Sifu Nick Tyson
Sifu Nick Tyson first started practicing martial arts in his sophomore year of college.
Over the years he tried many styles, such as Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Karate,
and Aikido. He didn't feel that any of these, with perhaps the exception of Aikido,
suited his nature sufficiently to be incorporated into his life.
A year after graduation Sifu Nick drove past a Kung Fu school in Frazier and decided
to give it a try. He very quickly realized that this was what he had been looking
for. He felt it nurtured a philosophy of non-confrontation, while at the same time
conditioning the body for those times when confrontation is unavoidable.
He began his training in Mi Sung Lo Han, or Lost Track Northern style Kung Fu.
He was also exposed to many other various Chinese techniques and training,
such as Suai Jiao, and Tai Chi Chuan. After studying for 3 years, sadly, the school
relocated and he was unable to continue his training. He searched for other Kung Fu
schools, but there were none nearby.
Several years later, Sifu Nick found the Northern Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy in Audubon Pa.
He was very impressed with (Grandmaster) Norman Smith the first day he met and spoke with
him. Sifu Nick realized how knowledgeable, and more importantly how genuine his desire
to teach the Art properly. By the end of his first week, Sifu Nick was very aware that
the training he would receive in the T'ien Shan Pai style, which contains aspects
of the Lost Track style, was going to be more intense than anything he had studied
in the past, and would in fact take a lifetime to master. Sifu Nick felt that he was
ready for this commitment, and has been studying Tien Shan Pi for more than a year now.
He is also training in the 108 Yang style Tai Chi form that also complements
his Kung Fu very well. Sifu Nick is a great help with new students coming in to the school.
He is a real technician, making sure new students understand the application of
each exercise. While Sifu Nick's primary goal had been to learn and condition himself,
he is now helping to pass down the tradition to a new generation.