Certified Instructors of the Chinese Kung-Fu Club of DeKalb


Sifu R. Patrick Spangler

Black Sash, 4th Level Sifu
Certified Instructor's Rank in 1996


I, like many others, first became interested in the martial arts because of the big martial arts boom in the middle 70s. Even at the age of 18, with the little teaching that I received up to that point, I learned that Chinese martial arts was a vast and seemingly endless sea of knowledge. At Northern Illinois University, I became introduced to the Chinese Kung-Fu Club of DeKalb.

I found the class to be very friendly and to have a family-like atmosphere. The students accepted me immediately even though I was new. I worked my way through the levels and learned the physical demands that Kung-Fu has on one's body and mind. I seemed to progress quickly due to the individualized attention I received in the class. I soon realized that Kung-Fu was shaping not only the health of my body, but my moods and attitudes as well.

Kung-Fu was having a significant impact on who I was becoming. I had found myself a teacher who had learned from many masters, including Grandmaster Chin Ho Yin, a Shaolin monk. I was very fortunate to study with a second-generation Shaolin monk like Sifu Berry. Eventually, I reached the upper ranks and had a regular workout partner. After receiving my black sash, I stayed in class, began learning the art of teaching Kung-Fu, and continued to absorb as much information as I could. Some of the main contributors to my additional knowledge are: Sifu Scott Loxley, Sifu Zeke Sunleaf and Sifu Neal Daley.

I am now an acknowledged teacher with Sifu Berry in DeKalb. I have been practicing Kung-Fu with Sifu Arthur Berry since 1990 and have come to realize that I would not be the person I am today if it were not for my classmates and those that worked with me. Most of all, I would like to thank Sifu Berry who has become my second father. My hope is to one day become half the teacher he is.

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Sycamore Illinois 60178
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