Training the Body, Heart, and Mind

Welcome to Six Animals Kung Fu, The Art of Transformation.

Our classes are taught by Steven Macramalla, who has over 25 years experience practicing and teaching this martial art called Chien-Lung. Classes are dynamic with a wide variety of techniques and exercises.

Classes are open to all levels, gender, sexual orientation and people from any walk of life. No experience is necessary, and  every fitness level is welcome.

The art is based on six animal archetypes. Each Animal represents a different aspect of self, movement, meditation and even personality-types with preferred diet and hobbies. The art is about embodying each Animal in movement, thought and breath, and then combining their qualities in creating the Dragon! balancing opposites of power with gentleness, spontaneity with design, speed with precision, and internal mastery with external skill.

Classes offer exercises to improve cardio, strength, flexibility, alignment, natural movement, self-defense and an extensive repertoire of targeted meditation practices to improve mindfulness, concentration, tranquility, self-knowledge and well-being.

Classes are always calibrated to meet the needs of the students.

Upcoming Classes

  1. 4-Class Introduction

    February 19 @ 7:30 pm - March 12 @ 9:00 pm
  2. Tiger 4-Class Introduction

    March 6 @ 7:30 pm - March 27 @ 9:00 pm
  3. BODYWORK: No Taxation Without Relaxation!

    April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Six Animals Kung Fu Santa Cruz Retreat 2018

    June 29 @ 4:30 pm - July 1 @ 1:30 pm

“Six Animals Kung Fu class is a workout, but it’s also an exploration into yourself, as exemplified by six animal archetypes. Keep practicing, and you will start to observe how you tap into the energy of the Tiger, Boa, Panther, and others in your day-to-day life. Steven is an amazing instructor – he brings enthusiasm, humor, and philosophical depth into every lesson. I highly recommend giving Six Animals a try if you’re interested in a martial arts class that goes beyond just a physical workout.”