About the Instructor
Sifu Falko Kriel
Sifu Falko Kriel began his martial arts training at a young age and has over 20 years of experience. In 2002 he met his Sifu (meaning master/teacher in Chinese), Grandmaster Julian K. Duran, and began training under him at the Kung Fu Conservatory in Florida. At the Conservatory he studied Fu Jow Pai, Hung Gar, Mi Chung I, Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, and Leung Ying Tai Chi Chuan. He was fortunate to have the opportunity to live with his Sifu for an intensive study of martial arts as well as having the honor to train directly under Great Grandmaster Wai Hong in various seminars.
Sifu Falko also has a Master's degree in Oriental Medicine from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine and works as a TCM Practitioner to provide acupuncture and Chinese medicine services in Kelowna, BC. Falko is passionate about preserving the ancient wisdom in traditional martial arts as a tool for health, self-defense, and personal growth. In 2009, he suffered from a rare post-viral inflammation of the brain and spine, resulting in paralysis from the waist down. Using Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Chinese medicine for rehabilitation, he was able to make a full recovery. This experience showed how valuable these arts are, and inspired Falko to help others overcome the challenges they face by sharing them to all who want to learn and cultivate their best selves.
Senior Master Julian K. Duran
Master Julian K. Duran has over 42 years of martial arts training under Grandmaster Wai Hong, studying Fu Jow Pai and master level forms of several other martial arts styles, including Hung Gar, Mi Chung I, 7-star Mantis, and Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. He is the originator of Yeung Jo Fu Tai Chi Chuan, and the inheritor of I Chuan Pai and Leung Ying Tai Chi Chuan.
Through his years teaching martial arts and running the Kung Fu Conservatory, a successful school in Southeast Florida, Master Duran has taught thousands of students, including competition-winning fighters, and many of his articles been published through Inside Kung Fu magazine. He continues teaching at Southeast Fu Jow Pai and present seminars across North America.
Grandmaster Wai Hong
Grandmaster Wai Hong is the Third Generation Successor and Father of Fu Jow Pai, whose headquarters is in New York City. Born in Canton, China, he began his training as a child and learned several systems in addition to Fu Jow Pai, including Hung Gar, Mi Chung I, Choy Lee Fut and Tai Chi Chuan. Since assuming office in 1960, the Grandmaster has dedicated himself to the promotion of Fu Jow Pai Kung Fu and the Chinese martial arts.
He has trained a vast number of highly skilled students and qualified instructors who are known throughout the martial arts world. He was the first to promote the Full Contact Tournament in 1971, a concept which was adopted by many promoters across North America, and is also the founder of the Eastern United States Kung Fu Federation.