White Phéonix is a modernized hybrid gung fu system. It traces its core movements directly back to the southern Shaolin temple in the Fujian province of China in the 17th century. Over the years it has evolved greatly, and is now one of the most complete martial art systems in the world today. The training begins with five animal styles including the Tiger, Crane, Praying mantis, Elephant, & Dragon. These are then combined with four element styles including the Water, Earth, Wood, & Gold element. The culmination of mastery of these styles unlock and produce the Fire element which is the final & highest fighting style in the system.
White Phéonix is complete with traditional Chinese weapons including the Shaolin staff, broadsword, straight sword, nine section chain whips, and the steel whip. To temper the fist & weapons training Grandmaster Joël Castillo has added three traditional Lohan Chi Gung sets throughout the system for health and longevity. To further round out the system Grandmaster Joël Castillo has added
the Chen style Tai Chi "Cannon fist" forms to balance the yang energy of the more external animal forms. This is key for the long term health of martial art practitioners.
Many systems today, unlike in the past no longer focus on creating true and complete martial artists. Grandmaster Joël Castillo insists that everyone young or old know how to really use their gung fu. We say at White Phéonix "we don't dance" and we mean it!
Through hard work and dedication anyone can become an expert in their own right, and will possess a priceless gift within their own mind. Martial art is more than fighting, more than meditation, & more than a health exercise. It is a system of thought that gives you the tools to lead a happy and long life.
Grandmaster Joël Castillo has been training the traditional Chinese martial & healing arts for over 36 years. As a teacher of various styles for over 28 years and a former coach of the United States National Martial Art Team, he has dedicated most of his life to the study and furtherance of martial arts. Grandmaster Joël Castillo remains undefeated in international matches & was awarded a gold medal for fighting at the 1999 U.S. Open. He was subsequently inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2007 as "Kung Fu Grandmaster of the year".
Practitioners of White Phéonix number 1000+Worldwide. Many started as total beginners, intermediate, or expert level martial artists. Our diverse group range from young people to retirees. We have free spirits, working class, healing professionals and entrepreneurs. These members seamlessly train alongside business professionals, law enforcement, reserve and active military personnel. Collectively they have won many gold, silver, and bronze medals in different countries around the world in open competition. Unity & friendship abound, and the family like atmosphere is enjoyed by all!
White Phéonix Gung Fu training is available in Aspen Colorado est. 1999, San Francisco Chinatown est. 1991 & San Juan Puerto Rico - World Headquarters opening in 2023 for tai chi kung fu instruction
White Phéonix Gung Fu academies operate differently depending on location and some are subject to waiting lists & applications. When you sign up on our page you will receive our "Phéonix World" newsletters. These will contain all class availability in our different locations and contact information of our instructors & yearly seminar dates with Grandmaster Joël Castillo.