Yat Ga Yan One Family
Sifu Alex Lim 察山鐵
Owner and Head Coach ("Sifu")
Alex began learning kung fu from his father and Uncle in the late 60's. This was the time when the legendary Bruce Lee was becoming famous. Growing up Chinese in a kung fu family, Bruce Lee quickly became his childhood hero. When Bruce Lee suddenly died in 1973, Alex was heartbroken. His father told stories of how he cried for a whole month and would not eat. His father convinced him that he would honor Bruce Lee's memory If he would continue to learn martial arts. Inspired by Bruce Lee's method of learning different styles, Alex began to learn from different martial arts instructors in Naam Kyun, Judo, Karate, Arnis, and Kali.
After moving to the United States to attend college at The Johns Hopkins University, Alex continued his training, this time in the art of Taekwondo at the University's Taekwondo Club. He continued his Taekwondo training after graduate school under Master Victor Battung and Master Apolo Ladra.
After starting his own business and becoming a single father, Alex began to focus on his work and caring for his son. Two decades of neglecting his health finally caught up and ended him in the hospital multiple times and finally the operating room. After this near death experience in 2007, his Martial arts training came full circle when his son started training again. Convinced he needed to do something better for his health, he committed to go back to training. So, together with his Son, Steven. Alex trained hard at Jow Ga Kung Fu and soon began coaching.
In March of 2014, Alex was promoted to Sifu and took an oath to continue his training as well as teach and spread kung fu. Alex went on to fulfill that oath in May of 2015. Together with his kung fu brother Sifu Ed, they opened U.S. Jow Ga Martial Arts and embarked on a new adventure to spread and teach Jow Ga Kung Fu.
9250 Rumsey Rd. Suite 101
Columbia, MD 21045