Shifu Gary Lachapelle

Chief Instructor

Shifu Gary started his training back in 1988. After studying various styles of both Karate and Kung Fu, he began his focus on studying Northern Long fist Kung Fu and Yang Style Tai Chi in 2000.

In 2003 he became one of the key instructors of the Worcester school location of Maury’s Kung Fu Academy, then becoming the Chief Instructor in 2005. In 2006 after hard work and dedication, he earned the title of Shifu, and in 2017 was awarded his 4th level Black Sash.

Approaching 35 years of experience in martial arts, Shifu Gary has chosen to further his Chinese Martial Arts education and was invited by Shifu Gregg Zilb of Authentic Shaolin Kung Fu of Holtsville, NY. to become a Yup Sut Dai Gee.

Shifu Gary is the Chief Instructor/Owner of The Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy of New England, a branch location of Authentic Shaolin Kung Fu in Worcester County, Massachusetts.

Shifu Gary has been:

❖Teacher of Hua Quan Kung Fu almost 20 years

❖Teacher of Tai Chi over 15 years and hosting the yearly public World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day event in Worcester since 2008, receiving proclamations in 2012 from Worcester Mayor Joe Petty and Governor Deval Patrick.

Shifu Gary is a strong supporter of martial arts awareness lending his support volunteering and judging at several tournaments, instruction, demonstration and Lion Dance at local public schools / after school programs and universities.

Shifu Gary also has been and still instructing senior citizens in Tai Chi at several area Council-On-Aging Centers since 2014.