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Disciple, Wing Sing Tong, Hung Sing Gwoon

Sifu Thomas Fuhr, Dragon Disciple


Sifu Thomas began training in 1983 in Choy Lee Fut, Kung Fu with Sifu Frank Primicias. He received his 3rd degree Black Sash. While still training with Sifu Frank Primicias in 1994, he began training with Sifu Steve Martin in southern dragon, mok gar, lok hop ba fa, and six harmony 8 method boxing until 1996. In 2003 he began training with Master Chan Yong Fa in Chan Family Choy Lee Fut. Sifu Thomas has done private and club security, and has taken second in numerous kung fu competitions, and fought San Shou. He was featured in Inside Kung Fu twice, and was also in a Video game for Playstation 3, and XBox called ”Dead To Rights Retribution.” He now teaches seminars in Montreal and Vancouver in Canada, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Mar de Plata in Argentina, Uruguay, and previously in Chicago and Fresno schools in the US. He currently heads the Chan Family Choy Lee Fut school in San Diego with the title of Dragon Disciple.

Sifu’s Philosophy:

"Kung Fu translates to the practice and mastery of any skill in the development of oneself, not necessarily martial. Kung Fu has been an amazing journey for me. It is a way of life. It changes the way one approaches most things. It has given me a deep strength and understanding in the helping of others. I have found that in its first primary stage it helps One to focus in the building of the ”jiang” or essence, for the body & good physical health. Next is Self Discipline through pushing the body past its limitations, thereby bringing One’s mind, or ”Yee” to a higher stasis of consciousness. This process also allows One to begin to dig deep into the understanding of ”Chi” or energy within themselves. Next is the preparation for building ”Shen” or spirit. This can be achieved through proper preparation of the prior two to help in the quieting of One’s mind for CHI KUNG, and Meditation. These three directives proprietize a greater awareness of One’s natural surroundings and others.

I’ve enjoyed training with Master Chan Yong Fa as it has brought me to a deeper level of understanding of the intricacies and principals. My Dai Si Hing Mark Whelan, Si Hing Sergio Arione and Si Hing Barry Hale have been  true inspirations of brotherhood, family and chivalry. I believe that kung fu is an extremely viable tool in the building of strong family, an integral moral code, and a Body-Mind-Spirit connection." -Sifu Thomas Fuhr


Wing Sing Tong Instructors

Laura Fontana

Laura is a Wing Sing Tong Instructor in Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu and Luohan Qi Gong. She has been training for 12 years with Sifu Thomas Fuhr. She is a Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner, specializing in Emotional Release Aromatherapy. She has a BA in Sociology from UCSB, and a background in counseling and child development. She currently owns and operates Healing Hearts Massage and Wellness at CoHealing Group. Click here  to book massage.

      Melanie Fontana

Melanie is a Wing Sing Tong Instructor in Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu and Luohan Qi Gong. She is a Park Ranger for the City of San Diego, an essential oil distributor, Musician and marketer for Grand Curator. She graduated with honors from UC Santa Barbara, receiving her baccalaureate in Environmental Studies, with an outside concentration in Religious Studies.

Q Ortiz

Q is a Wing Sing Tong Instructor in Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu and Luohan Qi Gong. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist practicing in San Diego, CA, a Musician, Artist and Healthy Lifestyle Educator.

To book an appointment with Q, visit his website:

Ed Elarte

Ed is a Wing Sing Tong Instructor in Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu. He is a correctional officer for the State of California conducting cell extractions as part of the CERT team. He has been training with Sifu Thomas for over two decades.

Steve Attle

Steve is a Wing Sing Tong Instructor in Chan Family Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu. He is a research scientist at Novartis specializing in the development of pharmaceutical treatments for chronic, debilitating conditions such as diabetes. He is also a Biology Professor at Cuyamaca Community College.

Hung Sing Gwoon Members

 Sierra Retuta

Sierra is a Certified Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner, graduating  from Mueller College of Holistic Studies in 2010. She began training with Sifu Thomas in Kung Fu and Qi Gong at this time. An Artist and Singer as well, Sierra is also an Instructor in the Massage Therapy department at Pacific College of Health and Science, and currently practices massage at CoHealingGroup.

      Monica Marroquin
Monica is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and Massage Therapist. You can book appointments with Monica at CoHealingGroup

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