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Master Benson Lee has been training and teaching Eagle Claw Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan for more than 40 years.  Sifu Lee is the 2nd most senior and a top disciple within the lineage of Grandmaster Leung Shum in New York City, who opened the first Ying Jow Pai - Eagle Claw Kung Fu school in the USA in 1974.

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Visiting my Sigung Great GM Ng Wai Nung in Hong Kong - 1984.

Visiting Sifu Grandmaster Leung Shum in New York City - 2019

While living in NYC, Sifu Lee was a highly ranked forms and weapons competitor in open tournaments.  He was named runner up 1983 Kung Fu National Competitor of the Year by IKF magazine.  Later, he moved to Sacramento, CA and taught kung fu and tai chi there from 1988 to 2000.  In addition, Benson Lee established a successful 25 year hotel executive management career with full asset responsibility over branded hotels by Marriott, Hilton, and Sheraton.  Post covid pandemic, Sifu Lee has decided to return to teaching full-time to train and mentor more future instructors and sifus.  Today, Sifu Lee is often invited to judge and demonstrate at traditional martial arts competitions.  He is a Board Advisor with TCMAF of Southern CA.  Hall of Fame inductee by ICMAC in 2021 and ACMAI in 2019.  

Sifu Lee's teachings emphasize agility, footwork, and having a strong foundation in eagle claw kung fu skills and fighting strategies.  Effective self-defense requires keen overall awareness, quick analysis, seamless reaction speed, sharp techniques, and precision strikes with explosive power at specific vital targets. 

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        Master Benson Lee with his Los Angeles Instructors.

(L-R) David Simpkins, Michael Martin, Tav Byerhoff, Bill Sun and Thomas Marsh.

Demonstrating Eagle Claw Locks at GM Lily Lau's Eagle Claw

50th Remembrance of GGM Lau Fat Mang, San Francisco - 2014.

Eagle Claw Advanced Fist Form - Dai Min Jeung (Great Cotton Palm) at 20th Anniversary Ying Jow Pai Association, New York City - 1994.

Certified Sifus and Instructors

Master Benson Lee has high expectations and skill requirements for promoting all his advanced students in Eagle Claw Kung Fu and self-defense applications.  Under his apprentice program, Instructors are closely mentored in Eagle Claw Kung Fu and overall martial arts, to include deep knowledge, having precision skills, how to teach effectively with details, and leadership responsibilities to be certified as a Sifu teacher.  Please contact Master Lee directly if you're a quality driven martial arts instructor of any style interested in adding an Eagle Claw Kung Fu program to your curriculum.

Stay tuned for Master Lee's new book: "Eagle Claw Kung Fu - Tactics and Applications"

to be available Fall of 2023.

In addition, if you're interested in starting a new Eagle Claw Kung Fu learning and training club we would like to expand our Ying Jow Pai Kung Fu Association with more clubs or studios.  Contact Master Lee for the steps, guidance, and support on how to start this in your local area...

Authorized Instructors, Studios, and Clubs below:

Sifu Wolfram Birkenbeul-Hesse

Northern Arts Kung Fu - Eagle Claw

Oregon Buddhist Temple (Lower Level Room)

3720 SE 34th Ave., Portland, OR 97202,

call: 971.380.5770


Los Angeles - San Gabriel Studio:

Bill Sun - Sihing Instructor

Tom Marsh - Sihing Tai Chi Instructor

Sifu Mary Melliza

Eagle Claw Kung Fu of Sacramento

2791 24th Street - Studio 2

Sacramento, CA 95818

call: 916.802.3144


Sifu Tav Byerhoff

Eagle Claw Kung Fu & Wu Tai Chi Chuan

Six Harmony Martial Arts

Note: online remote learning classes only


Grandmaster Leung Shum's Ying Jow Pai Eagle Claw Kung Fu Assn. Int'l - New York, NY

For full history, lineage, and other authorized schools see:

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