To train karate Rancho Bernardo and 4S kids need to be at least 4 years old, on rare occasions we will take a private lesson student who is younger if they are highly motivated to learn.
One would think that this new form would now become the most effective martial arts system in the world. On some level it has proved to be just that. Especially when you look at the former UFC champion and hall of fame member Chuck Lidell. His martial arts roots came from the same Kempo system in which we teach. Giuseppe Aliotta continued to seek out training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai in order to complement the system we teach. With much luck our traditional system has been enhanced with movements and principles that can make the most sense.
Giuseppe Aliotta began his journey in the martial arts in 1978 in Long Island New York when he was just five years old. He studied boxing, wrestling and martial arts, and competed as an amateur boxer at the Suffolk Pal. As a child and young adult he competed throughout grammar school and into high school in nearly every tournament available for boxing, wrestling, and martial arts. As a high school Letterman he wrestled Freestyle and Greco Roman.
His passion and dedication in competitive combative sports led him to receive a black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of ten years old and a black belt in Jiu Jitsu at age fifteen. At the age of sixteen he began his journey in the art of Shaolin Kempo. Although the art of Kempo/Kajukenbo helped fulfill his desire to learn from many different martial arts, he still felt something was missing. He continued his martial arts education by studying different styles such as Chinese Kung Fu, Filipino/Indonesian martial arts, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
In the early 1990’s Giuseppe witnessed a clinic given by Stephen B. Demasco on the rare art of Fu Jow Pai “Tiger Claw Kung Fu”, and his search was over. Shortly after, Giuseppe began training in the art of Fu Jow Pai under Grandmaster Demasco and began attending seminars given by Grandmaster Wai Hong, the founding father of the tiger claw system. Through Grandmaster Demasco he was able to advance his training under the guidance of long time Fu Jow Pai practitioner Master Tak Wah Eng.
Giuseppe, along with Grandmaster Demasco and Master Tak Wah Eng, visited the Shaolin Temple in China in the year 2000. While there he was asked to perform for the Abbot of the temple. He has since returned to the Shaolin Temple along with his teachers and hundreds of students for cultural exchanges as well as by himself. In doing so, he has developed a close relationship with the temple monks themselves and the Abbot of the Shaolin Temple. This relationship has given him many rare insights into Shaolin martial arts. Additionally, he has also helped host Shaolin Temple exchanges between martial arts schools on both the east and west coasts.
Though these achievements were worthy of a lifetime dedicated to studying and training in the martial arts, Master Aliotta’s journey was far from complete. The opportunity of a lifetime came forth to spend time personally with Grandmaster Wai Hong, the founding father of Fu Jow Pai Tiger Claw Kung Fu. Along with Master Tak’s and Demasco’s blessing, Giuseppe has spent the last ten years of his training in Fu Jow Pai under the watchful eye of Grandmaster Wai Hong.