attaining Sho Dan in both systems. He has studied U.S. A. Goju Ryu under Jan Brown. Began competing in black belt divisions throughout the region six areas.   

In 1984 he returned to Germany and began training with Frankie Dow (First U.S. Ching Lung Black Belt promoted by Grandmaster S. L. Martin) and opened a branch school in Zwiebrucken West Germany and officially named, Eight Chambers of Shaolin.  he was also selected as a Member of the U. S. Armed Forces Team Europe.  In 1986 he received Instructor Certification under Master Frankie Dow and promoted to 2nd dan.

In 1988 he Competed as an Armed Forces Team Member Europe in the 1st Martial Arts World Championships held in Carnten Austria. 

In 1997 he was accepted as a Student of Grand master S. L. Martin, and became an official member of the International Federation of Chinese Martial Arts and was officially promoted to the rank of second-degree black belt by Grand master S. L. Martin. He was he was promoted to Third degree black belt in 2004 and in 2005 was promoted to Fourth degree black belt by Grandmaster S. L. Martin.  During 2006 he accompanied Grandmaster Martin to Taiwan and was appointment as was appointed Martial Arts Coach for the Taichung Tang Shou - Dao Shyue Dao Kwang Association<, Taiwan ROC.  

In September 2007, Master Comeaux was officially confirmed by Grandmaster S. L. Martin as one of his four disciples and given the Chinese name of “Zhuo Zhong Bing” Meaning Prominent and Loyal Soldier. 

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Master M.D. Tunney

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Master M.D. Tunney started his training in February 11, 1971 with the Green Dragon Martial Arts School then located at the base gym on McGuire AFB, NJ. He was promoted to Black Sash on August 18, 1975.

In 1982 the "Dragon's Shadow Kwan" was formed in Washington, DC.. Master Tunney is currently ranked as a 7th degree black belt with the IFCMA and Ching Lung Kuo Shu. He has accumulated numerous awards and certifications in the martial arts world setting milestones for those who followed.

Master Tunney has been residing in the DC metro area for more than 30 years.  He and his wife of 25 yeatrs have three children and one grandchild.  He has been self employed since 1984 having owned 2 businesses including 1 corporation. He has also served honorably in the U.S.A.F. and other government agencies.

Master Tunney also was on the scene in the very early stages of the United Martial Arts Referees Association, NJ Martial Arts Practitioners, MD and Garden State Black Belt Association, NJ. He has served as an At-Large director in U.M.A.R.A., and is a certifeid Class A Referee.  Master Tunney has accompanied Grandmaster S. L. Martin to Taiwan on a cultural trip in 1992.

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Master Glenn Sheridan (Zhen, Jiao Bang )

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Master Glenn Sheridan began his martial arts training in 1971 and has studied exclusively Ching Lung Kuoshu with Grandmaster S. L. Martin.  He was promoted to Black Sash in 1977 and subsequently opened the Winged Dragon Branch of the International Federation of Chinese Martial Arts.  His martial arts training with Grandmaster Martin has afforded him the opportunity to study Chung Kuo Chuan Kuoshu and participate in Pai Hur Chuan Chi-Kung and has accompanied Grandmaster S. L. Martin to Taiwan on a cultural trip in 2004.  

 

He is a Senior Chief Petty Officer who retired from the U.S. Coast Guard with 27 years of distinguished active duty service in September 2002. He currently holds Master’s degrees in Healthcare Management, Business Administration, and Organizational Management and Development. Master Sheridan currently works as a Senior Management and Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and he and his family resides in Salisbury, Maryland.

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Master Robert Hicks

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Robert L. Hicks Jr. is the head instructor of the STONE DRAGON MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL. Master Hicks started his training in the martial arts in the 60's . He started his school in 1975 and has achieved master level Black Sash in CHING LUNG KUO-SU and Balck Belt in Okinawan Shorin - Ryu. He works as a New Jersey State Correctional Officer. He was an active competitor during the seventies 

and early eighties in U.M.A.R.A. and has accompanied Grandmaster S. L. Martin to Taiwan on a cultural trip in 1992.

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Master Juan Navarro (Mangu Khan)

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Master Mangu Khan is a 7th Degree Black Sash.  He started training in 1962 in Connecticut under Master C. Lee.  From 1968 -1979 trained and studied under Master Griffin and Grand Master Daniel Pai.  He has also studied under Grandmaster Manuel Agrella.  From 1986 to present he has trained and studied under Grandmaster S.L. Martin.   He is the head instructor of the Ferocious Dragon School of Martial Arts located at the Police Athletic League Recreation Center at 5th and Allegheny in Philadelphia. He has accompanied Grandmaster S. L. Martin to Taiwan on a cultural trip in 1992. 

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Master Sean Eriksson (Xiong, Yong-Long )

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Master Eriksson began his training in 1997 at the age of fifteen in Ching Lung Kou Shu under Grandmaster S. L. Martin.  He currently holds the rank of 4th degree Black Sash and IFCMA Teaching Certificate.   Additionally, Mr. Eriksson is a student of Judo currently holding the rank of ni-kyu.  

 

He has been an active competitor in U.M.A.R.A. tournaments, acted as member of the demonstration and International Exhibition Teams and Lion Dance Teams, and currently assists as an instructor at the headquarters school.  

He has accompanied Grandmaster Martin Taiwan, R.O.C., in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

 

He has been ranked as an overall top competitor in U.M.A.R.A. Forms, Weapons and Sparring divisions from 2001 to the present.  Mr. Eriksson is a teacher at a private school in New Jersey teaching Biology and Human Anatomy and Physiology.

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Master Damian Ciccariello (Yi, Guan Shu )

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Master Damian Ciccariello has been studying the Martial Arts since 1979 and has achieved advanced rank in multiple Martial Arts styles.    He is a 4th Degree Master Level Black Sash in Ching Lung Kou Shu under Grandmaster SL Martin and has an IFCMA license granted by  Grandmaster as a teacher of Ching Lung Kou Shu.  

Additionally, Master Ciccariello has earned the following ranks:

·         Advanced Level in White Crane Chi Kung from SL Martin - 2013

·         Sho Dan Ho in Kodenkan Jujitsu from Sensei Bruce Taylor - 2000

·         Cho Dan in Tang Soo Do from Master Ki Yun Yi  - 1998

·         Sho Dan in Nisei Goju Ryu from Sensei Tony Lingo  - 1987

 

 

Master Ciccariello trains at the International Federation of Chinese Martial Arts (IFCMA) Headquarters School.  He assists with teaching the Ching Lung Children's class and is a member of the Ching Lung Demo Team. 

 

Master Ciccariello has been recognized by the United Martial Arts Referees Association (UMARA) as an outstanding competitor in Forms, Weapons, and Sparring events.  He is a UMARA certified “A” Level Chief Referee and frequently referees at UMARA and IFCMA sanctioned martial arts tournaments.  Master Ciccariello is a recipient of the UMARA Judges Award in recognition of his commitment to sportsmanship within the Martial Arts.

 

Mr. Ciccariello has earned a BA in Computer Science from Rutgers University and an MS in Management Information Systems from Villanova University.   He is a Senior Director at Glaxo SmithKline where he provides IT solutions in support of the Pharmaceuticals Research and Development business.

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Master Safiya L. Baker (Wen, Su-Fei )

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Master Safiya L. Baker (Kennebrew) started the study of the Chinese Martial Arts in 2001 under the direction of Grandmaster S. L. Martin of the Green Dragon School of Chinese Martial Arts.

Master Baker is an active U.M.A.R.A. competitor with 5 Grand Champion awards.  Her winnings include Outstanding Under Black Belt Competitor for 2002 and Outstanding Adult Competitor for 2003 - 2005. For the 2006 U.M.A.R.A. league standings, Master Baker was the Triple Crown Winner for Advance Women in 2005 and 2006. She is also a member of the Green Dragons Exhibition Team.

Master Baker has made three trips to Taiwan. While in Taiwan, she participated in an intensive training in White Crane Chi Kung by the Honorable Grandmaster Wen Hsueh Hung. This training program was sponsored under the Taichung Martial Arts Association and White Crane Association of Central Taiwan.  In 2005, she trained with White Crane Chi Kung members visiting America. As a result of this cultural exchange, Master Baker, also a member or the Ching Lung International Demonstration team.

In 2006, Master Baker achieved 1st Degree Black Belt Certification in the International Federation of Chinese Martial Arts, the Ching Lung Kuoshu Style. Master Baker achieved 2nd Degree Black Belt Certification in 2009 and her 3rd Degree Black Belt Certification in 2011.  In 2010, she also achieved an advance degree in Pai Hur Chuan Chi-Kung - Internal White Crane Kung Fu. Master Baker currently assists the chief instructors of the Green Dragon School. She continues to pursue a healthy regimen of persistent study of the Chinese Martial Arts.  Master Baker is currently employed with the State of New Jersey – Office of the Attorney General - Juvenile Justice Commission as the Acting Manager of the Youth Services Commission Grant Management Unit.

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Sifu Stefano Cianelli (Yan, Si Fen)

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Sifu Cianelli is a fourteen-year student of White Crane Chi Kung and Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.  Sifu Cianelli has studied directly under the Grandmaster S. L. Martin and Master Judie Martin since 1996.   In 2010 he began studying Invincible White Crane under Master Judie Martin.  Sifu Cianelli is an assistant instructor at the headquarters school and member of the Green Dragon Demo Team and prestigious Green Dragon Chinese Martial Arts School International Exhibition Team.   He has accompanied Grandmaster Martin on six trips to Taiwan, R.O.C.  In November 2007, he was promoted to Black Sash in the White Crane Chi Kung System of Taiwan, Republic of China, under the direction of Grandmaster S. L. Martin. 

 

Sifu Cianelli began his martial arts training in 1988 while attending Temple University.  He began his martial arts studies in Shotokan Karate under Master Teruyuki Okazaki (1988-1989).  In 1992, he began his study of USA GoJu under Masters John Austino Sr.  & Jr. and has attained the rank of 5th degree in USA GoJu. 

 

Sifu Cianelli is a graduate of Temple University School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.  For the past 19 years he has been involved in design of power plants and substations.  Presently he is a Senior Program Manager for Altran Solutions where he directs the efforts of multi-disciplined engineering projects for various power utilities throughout the country.  He is a  member of the United Martial Arts Referees Association where he has been elected to the position of Recording Secretary.  In addition to this appointment, he is the official Webmaster for U.M.A.R.A. and the IFCMA, and is a certified Class “A” Referee.  He is an active competitor and has been recognized as one of the outstanding martial arts competitors in U.M.A.R.A. for Forms, Weapons and Sparring 1996 to present. 

 

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Sifu Joshua Glynn

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Sifu Glynn started his Martial Arts training in 2001 under Grand Master S.L. Martin.  He currently holds the rank of 2nd  Degree Black Sash in Ching Lung Kou Shu.  He has been recognized by the United Martial Arts Referees Association (U.M.A.R.A) as an outstanding competitor in Forms, Weapons, and Sparring events. Mr. Glynn frequently referees at U.M.A.R.A. martial arts tournaments, and has traveled to Taiwan as a member of the Green Dragon International Demo Team.  Additionally, Mr. Glynn was a winning wrestler throughout high school and is a student of Judo.  He has earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and is a professional Carpenter and accomplished Craftsman.

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Sifu Edward Dallas (Zhen, Er Wu )

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Sifu Dallas has trained under Grand Master S. L. Martin at the Headquarters School since 2000. Sifu Dallas was promoted to the rank of 1st degree black belt in 2009 and was promted to 2nd Degree in October 2012. Sifu Dallas has assisted with instruction of the children’s class. Has been a member of the Green Dragon demo team and Lion Dance Team. He traveled to Taiwan as a member of The Green Dragon International Demo Team.  Sifu Dallas has won multiple U.M.A.R.A Triple Crown awards, has been the I.F.C.M.A Outstanding Competitor, has been a Weapons Grand Champion, and has taken a number of gold and silver medals at The U.S Kou Shu Championships.

Mr. Dallas is owner of Edward J. Dallas Builder, an architectural restoration company. He has been married for 25 years, and has two children. Mr. Dallas has attended both Burlington county College and Pierce College of Los Angeles. Mr. Dallas has been active with the Boy Scouts, Special Olympics of New Jersey, Allentown Robotics Team 1807, and  other community and civic groups. He has served as both Deacon and Elder in his Church.

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Sifu Mike  Leipziger 

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Mike Leipziger began his martial arts training under Grandmaster S.L. Martin in August of 1987.  He achieved his first degree black sash in April 1996 and his second degree in October 2001.  He is still an active judge and competitor in UMARA.

 

He has been fortunate enough to have trained with some of the best competitors in the east coast from the likes of Master Steigerwald, Master Tunney Master J. Martin, Master Sheridan and other great disciples under Grandmaster S. .L. Martin.

 

Sifu Leipziger resides in Langhorne, PA with his wife Patricia, son Patrick ad daughter Kelly.  He owns and operates Mort's TV and Video.  He completed a 4 year program at Bucks County Technical School in the mid 7-0's, he was honored with winning 2 gold medals for TV and Radio Repair for the State of Pennsylvania under Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA).   

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Sifu Devlin McConagly (Lin, Cai Ying )

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Devlin McConagly began his martial arts training at the age of 7 under the tutelage of Grand Master S. L. Martin.  While training for over 10 continuous years, Devlin was an avid competitor.  He was the recipient of numerous Grand Champion and Grand Champion of Champions awards including holding the title of ‘East Coast Children’s Grand Champion” for over 6 years straight. Devlin was honored annually as UMARA’s Child Competitor of the Year, and in 2000 became the recipient of the ‘Competitor of the Decade’ award.  He has been to Taiwan on 4 occasions. 

Since returning to the Martial Arts in 2010, Devlin has been an active member of the Green Dragon Exhibition Team.  

He has also returned to tournament competition with wins in numerous events against both domestic and international competition.  However, his greatest accomplishment came in August of 2011 when Devlin was promoted to the rank of First Degree Black Belt.

An entrepreneur from the beginning, Devlin incorporated his first company at the age of 16 and has never looked back.  He has started or directed numerous private and public companies.  He currently holds the title of ‘Chief Technology Officer’ and ‘Chief Architect’ of 4 S Technologies, LLC.,  A software development firm specializing on custom programming for the mortgage banking industry.

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Sifu Gregory Taylor

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Mr. Taylor started study of White Crane Chi-Kung  in 1999 with Grandmaster Martin. He achieved the rank of instructor in 2013. In the course of his study, he has participated in numerous IFCMA tournaments and has won awards as the UMARA “Outstanding Competitor of the Year” in Weapons and Forms divisions.  

Mr. Taylor graduated from Trenton State College (now College of New Jersey) with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts and Special Education in 1981. He has been a secondary level teacher in the Ewing and Trenton public schools ever since. Most recently,in 2000 he completed a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Phoenix and a second

master’s degree in Information Science from Drexel University in 2004. He is currently serving as a librarian/media specialist at Trenton Central High School.

During his educational career, Mr. Taylor has pursued a “parallel career” in the Emergency Services initially as a Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician during his time at Trenton State College. He has continued his education in Emergency Medical Services, earning certification as a  Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic in 1985, and has worked per-diem ever since at  Capital Health System in Mercer County.

He is also active on the local and council level with the Garden State Council of the Boy Scouts of America where he has facilitated numerous courses and experiences teaching leadership development, Scouting skills, Wilderness First Aid, and wilderness canoeing.

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Sifu G. Will Smith Jr.

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Sifu Smith (Black Dragon) began training in the Martial Arts, Chinese Boxing, he studied under Master Frankie Dow from June 1974-1975 and then under Grandmaster S. L. Martin from January 1976 – 1978.  From 2001 to the present he has been studying directly under Master Mangu Khan and has received 3rd Degree Black Sash under Master Mangu Khan of the Ferocious Dragon School.  He is a graduate of Education University of Philippines and has been employed with SEPTA for 23 years.  He is a Licensed Life, Health, Property and Casualty Agent; Securities License Series 6 and 63, Enagic Alkaline Water distributor.

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