Member Spotlight…U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy


Each month, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce chooses a different member to be the “Spotlight” for that month.  That member submits an article highlighting themselves and their business and what they provide to the Brooklyn community.  If you would be interested in being featured in an upcoming month, please let me know. 

Below is the Member Spotlight for June… U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy

We are Daniel & Jessica Cliff, owners and instructors at the U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy.  We joined the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2011 when we opened our Martial Arts business on Memphis Ave on the edge of Brooklyn and West Cleveland.  We have recently moved to a newer, bigger space at 4315 Ridge Road in the heart of  Brooklyn.  On Sunday, June 10th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. we are hosting an open house for everyone to come and celebrate our 7 years of business as well as our new space!  We will have food and 50/50 raffles as well as a few fun give aways!  We hope to see you all there!

Daniel and I pride ourselves on being much more than “just another Martial Arts school”.  We  believe that being a family run business has helped establish us with the young families in the community.  At our school we focus on the community by being involved with fundraisers, food drives, and car washes that benefit the local schools and residents.  Within the school we host events and contests each month that encourage camaraderie between the students.  Some of the most looked forward to events for our students are our sleepovers!  Especially our New Years Eve Sleepover!

Kung fu is a “soft style” of Martial Arts which means it’s easy on the joints.  There are many styles of Kung Fu out there, at our school we focus on Shuai Chiao and San Shou.  “Shuai Chiao” is Chinese style wrestling or grappling.  Shuai Chiao is the oldest form of recorded Martial Arts.  It utilizes strikes, disruptive hand techniques, kicks and joint locks in the context of takedown throws.  You’ll learn how to gain dominance and fight efficient in close quarters.  San Shou, or free fighting is a modern hand to hand self-defense system and combative sport.  San Shou includes punches, kicks, throws, locks, grappling and submissions.  Both styles of Kung Fu are included in all of the class curriculum.  Meaning that our 3&4 year old toddlers learn our curriculum just as our Tiny’s, Juniors and Adults learn it. (all at an age appropriate pace of course!)

I would encourage all of you to join our facebook page to receive up to date information regarding our schedules, monthly newsletters and special events!  You can find us at OR, if you’re interested in further information about our programs reach out to us through our website at

I really hope to see you all at our OPEN HOUSE on June 10th.  We are so excited to show off the new space 🙂


Jessica M. Cliff
Program Director

U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy (West)
4315 Ridge Rd
Brooklyn, Ohio 44144
phone: 216-351-3222

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