Grand Master Mark Chan
At the age of 8, Master Mark Chan Wah started training in the styles of Hung Gar, Choy Lee Fut, & Five Animal Sil Lum Kung Fu, of which he learned from his Grandfather; Grand Master Wong Cheun Yip. Grand Master Wong was a renowned Kung Fu master of the southern Chi Chung village in the Taishan district where he remained as the local authority & the resident master until his death at the age of 86 in 1962.
In the early 1950's Sifu Chan escaped from the Taishan region & traveled to Hong Kong where he began his training in Southern Dragon (Lung Ying Mor Kew) & White Eyebrow (Bok Mei) under the tutelage of Master Chow Fook.
Sifu Chan then came to Canada in the late 1950's & began teaching Kung Fu in Edmonton's Chinatown. During this period Master Chan was the chief instructor of local Chinese cutural association which focused on Lion Dancing, Kung Fu, & self-defense. In 1971 the Green Dragon Kung Fu Association 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 & restaurant business much as his Grandfather Wong Cheun Yip had done many years before in their village.
SiFu Steve Salek
Sifu Steve Salek has accumulated over 45 years of martial arts experience & has trained in various forms of Kung Fu. In 1989 he joined the Green Dragon Kung Fu Association, beginning his tutelage under Master Chan. To this day he continues his studies under SiGung Chan, whilst supervising the Minneapolis branch of the Green Dragon Kung Fu Association.
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 public locations such as; The Mall of America, Lake Phalen Dragon Boat festival, & Timber Wolves games.
To this day Sifu Salek strives to continue the traditions passed down to him & others in the association by Master Mark Chan. Over the many years he Sifu has trained & produced many quality Kung Fu practitioners.
Master Mark Chan
Since that time Master Chan has selflessly, and without reservation, passed on the valued traditions & skills of the master who came before him. In addition to Kung fu skills he has also taught the ancient art of hit medicine & bone setting, yet even more skills passed on from his Grandfather.