Instructors

 

All of our instructors are volunteers who are teaching these classes because they truly love the martial arts they practice and they want to share them with you.

 
 
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Jenny Lohr

Owner/Instructor

Specializations
Shaolin Kung Fu
Women’s Self Defense
Yang Tai Chi
Chen Tai Chi
Cat Herding

Jenny has been practicing Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi since 2005 and holds a third degree black belt in the Shaolin Kung Fu system. As a martial artist she is currently working on improving her upper level Shaolin material and mastering Chen Tai Chi through the teachings of Master George Xu. As the owner of Many Roads Martial Arts Center her main focus is nurturing a supportive and safe learning environment while challenging everyone to keep growing and improving. Jenny loves the physical and mental challenges of martial arts and is very excited to share them with the students and instructors at the center.

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Joel Fraley

Instructor

Specializations
Chen Tai Chi
Yang Tai Chi
Shaolin Kung Fu

A lifetime student of martial arts, Joel has been training Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi since 1999, teaching since 2009. His teaching goal is to provide tools to improve every student’s physical, mental and emotional health in a supportive, encouraging learning environment.

Joel’s primary teaching focus is Chen Tai Chi as taught by Master George Xu (Xu Guo Ming). He also teaches our black belt Shaolin curriculum, Yang style Tai Chi, and 5 Element Qi Gong.

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Jay Twitchell

Instructor

Specializations
Sparring
Sun Tai Chi
Shaolin Kung Fu
Massage Therapy

Jay has studied various martial arts systems including boxing, wrestling, judo, karate, taekwondo, aikido, hopkido, kumdo, and muay thai kick boxing since he was 10. In other words he has been used as a punching bag for over 30 years by masters and lifelong practitioners of these systems. His lifetime of experience getting kicked, punched, choked, kneed, elbowed, and thrown are invaluable in teaching others how not to be. Balancing his martial studies, Jay has 20 years of experience as a massage therapist and movement specialist, offering him a deep knowledge of the human body as more than just a punching bag. Jay shares his “how not to be a punching bag” skills in Sunday sparring classes.

 
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David Boulanger

Instructor

Specializations
Northern Seven Star Praying Mantis
Shaolin Kung Fu

David has been training kung fu since 1996, having begun his studies in the Lo Kwong Yu lineage of Northern Seven Star Praying Mantis. He has trained directly under several Praying Mantis masters, including Jon Funk. Currently, David trains under Sifu Josh Schafer, head instructor of the Praying Mantis Federation, Vancouver, B.C. David also holds a second degree black belt in the Shaolin kung fu system. David is a proud father of one boy and an attorney by day . “I love that kung fu allows me to continue to pursue my passions of downhill skiing, backpacking and other outdoor activities with vigor. One of my favorite mantis species is the Dragon Mantis (Stenophylla cornigera).”

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Myk Olsen

Instructor

Specializations
Yang Tai Chi
Chen Tai Chi
Sun Tai Chi
Wu Tai Chi

Myk has been a Tai Chi Chuan practitioner since 1997 and has been teaching since 2013. His primary teachers have been Gao Jamin, and Yu Shaowen. Over the years, Myk has learned a multitude of forms in Yang, Chen, Wu, and Sun styles - both open hand and weapons (straight sword, broadsword, staff, spear, cane, deerhorn knives, and daggers). While he used to compete in both forms and Push-Hands, Myk now focuses more time on teaching. His teaching style is student centered and is focused on achieving a balance between the meditative and martial aspects of the forms. Myk also teaches a Tai Chi class specifically geared toward those with mobility and balance issues on Sunday afternoon.

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Chris Coleman

Instructor

Specializations
Shaolin Kung Fu
Youth Program
Weapons Making

Chris began his training in Shaolin Kung Fu at the Portland Shaolin Center in 2009. As a third degree black belt he is honored to continue training and to pass on what he has learned.

“I was looking for something. What I found changed my life. A path to understanding myself and on that path a way to begin to understand others and the world around me. I look forward to where the path leads.”

 
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Seth Mantia

Instructor

Specializations
Shaolin Kung Fu
Yang Tai Chi
Staff techniques
Wrestling

Seth has been practicing Shaolin Kung Fu since 2010 and has been instructing since 2016. He got into martial arts through martial arts movies growing up and a love of the challenge Kung Fu provides both mentally and physically. Seth strives to have a fun and safe learning environment for all students of all levels. He loves the community that the center has brought together and wants to see it grow.

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Birch Bayer

Instructor

Specializations
Shaolin Kung Fu
Drunken Kung Fu

All through his life, Birch dreamt to one day be a great martial artist. While growing up he spent many years under the external teachings of Taekwondo, learning the crushing power of the foot and the velocity of the hand. Always craving more, and wanting to develop his mind and internal energy, he discovered Shaolin Kung Fu and with that, found the discipline that he would devote his life to.

Birch came to Portland in 2012 from the Boise school where he spent many years under the guidance of Master John Keller. Leaving Boise was hard, but in Portland he found a new home with a strong sense of community and life-long friendships. To have the opportunity to help instruct his fellow students and to help in the growth and momentum of the school is an honor and a dream being fulfilled. Birch enjoys training under the concept that patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.

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Brian Pike

Instructor

Specializations
Filipino Martial Arts (Kali/Eskrima, Panatukan)
Silat
Jeet Kune Do
Hapkido

Brian Pike has been training in a variety of martial arts since 2004, focusing on Kali, Jeet Kune Do, Hapkido, Silat, Tai Chi Chuan, and Taekwondo. He has been teaching martial arts at universities since 2008. Brian continues to expand his understanding of martial arts by travelling to train with high level instructors, such as Guro Dan Inosanto and Cikgu Maul Mornie. His efforts to “research his own experience” and “absorb what is useful” have resulted in teaching credentials through Martial Concepts (Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts), the Inosanto International Martial Art Instructor Association (JKD, FMA, and Silat), the United Federation of Taekwondo Instructors, and the United States Hapkido Federation.

For more info on his classes and training opportunities, contact at martialconceptsportland@gmail.com

 
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Emilee Preble

Instructor

Specializations
Shaolin Kung Fu
Women’s Self Defense

Emilee began her Kung Fu training with Joe Wieland in 2009 after moving to Portland from the Midwest. From a young age, pursuing a black belt in a martial art was always personal goal for her. Over the past several years she was not only able to accomplish this lifelong goal, but she finally came to understand that a black belt was not an end goal, but rather the first touchstone on a lifelong path of training. Emilee is delighted to continue expanding her training by serving as an instructor at the school and is looking forward to the opportunities and challenges it will present. Mastery (in all things) does indeed only come through time and effort.

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Wendy Campbell Parco

Instructor

Specializations
Women’s Self Defense
Northern Mantis

Wendy has been practicing martial arts since 1998 and actively teaching martial arts and women's self defense since 2002.  She has completed additional self defense training with law enforcement trainers and with the Portland Police Bureau and believes that life long learning adds value to her personal martial arts practice as well as the classes and workshops she teaches.  Wendy is passionate about creating a safe space to empower others to gain self confidence by trusting their intuition and realizing their physical and mental power through training in community with others.

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Matt Lembo

Instructor

Specializations
Sun Tai Chi
Shaolin Kung Fu

Matt had the great fortune of beginning his study of shaolin with Thad Wong at the New York City Shaolin Center in 2004. While working toward his black belt in NYC, he began assisting under Thad’s enthusiastic guidance. Since moving to Portland it has been his privilege to continue to learn while helping the school grow.

“What I love about Kung Fu is that everyone can do it. To be a great musician you have to have talent. To be a mathematician or a scientist you need to be really, really smart. But anyone can do Kung Fu. I think of Qi as the song of the body. I’m not a very wu-wu guy but Kung Fu for me is how I touch the universe.”