Together, we offer over 15 years experience in the Shaolin Arts of Kung fu and Qi Gong and are both 35th Generation Shaolin Temple disciples. We have been and continue to be trained under Master Chao Hai and Master Guolin, a 34th Generation Shaolin Temple Disciple. Master Guolin was the transmission disciple of the current Abbot of the Shaolin Temple in China, Shi Yongxin.
Veronica has always loved and respected all martial arts. She was actively practicing a grappling art for self defense when a friend took her to one of the first Shaolin Wheel of Life shows in the late 1990s. It combined history, Chan (Zen) meditation, music and other elements of Chinese culture with a fantastic performance of martial arts. Although learning Shaolin was still a few years away, this show was the moment she was inspired to learn the Shaolin martial arts.
In 2004, Veronica started her training with Shifu Guolin and his brother Shifu Chao Hai in New York City. Although Shaolin was more challenging than she expected, it was exactly what she wanted – training for the mind, body and spirit. Fourteen years later, Veronica remains fascinated with the curriculum and continues to expand her practice under Shifu Guolin. What started out as a fun way to stay fit evolved into a deep passion for the art. For Veronica, the best parts of becoming immersed in Shaolin are the positive effects she sees to her physical, mental, emotional well being as well as to her continuing Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) practice.
Veronica has extensive experience working with children as young as three through high school. In the past, she has been an instructor at various preschools, as well as Fit 4 Life Kids (now Kids in the Game, “KING”) and the New York Chinese Cultural Center where she taught martial arts in their summer classes and enrichment/after school programs. She participates regularly in performances, workshops and special projects. One of her most memorable experiences was assisting choreographers for one of the world’s biggest pop stars.
Veronica has found that Shaolin training and culture brings together a wonderful community of artistic, passionate and compassionate people. She believes that Shaolin Kung fu and Qigong are a wonderful contribution to humanity and enjoys teaching and sharing it. In 2010 when Shifu Guolin asked her to teach, she humbly accepted and feels privileged to be able to share his teaching and this profound tradition.
David is a 35th generation Shaolin disciple, given the name Heng Tong. He has trained in martial arts since the age of 12. He has experience in contemporary and traditional Shaolin kung fu, qi gong, and tae kwon do. He holds black belts in taekwondo and has trained in several of the arts of Shaolin including san da (boxing), chin na (grappling), and iron body, specializing in Zen finger and diamond finger. David has trained under 34th generation disciples Master Guolin and Master Chao Hai of the Shaolin Temple. David is a member of the Shaolin Temple Overseas Headquarters Performance Team and a company member of the performing arts troupe DCNY and has performed martial arts demonstrations at many different events and locations internationally and around New York tri-state area. Some notable venues include the United Nations, the Chinese Embassy, Caesar’s Casino, the NYC premiere for the movie Shaolin, and the Met. David has judged and competed in several international martial arts tournaments with first place finishes, and has worked on martial arts choreography with different groups, including Madonna and Theatre Group Dzieci. In addition to his martial arts training, David is certified in Shaolin History and Philosophy. David also teaches at the New York Chinese Cultural Center.