Instructors


Shih Fu Eileen Hancock – Founder

  • BA in Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Lifelong Health Consultant
  • World ranked Kung Fu and Tai Chi practitioner
  • Disciple to the Tien Shan Pai system
  • Internationally Certified Judge and Referee for Kung Fu and Tai Chi
  • 1996 Gold Medalist US International Kuoshu Championship
  • International Demo Team and Competition Coach


Catherine Stifter – Tai Chi head instructor

Shih Fu Catherine learned Yang Style Tai Chi from Shih Fu Ken Huie and studied with him for three years. She has been a student at Body Balance Academy since it opened. Catherine enjoys the energetic dimensions of the internal martial arts as much as she recognizes the physical and mental benefits of consistent practice. She is a long-time meditator in the Vipassana/insight tradition. Catherine has enjoyed a long career as a public radio documentary maker focusing on issues of social justice.

  • Certified instructor since 2009
  • Lotus Scholar

 


Chris Hooley – Tai Chi/ Push Hands instructor

Shih Fu Chris Hooley began his training at Body Balance Academy in 2009. He was quickly promoted to the Lotus Scholar Program. He has studied the five element theory as well as traditional Taoist philosophy and the Yin & Yang founding principles. He specializes in Push Hands and has a deep understanding of the traditional Tai Chi form applications.

  • Certified instructor since 2011
  • Lotus Scholar


Tina Heck – Tai Chi instructor

Shih Fu Tina studied Tien Shan Pai Kung Fu for three years in the Bay Area. In 2009, she began studying Tai Chi at Body Balance Academy. Tina studied Spirituality and the Arts at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. In her day job, Tina is Marketing Director for United Camps, Conferences and Retreats (UCCR).

  • Certified instructor since 2011
  • Lotus Scholar


Ki’Ala Lujan – Kung fu head instructor

kialadoubleShih Fu Ki’Ala Lujan began training at Body Balance Academy in 2009. She joined the Leadership team that same year and began competing at the International Kuoshu Tournament. Her medal count is impressive:

  • 2009 – 3 gold
  • 2010 – 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
  • 2011 – 3 silver
  • 2013 – 2 gold
  • 2014 – 1 gold, 2 bronze
  • 2015 – 1 gold, 3 silver
  • 2016 – 1 gold

Ki’Ala earned her black sash in 2014 and began teaching that same year. She co-teaches the kids Kung Fu class. She is a designer who created the BBA logo. Ki’Ala is a student at Ghidotti Early College High School.


Steve Adel – Kung fu/ Tai Chi instructor

SuhfuStevePortrait_001Shih Fu Steve Adel studied Ba Gua from 1990 to 1997 in the Bay Area. He began his training at Body Balance Academy in 2010.   He was quickly promoted to the Leadership Team and achieved his black sash in March, 2015. Shih Fu Steve won two  silver and two gold medals in open hand and weapons forms at Richard Lee’s Kung Fu Tournament in San Ramon, November 2015. Shih Fu Steve offers his dedication to both the Kung Fu and Tai Chi programs.

  • Black Sash 2015
  • Certified instructor since 2013


Emilia Melancon – Kung fu instructor

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Shih Fu Emilia Melancon trained in Aikido from 2009-2012. She began studying at Body Balance Academy and became part of the Leadership Team in 2012. She has competed and consistently earned medals in multiple individual and two-man forms at the International Kuoshu Tournament in Baltimore, MD. Emilia is a member of the Class of 2018 at Ghidotti Early College High School.

  • Certified instructor since 2012
  • Black sash 2016
  • Four-time gold medalist in sparring

Summer Lujan – Kung fu/ Yoga instructorYoga 5

Summer Lujan facilitates all programs at Body Balance Academy with an integrative approach to ensure the highest level of learning in a safe environment. Summer offers her knowledge of child development to create an optimal learning environment in the children’s programs. Her experience provides children with a healthy and encouraging environment to develop self confidence, respect and discipline all while having fun! Summer brings an exceptional awareness of health and wellness to all programs at Body Balance Academy.

  • Yoga practitioner for more than 20 years
  • Certified Pilates instructor
  • Certified Kung Fu Instructor
  • Performance and Competition Coach
  • Retreat Coordinator
  • Leadership Facilitator

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