To Experience Something Completely Different…

Martial Arts Classes as they were meant to be taught.

The classes offered at the Blue Dragon School is one of the most effective, rewarding and unique Chinese Martial Arts training programs you will find throughout the Northern NJ area. Chief Instructor and owner, Shifu Raymond Ahles has over 27 years experience in practicing and 25 years in teaching the martial arts. He has developed a safe, yet challenging and comprehensive training curriculum that fully integrates both the health and self defense aspects of martial arts.

Our program is designed to fully develop the body and mind. Adults of all ages can become physically fit, strong and flexible as well as mentally focused, disciplined and more confident. Our students work hard as they get into shape. We don’t make it easy yet every day we watch people develop and thrive. Life is full of all kind of challenges and we believe that people are better prepared to handle adversity in life when they have been trained in a way that teaches them to face these challenges with calm and with confidence.

Learn the Secrets of Real Kung Fu Training

Though newcomers initially may come looking for karate classes, what they are really seeking is to learn martial arts along with the many benefits it has to offer. In our martial arts classes we teach the rare kung fu style of Ba Gua Zhang, also known as Pa Kua Chang, which is a Chinese internal style renowned for its:

  • Highly evasive footwork
  • Powerful palm strikes
  • Snake like body movements
  • Lightening fast combinations
  • Distinctive circle walking training methods

Prospective students are welcome to make an appointment to come in and take one of our classes as part of a Free Trial Class. There is no cost and no obligation but you get a chance to experience for yourself what the training is like with a martial arts instructor there to guide and assist you.

The Oldest “Mixed Martial Arts” Style, Kung Fu

“Mixed martial arts” is a term that gained a lot of popularity recently but students of Kung Fu have been practicing Mixed Martial Arts for thousands of years. Punching, blocking, kicking, long range, close range, grappling, joint locking, and throwing, are all included in the Ba Gua Zhang Kung Fu classes that we teach.

What separates Ba Gua Zhang from other popular martial arts styles such as:

Karate – Tae Kwon Do – Aikido – Jujitsu – Judo – Kung Fu

While the main components of these very different Asian martial arts styles & disciplines are all included when training in the Ch’iang Shan Ba Gua Zhang style of Kung Fu, there are also distinct differences.

Ba Gua Zhang (Pa Kua Chang) skillfully integrates health and self defense making it one of the most complete and comprehensive martial disciplines practiced today.

It is not an art that is based on memorizing countless “techniques.” Our students learn how to apply real-world principles that teach how to think, emphasizing how to evade and how to avoid a potentially dangerous situation. You will discover the most effective and efficient self-defense methods that work for your body. What works for one person will not necessarily work for someone else!

Often referred to as the “smart martial art”, Ch’iang Shan Ba Gua Zhang is equally suited to men and women as it does not rely not physical strength or size for its effectiveness.

Traditional Martial Arts Classes at the Blue Dragon School

Our curriculum is deeply rooted in tradition. Through diligent training and repetitive drills, students in our martial arts classes develop a body that is supple, strong and flexible. The body becomes capable of smooth, relaxed and continuous movement. The student learns to use the body in a unified manner so that it is fully connected. When ready, more complex and detailed movements are introduced. Eventually, enough skill is attained to create great power even through small body articulations.

In addition to physical body conditioning and the teaching of forms and applications, meditation is an integral part of the training. We firmly believe that “real martial arts” trains the body and the mind.

Check out our student testimonials to discover what people are saying about their own experiences taking martial arts classes at the Blue Dragon School.

Real Skills for Real Life

Students who take classes at The Blue Dragon School quickly realize that their training is not limited to class time. It is when the student develops the ability to take the lessons they learned inside the dojang (dojo), and begins to apply it to their everyday life, that the transformation into a true martial artist really begins.


The translation of the Chinese words, “Kung Fu” is
“achievement through effort over time.”
Put in the time and the effort… and the rest just takes care of itself.

Don’t let uncertainty or lack of experience let you miss out on what might be the single best thing you ever did for yourself, register now on-line for your FREE Trial Lesson. Or you can contact Suzanne at 201-385-3130 or email her at to arrange for your free martial arts class at our Bergen County, NJ location.