Master Norman Smith
Master Norman Smith started his practice in martial arts in 1966 when he trained in the ancient Japanese art of Shoto Kan karate’ (for discipline as a little boy).
In 1967 Sigung Smith studied the Korean arts under Master Parks in the style of Tae Kyun. After achieving his 4th degree black belt he moved on to study under Master Jung Sa Lee and Master Hung in both Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. While training in the traditional karate style of sparring, he decided to take his fighting expertise into the full contact arena at the age of fifteen.
During the 70’s Master Smith continued his martial arts studies in Los Angeles, California, where he had the honor of studying under Grandmaster Ark Y. Wong. There, he learned the art of Tiger-Crane (Five Pattern Fist), Mok-Gar, Tai Mantis and Hong Kong & family (Village style) Wing Chun.
In 1980's Master Norman Smith continued studies in internal arts (Tai Chi) such as Yang, Wu, Sun and Chen Styles.
Master Smith studied internal arts with G.M. Wily Lin and G.M Ark Wong plus other known masters in passing such as Sifus’ Liang Shou-Yu, Malee Kow, Jiang, Jian Ye,. Just to name a few.
Master Smith teaches both Traditional & Contemporary styles of Tai Chi, including weapons, forms and push hands.
In 1989, Master Smith promoted the First "Martial Arts Extravaganza" held in Philadelphia at Temple University where he had an all Kung fu exhibition with top Kung fu schools from all over the east-cost area to share in his dream of martial arts schools demonstrating their skills to the public for Racial Harmony.
In 1995, Master Smith also promoted the Second "Martial Arts Extravaganza" which was a much larger success with over 45 top martial arts schools coming together for the Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on Literacy Plus an audience of over 3,000 spectators which was aired on Television and Broadcast on radio on WDAS & Power 99 FM.
These schools came largely due to the respect they have for Master Smith and his passion to help and support and to share his dream.
In 1996 He help Co-sponsored "China's Wu Shu Team Tour" from Beijing China.
In 1997 he promoted the Philadelphia Martial Arts Extravaganza III to help raise funds to benefit "Women Organized Against Rape", which was a very successful event with over 47 Martial Arts schools demonstrating their Art.
In 1998 he also co-promoted and coached the Kung Fu team at the Comcast (Best of the Best) All Black Belt Martial Arts Competition show with President Pat Croce and the Philadelphia 76ers at the CoreStates Spectrum, which featured the Shaolin Monks of China and World Top Martial arts competitors all over the world.
Today Sigung Smith is presently teaching at the Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy in Audubon PA (Audubon Square Shopping Center).