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About Us

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Sifu David Shaman

Sifu David Shaman, Chief Instructor and Owner of Smiling Dragon Kung Fu

Sifu Shaman is a genuine modern day master, and an authenticated 3rd generation lineage holder in the tradition of Great Grandmaster Ip Man.

His much revered Sifu, Master Dr. John Crescione, has trained extensively with Grandmaster William Cheung, who was a top student of Great Grandmaster Ip Man. Grandmaster William Chueng was also very close friends with Bruce Lee. In addition, Master Crescione has received comprehensive and personal training from Grandmaster Ip Ching, who is one of Great Grandmaster Ip Man’s biological sons. Master Crescione is also a student of Master Lee Moy Shan, a disciple of the extremely highly regarded Grandmaster Moy Yat.

Master Dr. John Crescione

For the uninitiated, Great Grandmaster Ip Man was famous in China long before he became Bruce Lee’s Sifu. Of course Bruce Lee’s ubiquitous renown increased this recognition to a world-wide level. More recently the widely popular Ip Man movies have increased Ip Man’s prominence even further. Please note that the picture at the top of the page is Great Grandmaster Ip Man performing Chi Sao, or “Sticky Hands”, with a very young Bruce Lee. Chi Sao is a very advanced and sophisticated form of training that we teach at the Smiling Dragon Academy, after a student has proven their sincerity, and devotion to the art.

Sifu Shaman  is the chief instructor at Smiling Dragon Kung Fu in Ventnor City, which has become a landmark of Ventnor City martial arts.

Sifu David Shaman leads an extremely talented group of instructors to bring you the pinnacle of modern Kung Fu curriculum and training. Get started now and find out how you can be healthier, happier, AND more successful through Smiling Dragon Kung Fu training!

Smiling Dragon Kung Fu is an institution of self-improvement and the home of champions. You and your family are in good, caring hands with the team.

With their focus on creating a POSITIVE, safe, injury-free training environment, Smiling Dragon Kung Fu has earned the reputation in Ventnor City as well as Margate, Atlantic City, Longport, Northfield, of being the top Kung Fu school and character development center in the area.

Although some people think the martial arts are about just fighting, our program is so much more.

When you train in our Kung Fu classes, you take advantage of the best self-improvement system in the world.

Through the practice of physical self-defense skills, you will follow a blueprint for a successful life based on discipline, focus, and perseverance.

You will experience the satisfaction that comes not from winning over others, but from winning over yourself as you become stronger, healthier, and happier than you have ever been in your life.

A word about different martial arts styles, and history, for the layperson: Karate was originally written as “Chinese hand” (唐手 literally “Tang dynasty hand”) in kanji. It was later changed to a homophone meaning empty hand (空手). Historically, the people living in the islands of Okinawa just south of Japan got exposed to Chinese Kung Fu martial arts due to the close proximity to China. Whether we are talking about Karate from Okinawa or Japan, or we are talking about Kung Fu (the original empty hand), there are very consistent principles and virtues that are always in place. Self-control, respect, honor, and a courageous champion’s spirit are just some of the common threads. If you are looking for Karate or Kung Fu, for kid’s or adults, in Ventnor (08406), Pleasantville (08232), Egg Harbor Township (08234), Northfield (08225), Linwood (08221), Somers Point (08244), Margate (08402), Atlantic City (08401, 08404 or 08405), Ocean City (08226), or Absecon (08201 or 08205), then you have come to the right place!! You owe it to yourself, and/or your child, to come in for a FREE class, and see why what we offer is the BEST martial arts training in Atlantic County!! Also please ask about our Tai Chi and Qigong programs for good health.

To learn more about Smiling Dragon Kung Fu,
call us at (609) 457-3045

Or Visit: We are conveniently located at
6525 Ventnor Ave
Ventnor City, NJ 08406,
so you, your friends, colleagues, and entire family can train in a
convenient, safe, clean, professional, welcoming environment.