West Los Angeles
West Los Angeles
White Tiger Schools is a company that cares about the well being of the world. We provide an alternative martial arts fitness lifestyle to the public – a pure and complete traditional Kung Fu system that develops optimal internal energy, as well as external movement, speed, and power. Our Kung Fu training will keep the body in a state of premium health, creating longevity and increased levels of performance as you learn Kung Fu self defense techniques and traditions. At this Kung Fu School, our goal is to have the relationship between teachers and students be one of patience, care and compassion. This will inspire us all, developing a foundation for personal growth in all areas of life, as well as providing aliveness, confidence and success to every person we serve.
For six generations, White Tiger Kung Fu has been passed from father to son, ending finally with Grandmaster Doo Wai, who has decided to make the art available to the public. Aside from holding the esteemed title, Grandmaster Doo Wai serves as a technical advisor on martial arts-related feature films and served as the Grand Juror of the San Diego Asian Film Festival. A Chinese historian and scholar, Grandmaster Doo Wai has been on the cover of Inside Kung Fu, Ancient Sets of Kung Fu, and Karate Kung Fu Illustrated.
A martial arts student since the age of six, Tom Rizzo has studied a full range of martial arts including Karate, JuiJitsu, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, and Kempo. Tom has been teaching since 1990, and has studied with Grandmaster Doo Wai since 1991. Rizzo, a highly decorated former federal agent, was a certified defense tactics instructor for the U.S. Department of Justice, teaching federal agents to fight in hand-to-hand combat.
Dennis Wood started his martial arts training with Kempo in 1988. Four years later he began studying Bak Fu Pai under Sifu Tom Rizzo and Grandmaster Doo Wai. He has since been a closed-door disciple of the Grandmaster. Dennis is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served his time as a combat engineer. He is currently the chief Kung Fu instructor of the Westwood school and a lead member of Team White Tiger MMA.
Anton Peterson spent the early years of his life in the Seattle area of Washington State where in 1985 he started training in Okinawan-style Karate. In 1990 he moved to Tucson, Arizona with his family where he continued his martial arts training in Shirin Ryu, which is a style of karate that is closely related to the Okinawan system he originally learned. In 1993 Sifu Peterson moved to California to study music, which besides martial arts is one of his lifelong passions. At this time, he also began training in the southern kung fu system of San Soo, which is closely related to the White Tiger (Bak Fu Pai) system. He began to teach private sessions as well as group training in street defense designed around San Soo techniques. In 2002 he began closed door training in Bak Fu Pai under the tutelage of Shi Gung Thomas Rizzo. He currently holds a 5th degree black sash in this system and teaches at the Westwood school location. In addition to his formal martial arts training, Sifu Peterson has extensive experience working in security for nightclubs and bars as well as doing personal bodyguard work. During this time he was able to apply his martial knowledge in real life situations that have served him well as life lessons and practical martial arts training.
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