About the Academy

Al Bender’s Kung Fu Academy

365 Broad Street,
2nd Floor Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Business Phone : 973-743-7544
Email: info@albenderskungfuacademy.com


Monday: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Thursday : 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Al Bender’s Kung Fu Academy of New Jersey was founded in June 1981. The Academy offers a variety of classes for students aged 5 through adult including training in the traditional Kung Fu styles of Northern Shao Lin Chuan, Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing Yi Chuan, and Pa Kua Chang. Traditional weapons training includes Broadsword, Double Edge Sword, Long Staff, Cane (or umbrella), Spear, and 9 Section Steel Whip. Classes in Contemporary Wushu are also offered for adults and children ages 5 and up.

Kung Fu Kids


Wu Shu Wonders (Ages 5 through 10)

Our Wu Shu Wonders program is specifically designed to introduce your son or daughter to the martial arts of China with an emphasis on co-ordination and self control, not fighting. The gymnastic nature of this exciting of martial arts form promises to direct youthful energy toward the development of martial arts skill while at the same time offering a fun experience. Children of all levels of skill are welcome regardless of their current physical ability. Increased self confidence is often a result of the training as all students are treated with respect and encouraged according to their own ability. Parents have reported benefits such as increased self confidence, weight loss, improved concentration and co-ordination since their children have begun training with us. Children ages 10 and over have the option of participating in our traditional Kung Fu training program.

Though not a requirement, members interested in tournament competition or performances are encouraged to participate in these events when the Instructors feel the student is ready.

Adults of All Ages

Unlike most martial Arts schools, a large part, maybe even the largest part, of our student population consists of adult professionals and individuals. Men and women, many 40-50 years of age looking for a fun exercise and self defense, participate in our classes without worrying about black eyes and broken teeth.

Many of our adult students have told us they always wanted to train in martial arts at some time or another but due to lack of time, money, or other reasons they never did. Others have had some training in the past but had to quit for one reason or another. It is never too late to start or resume training. We offer training for beginners in the traditional styles of Northern Shao Lin and Tai Chi Chuan depending on you personal goals. Whether the goal is weight loss, self defense, stress reduction, increasing muscular flexibility or just plain fun we have programs for you. Many of our students have come to us for cross-training purposes to increase flexibility or endurance for other sport activities. Though never required, those with an eye towards competition may have an interest in training for martial arts tournament competition.


“Control is the Goal”

Our classes are based on the premise that one must be in control of him or herself before they can extend control to others for the purpose of self defense. Self control is developed through traditional training methods.

PLEASE NOTE : Our students do not engage in free sparring as a means of developing fighting skill. Our goal is to develop full power punches and kicks in a unique way using muscle memory. Self defense drills with a partner are also used to help develop reflex response.

Flexible scheduling includes weeknights, Saturdays and Sundays as well as private instruction to accommodate more difficult schedules.