Martial Arts Class Instructor Bios
Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The instructors for our 2018 kung fu classes in Albuquerque will make sure you get individual attention.
The best martial arts instructors train for a lifetime, and throughout their tenure ours remain enrolled in Martial Artistry's Instructor Certification Program, ensuring that their training is continuous and remains current. The minimum level of commitment to this program involves roughly 5 hours of wushu, kung fu and martial arts instructors training each week - including training in educational theory. Many of these instructors opt in for even more training, and most Martial Artistry instructors have already logged hundreds of hours honing their skills, perfecting their teaching methods and developing excellent student rapport.
Using our unique one-on-one training method, these ladies and gentlemen are infinitely qualified to help you progress at your own personal pace -- the pace that is most beneficial to YOUR body, YOUR mind and YOUR abilities.
Shifu Kayne has trained in China with such notables as Shaolin senior monk Shi De Cheng, and the women's head coach for the Beijing Wushu Team.
Come and experience what a wonderful difference our supportive family atmosphere and knowledgeable instructors can make in your training! With a $50 New Student Special that includes a month of lessons and a free uniform - all with no strings attached - now is the perfect time to try.
And now, let's meet our Albuquerque Martial Artistry instructors!
Instructor Qiu Yan:
Ms. Qiu in a kung fu Southern snake fist posture
A native of Shanghai, China, Ms. Qiu now lives in the USA with her son Yaoting. Ms. Qiu has been teaching in Albuquerque since 2006.
Ms. Qiu performs a duilian, or kung fu fighting set, with her family.
Ms. Qiu is also a long-time member of Steel Phoenix, Martial Artistry's kung fu exhibition team. Along with lion dancing and dragon dancing, Ms. Qiu has performed on stage in various venues with war fan (武扇— wu shan), double-head spear (双头枪 — shuangtou qiang), northern tiger boxing (北虎拳 — bei hu quan), broadsword (刀术 — dao shu), double war fan (双武扇 — shuang wu shan), long fist (长拳 — chang quan), flag dancing, assault blade (朴刀 — pudao), whip chain (節鞭 — jie bian), praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan) vs. snake fist (蛇拳— shequan) fighting set (对练— duilian), dragon style (龙拳— long quan) and Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫), among others.
Ms. Qiu with nandao, or Southern broadsword, a well known kung fu weapon.
Along with her demanding teaching schedule, coaching kung fu and wushu classes for both adults and children, Ms. Qiu also appears in Martial Artistry/Bad Squirrel Productions full-length feature film, House of Flying Squirrels as the ferocious Tiger Mom.
Instructor Lydia Eggert
Though she has studied other Chinese weapons, Ms. Eggert is probably best known for her kung fu bullwhip form.
Her martial arts grace may enchant the eye, but it is Ms. Eggert's gentle heart that makes her a favorite of so many students. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Ms. Eggert teaches the Little Dragons martial arts classes, as well as the kung fu classes for adults and children.
Ms. Eggert instructs adults and kids martial arts on Mondays and Wednesdays in Albuquerque.
Ms. Eggert's demanding schedule not only includes teaching Albuquerque kung fu classes, she also works at a car dealership and is a real estate broker. She currently trains in double daggers (双匕首 — shuang bishou), spirit whip (神鞭— shen bian) and long fist (长拳 —chang quan) at Martial Artistry. Other styles in which Ms. Eggert has trained include Northern tiger boxing (北虎拳 — bei hu quan), spring leg (弹腿— tan tui), praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan), Shantung Shaolin kung fu (山东少林功夫), , broadsword (刀术 — dao shu), Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫), war fan (武扇— wu shan), straight sword (剑术— jian shu), and cannon fist (炮拳 — paoquan). Be sure to check out her 2014 CNY performance with Steel Phoenix, featuring her dragon style (龙拳— long quan)and spirit whip (神鞭— shen bian)forms.
Lydia also appeared in the Martial Artistry Movie Stunt Class film, HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS as Slow Lotus, a rather confused concubine with enchanted hair ribbons.
Instructor Monique Renee Curley
Monique Renee Curley with double long tassel straight swords
An instructor for our Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday martial arts classes for children and adults, Monique Renee Curley currently trains in Nan Dao 南刀 (Southern broadsword), double straight sword (双剑 — shuang jian), and assault blade (朴刀 — pudao), the latter two of which she will perform at our 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration.
Ms. Curley's kung fu training also includes wind and fire wheels (风火轮 — feng huo lun), tumbling fist or turning over boxing (翻子拳 — fanziquan), straight sword (剑术— jian shu), open hand fighting sets (对练 — duilian), Southern snake fist (南蛇拳 — nan shequan), mandarin duck knives (鴛鴦銳 — yuan yang rui), long tassel straight sword (长穗双剑 — chang sui jian), staff (棍术— gunshu), southern boxing (南拳 — nanquan), double-head spear (双头枪 — shuangtou qiang), double daggers (双匕首 — shuang bishou), tiger boxing (北虎拳 — hu quan), broadsword (刀术 — dao shu), long fist (长拳 — chang quan), dragon fist (龙拳 — long quan), Shantung Shaolin kung fu (山东少林功夫), war fan (武扇 — war fan), praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan), spring leg (弹腿 — tan tui), and Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫).
Her other hobbies include cosplay, in which all those martial arts skills often come in handy.
Assistant Instructor Keith Weber
Keith Weber enjoys teaching and assisting in martial arts classes
Mr. Weber has trained in Spring Leg (弹腿— tan tui) and Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫), and is currently studying praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan). He assists in the 6:00pm Tuesday and Thursday Little Dragon's martial arts classes for young children, and the Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday group wushu classes for adults and children as well.
Keith is also on the Martial Artistry bowling team, with Randy Lantz, Ellie Wilson and Dusty Brooks, which is why our trophy wall has lately begun to sprout bowling pins and minions, to go with all those 6' tall trophies and gold medals.
Assistant Instructor Dorothy Stender
Dorothy Stender with kung fu nine-teeth hook swords.
Ms. Stender is the proud matriarch of three generations of Martial Artistry students: the Stender and Ma families. An outgoing people person and never-ending font of enthusiasm, Ms. Stender organizes everything from reconstruction of guardian lions, to T-shirt drives, to our annual school photo and Lunar New Year events. She currently teaches the Monday and Wednesday group kung fu classes in here in Albuquerque.
Ms. Stender enjoys both teaching and continuing her own kung fu training.
Ms. Stender has performed extensively all over New Mexico with Team Steel Phoenix kung fu and wushu exhibition team. She currently studies staff (棍术— gunshu) with Martial Artistry, but has also trained in southern boxing (南拳— nanquan), supreme ultimate fist (太極拳— taijiquan), straight sword (剑术— jian shu), double-head spear (双头枪 — shuangtou qiang), spring leg (弹腿— tan tui), double daggers (双匕首 — shuang bishou), Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫), Northern tiger boxing (北虎拳 — bei hu quan), praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan), broadsword (刀术 — dao shu), war fan (武扇— wu shan), long fist (长拳 —chang quan), Shantung Shaolin kung fu (山东少林功夫), dragon style (龙拳— long quan) and cannon fist (炮拳 — paoquan).
Dorothy Stender has trained in wushu double head spear, among other weapons of kung fu.
She also played the part of Grumpy Tai-Tai in the martial arts movie spoof House of Flying Squirrels.
Assistant Instructor Lee Ann Haluska
Welcome back, Assistant Instructor Lee Ann Haluska! Ms. Haluska will be teaching the group wushu class on Monday and Wednesday.
Assistant Instructor Ivana Georgievova
Ivana Georgievova wields her favorite Chinese kung fu weapons, the unicorn horn knives.
Born in the heart of Bohemia, Ms. Georgievova is blessed with a free mind and an open heart. It was in her teens that she felt drawn to a career in medicine, which led to her earning a Bachelor's degree in nursing. Her exposure to the physical and emotional suffering of her patients inspired her to a commitement to healing pain in others. Upon her arrival in the US, Ivana embarked on a mission to study alternative methods of healing.
When not training in wushu, she enjoys skiing, ice skating, and horseback riding. Ms. Georgievova assists in the Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Little Dragons children's martial arts classes for ages 4-8. She joined the Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu instructor team in January of 2017.
Ivana currently trains in spring leg (弹腿— tan tui).
Assistant Instructor Ellie Wilson
Ellie Wilson with kung fu broadsword.
Ms. Wilson joined the wushu instructor team in 2011 and helps teach the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday martial arts classes for adults and children. She is an actor by passion and profession and enjoys a wide range of interests, from the Society for Creative Anachronism to skiing to saving the galaxy -- with the aid of her trusty X-box, of course!
Dragon is one of the traditional animals of 5-animal Shaolin kung fu.
Ms. Wilson currently studies Northern tiger boxing (北虎拳 — bei hu quan)at Martial Artistry. She has also studied a number of other kung fu styles, among them broadsword (刀术 — dao shu), dragon style (龙拳— long quan), staff (棍术— gunshu)long fist (长拳 —chang quan), spring leg (弹腿— tan tui), Shantung Shaolin kung fu (山东少林功夫), praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan), war fan (武扇— wu shan), and Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫), as well as fighting sets (对练— duilian), including some costumed sets with lightsaber. In her appearance in the film House of Flying Squirrels, she playedRilo'a, Queen of the Amazons.
Instructor's Aide Connor Bennett
Connor Bennett assists in the Monday and Wednesday group wushu classes. He says teaching gives him a sense of purpose, which is a pretty profound observation for one his age. Connor's hobbies include playing a wicked saxophone and caring for his pets: a miniature schnauzer, a pug, a chihuahua pug mix, and a plott hound. When he's not playing saxophone or with his dogs (or playing saxophone to his dogs), Connor trains in Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫), straight sword fighting set (剑对练 — jian duilian), and war fan (武扇— wu shan). He has also studiedspring leg (弹腿— tan tui) and praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan).
Connor is a long time Junior Instructor's Aide who became a full-fledged wushu instructor in March of 2017.
Instructor's Aide Saskia King
Saskia King assists in the martial art for kids classes in Albuquerque
As often happens, it was Ms. King's children who started taking martial arts classes first. Then, before they knew it, the whole family was involved. When she's not pursuing her own training in Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫), praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan), and spring leg (弹腿— tan tui), Saskia assists in the Wednesday 6:45pm Group Wushu classes. When not at Martial Artistry, Saskia King is a nuclear engineer at Sandia Labs in Albuquerque, NM. She also enjoys golf, cycling, softball, and reading. Ms King has been an instructor since November of 2015.
Assistant Instructor Lily Waterman
Lily Waterman assists in the Monday through Thursday Little Dragons martial arts class for kids ages 4-8, and cites her love of the people and the family atmosphere she finds at Martial Artistry as her inspiration for deciding to assist with teaching the youngsters kung fu. Ms. Waterman has a background in archaeology and human evolution, as well as childcare and education, and is a volunteer at the paleo lab at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, preparing and cataloguing mammal fossil specimens. She loves exploring nature, working in the community, and teaching her son science.
"I think wushu is a perfect expression of human capacity and potential," says Ms. Waterman. She herself currently trains in spring leg (弹腿— tan tui).
Assistant Instructor Todd Coffey
Todd Coffey with pudao
Returning from hiatus after adding another family member to the Coffey Clan, Todd finally took the plunge and joined our instructor team. On Thursdays he teaches both the Little Dragons class for young children, as well as the group kung fu class, and is currently studying long fist (长拳 —chang quan), and a staff fighting set (棍对练— gun duilian) at Martial Artistry. His daughter and son also train in kung fu at the Albuquerque school.
Todd Coffey teaches the kung fu class for kids age 4 and over.
Todd's martial arts training includes double-head spear (双头枪 — shuangtou qiang), spring leg (弹腿— tan tui), Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫), war fan (武扇— war fan), dragon fist (龙拳— long quan), broadsword (刀术 — dao shu), double daggers (双匕首 — shuang bishou), broadsword fighting set (刀对练— dao duilian), tiger boxing (北虎拳 — hu quan), long fist (长拳 —chang quan), Shantung Shaolin kung fu (山东少林功夫), praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan), and double broadsword (双刀 — shuang dao).
Mr. Coffey performs with Martial Artistry's Team Steel Phoenix, our kung fu and wushu exhibition team, and appears with his daughter Silvia in the kung fu movie spoof HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS as the evil Mad Scientist Dr. Yes.
Instructor's Aide Silvia Coffey
Silvia Coffey has been an Junior Instructor's Aide in the Little Dragons kung fu class (for ages 4 through 8) off and on since she herself graduated from that class. Ms. Coffey has trained in praying mantis boxing 螳螂拳, Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫), and spring leg (弹腿— tan tui), and currently trains in wu shan 武扇 (war fan) and an open hand fighting set (对练— duilian).
Instructor's Aide David Waterman
David Waterman assists in the Tuesday through Thursday Little Dragons martial arts class for kids ages 4-8. When not teaching or persuing his own training in Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫) and spring leg (弹腿— tan tui), Mr. Waterman enjoys hiking, camping, and video games. He met the love of his life at age 14; they later married and had a son, Morgan, who has "changed our life and our journey in amazing ways". All three Watermans train and teach at Martial Artistry, and David especially enjoys this "wonderful chance to work with an amazing and unique group of people, both teachers and students."
Instructor's Aide Christina Maze
Ms. Maze (left, with unicorn horn knives) and her kung fu sister, Jennifer Sanfilipo.
Ms. Maze assists in the 5:30pm Monday and Wednesday Little Dragon's martial arts classes for kids age 4-8, and currently studies war fan (武扇 — wu shan) and Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫). Other styles Ms. Maze has trained include praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan andspring leg (弹腿— tan tui). She joined the instructors group in February of 2015.
As you can see, Ms. Maze does not hesitate to use her kung fu powers to keep her kids in line.
(Just kidding. Christina doesn't get to learn how to throw a fireball for two more color ranks.)
Assistant Instructor Randy Lantz
Randy Lantz with kung fu hook swords.
Mr. Lantz is a retired television director, who still works occasionally in the field. Along with teaching martial arts classes in Albuquerque, he enjoys backpacking, skiing, hiking, and scuba diving — in which he holds a Dive Master rating. He is often accompanied during his frequent outdoor adventures by his two rescued golden retrievers, Jaden and Sophie.
Randy Lantz has trained in kung fu double head spear, as well as other Chinese martial arts weapons.
Randy's positive attitude and ready smile make him a favorite with his students and fellow instructors alike. He has performed with the internationally known Steel Phoenix martial arts demonstration team, where his 2014 Lunar New Year performances included both long fist (长拳 —chang quan) and a dramatic (and hilarious) broadsword fighting set (刀对练— dao duilian).
Mr. Lantz with wushu double daggers.
Mr. Lantz's training includes spring leg (弹腿— tan tui), praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan), Shantung Shaolin kung fu (山东少林功夫), long fist (长拳 —chang quan), tiger boxing (北虎拳 — hu quan), cannon fist (炮拳 — paoquan), Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫), war fan (武扇— wu shan), dragon fist (龙拳— long quan), and tiger boxing (北虎拳 — bei hu quan), double daggers (双匕首 — shuang bishou), double-head spear (双头枪 — shuangtou qiang) and staff fighting set (棍对练— gun duilian). He also had great fun playing the Tai Shu Master in the Bad Squirrel Productions/Martial Artistry full-length feature film HOUSE OF FLYING SQUIRRELS.
Assistant Instructor George Bennett
George Bennett, infantry squad leader in the National Guard, looked at a number of schools before deciding that Martial Artistry was the best martial arts school for his (then) eight year old son, citing the friendly and professional atmosphere. Before long, he decided that "the instruction was perfect for any skill or fitness level" and he enrolled as well.
George assists in the Tuesday and Thursday martial arts classes for adults and children. His own kung fu studies currently focus on Shantung Shaolin kung fu (山东少林功夫) and staff (棍术— gunshu).
Other styles Mr. Bennett has studied include praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan), war fan (武扇— wu shan), Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫), a straight sword vs. straight sword fighting set (对练— duilian), and spring leg (弹腿— tan tui).
Junior Instructor's Aides Carley and Lawson Maze
Graduates of our Little Dragons martial arts class for ages 4-8, Carley and Lawson Maze now take the family kung fu classes and train in spring leg (弹腿— tan tui). Because of their familiarity with the classes and their rapport with the children, Carley and Lawson do a great job assisting in the Monday and Wednesday sessions of the Little Dragons. After all, no one wants to make Carley angry. You won't like her when she's angry.
Okay. We lied. She's danged cute, even then.
Junior Instructor's Aide Morgan Waterman
Morgan Waterman trains in kung fu with his mom and dad, and currently studies spring leg (弹腿— tan tui). He acts as a Junior Instructor's Aide in all four of the weekly Little Dragons martial arts classes for children 4 through 8 years old. Along with his martial arts training, Morgan enjoys reading, school, cup stacking, video games and hanging out with his pets: a dog called Guinness, and a guinea pig named Humphrey.
Junior Instructor's Aide Lucy Pino
Lucy Pino assists in the Tuesday and Thursday Little Dragons martial arts class for children ages 4-8. Lucy loves horses and has two pets, Cosmo and Mooney. She began instructing in December of 2017. Her brother also trains in kung fu at Martial Artistry.
Junior Instructor's Aide Otto Felsch
Junior Instructor's Aide Otto Felsch joined our team March of 2018, and assists in the Monday and Wednesday Little Dragons martial arts class for children ages 4-8. He likes helping the Little Dragons students, and his expertise is beyond reproach because, as he says, "I used to be one!" Besides his kung fu studies at Martial Artistry, Otto also enjoys playing the drums, cooking, and video games. Otto calls his training at Martial Artistry, "the best learning experience I've had in my nine years of living," and we're excited to have him passing along his knowlege to students even younger than himself.