Head Instructor

Master Michael Cimino

Shifu Dan Della Vella
3rd Duan

Dan formed Kung Fu Buffalo to pass on the knowledge and power of the 8 Step Preying Mantis System. Dan has studied 8 Step Preying Mantis and Shyun Style Tai Chi Chuan since 2010 and passed the National Sifu Certification Test in April, 2015 from the American-Chinese Martial Arts Federation. Dan is a certified Black sash Kung Fu and Tai Chi instructor. Before 8 Step, he trained in Hung Gar Kung Fu, Tai Kwan Do and Karate. Nothing could compare to the 8 Step system!

Master Instructor

Master Michael Cimino

Master Michael Cimino
6th Duan

Michael Cimino began the study of martial arts in 1964. He initially studied Shao Lin Kung Fu. After seven years he trained an Okinawan karate style. He finally studied 8 Step Preying Mantis Kung Fu and Shyun Style Tai Chi Chuan, as taught by Grandmaster James Shyun, and received his teaching certificate in 1999 through the American-Chinese Martial Arts Federation (ACMAF). The ACMAF was established by Grandmaster Shyun to insure the integrity of the system by credentialing its instructors. Master Cimino exclusively teaches 8 Step Preying Mantis and Shyun Style Tai Chi Chuan following receipt of his teaching certification. He has maintained yearly continuing education in these martial arts and Abimoxi (the health and healing aspects of the system) under Grandmaster Shyun. Beginning in 2003 he and Grandmaster Shyun began publishing several books on Abimoxi, making this knowledge available to the public and preserving this information for future generations.

Shifu Trainee Instructors

Bryan Kaufman
Bryan KaufmanShifu Trainee
Gold 5 Shifu trainee and is working toward his national certification from the American-Chinese Martial Arts Federation
Madeline Della Vella
Madeline Della VellaShifu Trainee
Gold 3 Shifu trainee and is working toward her national certification from the American-Chinese Martial Arts Federation
Mike Kugel
Mike KugelShifu Trainee
Gold 3 Shifu trainee and is working toward his national certification from the American-Chinese Martial Arts Federation
Ed McGuire
Ed McGuireShifu Trainee
Gold 1 Shifu trainee and is working toward his national certification from the American-Chinese Martial Arts Federation
Greg Czajkowski
Greg CzajkowskiShifu Trainee
Gold 1 Shifu trainee and is working toward his national certification from the American-Chinese Martial Arts Federation
Steve Czajkowski
Steve CzajkowskiShifu Trainee
Gold 1 Shifu trainee and is working toward his national certification from the American-Chinese Martial Arts Federation

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Shifu Daniel Cimino
Shifu Daniel Cimino3rd Duan
Daniel Cimino has studied 8 Step Preying Mantis and Shyun Style Tai Chi Chuan since 2000, and passed the Sifu Certification Test in March, 2006 from the American-Chinese Martial Arts Federation. Please click here to view his teaching schedule
Kate Parks
Kate ParksShifu Trainee
Currently teaches Tai Chi, Turbo Kick and kids Kung Fu Classes. Please click here to view her teaching schedule