All of our instructors are students at the Academy and are currently studying under Sifu Bateman.
Adult Kung Fu
We congratulate Mike on becoming a Sifu!
Mike recently received this rare and hard-earned distinction in March! Sifu Mike has studied under Sifu Bateman for years, and has been living the Kung Fu lifestyle for over 20 years.
Mariya is the a proud, vivacious mom of two amazing kids, a 7 year old daughter and a 3 year old son. She began kickboxing in April of 2013, about 7 months after the birth of her son. She was overweight, had a bad temper, was suffering from postpartum depression and desperately needed to get out of the house. She admits she doesn’t do well at gyms – they bore her, and she doesn’t understand half of the machines. She found kickboxing to be a healthy outlet for her to manage stress and boost her strength, allowing her to take on the hardest job – being a mom! She can completely relate to what other women go through, “I understand that it’s not easy trying to reach a goal. The things worth fighting for in life don’t come easy. I enjoy helping others obtain their goal, and my kickboxing style keeps it fun!” In addition to being a Mom, teaching kickboxing and core and working a second job, Mariya is also a full-time Massage Therapy student.
Kids Kung Fu
Justin is an Advanced Level 3 Black Sash.
He has been studying under Sifu Bateman for a number of years and is well on his way to becoming a Sifu in his own right.
As a young man, Don was an army ranger, and did two tours in Vietnam. But by 50, Don had no strength and was out of shape, so he began martial arts for fitness. He quickly realized martial arts was a lifestyle and embraced it wholeheartedly. Today, he is a 3rd Dan in Isshinryu Karate (an Okinawan style), and teaches Lohan Qigong here, which he learned from Sifu Brian. Don enjoys helping people learn and feels he learns faster by helping others. He also knows Brocade Qigong and plans on learning 2 or 3 more styles to see which are the best to practice to stay in good health as we age, and looks forward to sharing his learning with his students.
Leeza has committed the last 5 years training vigorously to learn the art of kickboxing, and has spent the last 3 years to become proficient in the style of Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu, and has even competed. Part of her passion as an instructor and trainer stems from being able to help people meet their fitness goals while teaching the valuable skill of self-defense. She takes pride in providing students with the motivation to challenge themselves not only physically but mentally as well. Leeza has her Bachelors in Biochem and is currently working towards a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, making the Eastern arts her life’s work.