Sifu Fazil Zafar (Head Instructor)

When I decided to open The Hoi Fa Siu Lum Kung Fu Academy in Shirley, New York, I wanted to provide a safe and friendly environment for my family and community. At the time my daughter was two years old and I wanted to give her the same experiences and benefits I received through martial art training. I also wanted to help my parents maintain great health as they got older. The school was established around family and has maintained those principles. All students are not only treated as family, but considered family.

Over the last 25 years I have studied various Kung Fu systems and Muay Thai with a focus on Wing Chun, Hung Gar and Tai Chi. During my training I took Bi-Se under Sifu Douglas Chin. In addition, I also obtained Certifications in personal training, group training and nutrition. I have also published a nutrition book called Desi Diet.


Si Jie Lauren Gibbons

Lauren began her training under Sifu Fazil in 2014 and has been hooked ever since. She assists in teaching the kids classes and has been studying a mix of Hung Gar, Wing Chun, Tai Chi and Muay Thai. She hopes to continue the tradition of treating each student like family and passing down knowledge that she gains under the instruction of Sifu Fazil.

Lauren is part of the Tiger Generals Lion Dance Team and represents Hoi Fa Siu Lum at Tournaments as part of the demo team. Her favorite weapon is the Coin Spade and kung fu movie is The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.



Si Hing Marc Cesnauskas

Marc is an assistant teacher for kids and adults. He specializes in Wing Chun and loves working on the Mook. He has been training under Sifu Fazil to increase his knowledge of Hung Gar, Wing Chun and Tai Chi.