The Smiling Dragon Kung Fu Academy is a Certified Branch School under the auspices of Sigung Dr. Crescione, of New York. Master Crescione, an internationally recognized senior expert in Wing Chun Kung Fu, is a 2nd generation student directly under Great Grandmaster Yip Man (Ip Man). Sifu David Shaman, a devoted student of Sigung Dr. Crescione for 31 years, directs the academy, and supervises the instruction of all classes personally. Great Grandmaster Yip Man is probably most well-known these days for the popular series of “Ip Man” movies recently released. But he was famous long before that for being Bruce Lee’s Sifu, and long before that as well. For being the undisputed authority on Wing Chun Kung Fu.
Sigung Dr. Crescione has studied extensively with Great Grandmaster Yip Man’s son, Grandmaster Ip Ching, as well as other very important Master’s and Grandmasters (please see lineage page). The roots of the Smiling Dragon Kung Fu Academy can be traced directly back to the Southern Shaolin Kung Fu Monastery in China. Out of hundreds of advanced and sophisticated fighting systems, Wing Chun Kung Fu is considered to be the refinement and stream-lining of them all. Being the last style to be born from this truly great and noble heritage.