Who We Are

Background on what we teach:

Eight Step Preying Mantis Kung Fu & Shyun Style Tai Chi have a long history of being passed down from teacher to student. From Grandmaster to Grandmaster. Integrity is held to the highest standard. Each successive Grandmaster of these systems have been taught, maintained the information and skills passed by their teacher, and their teachers teacher back to the beginning of these systems for many generations. This art has not been watered down, but continues to grow through its practitioners. It is our hope to teach, and therefore help spread these jewels.

Sifu Daniel Cimino:


I’ve been practicing Tai Chi since 1999, and have been teaching for 10 years. Tai Chi helps me to create a calm and steady center that I can make good decisions from, create actions out of, and build upon to create an intentional life.

I’ve been practicing 8 Step Preying Mantis Kung Fu for around 10 years. It’s a great physical workout, which brings me strength, coordination, and teaches me so much. Life is about learning, and this practice is one of my teachers.

Sifu Trainee Kate Molik:


I have been practicing Martial Arts for more than half my life. Tai Chi specifically for 7 years as a way to calm myself. I stumbled upon Turbo Kick as a means to lose weight and gain strength. After my first session in my basement I needed to learn to instruct it live so more people can reap the benefits. I live my life with black belt excellence in all I do and share my journey with those I teach.

Master Michael Cimino: Our teacher, who began the study of martial arts in 1964. Founder of AFC. Has dedicated much of his life to the practice and teaching of these martial arts. Learn more about Master Michael Cimino.