Manuel G. Rodriguez, Sigung
Sifu Rodriguez has had extensive experience with choreography and consultation. He has worked for many high profile directors and companies such as two-time Golden Globe winning director Mel Swope, world renowned Sifu Kisu, and Nickelodeon. In this vein, Sifu Rodriguez choreographed the Chu-Ka (Chu Gar/Southern Praying Mantis) martial arts movements for the breakout character of Toph Beifong in season two of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. He currently resides in Ventura, California, and oversees the kung fu training of many young students at Red Dragon Kung Fu Academy, which is directed by his sons, Joshua Murphy Rodriguez and Scott A. Logan.
Sifu Rodriguez also has a long and impressive list of medals and awards won prior to his teaching career. In 1991 and 1992, Sifu Rodriguez was ranked #1 in Southern Short Hand; #1 in Stationary Push Hands; #2 in Moving Push Hands; #2 in Sparring; #2 in Sticky Hands (Chi Sao); #2 in paired forms, and; #3 in Open Weapons for The United States National Chinese Martial Arts Competition, which has participants from over 40 Countries and provides competitors with their world ranking in every style of Chinese martial arts. In 2005, he was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame.
Grandmaster Manuel Rodriguez has dedicated his life to learning, perfecting and teaching an expansive range of martial arts. Best known for his mastery of Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Butterfly Hand, and Southern Praying Mantis, Sifu Rodriguez also holds a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, 2nd degree black belt in Judo, 2nd degree black belt in Shito Ryu Karate, 1st degree black belt in Hakko-ryu Ju Jitsu, and a 3rd degree black belt in Shuai Chiao (Chinese Wrestling).
Sifu Rodriguez has also coached many acclaimed world champions for international, national, and regional martial arts tournaments. A few of his better known champions include the Goodwill Games' Tae Kwon Do Silver and Bronze medalists Robert Ross and "Sly" Lawson, as well as Judo champion Tara Peacock of the 1988 summer Olympic Games held in Seoul, Korea.