In 1984, I began my life-changing path of becoming a practitioner of Chinese martial arts. Not searching for any particular style, I came across a Kwoon called Northern Leg, Southern Fist Kung Fu School. Its primary Instructor was Master Richard Vera, one of the last disciples of the late Grandmaster Ark Y. Wong of the Five Family, Five Animal Kung Fu system of Southern China. I never looked back. Eventually, with support of fellow colleague and Sifu Steve Perez, also of the Five Family, Five Animal lineage we co-founded Southern Five Chinese Boxing Academy. Sifu Perez teaches out of Pico Rivera and I teach in Eagle Rock and Van Nuys, California. We continue the traditions of Ark Y. Wong's Five Family, Five Animal lineage to this day.