Tom Mccusker

Tom M.

Pleasantville, NY

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About

Tom delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1996

We Specialize In:

Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu
Chinese Kickboxing
Tai Chi
Bagua
Hsing-I
Wushu
Wing Chun
Women's Self Defense
Bully Safe Programs
Special Needs Programs
Ages 4 & up

Experience

Owner & Head Instructor (Sifu)
Nov 2005 - Present
chinese martial arts & ed. center

Kung fu training - 35 years plus
Shaolin studies
Tai chi (Yang, Chen, Chang, Wu)
Bagua & Xing Yi (B.P. Chan)
Kali
Wing Chun
Sanshou

Education

Forensic Psychology
Sep 1998 - Jan 2001
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Languages

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Black Sash
Jun 2010
Kung Fu

5th Degree Black Sash

Awards

Hall of Fame Member
Mar 2013
USA Martial Arts

30 Reviews

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David L. Oct 6, 2016
Tai Chi Chuan · Online

Tom is great. Was able to work with my very limited knowledge to help me along in my studios. Definitely talking more classes with him.

Vernon Jul 6, 2016
Wing Chun · Online

Sifu tom very patient and helpful in spite of my being a bit nervous.my old teacher had no patience.made me very uncomfortable and even challenged me to fight.
Will work with sifu tom in the future as my budget allows.thanks sifu tom!!

Julie Apr 13, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

My daughter started when she was six years old, she is now 13, and is still taking lessons. Sifu Tom, is very experienced, knowledgeable and a fun instructor. Both kids and Adults enjoy his classes.

Ken Apr 4, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

An excellent teacher with over 30 years of knowledge and experience. Sifu Tom - recently inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame - knows how to get the best out of his students while balancing how the art of Traditional Kung Fu is applicable in real life situations and to understanding the foundation of Kung Fu. I have trained under Sifu Tom for 4 years now and respect him greatly for all he has taught me.

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Colleen Apr 2, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Sifu Tom has taught my son for over 8 years. He is an excellent teacher who brings out the best in his students--from young children through adults. In addition to teaching the skills of Kung Fu, he focuses on respect and integrity, as he develops discipline and confidence in his students--skills that carry over into all areas of life. The atmosphere in the Pleasantville school is like an extended family get-together, where everyone is welcome. I am very thankful that my son has had an opportunity to learn and grow at CMAEC.

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John Apr 1, 2016
Self Defense · In studio

Sifu McCusker is an amazing instructor. He is talented, professional, patient, excellent with students of all ages, immensely skilled in a wide variety of martial arts disciplines, and fosters a sense of both achievement and respect - he truly is the whole package!

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Victoria Mar 30, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

The best local Rockland County kids Karate program. My 5 year old and 3 years old absolutely love it and always looking forward to the next class!

Allen Mar 30, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Sifu Tom is a patient , good natured and talented instructor with a seemingly endless depth of knowledge across an impressive range of styles and approaches, with a real-world grounding in applications of what he teaches.

Larry Mar 28, 2016
Wing Chun · In studio

Sifu Tom helped supercharge my development. I am doing private classes with him and doing a ton of practice at home. He has a no nonsense, no Martial Art stigma approach to teaching and speaks to you in a way that makes it easier to understand and take in. His unique prospective and multi-application view of even the simplest of movements opens up doors for me and the way I look at movements. Finally someone who teaches for the love of the Arts and not to keep you there to line his pockets like some schools will do.

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Alex Mar 28, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Sifu Tom has been my instructor, mentor, and friend for the better part of decade now. He has an incredible gift for not only showing and teaching the Chinese martial arts but also showing his students the history and culture that goes along with it. His classes always feels like its a one on one experience even if the class is full with 20 other students. I have taken tons of other martial arts but i found my home once i met Sifu Tom because no matter how much or how little experience you have he will always work with you toward your individual goal. I recommend Sifu to anyone interested in martial arts and is looking for a school and instructor that is experienced and knowledgeable in real world tactics, culture, self defense, forms, applications and history of Chinese Martial Arts

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Dean Mar 28, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

My friend Freedom and I were looking to learn martial arts and as we looked around our area we couldn't find anyone to meet our qualifications of what a good teacher is. That is until we found our now teacher Tom McCusker, he had a school on main street in Nyack and we had tried a free class he was offering for new comers. I can say without a doubt after that class we came to the decision to start learning under Tom, he was understanding, informative, committed, easy to talk too, and helped in anyway he could for us. By far he is one of the best mentors I've had, its been a little over a year since that first class and I couldn't be happier with the choice I made to learn under him. I'm grateful for his teachings and would consider him to be a teacher worth learning under.

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Danijela Mar 28, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

I highly recommend CMAEC. My daughter has been a student of Sifu Tom for 10yrs. He is a wonderful instructor. She not only learns self defense and discipline, her self esteem is high and she really enjoys her classes. Sufi Tom makes fitness fun and the children learn more than just martial arts.

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Chris Mar 28, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Tom has an easy going nature and a love for his art of Kung fu, self defense, etc. He will work you hard and you will sweat but the experience and discipline you get out of it, is your great reward. His knowledge about all varieties of Kung Fu history is limitless. Professional and casual attitude towards children and adults alike. Highly recommended.

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Stephanie Mar 28, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Sifu Tom works very well with all of the kids at all levels of KungFu. He has built confidence in my child as well as taught him humbleness and to keep trying and practicing. The classes have a very strong team atmosphere.

Don Mar 28, 2016
Tai Chi Chuan · In studio

Tom has the perfect balance of knowing his arts coupled with a great teaching ability and style. He is great at recognizing how his students learn best and then is able to adapt his sessions and teaching style to maximize their education. Tom demonstrates a real passion for his work, has a diverse skill-set, and he is dedicated to educating people of ALL AGES in the benefits of Chinese Martial Arts.

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Angelina Mar 27, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Our son loves working with Tom! He gives him the encouragement to work harder and practice.

Beverly Mar 27, 2016
Tai Chi Chuan · In studio

I have been a student of Sifu Tom McCusker's for the last year. From the outset, I recognized what I can only call his genius for teaching, whether children or adults. His apparent confidence that anyone can learn draws even the most reluctant student into receiving his wisdom, which he shares generously, and then into understanding and, seemingly miraculously, performing. From Sifu, students learn right--the history, the philosophy, the techniques---and can't help being inspired. I really am eternally grateful to him.

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Jen Mar 27, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Tom has been teaching my son Kung Fu since he was 3. He will be 6 next month. Tom's patience and understanding of how kids learn is amazing. He knows how to make it fun to learn but also makes sure they know they have to get the lesson done.

Lisa Mar 27, 2016
Tai Chi Chuan · In studio

Sifu Tom is one of the BEST Tai Chi instructors in the NY area. He has taught me many forms and styles of Tai Chi from beginner to advanced. I've found he can always explain the most complex moves in a simple way that I can easily understand. I've always been impressed with his in depth knowledge of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, and many other martial arts disciplines from around the world.

My strength and balance have improved tremendously and I am much more flexible due to learning Tai Chi with Sifu Tom. The best thing I've learned from Sifu is self-defense and, as a woman, I am extremely confident now that I can use what I learned, even from Tai Chi, to defend myself.

What I love about Sifu Tom's teaching Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Bagua, and other internal Kung Fu forms is that it comes from the real Shaolin tradition. I know that I'm learning the real thing.

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Vanessa Mar 27, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Sifu Tom is an amazing instructor. He taught my son Kung Fu. He was patient and taught the students of his class based on their abilities. Along with teaching the kids Kung Fu, he taught them Chinese culture, Kung fu history, values, respect and leadership skills.

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Freedom Scheyd Mar 27, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Awesome teacher, I've been studying for some time over a year now. From my focus improving to me being physically stronger since I've started attending his classes I've done nothing but improve. The atmosphere is fun and focused, and Sifu Tom really cares about all of his students. Best teacher!

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Maria Mar 27, 2016
· In studio

My son has been taking with Sifu for over 5 years. He is a wonderful instructor and has been a great influence on my son.

Christina Deems Mar 27, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Sifu Tom is amazing with his students. He makes his classes fun and engaging and always has a valuable life lesson. The kids enjoy class and have a tremendous amount of respect for him.

Larry Mar 27, 2016
Wing Chun · In studio

Sifu Tom helped supercharge my development. I am doing private classes with him and doing a ton of practice at home. He has a no nonsense, no Martial Art stigma approach to teaching and speaks to you in a way that makes it easier to understand and take in. His unique prospective and multi-application view of even the simplest of movements opens up doors for me and the way I look at movements. Finally someone who teaches for the love of the Arts and to keep you there to line his pockets.

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Ken A Mar 27, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Sifu Tom is an involved, knowledgeable and thorough Kung Fu instructor, who runs a family oriented Shaolin School. He identifies the needs of the individual student, working with strengths and weaknesses, while maintaining the standards of his Art. He is an outstanding combination of patience with firm expectations, particularly with his younger students, as well as adults.
My family has benefited from improved cardio heath and fitness. My wife and daughter found the kickboxing and Tai Chi improved their stamina and athletic ability. My sons successfully competed in sparring and forms competitions and tournaments and gained confidence in their athletic prowess.
As a senior citizen, I have improved the quality of my mature years by maintaining an active, structured Kung Fu program that acknowledges my limitations.

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Nalini Mar 27, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

My son and I have been going to Sifu Tom since 2013 for Kung Fu. He keeps my son interested and motivated which is not easy to do. We call it our Kungfu family, very special and supportive.

Arnold Mar 27, 2016
Tai Chi Chuan · In studio

Wonderful instructor. Patient, attentive, skilled and a pleasure to take private lessons from. Highly recommend

Keivan Razavi Mar 27, 2016
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Awesome teaching style

Steven Mar 27, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Tom has excellent knowledge in many disciplines and has helped me enormously

Chris Mar 27, 2016
Kung Fu · In studio

Teacher is a hard worker, and loves the people he teaches. Really cares about his students and makes sure their foundations and development are strong.

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