Sifu Paula Lazarz
Master Paula Lazarz has been practicing Shaolin Kung Fu for the past twenty four years and has been teaching on a daily basis for the last twenty. She began her study of martial arts to build confidence and increase her own awareness of practical self-defense.
She received her black sash within the Shaolin Quan Fa system established in Chicago in 1965 by renowned Grandmaster John Chi-Yuan Tsai. She has competed both locally and nationally and was a NBL regional forms champion in 2003.
Master Paula holds a fifth-degree black sash in Tsai’s Shaolin Quan Fa. Her practice includes 20 years of Qi Gong training along with 15 years of Tai Chi.
While studying under Shi Yanju, a 34th Generation Songshan Shaolin Temple master, she completed two study trips to the original Shaolin Temple in Henan, China to deepen her understanding of the art, culture and spirituality of Shaolin.
Master Paula was a 2017 inductee into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall Of Fame.
She has a firm belief in the transformative power a solid martial arts practice offers a person and hopes to instill a passion for the art in her students.
Paula is also an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi.
Ms. Lazarz is also the owner of Energy Fitness, Inc. a martial arts and exercise program service provider. HealthKick Kung Fu is the Shaolin program offered by Energy Fitness, Inc.