Martial Arts Class Instructor Bios

Martial Artistry Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Wushu

Albuquerque, New Mexico


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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.


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 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:

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 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. 


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 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 (虎拳 — bei hu quan), broadsword ( — dao shu), double war fan (双武扇 shuang wu shan), long fist (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 (shequanfighting set (对练— duilian), dragon style (龙拳long quan) and Shaolin kung fu (少林), among others.


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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 Monique Renee Curley

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Monique Renee Curley with double long tassel straight swords


An instructor for our Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday martial arts classes, Monique Renee Curley herself currently trains in Northern snake fist ( bei shequan) and double straight sword (双剑 — shuang jian).


Monique Curley demonstrates poise and power with the kung fu nandao, or Southern Broadsword.


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), Nan Dao  南刀  (Southern broadsword), 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), assault blade (朴刀 — pudao), 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.


Albuquerque karate cosplay Monique Curley


Assistant Instructor Todd Coffey

Albuquerque kung fu instructor Todd Coffey wields the Chinese pudao. The Chinese martial arts are noted for their vast array of weaponry, unlike karate or tae kwon do, which have but few.

Todd Coffey with pudao


Todd teaches the group kung fu classes on Tuesdays, and the Little Dragons class on Thursdays. He currently studying , and a staff fighting set (对练— gun duilianat Martial Artistry. His daughter and son also train in kung fu at the Albuquerque school.


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Todd Coffey teaches kung fu classes for adults and for kids age 4 and over.


Todd's martial arts training includes double-head spear (双头枪 — shuangtou qiang), Nan Quan  南拳  (Southern Boxing), spring leg (弹腿— tan tui), Shaolin kung fu (少林), war fan (武扇— war fan), dragon fist (龙拳— long quan), broadsword ( — dao shu), double daggers (双匕首 — shuang bishou), broadsword fighting set (对练— dao duilian), tiger boxing (虎拳 — hu quan), long fist (拳 chang quan), Shantung Shaolin kung fu (山东少林), 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. 


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), Shaolin kung fu (少林功夫)five stance form (五步wu bu quan), and praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan). He currently studies war fan (武扇 wu shan) -- when he's not assisting in the Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday group wushu classes for adults and children.



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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 Olivia Canada

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Ms. Canada instructs during the Tuesday and Thursday kung fu classes, though she often lends a helping hand in other classes when the need arises. Her own studies so far include praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan), spring leg (弹腿— tan tui), and Shaolin kung fu (少林). For the Canada's, wushu is a family affair -- her father also attends classes at Martial Artistry.


Assistant Instructor Lydia Eggert


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 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.


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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 (拳 chang quan) at Martial Artistry. Other styles in which Ms. Eggert has trained include Northern tiger boxing (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), broadsword ( — dao shu), Shaolin kung fu (少林), war fan (武扇— wu shan), straight sword (— jian shu), and cannon fist ( — 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 Eggert teaches kung fu classes in Albuquerque. Here, she's shown with a straight sword.

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.



Assistant Instructor Ivana Georgievova

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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 Tuesday/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 has studied spring leg (弹腿— tan tui) and Shaolin kung fu (少林), andcurrently trains in unicorn horn knife (麟角lin jiao dao - pictured above) and praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan).



Assistant Instructor Ellie Wilson


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 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! 


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Dragon is one of the traditional animals of 5-animal Shaolin kung fu.


Ms. Wilson currently studies double daggers (双匕首 — shuang bishou)at Martial Artistry. She has also studied a number of other kung fu styles, among them broadsword ( — dao shu)dragon style (龙拳— long quan), staff (— gunshu), Northern tiger boxing (虎拳 — bei hu quan), long fist (拳 chang quan), spring leg (弹腿— tan tui), Shantung Shaolin kung fu (山东少林), praying mantis boxing (螳螂拳 — Tang Lang Quan), war fan (武扇— wu shan), and Shaolin kung fu (少林), as well as fighting sets (对练— duilian), including some costumed sets with lightsaber.  In her appearance in the film House of Flying Squirrelsshe playedRilo'a, Queen of the Amazons.



Instructor's Aide Saskia King

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 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 war fan (武扇 wu shan), Shaolin kung fu (少林), 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.


Keeping up with the kids can be tricky when they're kung fu masters!





Assistant Instructor Lily Waterman


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Lily Waterman assists in the Tuesday/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. Her own martial arts studies include spring leg (弹腿— tan tui) and Shaolin kung fu (少林).

"I think wushu is a perfect expression of human capacity and potential," says Ms. Waterman. 




Instructor's Aide Silvia Coffey


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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 open hand and weapons fighting sets (对练— duilian), praying mantis boxing 螳螂拳,Shaolin kung fu (少林),spring leg (弹腿— tan tui),wu shan  武扇  (war fan), and currently studies Shantung Shaolin kung fu (山东少林).



Instructor's Aide David Waterman


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David Waterman assists in the Tuesday/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), war fan (武扇 wu shan), 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

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Ms. Maze (left, with unicorn horn knives) and her kung fu sister, Jennifer Sanfilipo.


Ms. Maze assists in the 6:00 Tuesday/Thursday 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). 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.

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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

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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.


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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 (拳 chang quan) and a dramatic (and hilarious) broadsword fighting set (对练— dao duilian).


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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), long fist (拳 chang quan), tiger boxing (虎拳 — hu quan), cannon fist ( — paoquan), Shaolin kung fu (少林), war fan (武扇— wu shan), dragon fist (龙拳— long quan), and tiger boxing (虎拳 — bei hu quan), double daggers (双匕首 — shuang bishou), double-head spear (双头枪 — shuangtou qiang) and staff fighting set (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. 




Junior Instructor's Aides Carley and Lawson Maze

Carley and Lawson Maze demonstrate kung fu sibling rivalry with double head spear and double broadsword. 

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 Tuesday/Thursday sessions of the Little Dragons. After all, no one wants to make Carley angry. You won't like her when she's angry.


Carley Maze ROAR

 Okay. We lied. She's danged cute, even then.


 Junior Instructor's Aide Morgan Waterman


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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 the Tuesday/Thursday 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 Otto Felsch


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Junior Instructor's Aide Otto Felsch joined our team March of 2018, and assists in the Tuesday/Thursday 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.