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Tai Mantis instructors were selected by Sifu Eng to carry on his legacy. His teachings spanned over 50 years. The instructors are dedicated to carrying on his teachings and upholding his high standards of traditional martial arts and personal integrity.

Francis Jimenez
Chief Instructor

Francis trained with Sifu Eng for more than 20 years. He has been a teacher, tournament competitor, and has participated in numerous demonstrations representing Sifu Eng's school for many years. He assumed the role of Chief Instructor in January 2018 succeeding Sifu Don Hopkins. Francis has very high standards and teaches all people with serious interest in the martial arts. 

Bob Alderete
Senior Instructor

Bob Alderete began learning from Sifu Eng in 1974. He has remained as a senior instructor for decades. He specializes in Tai Chi and serves as the head Tai Chi Instructor as directed by Sifu Eng. His dedication to the Art and his Sifu have remained a focal point of his life. Bob is currently President of the U.S. Chuk Kai Tai Chi Praying Mantis Federation.

Nathan Louie

Nathan is highly motivated and dedicated to his martial art training. He found the Tai Mantis school on the internet and at age 12 urged his parents to enroll him. He began learning Seven Star Praying Mantis, Tai Chi Praying Mantis, and Hung Gar from Sifu Paul Eng in 2012. Nathan also learned from SiHing Don Hopkins when Sifu Eng passed away. Nathan is one of our primary instructors for the Youth Kung Fu Program on Saturdays.

Kelly Wong

Kelly studied under Sifu Eng from 2008 to 2015, and continued his practice under Sifu Hopkins and Sifu Jimenez. He currently assists Sifu Jimenez demonstrate partner drills.

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