About Us

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 school 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.

Sifu Alexander Cardenas

Senior Chief Instructor

 

About Sifu Alexander

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.  

 

Achievements:

  • Competitor in  full-contact and multiple martial arts events.

  • Bestowed title of  "Sifu" the highest honor in the Martial Art World.

  • Member of the "World Organization of  Wushu and Kung Fu Masters".

  • Demo Team Coordinator for Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy.

Sifu Cindy Hom

Chief Instructor

 

About Sifu Cindy

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.

 

Sifu Cindy is also an avid martials arts competitor and has placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd in many national tournaments.

 

Achievements and awards:

  • Member of the "World Organization of  Wushu and Kung Fu Masters"

  • ICMAC North America Champion - October 2011, in Traditional Hand Form

  • ICMAC Golden Gate Chinese Martial Arts Championship, San Francisco - 2011, 1st Place Traditional Hand form, 1st Place Traditional Weapon, 2nd Place, Adult Sparring

  • ICMAC Golden Gate Chinese Martial Arts Championship, San Francisco, 2010,  Instructor Division - 2nd Place, Traditional Long Weapons.

  • Emerald City Chinese Martial Arts Championship, Seattle - 2011, 1st Place Traditional Hand Form, 1st Place Long Weapons

  • Chinese Martials Arts Championship, Berkely Ca - 2012, 1st Place Traditional Hand Form, 1st Place Long Weapon

  • Disney Worldwide Martial Arts Championship, Orlando, 2008 &  2009, 1st Place - Traditional Hand Form, 1st Place - Traditional Long Weapons.

 

 

Credentials:

  • Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy - Black Belt Instructor

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Certified Personal Trainer

  • Defend University, Certified Women Self Defense Instructor

  • TRX Suspension Training,  Certified TRX Trainer

  • CPR/AED & First Aid Certified

Sihing Daniel Hom

 Instructor, 4th Degree Black Belt

 

About Sihing Daniel

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 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. 

 

Achievements and awards:

  • Member of the "World Organization of  Wushu and Kung Fu Masters"

  • ICMAC Golden Gate Chinese Martial Arts Championship, San Francisco - 2011, 1st Place Traditional Hand form, 1st Place Sanda Sparring

  • ICMAC Golden Gate Chinese Martial Arts Championship, San Francisco, 2010,  Instructor Division - 2nd Place, Traditional Hand Form.

  • Emerald City Chinese Martial Arts Championship, Seattle - 2011, 1st Place Traditional Hand Form, 1st Place Long Weapons

  • Chinese Martials Arts Championship, Berkely Ca - 2012, 1st Place Traditional Hand Form

  • Disney Worldwide Martial Arts Championship, Orlando, 2008 &  2009, 2nd Place - Traditional Hand Forms, 1st Place - Tiger Claw Elite Traditional Long Weapons Place Grand Champion, 2nd Place 3 Star Grand Champion

 

Credentials:

  • Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy - Black Belt Instructor

Sihing Mitch Mahoney

 Instructor, 2nd Degree Black Belt

 

About Sihing Mitch

Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

 

Credentials:

  • Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy - Black Belt Instructor