Vanderbilt Kung Fu Club



The Vanderbilt University Kung Fu Club meets Tuesday and Thursday nights in East 6A & B in the VU Recreation and Wellness Center. We welcome new students to our club and can assure you that we have a great group that trains in a positive environment. We train in the arts of Chen Tai Chi, Chuan, Pa Kua, Chang, Walu, and other great Chinese Boxing arts that emphasize realistic self – defense. Of course these arts are also excellent for maintaining and improving one’s overall health. We welcome students at all levels including beginners and those from other martial arts backgrounds. We will teach our first few classes in a way that will give new students a good sample of how we train. Sifu Joe Rea Phillips serves as the instructor and faculty adviser of the club. Sifu Phillips has been assisted by Max Lucas for many years. Max is a Senior Student of Sifu Phillips and is highly qualified in Pa Kua Chang, Tai Chi Chuan, and Chinese Boxing. Patrik Taylor, another of Sifu Phillips’ Senior Students has also assisted with the club in the past.Gabriela Ore is the President of the club and she can be reached at


The Vanderbilt Kung Fu Club can now accept community members in the club provided they have purchased a membership to the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. 

Dues: $75 a semester – 2 free evaluation classes
Where: East 6A & B, Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center
Class Schedule

Tuesday – 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Thursday – 6:30PM – 8:30PM
The club usually meets during the Summer Session on Thursdays from 6:00PM – 8:00 PM.

In addition the club generally hosts a seminar at least once per semester with Sifu Phillips’ teacher, James Cravens.

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The CBII group in the above photo visited China in March, 2012. The group includes Earl Morgan, Maxie Green, James Cravens, Mark Yates, and Joe Rea Phillips. This was a nine day trip that included a week long seminar and the Ba Si Ceremony for Earl Morgan and Joe Rea Phillips, who became 20th generation Indoor Disciples of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang.