Below, you’ll find the ten most recent news items.

Joe Salomone Seminar, May 19th 2018

(updated April 7th, 2018)

Mr. Joe Salomone will share from his 45 years of knowledge of Chinese and Indonesian Tai Chi & self-defense, as brought to the US by Great Grandmaster Willem Reeders (Liu Seong) and taught by Grandmaster Art Sikes. Spend the afternoon learning martial principles that will help improve your skills as a martial artist, no matter what system you study!

For more details and to pre-register (and save $10), see the current seminar page.

Saratoga Martial Arts Festival, March 2018

(updated January 12th, 2018)

Saratoga Martial Arts Festival logo

Saratoga Martial Arts Festival

Erik has been selected as a member of the Saratoga Martial Arts Festival staff, which means he’ll be among the headlining instructors at the weekend-long event! SMAF, as it’s called, will be held on March 3-4, 2018, in Saratoga Springs, NY, and Erik will be teaching two seminars.

This year’s instructors include:

  • Steve Bugler
  • George Chaber
  • Rudy Duncan
  • Jessie Dwire
  • Erik Harris
  • Tim Hartman
  • Roland Lavigne
  • Katie Murphy
  • Mick O’Neill
  • Steve Pearlman
  • Sean Schenker
  • and more still to be announced!

Erik HarrisYou can register now for SMAF 2018 on-line.  The $225 early-bird rate for the “full package” will expire at some point, and the price will go up.

You can keep updated by checking the SMAF Facebook page periodically for updates. There’s also a 2018 Saratoga Martial Arts Festival event page, where people are likely to post photos during and after the event.


Joe Salomone Seminar, Apr 8, 2017!

(updated March 7th, 2017)

We had a visit from Mr. Joe Salomone to share his wealth of knowledge with our students and visitors. You can see photos from the seminar in our photo gallery.

Class name changing to “Indonesian Kung Fu”

(updated May 10th, 2012)

Lately, our club’s classes have been getting a bit lost in the ParkTakes course catalog because another “Kung Fu” class has so many individual levels listed, putting our class at the end of a long list of nearly-identical class names, almost making it look like those other classes are precursors to ours. Some of the club’s members suggested changing the class name to separate it from that list. After coming up with a bunch of names that were a little too long for the ParkTakes system (the most obvious choice being “Chinese-Indonesian Martial Arts“), the class has been changed to “Indonesian Kung Fu.”

Some will undoubtedly think this name is strange, since gungfu is not an Indonesian martial art. Liu Seong Gungfu has its origins in Hokkien (Fukien) White Crane, a southern Chinese gungfu system, but Willem Reeders, from whom the art in its current form comes from, was raised in Indonesia. Growing up in Indonesia, he trained in various Indonesian martial arts (silat and poekoelan systems). Aspects of these systems made their way into his base gungfu system, to the point where the art is about half Chinese and half Indonesian, and depending on who you ask, either seems to be a bit more prominent. The art is no longer purely a gungfu system, nor is it a silat system. It is a gungfu system with a strong Indonesian influence, so the new course name, “Indonesian Kung Fu,” accurately describes the nature of this art, in much the same way that the previous name did.

Upcoming Seminar: Renaissance Martial Arts Festival 2011

(updated October 6th, 2011)

Erik will be teaching a session at the 12th (or maybe 11th?) annual Renaissance Martial Arts festival in Rochester, NY. The RMA Festival celebrates the various martial arts that are taught in Western New York state, and invites a few instructors from out of town each year. Erik has known the organizers of this seminar for about 20 years, and has attended about half of the prior festivals, and this will be his second time sharing Liu Seong Gung Fu during the event. See the event flyer for a partial list of instructors to be featured.

This seminar will take place all day on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th, and is open to anyone who is interested.

Seminar: Joe Salomone, Rochester NY, July 30

(updated July 23rd, 2011)

I’ve been remiss in posting about this upcoming seminar. Joe Salomone will be teaching a seminar at 80 Rockwood Place, Rochester, NY (Harp Karate) on Saturday, July 30th, from 1-4PM. The seminar will cost $50. Movement and technique from the 3 and female system will be shared as taught to Mr. Salomone from his Teacher, Grand Master Arthur Sikes, who was a senior student of Great Grand Master Liu Seong (Willem Reeders).
If you’re going to be anywhere near Rochester at the end of July, I strongly encourage you to attend. Mr. Salomone’s seminars are always incredibly valuable.

2010 Renaissance Martial Arts Festival Update

(updated September 17th, 2010)

Just as an update, the first official flyer for the 2010 Renaissance Martial Arts Festival has been released. Again, if you have any reason to be in Rochester on the weekend of November 6th, don’t miss this seminar. It’s the 11th annual festival, and of the 6-7 of the previous ones that I’ve been to, every one of them has been excellent.

I was asked for two seminar descriptions for the festival, so depending on scheduling, I’ll be teaching either one or two sessions, sharing methods of taking opponents down to the ground based on two principles: where the head goes, the body goes; and the body cannot stand without its foundation. We’ll cover techniques and principles of head takedowns and leg takedowns, examining these concepts from as many perspectives as time allows.

Upcoming Seminar: Renaissance Martial Arts Festival 2010

(updated August 5th, 2010)

Erik will be teaching a session at the 11th annual Renaissance Martial Arts festival in Rochester NY. The RMA Festival celebrates the various martial arts that are taught in Western New York state, and invites a few instructors from out of town each year. Erik has known the organizers of this seminar for almost 20 years, and has attended about half of the prior festivals, but this will be his first time sharing Liu Seong Gung Fu during the event.

This seminar will take place all day on Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th, and is open to anyone who is interested.

Edit on Sep 2, 2010: I’ve changed the link in the first paragraph to the proper website, instead of the Facebook page.

Upcoming seminar: Bushi No Te 2010

(updated August 4th, 2010)

Erik has the privilege of being invited to teach at the 27th annual Bushi No Te martial arts seminar. This will be his ninth time attending, and his seventh or eighth time teaching a session. Bushi No Te is an organization of martial arts enthusiasts who share their love of their arts with each other. It takes place in the middle of August every year in the Pennsylvania Pocono resort area. CIMAC students are encouraged to attend next year’s seminar. It will help broaden your understanding of the martial arts, and you’ll gain a number of good friends.

Joe Salomone Seminar, May 1st, 2010

(updated March 26th, 2010)

Chinese-Indonesian Martial Arts Seminar with Joe Salomone

Mr. Salomone doing technique on Mr. ReyngoudtOn Saturday, May 1st, Mr. Joe Salomone will be sharing this unique blend of Southern Chinese Gung Fu and Indonesian Pentjak Silat that was taught by Grandmaster Willem Reeders (Liu Seong). Mr. Salomone began his training in these internal self-defense arts in 1973 under the late Grandmaster Art Sikes. To further enhance his knowledge, he became an amateur boxer from 1977 to 1984, using his training in the ring. He was a five time Nevada State Golden Glove and ABF boxing champion, and in 1981, was selected to represent the USA in International Boxing competition while training at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado. Mr. Salomone earned his Orange Sash in 1980, and his Red Sash in 1994. Martial artists of all levels of experience and styles are welcome at this seminar.

Mr. Salomone demonstrating technique


Saturday, May 1st, 2010
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Lee District RECenter Multipurpose Room
6601 Telegraph Rd
Alxandria, VA
$50 / person, paid to Erik Harris at the seminar (not at RECenter front desk).

If you want a hard-copy advertisement, you can download this promotional flier.

Joe Salomone is among the very best martial artists I’ve had the privilege of working with. I’ve known him since 1996, and became his student in March 2005. I’ve met people with years more experience than Mr. Salomone whose understanding of and ability to teach martial arts do not match his. His martial arts training has clearly been among the best available, and he has an intuitive understanding of how to relate to people and teach them how to move. I truly believe that practitioners of any art can gain something from training with him, and may even learn something about their own art.

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The Lee District RECenter is located within the Lee District Park, just off of Telegraph Rd, across from Rose Hill Dr. The park is just south of I-495, accessible from the Telegraph Rd exit.

The Multipurpose room is located downstairs. After going down the stairs, head down the hallway to the left. The Multipurpose room is the last room on the right just before the gymnasium. The men’s locker room is between the stairs and the multipurpose room. The women’s locker room is just past the stairs in the other direction.

The RECenter normally charges admission to non-members who are not registered for classes, but because this is a paid seminar event using rented space, no admission fee should be paid to the front desk, and the seminar fee should be paid to Erik prior to training.