Burbank Kung Fu School Trains Pop Star Brothers

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The Nickris Brothers in a Chinese martial arts stance.

Kent Niepert and his sons Nicholas (11) and Kristofer (8) have studied Wing Chun Kung Fu (Bruce Lee’s style) at California Academy of Martial Arts (C.A.M.A.) for years under Chief Instructor Todd Shawn Tei.

Tei has worked with many celebrities including Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, and has choreographed extensively for TV and film. C.A.M.A. was also recently featured on George Lopez’s show Lopez Tonight.

Last year the Niepert family took a trip to China to give their talented kung fu kids a shot at a career in Asian films and music. In addition to their kung fu skills, Nicholas and Kristofer both sing and play multiple instruments, including guitar and drums. They are fluent in both Mandarin and English.

The ‘Nickris Brothers’ have since become Beijing pop stars and are gearing up for their first starring roles in a feature film. Sifu Tei will also appear in the film and choreograph its martial arts scenes.

Niepert says, “I studied Wing Chun under Sifu Tei before I met my wife. Once my kids were old enough I brought them to Sifu Tei’s school. California Academy of Martial Arts has given my kids discipline, self-confidence and focus, which has of course contributed to their recent success.”

C.A.M.A. will be celebrating their sixteenth year in Burbank this summer. Programs are available for children ages three and up as well as adults and teens, with classes held seven days a week. For more information, call (818) 843-7916 or visit www.kungfuwingchun.com.

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