Instructors

Shifu Kevin Sears is the chief instructor of the Nine Dragon Academy. The Nine Dragon Academy offers a compilation of instruction in Chinese Martial Arts including, Yang family Tai Chi, Qigong, Shaolin Lohan Kung Fu, Shaolin Temple Kung Fu, San Da (Chinese Kickboxing), Shuai jiao (Chinese Wrestling), Qin na (grappling and pressure points), Classical Weapons forms and fighting, Traditional and Freestyle Lion Dancing, and a comprehensive combatives program. Shifu Sears has trained martial arts for over 20 years, and has been teaching for more than 13 years. In addition he has full contact fighting experience in Muay Thai and Traditional Muay Boran. In addition to the methods of martial arts taught at the school, Shifu has studied Northern Mantis, Eagle, Snake, Southern Fujian White Crane, Shaolin Quanfa and Tan Tui, Chen and Sun Style Taiji, Wudang Taiji, Daoist qigong, Bagua, and Xingyi, as well as Chan Buddhism.

Shifu Matt Talbert is a senior instructor, co-founder and chief administrator of the Nine Dragon Academy.  Shifu Talbert has trained for 9 years in Shaolin Lohan Kung Fu apprenticed under Sigung Vincent Cabais and has been actively teaching Shaolin Lohan Kung Fu for 6 years.

Shi Xiong Thomas Johnson is an assistant instructor of the Nine Dragon Academy.  Shi Xiong Johnson has trained for 7 years in Shaolin Kung Fu, first with Sigung Vincent Cabais and more recently with Shifu Kevin Sears.

Jiao Lian Jesse Nenninger is the Nine Dragon Academy Lion Dance Troupe Director.  Jiao Lian Nenninger has actively trained and performed the cultural art of lion dancing for 4 years and has recently been raised to Troupe Director.