Sifu Robert A. Gott
Robert A. Gott was born on April 8th
1955 in Buffalo, New York. He began his journey in the
martial arts in 1971, after a friend, a first degree black
belt in Judo, offered to teach him Judo. A few years later,
after having moved to Hamburg, New York he began studying
Kempo Karate @ American Self Studios. While working at the
steel plant a co-worker suggested he meet Master Wong and
Sifu Mandarino and for the next 28 years studied Kung Fu
under their guidance.
Sifu Gott, having trained under the guidance of Master
Ting Fong Wong and Sifu Mandarino is one of only three
students to achieve the rank of Third Degree Black Sash and
has almost thirty of training and teaching experience. He
has, like his teachers, dedicated himself to the marital
arts for almost thirty years and continues to devote
himself to the teachings, knowledge and legacy that he has
been privileged to achieve. Sifu Gott has successfully
competed and performed both nationally and internationally
and today, Sifu Gott still believes in the traditional
training he learned under the guidance of his teachers.
Sifu Gott is committed to the preservation of the
teaching, traditions and values of Hung Gar style Kung Fu.
Sifu Gott wishes to continue the proud lineage and
traditional training methods to those desiring to widen
their knowledge, improve themselves physically and mentally
to benefit all aspects of their lives. Regardless size,
sex, strength or age Sifu Gott believes that the success in
this style is determined by individual perseverance,
discipline and humility.
The first half of every class still stresses the basics.
The better one knows the basics, the more capable he is of
mastering the advanced movements of the system. The second
half of the class is dedicated to form training, two man
sets, self defense contact drills, and weapons. Because
basic training and practicing of the forms are all that are
needed for self defense, every class stressed basic horse
stances, animal postures, and basic blocking, punching and
kicking techniques. Sifu Gott also stresses the importance
of Chi Kung Jung Hay internal breathing and hand
strengthening exercises. However, keeping with the notion
that sparring techniques are a good training device for
students and for participating with tournaments, these
techniques are also taught.
Sifu Gott considers his students his family. He is the
father, the teacher, the head of the family, and all of the
students are as children, brothers and sisters, all working
in harmony to achieve a common goal. The reason for this
harmony is simple - all of us want to see ourselves grow in