Sifu Dug Corpolongo - Biography

Sifu_Dug_smileMaster Dug Corpolongo was born just outside of LA in Torrance, California, in December of 1954. He lived with his Paternal Grandparents until he was in the 2nd Grade. His Grandfather was an amateur boxer in his youth and taught Dug some basic boxing skills while he was still in grade school. Dug lived with his father and stepmother until junior high school, when he was placed in a series of foster homes.

When the boy was 15 years old, his foster parents and case worker gave Dug a chance to enroll in a Kempo Karate class.  This was his first introduction to Asian Martial Arts. Dug didn’t study martial arts seriously, taking classes off and on until 1979. An intense spiritual experience motivated him to study seriously.


Sifu Dug is a Senior Student and Adopted Disciple of Grandmaster Henry Look.  He has been studying Chinese Martial Arts continously since 1979 and teaching since 1990.  He is certified as a Master Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong Instructor by the United States Martial Arts Association; and the Health Preservation Association of Albany New York. Sifu Dug is also ranked as a senior judge and coach of Internal Martial Arts by several respected International Chinese Martial Arts organizations.  He was inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2002. Sifu Dug was on the National Executive Board of the United States Amateur Athletic Union/Chinese Martial Arts Division from1999 to 2010 where he served as the National Chairman, Vice Chairman and National Head Coach.  He currently is on the National Executive Board of the US Kuoshu Federation. His professional background also includes positions on the faculty the International Institute of Chinese Medicine, Southwest Acupuncture College, New Mexico Tech, San Juan Community College, New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics and the New England Institute of Buddhist Studies.


fistofdoomSifu Dug is well known for his skill at describing the intricate and complex theories of Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts. He has a knack for making esoteric knowledge clear and accessible to all. As a teacher of self-defense, he has a wealth of "real world" experience, having spent many years as a nightclub bouncer and police trainer.


This gentle giant of a man is the soul of kindness and patience. He is a wonderful friend, a socially-conscious volunteer and contributor to worthy causes. His free Tai Chi for Seniors program is the longest continuously running program in the nation. His Kuan-wide Yard Sales for the Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and Haiti earthquake victims benefited his fellow man. He personifies the sentiment of the greeting "Namaste".

Also notable are his appreciation of high quality tea and humor of more questionable quality.