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)
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.
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.
Master Judie Martin (Liang, Fei Zhi)
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 Granndmaster 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.
Master Darryl R. Comeaux (Zhuo, Zhong-Bing)
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/span>, 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.
Master M.D. Tunney
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 Glenn Sheridan (Zhen, Jiao Bang )
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.
Master Robert Hicks
Master Juan Navarro (Mangu Khan)
Master Sean Eriksson (Xiong, Yong-Long )
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.
Master Damian Ciccariello (Yi, Guan Shu )
Master Ciccariello has earned the following ranks:
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.
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.
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.
Master Safiya L. Baker (Wen, Su-Fei )
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.
Master Edward Dallas (Zhen, Er Wu )
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.
Sifu Stefano Cianelli (Yan, Si Fen)
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.
Sifu Joshua Glynn
Sifu Mike Leipziger
Sifu Devlin McConagly (Lin, Cai Ying )
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. He is currently a 2nd 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.
Sifu Gregory Taylor
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.
Sifu G. Will Smith Jr.