Certified Instructors of the Chinese Kung-Fu Club of DeKalb


Sifu (Professor) Dan Cabrera

Black Sash, 5th Masters Level Sifu
Instructor's Rank in 2002


My martial arts journey began in the early 1970's when a close friend of mine told me about his experiences training with longtime Chinese Kung-fu Grand Master, Ark Y. Wong in Chinatown (Los Angeles). This event coincided with the initial release of numerous martial arts movies, and the preview of the Kung-fu television series all which served to peak my interest in martial arts even further.

I began instruction in Hung Sing Choy Lay Fut in the summer of 1972 first with Sifu Frank Pramicias, then having the honor of training with his instructor Sifu Toon Wong Lem. Sifu Lem had trained in Xin Hui China under the Buddhist monk Sai Yut at the Woon Fong Temple (Temple in a Cloud on the Peak)

After moving away to attend college at UC Santa Barbara in 1973, I explored other fighting arts offered by the university including Shotokan and Goju Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Hsing I, and Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. I competed in several tournaments as a member of the UC Santa Barbara Karate Club. Following graduation, I returned to Los Angeles to resume training with Sifu Lem, this time balancing graduate school, marriage, and full time employment. I also trained under Sifu Nan Schwartz of West Hollywood.

In 1996 I relocated to DeKalb, Illinois to take up a position as Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University. It was my great fortune to learn that traditional Kung-fu was being practiced in this small community. Sifu Arthur Berry, founder of the Chinese Kung-fu Club of DeKalb, has been a kind and thoughtful mentor, unreservedly sharing his vast martial arts knowledge.

The club has always seemed to be more like a community of family members than a martial arts organization, and I cherish all relationships with my Kung-fu brothers and sisters. I was granted the rank of Black sash in 2001 and first level Sifu in 2002. Despite these accomplishments, I realize that my journey has not ended; it simply marks a new beginning.

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