Where Champions Are Made!
1720 S. State Road
Upper Darby 19082
ph: 610 - 622 - 5260
Inducted as "Instructor of the Year" by Action Martial Arts Magazine and World Karate Union Hall Of Fame.
Mr. Paul Cheng was born in Hong Kong in 1962 and at the age of six began informal training with Cheng Mook Shen till the age of twelve. He came to the United States with his mother, father and younger siblings. Paul continued his training, learning Jeet Kune Do and Kung Fu until about the age of sixteen.
He refrained from the martial arts until 1993 when he met the late Ozzie Wright III of Karate #1 and obtained his black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 1997. Paul worked for Karate #1 teaching children and adult classes and an afterschool program for the Philadelphia School District in Germantown. After the passing of Ozzie Wright III, Paul continued private training with another black belt of Karate #1 & taught privately to police officers and those willing to learn.
In 2002 Mr. Cheng (Founder of "Cheng's Martial Arts System") opened Chengs Martial Arts School in Drexel Hill, PA., where in the first year; took one of his students to compete in the “2003 US Junior Olympic Taekwondo Championships” in Florida and won the gold medal in his division. Mr. Cheng created in 2003 “Team Cheng “Karate Team and is manager and coach. The team competes in local, regional, and national tournaments. By 2004 the team had earned recognition and in 2005 the team was inducted to World Karate Union Hall of Fame as National Karate Team of the Year and also in 2007. In 2006, ten members of the team traveled to the US Open in Orlando, Florida and received the Elite 8 Fourth Place Award, among many others. Mr. Cheng is currently ranked as one of the top competitor in his black belt divisions in the World Karate Union and United Martial Arts Referees Association. Mr. Cheng was inducted in the World Karate Union Hall Of Fame as Instructor of the Year 2004 along with in Action Magazine's Inductions for the same title. 2007 Universal Martial Arts Association:Outstanding Regional Achievement. National Team Cheng Martial Arts Association was created in 2007.
Mr. Cheng taught after school programs for Point Breeze in Philadelphia, Step By Step Learning Centers in Delaware County and is currently teaching at the Lansdowne YMCA karate program, and Currently on the Board of Advisers for the 21st Century programs for the William Penn school district. Also hold position as Vice Chairman of the Soji Zen Center in Drexel Hill.
Mr. Cheng continues his own personal training instructed by Master Hugo Armando and Sensei Clay McCombs. December 7, 2008 promoted to Master and a Member of the USDKA.
Grand Master Harper began his martial arts training in June 1970 at the Ishikawa Judo Club at Temple University. He won awards for Most Improved Student three years in a row and earned first place in his division in 1971 and 1972. He enrolled at the American Youth Academy Karate Club in the spring of 1973 and was promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt in 1977 and 2nd Degree Black Belt in 1979 under Sensei Ernest Paramore and Sensei Eric Blair.
Grand Master Harper enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1987 and began teaching Shotokan Karate in January 1989 while stationed at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida. He transferred to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska in 1991 and continued teaching martial arts. He moved to Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico in 1995 and soon afterwards began teaching principles of kickboxing and submission fighting. He separated from the Air Force in 1997, moved to Snellville, Georgia and became the Head Instructor at Dennis Palmer’s Shokido Kickboxing School.
Grand Master Harper trained many amateur and professional fighters sanctioned under the ISKA from 2000 to 2003. He was promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt in Shokido by the system’s founder Dennis Palmer in 2003. He also holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in Nat McBride’s Kyoâ€Jutsu Karate System.Grand Master Harper is certified by the World Martial Arts League as a Master Instructor in Muay Thai Kickboxing. He was awarded the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt in Song Do Kwan Kong Soo Do by founder Grand Master John Crudup and has been inducted into the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame, the United States Head of Family Martial Arts Association Hall of Honor and the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.
Dwayne Henry received his Black Belt on August 19, 2006. He has been with our school for seven years. Dwayne oversees the intermediate classes along with sparring. Earned rank of 2nd Degree June 20,2009. Member of the USDKA.
Mark earned his black belt August 16, 2008. He enjoys teaching the students.
Mark earned his 2nd degree 12/17/2011. Member of the USDKA.
Mr. Beckett has started a new business in Videography, Tv and Podcasting. Anyone wishing to contact him for details may do so via the link below.
Beckett Concepts LLC
P.O Box 759 Lansdowne, Pa. 19050 P:215-239-4341
Jade Cheng is a 1st Degree Black Belt in the Chang Moo Kwan System. She began training at Karate #1 as a child and continues to train with her father, Paul Cheng, and has some knowledge in the art of pressure points from Sensei McCombs. Jade earned her black belt December 18, 2004.
Jade teaches the Little Dragons and Big Dragons classes on Saturdays, which are designed for children 3 - 6 years old. She uses her Penn State experience in Early Childhood & Elementary Education to enhance all of our martial arts programs.
She currently teaches kindergarten in Northern Liberties.
Member of the USDKA.
*That's Mr. John, an assistant instructor.
Joshua earned his black belt August 16, 2008. Joshua returned as an instructor Jan. 3, 2010. Member of the USDKA.
Joshua teaches both in house and our outside accounts for MLCCC students.
*on 8/17-18 Joshua took his practice test for 2nd Degree. It's hard work but the journey is worth it.
He now knows is needed to improve and further this quest. Good luck in December!
Mr. Dan earned black belt Dec. 11, 2010. He is currently a college student and continues to train and teach classes. Mr. Dan also takes the lead with our Demonstration and Competition teams.
Jim is a first degree black belt and has been studying Tae Kwon Do since he was 9 years old. He continues to train with Sensei Paul Cheng. Jim is a graduate of Architecture program at Temple University.
1720 S. State Road
Upper Darby 19082
ph: 610 - 622 - 5260