"My daughter was bullied and harassed last school year. The results from being
physically hit and harassed everyday resulted us in spending all summer going to
chiropractor and counseling appointments. Since the diplomatic approach to
resolving this with the principal and teachers didn’t work, I decided she needed
to learn to defend herself. After hearing our story, Mr. Ware made it his
mission to ensure that my daughter would be ready for the new school year.
An amazing thing happens when bullies realize that their target can handle
themselves...they move on to another victim. My daughter has had to defend herself
twice since the new school year began. Needless to say, she now has absolutely
NO problems out of those classmates.
In four months, my daughter has gone from being timid and afraid to assured and
very confident, and I give all the credit to the training that she received from
Mr. Kenneth Ware at the Cincinnati Kung Fu & Tai Chi Center. Thank you just does
not seem adequate enough to convey my appreciation."
"I like kung fu because it gives me energy and keeps me healthy. I like
Shih-Ye as my teacher because he corrects me when my technique is wrong and
compliments me when I do my forms correctly. He always pushes me to do
better. I like my class because my classmates encourage me and I encourage
them, and they are very friendly."
Mr. and Mrs. O.:
"Both of our daughters are students of Shih-Fu Kenneth Ware and each
started when they were 5 years old. They enjoy their kungfu classes and
look forward to attending them on a regular basis. Shih-Ye is excellent in
teaching kids the art of kung-fu and intuitively knows when and how to
achieve results from kids. Watching him teach is like watching him do
kung-fu: pushing, pulling, hard, soft. As parents, we are grateful that
Shih-Fu inculcates in his students both skillful learning and pride in their
achievement. Just as he expects excellence from our kids in kung-fu, so does
he expect excellence from them in their academic schooling. He regularly
asks them about their progress in school and rewards them for achieving
excellent results in their report cards. A common refrain in our household
now when report cards come home is, "I want to show my report card to
"Since I started kung-fu it has only brought out the best in me, which required a personal
investment of learning the real definition of hardwork, commitment, and discipline.
After learning these lessons I am confident I can tackle any problem because I am going
to give it my all. For me, the physical benefits of kung-fu are just a bonus. It takes
an excellent teacher to provide these lessons and Shih-Fu Ware is nothing short of being
an excellent treacher."
"I can easily say that the time I’ve spent studying under Shih-Fu Kenneth Ware has been a
life-changing experience. In fact, it is difficult for me to imagine my life without having
walked into Shih-Fu Ware’s school."
"I have not only been instructed in, with a staggering attention to detail, the ancient art
of Chinese Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi Chuan, but I have also been exposed to the true essence of the
'student-teacher' experience. Shih-Fu Ware is committed to teaching martial arts in the same
manner that he was instructed, and in the manner that it has always been taught from
generation to generation. Humility and a student’s character are prized above all other
attainments. And under the patient and caring watch of such a gifted teacher,
the attainments no doubt accrue!"
"Shih-Fu Kenneth Ware’s knowledge seems inexhaustible. The messages interwoven in
his teachings, whether he is correcting a small motion, teaching meditation, explaining fighting,
or making us laugh are applicable to all areas of one’s life and are ultimately tied into
a universal awareness that can help one understand life’s ebb and flow."
"Furthermore, Shih-Fu Kenneth Ware has advised me and my family members on ways in
which to heal our bodies and minds."
"His selfless contribution to the quality of my life is immeasurable, and though the road is
not easy, the example set by Shih-Fu Kenneth Ware has left an indelible mark on my life.”
"My name is Mia, and I have Diabetes. I started taking Tai-Chi because I wanted to control
the disease. When I was first diagnosed, I was 8 years old. My life expectancy back then
was 20 years. I have had diabetes for 33 years now, and because of Tai-Chi and the help of
Shih-Fu, I have not had any of the problems that usually surface."
"Tai-Chi helps my circulation and stimulates my organs to make them stronger and
healthier. Qi-Gong and Nei-Gong help me boost my immune system and heal myself when an
ailment arises. Tai-Chi not only encompasses the health aspect, but Shih-Fu has also taught
me techniques to relax myself, focus, protect myself. Tai-Chi is one of the most important
preventative methods for preventing the progression of this disease and is essential for
a safe, happy and prosperous life."
" ' When the student is ready, the teacher will appear...' that's how it was for me
13 years ago. All I knew about Tai-Chi was what I'd seen in movies. Whenever I saw it,
something stirred inside me...a desire to know more. I knew there was something special
about it, something more than just slow movements. So, when the opportunity to take
Tai-Chi came, I took it without hesitation. I quickly learned that what I'd seen in
movies was just a very small tip of the iceberg and that Tai-Chi was indeed something
"The thing that makes Tai-Chi here so special is that Shih-Fu doesn't just focus on the
physical. His focus is on the student as a whole. He encourages us to see beyond
ourselves...to grow as individuals through the practice of Tai-Chi, Qi-Gong and
Meditation and to take what we learn and apply it to our daily lives. By doing so, I've
benefited both physically and mentally as well as spiritually. I've become a much calmer,
more patient and empathetic person. My desire to help others has become even greater
through Shih-Fu's teachings and the practice of Tai-Chi."
"I am grateful that when the opportunity came for me to take Tai-Chi, Shih-Fu was
the teacher. It has made all the difference. 'When the student is ready...' "
"I was first introduced to Shih-Fu Kenneth Ware by my son, who has been studying
kung-fu for four years. More recently he began to study tai-chi and encouraged me take
it with him. I had taken self defense class with Shih-Fu twice before and enjoyed the
class and Shih-Fu's teaching style. Learning how to defend myself and to have an
increased awareness about my relation to others and the world at large gave me a sense
of confidence and a power that I did not know before."
"I began to study tai-chi last April and in just that short amount of time, I know
that Shih-Fu has taught me to be open to all the possibilities that abound in this world
of ours. The CKTC center attracts a special group of people who are drawn to Shih-Fu and his
traditional Chinese teaching style. Shih-Fu cares deeply for his students and it is his
hope for us is to become our best selves. He is a willing teacher and has so much to share
with his students who are serious about their martial art, dedicated to learning
and to practicing."
"The center provides a safe environment for opening oneself to a new awareness of self,
others, and the the universe through the martial art of kung-fu and tai-chi."
"It has been an honor to be taught by Shih-Fu Kenneth Ware."
"I have been a student of Yang Style Tai-Chi at the Cincinnati Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi Center
for more than five years under the guidance of Shih-Fu Kenneth Ware."
"Shih-Fu Ware is very knowledgeable and inspiring. Over the years I have seen students
come and go, some always when in need of Shih-Fu's special knowledge and attention to
detail which help them improve and get better whatever their situation."
"While searching for a martial art to study, I did try one but did not feel at ease. Then
I found the Cincinnati Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi Center. The atmosphere at the Center was and
is very inviting, serious with a purpose and enjoyable. These are a reflection of our
"There are no frills, because the frills are in the lessons of the heart. Shih-Fu Ware
stresses the total being (mind, heart, spirit) and encourages all of his students to
continue seeking beyond the classes by incorporating these values into their everyday life."
"Shih-Fu Kenneth Ware has inspired and empowered me to think of a future in Yang Style
Tai-Chi as taught at the Cincinnati Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi Center."
Siddharth D. (8 years old):
I like Kung-Fu. I like how Shih-Fu teaches us new forms and techniques. I like Kung-Fu
because it builds up your brain power, and strength, and it helps you focus.
Samir and Rama D.:
"Our son Siddharth became a student of the Cincinnati Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi Center when
he was 4 years old. Over the years, we have been very impressed with the quality of
Kung-Fu he has learned. Shih-Fu Ware's attention to detail is amazing. Along with
Kung-Fu, he also encourages them in their school work. He is dedicated to their overall
development as human beings. And that is what makes this school a great place of learning."
"Day to day, I was just existing because I was always depressed, withdrawn, and
disappointed with life. But one sweet cool day in November of 2004, I laid my eyes on
Shih-Fu Ware or maybe he saw me first. He must have seen a hurt soul in need of
immediate help because he pulled aside to offer me a free class at his school, The
Cincinnati Kung-Fu and Tai-Chi Center.
After about a week of classes, I began to notice my outlook on life was changing for the
positive. I started to gain confidence and self awareness. Most importantly I thanked
God that I met Shih-Fu. As he teaches the students the different moves and
techniques, he stands next to you zooming in on each detail like the precision of
a surgeon for any mistakes. This is where the exchange of love occurs between
teacher and pupil. However, this was a foreign interaction for me because I
never met anyone who cared enough to rigorously correct me time after time until
closest to perfection. Shih-Fu Ware’s style of teaching consists of dedication
that never falters or tires. He is truly an amazing teacher. As far as I am
concerned there may only be a handful of teachers of his caliber in the country.
"Right away, Shih-Fu Ware taught me moves that controlled my tension and stress. On top
of that, he also took the time to talk to me about what I was upset. I explained how I had
endured many struggles growing up in an abusive family environment. At that moment
he gave me hope that Tai-Chi could make me a better person. I also sensed he had a skill
of seeing the light in people even though they could not see it for themselves. Thirdly, he
also offered me free classes because of my low income. He did not like turning students
away who truly wanted to learn. His emphasis is quality of instruction verses the
quantity of students."
"Eventually after years of studying at the Center, I caught on that the same kindness Shih-
Fu Ware showed me in the beginning, so freely and without hesitation is what he does for
all his students. Our teacher has such a big heart that on two separate occasions when he
bought new cars – Shih-Fu Ware simply gave away Lincoln Town cars to teenagers who
needed them for college. Every year, the Center hosts a Christmas charity drive where all
students must donate toys, clothes, and food. One year, Shih-Fu Ware watched a HBO
special about very disadvantaged children in Mississippi who could not attend school
because they could not afford paper and pencils. Consequently, Shih-Fu Ware was able
to get a truckload of supplies with the help of all the students in Cincinnati and across the
U.S. to be sent to Mississippi. When you have a champion of a teacher technically,
emotionally and intellectually, there is no way that the students in the Center can loose.
Furthermore, it is also the community around the Center that is also benefiting from our
"After years of practicing Tai-Chi, I have a passion for life. I look forward to each day
because Tai-Chi is slow yet satisfying like life. I have seen doctors and therapists but
none have helped me like our teacher. The dosages of my medications have been
decreased and each day is more consistent. Tai-Chi truly helps to stabilize my mood and
Qi-Gong has a way of calming my racing thoughts. Being able to execute these complex,
ancient and beautiful martial arts also makes me feel like I can accomplish anything
internally, emotionally, physically. And with a great teacher leading the classes with the
courage to push every student to reach for the stars, he is producing champions and
better citizens. I do not know where I would be if I never came to the Cincinnati Kung-Fu
and Tai-Chi Center. It is truly one of the hidden treasures in Cincinnati and Shih-Fu is
secretly one of the most valuable assets in our community."
"I have always been deeply interested in the Mind-Body-Spirit connection. That interest
led me initially to yoga in 1986. When I moved to Cincinnati, I wanted to complement that
practice with the other famous Mind-Body-Spirit practices of Tai-Chi and Qi-Kung."
"I really wasn't interested in the martial aspect of the art. I was not looking for a way to
fight an enemy. Like many people, I live in a face-paced, stress-filled world. What I wanted
was something to help me to be more centered and more relaxed in every aspect of life. One of
the best antidotes that I know is Tai-Chi. This slow moving martial art helps me deal with
the real opponent - not someone on the street, but myself. Over time, I am learning to
overcome the high-paced with the slow and focused. Inner tensions are being turned into calm
and relaxation. The desire for the quick success is being transformed into a pursuit of the
subtleties of the art"
"Shih-Fu Kenneth Ware teaches to the highest standards and wants his students to excel.
He knows the benefits of extensive practice and wants to share those benefits with his
students. He has studied with the famous Grandmaster Huang (being one of his early students)
and continues to pass on this ancient art in the traditional manner. It is evident that
Shih-Fu Ware has an incredible passion for Tai-Chi and Kung-Fu. What also comes across
is that he really cares deeply about his students. What an incredible combination."