Our Philosophy: Whole Child Development
Traditional martial arts values are at the core of Hung Fa Kwoon of AZ training. Regular participation develops cognitive and social skills which are enhanced through quality instruction, practice and increased physical skill.
“My goal is to teach kids to use critical thinking in self-defense;
in other words, to use the right tool at the right time & distance,
instead of forcing an action just because it is their favorite technique.”
Age-Specific Kung Fu Classes for Kids
White Tigers—6-14 yrs old
Classes progressively challenge your child to establish the basics of kung fu skill and martial artist character. Our White Tigers Kung Fu program has been developed to help your child use critical thinking in their self defense options. By recognizing and understanding the different ranges of combat and tools available, they make the correct choices based on their experience. The kids in the White Tigers program learn to use the correct response/tool for the job at hand rather than trying to force a technique.
Teens—15+ yrs old
As youth mature and their capacity for learning increases more detailed instruction in the advanced concepts and principles of martial arts are taught and they train alongside their peers in the adult program of their choice. At this age they are considered to be mentally and physically capable to understand and apply the concepts of efficiency, economy of motion etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
Head Instructor of HFY of AZ
Sifu Jones has over 30 years experience in the martial arts, He is currently a direct disciple of Grand Master Garrett Gee, Inheritor of the Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun system. As the owner and Head Instructor, Sifu Jones has many years tenure teaching students of all ages and abilities.
His previous ranks include 3rd Degree Black Sash, Ip Man Wing Chun under Master Richard Lowenhagen and 1st Degree Black Sash, Lau Gar Kuen in the British Kung Fu Association. He also serves as the Southwest Regional Director for the World Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun Kuen Association.
Testimonials About Our Kids Kung Fu Classes
I’ve been involved in the martial arts for around 30 years. I’ve studied techniques and interacted with practitioners from a wide range of styles. When it was time to choose a school for my 7 year old daughter, I wanted to find a school that focused on a deeper understanding of the martial arts in a open and engaging way. I looked at almost every martial arts school in the Phoenix area and was very pleased to find Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun of Arizona. Wing Chun is one of the most practical forms of self defense, but more than that, it is taught is a manner that promotes a greater understanding. Students of the system are taught more than techniques, they are taught to think and understand what they are doing and why. The philosophy of Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun goes far beyond simply teaching self defense, it teaches inner discipline, confidence, and a desire to learn and understand. All of the instructors embody these principles and develop them in their students. My daughter has been a part of the Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun family for 7 years now. Even though she has advanced in rank well beyond “black belt” she loves what she’s doing and she plans to continue it indefinitely. Her training and her instructors have helped make her stronger, more confident and more mature in many ways that go beyond her martial arts training. I highly recommend Hung Fa Yi Wing Chun of Arizona to anyone who wants to learn self defense or simply expand their understanding of martial arts in a rich, open, and family friendly environment.
Our son, David, has been going to Sifu Mark for three years, and we have only good things to say about our experiences. Sifu Mark has instilled confidence, discipline and an appreciation for the martial arts in David, and provided an excellent role model through his patience, understanding and strength of character. Unlike in many martial arts academies where large classes and a lack of personal interaction can lead to a lack of connection with staff, Sifu Mark’s personal attention and focus on individual improvement is outstanding. Our son had a number of challenges related to concentration, coordination and confidence when he started at Hung Fa Yi Wing Chung of AZ, but with the help of his Kung Fu training as well as academic tutoring and other physical activities, David has made tremendous progress – to the point where we often wonder if we still have the same son! Sifu Mark has again and again proven himself to be flexible, dependable and an excellent instructor that is willing to make the extra effort to ensure that his students are given both practical fighting skills and the discipline and confidence to avoid conflict unless absolutely necessary. We recommend the Hung Fa Yi Wing Chung of AZ courses whole-heartedly to anyone seeking martial arts training for their children. Please note that Sifu Mark also provides one day workshops on specific topics like self-defense for women that are both practical and enjoyable!
You are a fantastic role model for the kids. Thanks for all you do.
Hi Sifu Mark, I just wanted to say thanks for teaching the kids, mine in particular. I know they are not the best students, or the easiest to teach and keep focused. But I think you have a great aptitude and skill for keeping them involved, and are able to pull the best out of them. Ben is doing well and starting to pick it up. Thanks and great job!