Five Animals Kung Fu Academy
Five Animals Kung Fu Academy was founded by Sifu Alexander Cardenas and Sifu Cindy Hom in September 2013. Both Sifu Alex and Sifu Cindy are the Chief Instructors at the academy. Our Chief Instructors studied the kung fu style of Choy Lay Fut under the world-renowned Grand Master Tat Mau Wong for many years, and had taught for Grandmaster Wong at the Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy in the San Francisco Bay Area prior to starting Five Animal Kung Fu Academy.
Both Sifu Alex and Sifu Cindy are high level black belt instructors dedicated to teaching and motivating students of all ages to reach their goals.
The academy was started with the combined purpose of teaching health preservation exercises for the general public, as well as to pass on tradition of Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu to anyone that is willing to dedicate their efforts to training their mind and body, to learn discipline, self control, determination, and enrich their life.
Five Animals Kung Fu Academy is named after one of our Choy Lay Fut hand forms Ng Ying Kuen which translates to Five Animals Fist Form. It is also named after the five main animals used in our system: Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Panther, and Crane. Though there are also other animal techniques we use in Choy Lay Fut system.
Meet The Team
Sifu Alexander Cardenas
Sifu Alexander Cardenas is an accomplished Martial Arts Practitioner and Teacher. Alexander has been practicing in San Francisco and teaching in the Greater Bay Area with the Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy Organization under Master Tat Mau Wong for the last 30 years since 1983.
Sifu Alexander, as Chief Instructor, managed and instructed the Concord city location for from 2006 to 2010.
Sifu Cindy Hom
Sifu Cindy is an accomplished Martial Arts Instructor, Personal Trainer and business owner. Sifu Cindy has been a Certified Personal Trainer since 2003. Working in a dual profession, Cindy has been actively training and teaching martial arts in the style of Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu since 1997, and was promoted to the title of Sifu in November 2018.
As a fitness and martial arts professional, one of Cindy’s favorite things to do is to educate people looking to improve their health, fitness and lifestyle. Cindy is very passionate about kung fu and her vision is to teach and pass down the knowledge to future generations to come.
Sihing Daniel Hom
Senior Instructor, 4th degree Black Belt
Inspired by the Power Rangers, Sihing Daniel began his passion for martial arts at a young age. He initially started Tae Kwon Do at the age of 4 and earned his blue-brown belt before discovering his love for Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu. Sihing Daniel began his training at the Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy in the year 2000. In 2003, he earned his first black belt at the age of 11 and immediately wanted to become an assistant instructor who has grown to become an experienced Lead Instructor.
Throughout his martial arts training, Sihing Daniel has competed in many tournaments winning numerous medals and Grand Champion titles at the national and international levels. Sihing Daniel has been part of Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy's demo team and participated in many Chinese New Years Parades. Sihing Daniel recently fought and won his Sanshou fight in Brazil in August 2019.