Shifu Neil Ripski is our Founder and Master Instructor. He has been training in Chinese Martial Arts since 1986 and has attained the rank of Shifu (instructor/teacher) as a formal Disciple in the Ma Family Style of Ba ying quan (Eight Shadows Fist) AKA Ma Jia Quan (Ma Family Fist) and has specialized and become renowned for his Ba ying jiu/zui quan 醉拳 (Drunken Boxing) which he now teaches internationally. All this was trained under his late teacher Ma Qing Long 馬青龍 .
He began his Wing Chun training in the Wong Si Wing Lineage in 1998 and has trained and exchanged with many different teachers in the style from different lineages all descended from Yip Man.
He is a formal Disciple under Master Chen Qi Ming in 18 Lohan Palm(18 Lohan Palm Master, Founder in the Guangzhou Chin Woo and Master of Chinese Medicine- His clinic site here: http://www.mtrhc.com/ ). He is an instructor in Chen Style Practical Method Taijiquan (Learning from Chen Zhonghua) as well as other Chen and Yang Style Masters. He teaches both Xingyiquan (5 Elements style through the Yuan Dao Lineage) and Xinyiliuhequan (6 Harmonies Xinyiliuhe ( from the - Lu Song gao - Yu Hualong lineage) and has studied Baguazhang since 2003 in the Cheng Style, also working with Master (and his gongfu brother) Kevin Wallbridge on Yin Fu Bagua, Ba Xian Bagua and Qigong practices. In recent years he has begun exchanges and training with the famous Master Xu GuoMing (George Xu) and recently had Master Xu up to Creston where he was the keynote speaker in the Red Jade Sponsored Deep Water Convention and Tournament (www.deepwatercon.com) Master Xu has also been featured in the Deep Water Martial Arts Magazine in 2014 (www.deepwatermagazine.com).
His meditation instruction was formally conducted as a disciple under Loung Phor Viriyang Siritharo, Abbot of the Wat Dhammamonkol Temple i Bangkok Thailand- Luong Phors website here: http://www.buddhanet.net/wat_m2.htm
Shifu Neil Ripski resides in Creston and has instructors currently teaching around the world, in Jerusalem Israel, Taipei Taiwan ROC, Canada and Scotland. He’s been a judge at the Vancouver Tiger Balm International Tournament and has successfully competed, winning multiple Gold Medals in Advanced level competition. Although his attention is now offered to his students and their individual journeys into the world of Chinese Martial Arts. He is always travelling to teach workshops and looking for new martial teachers and friends. He is currently travelling each year to San Francisco to study with Xu Guoming whom he brought to the Deep Water Martial Arts Convention in 2014. Shifu Neil is also one of the Head Masters in the Kootenay Chin Woo Martial Arts Association
Shifu Ripski's published books can be found here: Shifu's Books
He is also a founder and Owner of the Deep Water Martial Arts Magazine (http://deepwatermagazine.com/) and a founder of the Deep Water Martial Arts Convention (http://deepwatercon.com/)
He has also been published in Kung fu/tai chi magazine in the United States with his articles on Drunken Style. As well, his articles on qigong and health practices are found monthly in I Love Creston magazine.
One of his most recent projects is the helping to found the Kootenay Chin Wo Martial Arts Association (www.kootenaychinwoo.com) a non profit organization dedicated to preserving Martial Arts, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Culture in the Kootenay region of British Columbia.
Jason Deatherage - Creston BC, Canada
Creston Chen Taiji - www.facebook.com/crestonchen/?fref=ts
Jason has been training in the Martial Arts since childhood (nearly 30 years) and is Red Jades most educated Martial Scholar. Raised in a household with a Tibetan Lama, Jason has been studying Buddhist and Taoist Philosophy parallel to his martial arts his whole life. Jason in a Master (Shifu) in the Piercing Cloud School of Swordsmanship (http://www.piercingcloud.com/) and heads a full time program in Swordsmanship each summer. He is also a high level student of Shifu Neil in the Ma Family Gong Fu style (Ba Ying Quan), 18 Lohan Palm and Chen Taijiquan, having attained instructor level in all these styles.
Sami Elber - Edmonton AB- Canada
Edmonton Red Jade - www.facebook.com/Edmonton-Red-Jade-983495258400740/
Shifu Sami is one of Shifu Neil's long time students starting his studies in Drunken Boxing in early 2002 before which he studied and continues to study Wing Chun. Shifu Sami is the Head Master of the Xie Di Zi Yundong Xiehui in Edmonton Alberta and is currently teaching in the city of Edmonton.
Mohammed Elber - Vegreville/Edmonton AB - Canada
Red Jade Martial Arts Vegreville - www.facebook.com/vegredjade/?fref=ts
Mohammed has been training Chinese Martial Arts since 2003 and specializes in Chen Style Taijiquan. Mohammed will be offering classes in both Northern Ma Family Kung Fu as well as Tai Chi and Wing Chun in Vegreville AB at Red Jade Martial Arts Vegreville.
Damian Saucedo - Chicago, Illinois - USA
Damian is now teaching privately and publicly in the Chicago area and is currently the head of Red Jade Martial Arts Chicago. He has been training for a number of years under Shifu Ripski as well as being a personal fitness trainer and fitness professional in the area.
Edward Davis - Salmon Idaho, USA
Red Jade Martial Arts Academy - www.facebook.com/Red-Jade-Martial-Arts-Academy-802718659818006/?fref=ts
Ed has opened the Red Jade Martial Arts Academy and is a seriously dedicated student of the art and teacher. He runs after school programs as well as classes at his beautiful training hall in Salmon.
Matthew Preston - Taipei, Taiwan ROC
Matthew is Shifu Ripski's top student in Bayingquan and teaches at his own school in Taipei- Active English is a unique martial arts club teaching young people Chinese Physical Culture and English simultaneously. https://www.facebook.com/active.englishtw
Tomehr Ben Johanan - Jeruselem, Israel
Red Jade Israel (Inner Force Martial Arts Israel) - www.facebook.com/kungfuisrael/?pnref=lhc
Tomehr lives and teaches Martial Arts in Jeruselum and is a certified instructor of the Ma Family Zui Quan (Drunken Boxing) as well as a formal Disciple in Wudang Style Taijiquan. Tomehr is responsible for bringing Shifu to the Middle East for his Workshops in Israel in October 2014.
Shawn Taylor Ready - Victoria, British Columbia
Red Jade Martial Arts - Victoria Branch - www.facebook.com/redjadevictoria/?fref=ts
Located in Victoria BC, Shawn is a long time student of Shifu Ripski;s and has been certified as an instructor in the the Ma Family (Ba Ying Quan) style, 10 Animal Xinyiliuhe as well as 18 Lo Han Palm and is now accepting students in Victoria. His website here: http://redjadevictoria.weebly.com/
Dario Sun Ferrini - Lugano, Switzerland
Drunken Fist Lugano - www.facebook.com/zuiquanlugano/?fref=ts
Dario has been returning to Canada to study since 2012 taking many months of Full Time Training and has become certified as an instructor in Zui Quan and is planning to begin accepting students in Lugano to study with him.
Studio & Location
The Creston Red Jade Martial Arts studio is located at 125 - 12th Ave North
Creston, BC Canada
RJMA is located behind 12th Ave Hair Salon with the entrance behind the building.
Classes & Times
Classes and times for red Jade are as follows:
5 - 6pm Intermediate Tai Chi
6 - 7pm Piercing Cloud Sword (W/ Shifu Jason & Shifu Neil)
Tuesdays & Thursdays:
545 - 630pm Kids Kung Fu
7 - 8pm Teen Kung Fu
7 - 9pm Adult Kung Fu
515 - 545 pm KIds Kung Fu (6-9yrs)
6 - 7pm Xinyiliuhe (6 Harmonies, 10 Animal Xinyi)
7 - 8pm Baguazhang
Thursday Mornings in Wynndel Hall
9 - 11 am 18 Lohan Palm Qigong & Qigong Practices
1045 - 1145am Creston Rec Center - Beginner Tai Chi
515 - 545 pm KIds Kung Fu (Ages 5-9)
6 - 7pm Beginner Adult Kung Fu (Wing Chun)