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Shifu Kevin Zhen Kang Sun

Shifu “Kevin” Zhen Kang Sun was born in Dan Dong, China, where he studied martial arts since early childhood.  His first teacher was his grandfather, a renown martial arts bodyguard for the Emperor of China at the Imperial Palace in Beijing.  Master Sun's life long studies continued with recognized instructors, such as Shi De Zhuo, a head monk at the Shaolin Temple and other noted martial arts and taiji masters, including Professor Men Hui Feng from Beijing Sports University and other high-profile martial arts instructors. 

Shifu Sun's Grandmaster, Lu Zijian, a former body guard for China's past President, Chiang Kai Shek, was his most important and noted teacher.  At the end of the Qing Dynasty and early Kuomintang period, Grandmaster Lu was one of the 'Three Knights' alongside Jingwu founder Huo Yuanjia and Du Xingwu. Born in 1893, Grandmaster Lu practiced martial arts daily until his death on Oct 21, 2012 where he was 119 yrs old.  He is regarded as one of China's most treasured martial artists.

Shifu “Kevin” Zhen Kang Sun was born in Dan Dong, China, where he studied martial arts since early childhood.  His first teacher was his grandfather, a renown martial arts bodyguard for the Emperor of China at the Imperial Palace in Beijing.  Master Sun's life long studies continued with recognized instructors, such as Shi De Zhuo, a head monk at the Shaolin Temple and other noted martial arts and taiji masters, including Professor Men Hui Feng from Beijing Sports University and other high-profile martial arts instructors. 

Shifu Sun's Grandmaster, Lu Zijian, a former body guard for China's past President, Chiang Kai Shek, was his most important and noted teacher.  At the end of the Qing Dynasty and early Kuomintang period, Grandmaster Lu was one of the 'Three Knights' alongside Jingwu founder Huo Yuanjia and Du Xingwu. Born in 1893, Grandmaster Lu practiced martial arts daily until his death on Oct 21, 2012 where he was 119 yrs old.  He is regarded as one of China's most treasured martial artists.

As a result of Shifu Sun's advanced levels of external martial arts (Shaolin Gong Fu), Grandmaster Lu Zijian recommended Master Sun to study and focus on Bagua and Xing Yi (internal martial arts) with China's most renown Bagua expert, Grandmaster Sun Zhijun.  

Shifu Sun, earned his degree in Marital Arts from the Shen Yang Sports University.  He is listed in China’s Official Registry of famous Martial Artists, a Three-Time Gold Metal Winner at International Martial Arts Competitions in China and is a direct descendent of the Sun Family Style of Taiji.  In addition to the traditions of his family style, Sun Taiji, Shifu Sun has extensively studied the roots of his family style, Chen style. 

Timothy A. Duhe

Tim began his martial arts journey at the age of 12 when moving to Delaware from the south. The catalyst for his interest at that age was self-defense. His first martial experience was in the Northern Shaolin Kung Fu system where he studied styles including Longfist, Praying Mantis, Northern Tiger, White Crane, Contemporary Wushu, and Iron Palm techniques. With his first school, Tim had the opportunity to perform on stage, demonstrate at a variety Delaware's most scenic attractions, and compete in countless tournaments throughout the east coast. 

After ten years, Tim moved on to a less traditional martial format and trained with a local kickboxing gym. For the next year, Tim would focus his energy on athletic conditioning, cardiovascular endurance, and a variety of sport specific kickboxing techniques. 

Although his time spent kickboxing was rewarding, Tim desired a return to a more traditional training experience. After much research, he discovered Master Kevin Sun. It was in Master Sun that Tim found his strongest connection to Chinese martial arts, culture, and philosophy. Master Sun exposed many external styles to Tim such as Shaolin Lohan Quan, Mi Zhong Quan, Tang Lang Quan, Ba Ji Quan, and Tan Tui basics. It is also with Master Sun that Tim was introduced to the internal aspects of the Kung Fu lexicon. Tim has had the opportunity to train in several Tai Ji Quan styles such as Dong Yue, Yang, and Chen as well as the internal art of Xing Yi Quan.

Through Master Sun, Tim has had the opportunity to travel to China for international tournaments and train at the Shaolin Temple. Tim has also taught self- defense, traditional martial arts, and Tai Ji Quan professionally at the collegiate level under Master Sun’s guidance. It has also been an honor for Tim to become one of Master Sun's few American disciples, a title he holds very close to his heart. 

Currently, Tim is focusing his training toward Chen style Tai Ji Quan and Xing Yi Quan. As a lifelong martial arts enthusiast, Tim looks to Bagua Zhang as one of his future endeavors. 

Joe Michel

Joe Michel started studying the martial arts in 1981.  Initially Mr. Michel practiced Shotokan karate, but after a year he switched to Judo. In 1985, a short tour in the US Army interrupted his martial studies.  

When Joe began practicing again in 1992, he changed his focus to Chinese Kung Fu, studying Northern Shaolin (Long Fist) and Yang Style Taijiquan. In 1997, Mr. Michel had to take a college-induced hiatus from martial arts training.  When Joe finished his bachelor’s degree in 2003, he wanted to resume training, but was once again looking for something different.  What he found was Bagua Zhang, and shortly thereafter he discovered the Sun Taijiquan School, headed by Shifu Kevin Zhen Kang Sun.  

In October of 2004 he began training with Master Sun in Cheng-family Bagua, and has done so continuously ever since.  After a decade of training, Joe Michel is now proficient in all of the style’s core open hand forms, applications and techniques and is currently training in Bagua weapons, including Da Dao (Broadsword), Deer Horn Knives.

John-Ruben (John) Aranton

John first got exposure to martial arts from his father, who had training in the Filipino Martial Arts from his Grandfather (John’s Great Grandfather).  To get more formal training in the martial arts, John started learning Tae Kwon Do in New Castle, DE under Dr. Harold Lauber while in high school.  While attending University of Delaware, John took a Kenpo Self Defense class, which sparked his interest to train more regularly.  He soon found a Northern Shaolin Kung Fu school in North Wilmington, DE where he started taking lessons. 

After graduating college, John took a break in the martial arts as life started getting busy.  Wanting to explore the “internal-side” of Chinese Martial Arts where he can focus on the health benefits of martial arts and still learn self-defense skills, John discovered a Chinese Martial Arts school in Chadds Ford, PA where he started learning Taijiquan under Eo Omwake.  While attending the annual Tai Chi Gala (formerly known as the Zhan San Feng Festival) held in East Strousbourg, PA, John learnt of a unique internal art called Baguazhang.  In August 2011, John joined the Sun Taijiquan and Shaolin Martial Monk school where he started his Baguazhang journey.

Over the years, John has also taken several workshops and seminars with some well-known instructors and masters, such as Dr. Yang Jwing Ming, Dr. John Painter, Richard Clear, Dr. Gary Torres and Luo Dexiu. 

Currently, John is focused on his Baguazhang training and recently started training in XingYi.

Don Brabson

Don began his martial arts training in the 1970's studying American Kenpo Karate.  Don also trained in Seidokan Motobu Ryu (Okinawan Kenpo) with Sensei Jody Paul.  Later, Don studied Kung Fu, Yang-style Taiji, and Push Hands with Eo Omwake for many years, including open hand, sword, and broadsword practice. He also participated in Push Hands seminars taught by Sam Masich, former North American Push Hands champion.

Don first learned the traditional Yang-style form of Taiji under Master Dee Chao in Newark, Delaware, as well as the traditional Yang sword form. Don also studied Yang-style Taiji with Master Chiang Hen Ping who studied directly under Hsiung Yang Ho (Hsiung was a disciple of Yang Shao-hou, Yang Cheng Fu's older brother).  

In the late 1990's Don began Bagua training with Master Zhen Kang Sun.  Don studied Jiang Rong Qiao's original set and learned the Bagua routines of Grandmaster Lu Zijian as well as Grandmaster Lu's Deer Horn knife routine and Grandmaster Lu's Scabbard form.  In addition to Bagua, Don learned the traditional Chen Taiji Yi Lu of Bai Shuwen.  Through Master Sun, Don was fortunate to be able to study the principles of Taiji in the context of a variety of modern Taiji routines, including standardized combined styles, as well as Sun, Chen, and Dong Yue open hand forms. Don has also studied Taiji sword, Taiji Kung Fu Fan, and Wu-style broadsword under Master Sun.

Currently, Don is continuing his study of the internal arts of Taiji, Bagua, and Xingyi under Master Sun.