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Steve Kleppe

SiFu Steven C. Kleppe

SiFu Steven C. Kleppe began his martial arts journey at the age of 20. First training and instructing in Chinese Kenpo Karate and Yang style Tai Chi, SiFu Kleppe enriched his martial experience through numerous teachers and masters; ultimately, his path led him to Grandmaster Kwong Wing Lam, with whom he has been studying since the early 1980s. In 2008, SiFu Kleppe was honored to become one of SiGung Lam's "in-door" disciples.  As such, he accepts the responsibility of passing forward vital material that includes Canton Hung Gar, Ha Say Fu Hung Gar, Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, Wudang sword, Sun style Tai Chi Chuan, BaGua Zhang, Xing Yi, Northern ShaoLin, and Iron Body Qigong training.


Describing himself as "blessed," SiFu Kleppe has traveled extensively throughout the United States and China to work with masters in various systems. Multiple pilgrimages to China's ShaoLin, WuDang, Emei and Small Goose Pagoda Temples, as well as visits to martial training centers in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Xian have allowed SiFu Kleppe to literally bring the world of traditional Chinese arts to students in Southeastern Wisconsin.


ShaoLin Center was founded in 1982 as a full-time community resource for traditional Chinese martial arts and culture, Taoist philosophy, and healing practices. The school was a natural extension for SiFu Kleppe, as he dedicated 25 years of his professional life to education – as both teacher and administrator. In addition to instructing six days a week at ShaoLin Center, SiFu Kleppe also offers seminars and workshops, private lessons, and energy acupressure healing to school members, and the community at-large.

SiFu and SiGung in China


SiFu Kleppe's primary instruction has been overseen by Grandmaster Kwong Wing Lam. Born and raised in Canton, China, SiGung Lam learned numerous systems from some of the defining icons of the Chinese martial arts community. Subsequently, these were passed on to SiFu Kleppe, and are taught today at ShaoLin Center.



Hung Gar (Southern Sil Lum) Lineage

Traced back to Gee Sim Sum See, a refugee monk from the destruction of the Fukien Sil Lum Temple, this lineage includes: Hung Gee Gung, Luk A Choy, Wong Tai, Wong Kai Ying, Wong Fai Hung, Lam Tsai Wing, Lum Jo, Chiu Chao, Siu Ying, Chie Wei, Leung Wah Chew, Kwong Wing Lam, Steven C. Kleppe.


Northern ShaoLin Lineage

Traced back to Zhao Yuan, a ShaoLin monk, this lineage  includes:  Gan Feng Chi, Wan Bang Bai, Yang Ji-Wen, Yu Zhen-Sheng, Tan Zan, Ku Yu Cheung, Yim Shan Mo, Lung Chi Chueng, Tam Ngar Fung, Kwong Wing Lam, Steven C. Kleppe.


Tai Chi Chuan Lineage

Traced back to Chang Seng Feng, a student from the ShaoLin Temple, this lineage includes: Wang Tsung, Chang Sung, Wang Sung Yueh, Chang Fah, Chen Wang Ting, Chen Chang Hsin, Yang Lu Chan, Yang Jian Hou, Li Jing Lin, Ku Yu Cheung, Yim Shang Mo, Chen You Ben, Chen Qing Ping, Wu Yu Xiang, Sun Lu Tang, Sun Jian Yen, Kwong Wing Lam, Steven C. Kleppe.



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