Instructors

Resident Instructors

 

Luke Hefele, ASCAB Capoeira North Bay

I have been training Martial Arts since 2002. My focus is Brazilian Capoeira. In Capoeira I am known as Palhaço. I am Instructor level in ASCAB Capoeira under the guidance of Mestre Doutor. In addition to Capoeira I have pursued martial development through cross training in Daoist Chinese Martial Arts, Bando, Kali, Systema, and most recently Parkour training. Since 2007, I have been training in Wilderness Survival Skills through Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School. It was there that I was told to “learn as much as you can, as hard as you can. That philosophy brought me here.


An ancient Hindu saying states “the hand that harms must also be the hand that heals”. It was with this spirit I undertook the journey of following my burgeoning drive to become a medical practitioner. This began with learning Anatomy and Physiology, and studying numerous healing modalities, both eastern and western in origins. I followed that path to my current profession, as a Licensed Massage Therapist. I received my license from the Ohio State Medical Board in 2007, after graduating the Massage Therapy program at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio.
Most recently I was promoted to 5th degree Black belt in the American Bando Association, by Great Grandmaster Gyi. I have been recognized for my swordsmanship, leadership, and full contact fighting skills. Throughout all this time the esoteric Bando Principles of Min­Bho, Min­Bhay, and Min­Bhaa have guided and structured my life. Min­Bho is Discipline of the Mind to regulate the body. Min­Bhay is Discipline of the Body to regulate motion. Min­Bhaa is Discipline of Breath to generate internal energy. The combination of these practices has allowed me to excel in accomplishing my goals and performing successfully under extreme conditions.
My deepest gratitude goes out to Maha Sayaji Dr. Gyi for being the greatest influence in my life. My love and respect and gratitude to my father, who was promoted to the highest Level of Acheivement, 9th Degree Black belt, in October of 2014. I feel it is my personal responsibility to carry the Bando tradition forward into the 21st century through teaching and training fighters, through holding Bando weapons and kick­boxing camps, and walking the path of a Bando warrior through all the days of my life.


Graham Lankford, Traditional Chinese Medicine

Graham Lankford is a Board-Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist holding a master’s degree from The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, California. His further study includes an internship at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and at San Francisco CPMC Hospital, where he treated spinal injuries and neurological diseases. Graham has also worked as a Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, HIV Coordinator/Counselor, and a Private Chef. In his current private practice, Graham uses Acupuncture, Herbs, Tui Na Manual Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching, and Qi Gong to restore normal body function. Graham offers services at Sebastopol Wellness Center and Sebastopol Community Acupuncture. He runs a regular Sunday healing and recovery class at Shadowbox Studio.


Special Guests

Martin Wheeler

Martin Wheeler is recognized as one of the world’s leading hand-to-hand combat masters. An expert in the Russian martial art Art of Systema as-well-as a range of the world’s most deadly martial arts. He is fourth degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, a black belt in Judo, has studied Filipino weapon fighting and boxing. The former bouncer turned contract instructor for elite police and military units is now teaching SYSTEMA exclusively at THE ACADEMY BEVERLY HILLS.

‘What is Systema?’,’It just means, The System.’ ‘Yes, but what is Systema?’ I get asked that question a lot. Is Systema a martial art? A stand up art? A ground fighting system? A weapons fighting art? A health practice? A mobility system?

To me, it is all of the above and much more. Systema is an ancient Russian martial art that was hidden at the heart of the secretive Soviet Union’s highest level operators. With no techniques, no predetermined patterns, just deep intuitive principles, it is a very unique way of looking at a fighting art. In Systema you understand how to effortlessly fight like a ‘professional’ against weaponed assailants, on the ground, against multiple attackers, in a car or in an office and more.  All while discovering how to become a more natural, relaxed, fit, calm and healthy human being.’

‘Martin Wheeler is one of the best kept secrets in martial arts instruction’ Black Belt Magazine.


Master Bing

Master BingZhong Xuechao (Master Bing), is a 15th generation Wudang Sanfeng Kungfu master. Master Bing started his Kungfu practice when he was 6 years old, and has been training in Wudang Mountain since 1992 under the Sanfeng Kungfu Grandmaster Zhong Yunlong. Master Bing is broadly trained in a variety schools such as Taiji School (Taiji Men), Eight Diagram School (Bagua Men), Eight Immortal School (Baxian Men), Form-and-Will School (Xingyi Men), Eight Extreme School (Baji Men), Xuanwu School (Xuanwu Men), and is knowledgeable in Wudang Daoist Regimen. He has won first prize in national kungfu competitions and has participated in many kungfu exchange and performances, including in US, Taiwan, Singapore and Macao. He was selected as the leader of the Wudang Daoist Association Wudang Wushu Exhibition Troupe in 1998, and as the director of Wushu Association in Danjiangkou City of Hubei Province in 2003.

Master Bing has over 20 years of experience teaching wudang kungfu to students all over the world, including Wudang Mountain and in the United States. He regularly travels around the world to conduct master class and seminars to spread Wudang internal kungfu.


Mestre Doutor

Doutor in White

Mestre Doutor (Adenilson Dos Santos) was born in Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil. An early influence on Doutor’s Afro-Brazilian roots comes from his upbringing in a spiritual household that was run by his mother, Dona Severina, a mae de santo or mother of saints.
At 13 years old, Doutor tried a capoeira class with Mestre Camarao in Santos, Brazil, and then decided to train with Mestre Bandeira. Mestre Doutor has practiced Capoeira for 29 years and received his mestre’s belt after 25 years, becoming the first mestre to teach in Philadelphia. As well as teaching in many universities and earning numerous awards and certifications, he is the founder and artistic director of the American Society of Capoeira and Arts from Brazil (ASCAB), a capoeira group, Project Capoeira, Inc., a non-for-profit organization, and the Philadelphia Capoeira Arts Center (PCAC).
As a result of his outstanding knowledge and achievements, Mestre Doutor was recognized as “a person of extraordinary ability in his field” and granted permanent residency in the US in 2004. His passion and dedication reflects his commitment to the preservation of Afro-Brazilian roots and makes him a strong role model, invaluable teacher and inspirational leader.


Bboy NeguinBboy Neguin Invert

Meet Neguin, the break dance world champion 2010, who is mixing Capoeira moves and classic B-Boy steps in his outstanding performances. Neguin grew up in a poor neighborhood in Brazil, and has moved to New York for more opportunities in dance. On the other hand Neguin just loves dance for dance’s sake and with his girlfriend Amy he surprises a few New Yorkers by staging a stunning dance performance in and around a New York subway station. Born Fabiano Carvalho Lopes, Neguin began dancing at the age of 14 on the vibrant streets of his hometown Paraná, a Brazilian city where dance is a way of life. Starting off with freestyle and social dance, he added B-Boying to his dance vocabulary in 2003. It only took him a few years before he began scooping up wins, battling in his native Brazil and beyond.

Neguin’s approach to B-Boying is at once celebratory, psychological and aggressive. A very confident dancer, Neguin likes to look into his opponent’s eyes to communicate nonverbally that he’s going to win. He uses special strategies and tactics to outperform anyone he battles, using his own style, at every moment, in every battle. He wants his opponent to recognize that he’s battling a well-rounded B-Boy.

Neguin describes his B-Boy style as involving death-defying jumps, blitz-speed movement, unpredictability, clean execution of his arsenal and variations in each ground and power move, infused with flavor and high energy while keeping a constant rhythm. While Neguin takes physical risks, he pulls off his moves safely and effectively. He respects his fellow dancers and shares positive energy through his presence and craft. Neguin aims to have his audience experience joy, curiosity and surprise when watching him in a battle. He not only represents himself, he also dances for his crew and country. This is most important to him.

Skills and strategies have earned Neguin a vast collection of first-place titles from notable competitions spanning from Argentina to Paraguay to Brazil. Among the highlights of his B-Boy career he lists battling in both 2007 and 2008 at R16 Korea, O Duelo 2008 in Brazil, Coosh Crash Test 2008 in the USA, the Battle Of The Year 2008 in Brazil, Humanitarian Massy Battle 2009 in France, and the World B-Boy Classics in Holland. He appears on many B-Boy battle DVDs produced from these competitions as well as short movies and commercials produced in Brazil. He also toured with Madonna on her MDNA tour as a dancer.

Dancers who have had profound influence on Neguin include Ken Swift, Machine, Ivan, and K Mel. He admires K Mel because of his “free” style of dancing in every situation. B-Boy Ivan is one of Neguin’s greatest influences because of his style and constant energy.

Neguin eventually became a Capoeira instructor as well, but currently he makes a living on B-Boying. He used to work as a B-Boy teacher in a social project called “Arte nos Bairros” in São Paulo and gave dance workshops across Brazil. He has also lived in both New York City and London, teaching B-Boy classes, judging battles and performing with a London Dance company in the celebrated show called Blaze.

Among the many foundational elements of Hip Hop culture, Neguin delves into several, including graffiti, DJing and other styles of Street Dance.

Feeling blessed with support from his family as they offer positivity and encouragement, Neguin reveals, “They taught me about the good things in life: education, culture and always enjoying what I do.”


Fernando MorreiraFernando in A-tacs

Fernando Moreira is a long time member of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Hasty Team and Washoe County Search & Rescue, Inc. He initially became interested in the art of man-tracking while serving in the Portuguese army in Angola. He has utilized his skill in tracking on a nearly daily basis for the more than years that he has been involved with Search & Rescue.

Fernando is a Nevada State P.O.S.T. certified investigative tracker and instructor. He has been a certified tracking instructor in the State of Nevada since 1997. Fernando has assisted local law enforcement officers in finding crucial evidence in several high-profile investigations, most notable, the case against Siaosi Vanisi, who brutally murdered campus police officer George Daniel Sullivan in 1997.

Fernando’s other certifications include PSD diver, swift water rescuer, Back
Country, SAR tech II, Technical Rope, and Mine Rescue. Fernando would like
to share the basics of what he has learned over the years with you. Fernando
and his associates offer tracking courses to SAR and law enforcement members.


Christian FairfaxChristian Fairfax

Parkour Instructor and owner at Flying Frog Academy in Rohnert Park, CA. Christian has been training since he was 3 years old. He teaches us all how to flip and become more able people. Flying Frog is an amazing place to train. Go check them out.