Sibak Lou Markstrom

Master Instructor Running Fist Kung Fu

Lou Markstrom is the Head Instructor of Running Fist Australia. Lou began his martial arts journey at the age of 9 in 1979. He first trained in an American Eclectic Style of martial arts and received the rank of Shodan in 1986. Lou began training in Running Fist Kung-fu under Sijo James Robinson in 1983. He was promoted to Sifu in 1996, awarded the title of Sibak in 2017 and holds the rank of 7th Dan. Lou is honoured, humbled, and proud to be the “elder” of the Sifu’s of Running Fist and to help guide their journeys. He is a regular instructor at World Warrior Alliance events. Over the years, he has trained in a variety of martial arts including Shotokan, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Boxing and Kick Boxing.


World Warrior Alliance – Lifetime Member

Pun Wha Nae Jir Gi American Kung-fu Federation (Lifetime Membership Commenced December 15, 1987)


American Federation of Martial Arts (AFMA) Hall of Fame, November 19, 2004

AFMA Silver Life Time Achievement Award, November 19, 2004

AFMA Elite Silver Warrior Lifetime Achievement Award, May 5, 2007

Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame

Action Martial Arts Magazine Silver Lifetime Achievement Award

Book Inclusions:

Who’s Who in The Martial Arts: The Legends Edition (2017)

Martial Arts Masters & Pioneers (2020)

Registrations, Certifications, & Permits

Martial Arts Industry Association (Australia) Accredited Instructor

Martial Arts Australia (Registered Master Instructor)

Martial Arts Weapons Permit – New South Wales Police Force

Covid Safe Martial Arts School