Grand Master Mark Chan
At the age of 8, Master Mark Chan Wah started intense training in the styles of Hung Gar, Choy Lee Fut, & Five Animal Sil Lum Kung Fu, which he learned from his Grandfather, Grand Master Wong Cheun Yip. In addition to Kung Fu skills he also learned the ancient art of hit medicine and bone setting from his Grandfather. Grand Master Wong was the local authority and the resident Kung Fu master of Chil Chung village in the Toisan district until his death at the age of 86 in 1962.
In the early 1950's Sifu Chan escaped from the Toisan region and traveled to Hong Kong where he began extensive training in Kung Fu styles including Southern Dragon (Lung Ying Mor Kiew) & White Eyebrow (Bak Mei), Wing Chun and Hung Gar under some of the greatest Kung Fu masters of the 20th century.
Sifu Chan then came to Canada in the late 1950's and began teaching Kung Fu in Edmonton's Chinatown. During this period Master Chan was the chief instructor of the local Chinese cultural association, teaching Lion Dancing, Kung Fu, & self-defense. In 1971 the Green Dragon Kung Fu Association school opened and Master Chan became one of the first masters in Canada to teach Kung Fu to non-Chinese students. Unfortunately this upset some, and he was forced to use his Kung Fu skills to defend his club's territory and restaurant business much as his Grandfather Wong Cheun Yip had done many years before in their village.
Master Mark Chan
Since that time Sifu Chan has selflessly and without reservation passed on the valued traditions & skills of the masters who came before him. Today Green Dragon Kung Fu clubs can be found in Canada, the United States and the UK.
SiFu Steve Salek
Sifu Steve Salek has accumulated over 45 years of martial arts experience and has trained in various forms of Kung Fu. In 1989 he joined the Green Dragon Kung Fu Association, beginning his tutelage under Master Mark Chan Wah. Sifu Salek supervises the Minneapolis branch of the Green Dragon Kung Fu Association while continuing his studies under Master Chan.
Sifu Salek’s professional accomplishments include Grand Championships, first, second & third place achievements in US & Canadian regional tournaments. He also regularly does public Kung Fu & Lion Dancing demonstrations at the Mall of America, Lake Phalen Dragon Boat Festivals, Timber Wolves games, schools and other venues. Over the years Sifu Salek has trained award-winning Kung Fu practitioners.
In his kung fu classes as he teaches Hung Gar, Choy Lee Fut, Dragon and other styles, Sifu Salek strives to continue the traditions passed down to him and others in the association by Master