Born and raised in Seattle, Sifu David Leong – one of the prominent figures in Chinese martial arts locally and internationally – seems to have a life entwined with Kung Fu by fate as he started his training at the age of six. Although his initial venture with Kung Fu only lasted 4 years as the only motivation was family pressure, he found renewed drive for the arts when he was later exposed to Lion Dancing as a teenager.

Sifu Leong had pursued Hung Kuen Style Kung Fu since then, even through his studies at the University of Washington for his criminal justice degree. In the meanwhile, he upheld one of Chinese Kung Fu most valued virtue – filial piety (to obey and give back to one’s parents) – by helping out the family’s seafood supplier.

Born and raised in Seattle, Sifu David Leong – one of the prominent figures in Chinese martial arts locally and internationally – seems to have a life entwined with Kung Fu by fate as he started his training at the age of six. Although his initial venture with Kung Fu only lasted 4 years as the only motivation was family pressure, he found renewed drive for the arts when he was later exposed to Lion Dancing as a teenager.

Sifu Leong had pursued Hung Kuen Style Kung Fu since then, even through his studies at the University of Washington for his criminal justice degree. In the meanwhile, he upheld one of Chinese Kung Fu most valued virtue – filial piety (to obey and give back to one’s parents) – by helping out the family’s seafood supplier.

Starting a martial arts school had always been a goal for Sifu Leong. Now called Master David Leong Shaolin Kung Fu School, his Kung Fu school continues to teach his philosophy and principal through Shaolin Hung Kuen. For Sifu Leong, it is more far more important for a student to develop virtue and discipline, as he uses Kung Fu as a tool to “produce feature leaders of the world.” By teaching filial piety, integrity, respect, honor, and discipline, to name a few, Sifu Leong allows his students to better serve the community and be better persons.

       

The students consider Sifu Leong to be a role model, by his virtues and his ability to inspire them to their limits. But Sifu Leong is also considered a mentor and a friend, as a teacher, Sifu Leong is said to be “committed and attentive” to each and very single one of his students. Through his training, the students commented that they have gained confidence, developed better focus, became respectful, and learned to persevere.

In training hard without competing, many of these students had become highly skilled without knowing it. Being urged by Master Tat Nau Wong and Master Nick Scrima every year, Sifu Leong and his school could no longer refuse to enter the invitation-only International Chinese Martial Arts Championship. With six weeks to train and expectations like “do good, do your best,” Sifu Leong’s school walked away with medals in all 14 categories of fighting and form competition entered by just 8 students. The small group of champions ranging from 11 to 45 years old was initially intimidated because of their small number, quoting “other schools have like hundreds of students.” But in the end the training paid-off in more than personal strength and virtues.

       

The unique training style of Master David Leong Shaolin Kung Fu School is valued by all his students. Sifu Leong teaches only those who follow the code and responsibilities of a martial artist, but his students all have personal reasons to train and have became close with one another.

Sifu David Leong is also the owner of Belltown’s Karma Martini Lounge & Bistro. A cozy bar he started in 2007, which has overwhelmingly favorable reviews noting his friendliness and hospitality.

Currently, Sifu Leong is preparing to host a tournament right here in Seattle in the first week of November this year. For more information on his martial arts school (formerly Belltown Martial Arts) or his restaurant, Sifu Leong can be contacted at 206-954-0965.

       

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