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San Rafael Martial Arts Kung Fu


San Rafael Martial Arts teaches Choy Li Fut Kung Fu, a system founded in 1836.  With origins from both Northern and Southern China and deep roots with the Shaolin Temple; Choy Li Fut is an effective and practical martial art; perfect for today’s modern applications. Designed as a combative Martial Art, Choy Li Fut offers many types of punches, kicks and sweeps found in many stand up arts, as well as joint locks, pressure points, takedowns and submissions.

Our classes are geared to improve cardio, flexibility and body strength while learning a traditional and practical Martial Art with a strong focus on self defense.  Enjoy learning the traditional hand, weapon and animal forms of Choy Li Fut; and the many Self Defense techniques they have to offer.

  • Cardio:  Our cardio is meant to get the blood pumping and muscles warm.  This will help minimize risk of injury and help with stretching before workout.

  • Flexibility:  Stretching before and after a warm up will bring your flexibility to new levels while maintaining flexibility in other areas.

  • Strength:  Practicing forms and there self defense application will add strength and coordination in many old and new areas of the body.

  • Self Defense:  With every move in Choy Li Fut's vast traditional forms being a self defense application; you will find yourself with many options to help get you out of a bad situation.


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Adults                                         6:30-7:30         6:30-7:30        7:30-8:30        6:30-7:30   11:00 - 12:00

Sparring                                                                                                                                   12:30 - 1:15

Kenneth B.

I started training with Sir Thornton nearly 5 years ago.  If you open any time with him, you will see that this is not just a hobby or a job for him, but an authentic way of life.  His knowledge of the arts is deep and wide.  Im impressed by his dedication to his students.

Sebastian W.

Sifu Terrance Thornton is a real martial artis - friendly, intense and dedicated.  Sifu brings an attitude of respect towards everyone he teaches.

The people who come here are friendly and the school is clean and well taken care of.

Heidi W.

I really can't say enough about this place.  Terrance, the owner and main teacher, is an exceptional person with the most welcoming smile.  ...Spread the word!  San Rafael Martial Artists truly a treasure.

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