About us

The Chinese Martial Arts and Health Centre has been teaching traditional styles of Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Chi Gung since 1985 at our centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban.

What we offer

Embark on a journey of martial arts mastery with our diverse training programs, spanning Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Chi Gung, and Tactical Training.

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Kung Fu

Effective striking, weaponry, throwing, and locking techniques.

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Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a complex and highly developed art that gives the practitioner a feeling of enjoyment.

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Chi Gung

Chi Kung is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation.

tactical training

Tactical Training

Learn basic self defence effectively and in a relatively short time.


Our teachers have a collective martial arts experience of over 150 years, dedicated to the Chinese Martial Arts and Health Centre and Chang Hong systems. The school was founded and is headed by Si Fu Marco Kavalieratos.

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Si Gung Marco Kavalieratos

Founder CMAHC Head of Cape Town and Parkhurst Schools

Si Gung Marco has been training martial arts most of his life. At age 9 he was introduced to Japanese arts and practiced karate for several years. He then moved into learning Chinese martial arts at the age of 13.

His enthusiasm and dedication to kung fu led him to open his own school at the tender age of 19. He started instructing at the local gym and within six months moved into his own premises.

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Si Fu Matt

Head of Fish Hoek / Glencairn School

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Si Fu Ian

Head of Greyville School

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Si Fu Gary

Head of London School

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Si Fu Lester

Head of Upper Flagstone School

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Si Fu Christian

Head of Tai Chi


The system we teach has come from these pre-eminent Martial Arts masters. These highly-regarded teachers have exemplary track records and have left a deep legacy which we are proud to help continue and grow. Thanks to the dedication of these great men of our lineage, Taiwanese Martial Arts today are not only alive and well in South Africa, but also famous around the world too.

Chen Ching Ho

Si Fu Marco’s Teacher

Master Chen Ching-Ho was born in Chang-Hwa County of Taiwan in 1960. He graduated from Chinese Culture University in Taipei with a major in Chinese Literature. He has practised Chinese Wu Shu for almost 40 years since his early childhood. He has dabbled in the study of Tai-Zu Quan, White Crane, Cai-Li-Fo, and various other styles of kung fu for some time. But the core of his teaching now is in the styles of Long Fist, Hong Quan and Tai Chi.

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Han Ching Tan

Grandmaster to Chen Ching Ho and master of Li Mao Ching

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Li Mao Ching

Northern Shaolin teacher of Chen Ching Ho

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Zhang Ke-Zhi

Hong Family Fist Teacher of Chen Ching Ho