Sifu Tom McCusker is the owner and master instructor of Chinese Martial Arts and Educational Center. Training since the age of 4 he now has over 30 years of experience in Traditional Chinese Martial Arts with a 5th-degree sash belt in Shaolin Chuan. As an accomplished world class instructor, Sifu Tom has trained hundreds of students with group and private lessons, outreach programs, and seminars. Sifu Tom continues his training in various systems.
Sifu McCusker is proficient in northern & southern kung fu systems. These systems include Chinese Kempo (Parker), Chang Chuan, Tan Tui, Lohan Chuan, Chin na, Shuai Chiao, Tai Chi, Hsing I, & Pa Qua Chang.
Sifu also has experience in other systems such as Wing Chun, Kali, Muay Thai.
Sifu McCusker was attracted to kung fu early on. It is the various styles & systems that make kung fu special & enjoyable. It is Sifu’s philosophy that a martial arts practitioner should be well rounded- The Shaolin System is just that. “I find in life it is good to have an option. If something is not working for you after much effort, it is necessary to choose a different approach to the problem,” he says. He teaches his the students the same concepts not only through the martial arts but also through personal development. “A strong foundation is necessary and after several years of training in a system or concept the student is then rooted, yet pliable and ready to grasp other systems,” he states.
Sifu started at a young age and believes anyone can benefit from the martial arts. The gwan allows children to start at the age of three.
Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2013 – Kung Fu Master of the Year. Sifu Tom McCusker has a B.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.