Assistant Instructors

Master Sharon Barna
Master Sharon Barna
Grandmaster Steven Burton
Steven began his martial arts training at an early age, around 8 yrs old. Some 35 yrs later, he is one of the leading martial artists in his fields. Steven Read More
Grandmaster Steven Burton

Steven began his martial arts training at an early age, around 8 yrs old. Some 35 yrs later, he is one of the leading martial artists in his fields.

Steven instructs in the art of Five Thunder Fist which has it's foundation in the Shaolin arts also combining Chinese Military Combat skills and various other Chinese arts. He also specialises in Traditional Chinese weapons and Qi Gong (internal energy cultivation) and Iron Palm/Iron Shirt techniques as taught in the Shaolin temple for the last 1500 years.

Steven is a Disciple Student of Lau Family Hung Kuen under Master Mark Houghton who is the keeper of the Lau Family lineage direct from Grandmaster Lau Kar Leung.

In Chinese Kickboxing (San Da) Sifu Burton holds the rank of 5th degree Black belt and in August 2005 was awarded 4th Duan Wei Grade by the Chinese Wu Shu Association, Beijing, China.

In Chen style Tai Chi, Sifu Burton is an indoor student of Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei (19th Generation of the Chen family). Sifu Burton has also been taught by Master Liming Yue and Grandmaster Kong Jie Gou. In 2004 he won the Gold medal for his tai chi skills in the Chen Village elite invitational championships as well has Silver medal for his weapons skills. Sifu Burton has over 120 Tai Chi students throughout the North West of England whom benefit from the training, ages range from 6yrs to 106 yrs old. This can show that anyone can take part in Tai Chi and enjoy the benefits.

In Torite Jutsu, Sifu Steven Burton is currently the United Kingdom representative for the DSI. He holds a 2nd Dan Black Belt Torite and is one of only 18 people in the world qualified to teach the system and its related arts.

Sifu Steven has trained extensively on the subject of Qi Gong both in China and the UK having been trained by esteemed master such as Master Liming Yue,the Late Master Sheng of Xiangtan, Hunan province and is now a closed door student of Grandmaster Li Zhiyi of Zhangjiajie studying Taoist Qi gong and Shen gong, having learnt all asepcts covering martial, medical and spiritual applications from these great masters.

Sifu Steven has trained with the great Shaolin Monk Shi DeJun (31st genereation desciple) and was privaleged to demonstrate his skills for students of Shaolin.

Sifu Steven was also very privaleged to meet the Great Shaolin monk of the 30th generation and spiritual guide of the Temple, Grandmaster Shi Suxi prior to him passing away peacefully in March 2006.

Sifu Burton is much sought after for his teaching skills and from time to time lectures at the University of Central Lancashire, on BSc Hon. Degree Course for Complimentary Medicine, teaching aspect of oriental healing methods. Also Sifu Burton has been asked by Lancashire Constabulary to contribute toward training the police officers and Riot police in their unarmed Control and Restraint, and close quarters skills.

Sifu Steven Burton has featured on Central Chinese Television demonstrating his kung fu and tai chi skills and has co-authored a book with Master Liming Yue and Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei on the 18 step tai chi short form and its related benefits.

Sifu Burton is in constant demand teaching seminars around the world and has in excess of 300 students around the world and has produced over 50 instructional DVDs to assist in spreading the invaluable and rare knowledge and skills. Youtube Channel to preview https://www.youtube.com/user/IronFist108/videos

Sifu Steven Burton is the 1st non Chinese Inheritor of the Taoist Shen Wu Lin Chuan system under Grandmaster Li Zhi Yi.

Sifu Burton is available to conduct seminars worldwide on any of the subjects he teaches.

Expertise:

  • MMA
  • Arnis
  • Systema
  • Yang Style Tai chi
  • Chen Style Tai Chi
  • Qi Gong
  • Five Thunder Dim Mak under Grandmaster Li ZhiYi
  • Taoist Shen Wu Lin Chuan under Grandmaster Li ZhiYi
  • Shaolin Kung Fu with Shaolin Monk Shi DeJun (31st genereation disciple)
  • Lau Family Hung Kuen under Master Mark Houghton
  • Five Thunder Fist (Wu Lei Chuan)
  • Chinese Lion Dance
  • 2004 Gold medalist for his tai chi fist skills in the Chen Village Elite Invitational championships, Zhen Zhou, China
  • 2004 Silver medallist for his tai chi weapons skills in the Chen Village Elite Invitational championships, Zhen Zhou, China

Ranks & Certifications:

  • 2nd Dan Black Belt - Torite Jutsu under Grandmaster Tom Muncy
  • 5th Degree Black Belt - San Da Kickboxing
  • 4th Duan Wei - Chen Style Tai Chi issued by the Chinese Wu Shu Association
  • Co Founder of Five Thunder Lau Kuen
  • 7th Duan Wei in Five Thunder Dim Mak issued by the Five Thunder Chinese Martial Arts Association
  • 12th Generation Senior Indoor student of Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei - Chen Style Tai Chi
  • Senior Indoor student of Master Liming Yue - Chen Style Tai Chi
  • Senior Indoor student Taoist Qi Gong, Shen Gong and Master of Five Thunder Dim Mak under tutelage of Grandmaster Li ZhiYi in Zhang Jia Jie, China
  • Disciple student of Lau Family Hung Kuen under Master Mark Houghton - Hong Kong
Instructor Neil Flowers
Ranks & Certifications: 1st Dan Torite Jutsu DSI Assistant Instructor 1st Dan Okinawan Kempo 4th Dan; Karate Jutsu BCA Instructor
Instructor Neil Flowers

Ranks & Certifications:

  • 1st Dan Torite Jutsu
  • DSI Assistant Instructor
  • 1st Dan Okinawan Kempo
  • 4th Dan; Karate Jutsu
  • BCA Instructor
Dr. Donald Fowler
My interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine goes back to 1988 when I was a member of the President Eisenhower’s People to People Delegation to the Peoples Republic of China. Throughout Read More
Dr. Donald Fowler

My interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine goes back to 1988 when I was a member of the President Eisenhower’s People to People Delegation to the Peoples Republic of China.

Throughout my career as a general and vascular surgeon in Staunton I was often thought of as a maverick due to my interest in Eastern Medical Practice.

But it wasn’t until cancer ended my surgical career and I became Chief Medical Officer that I had the time to introduce and stimulate interest in our need for a Complementary Medicine Service at Augusta Health.

I felt such a service should include Acupuncture, classes in many aspects of Qigong, Tai Chi and Yoga and a Martial Arts Program which had pressure points as the foundation of its form.

One of the applicants I interviewed was Tom Muncy, who ran a martial arts program in Waynesboro and who, along with Rick Moneymaker, had founded The Dragon Society International and the To-Ri Karate Institute.

At conclusion of the interview I only had one question to ask Tom … “Would you be willing to take on a 65 year old student into your martial arts program?” He said absolutely and I hired him on the spot.

At that time we were finishing construction of a new addition to our Fitness Center and I made certain that we incorporated into it, a state of the art Dojo for Tom to work out of.

I have been practicing Karate for the past 15 years and have enjoyed the unparalleled experience of having Grand Master Muncy as my instructor. It is like a dream come true, being able to attend a 2 hour Grand Master Muncy Seminar twice a week.

Master David Hansford
David Hansford is a 7th Degree in Shuri-Ryu, training in a lineage that goes back to the traditional Okinawan Shurite that incorporates both soft and hard, internal and external aspects Read More
Master David Hansford

David Hansford is a 7th Degree in Shuri-Ryu, training in a lineage that goes back to the traditional Okinawan Shurite that incorporates both soft and hard, internal and external aspects of a complete system as it developed from the Southern Chinese systems and the original Okinawan Te.  My Sensei made it his mission to understand the Chinese science and the combative methods behind the Okinawan Shurite and he shared that accumulated knowledge with me.  My mission has been to understand and apply the Western science to the trained traditional martial arts.  The result these studies of both Traditional Chinese Medicine science and the Western science as applied to Okinawan martial arts are two books, both of which are available on the Dragon Society Store.

The P.A.T.H. Approach to Effective Self Defense takes as its thesis that in a genuine self-defense situation where life and limb is on the line, the most appropriate defensive response is to counter with an attack to the heart of the aggressor affecting  an autonomic response which culminates in a vasovagal faint, but with the possibility of a more severe result.  P.A.T.H. is an acronym for Parasympathetic Attacks to the Heart.

The P.A.T.H. Approach to Effective Self Defense, Part 2, Kiko is a discussion of the unique Okinawan approach to qigong that is inseparably integrated into Okinawan Karate training for both ki development and control and for conditioning of body, mind and spirit.  This book focuses on the importance of traditional training and the Western science understanding of the neuroscience and myofascial web as it relates to energy development, storage and delivery.

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Instructor Peter Holmes
I have been training in martial arts for the past 30 years, I started with judo then Shaolin Kung Fu, followed by my main art of Tang Soo Do, it Read More
Instructor Peter Holmes

I have been training in martial arts for the past 30 years, I started with judo then Shaolin Kung Fu, followed by my main art of Tang Soo Do, it was then that I discovered the Dragon Society International. In 2001 I achieved the rank of Shodan in Torite and since then I have taught numerous military, private military groups, Martial Artists, Police Forces, Members of the Special Forces, Members of the Elite Police Force in the principles of Torite.

Awards & Recognition:
Legend award from Martial arts Illustated
Gold award from Martial arts Illustrated

Master Buddy Morrison
Center Axis System, American Kenpo, Skeletal and Nerve Destruction & Manipulation 2011 State of Tennessee Instructor Center Axis Relock Level 1 Certification American Warrior International Close Quarter Confrontation Conference 2010 Read More
Master Buddy Morrison

Center Axis System, American Kenpo,
Skeletal and Nerve Destruction & Manipulation
2011 State of Tennessee Instructor Center Axis Relock
Level 1 Certification American Warrior International Close Quarter
Confrontation Conference 2010 Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor (Pressure Points, Anatomical targets, Weakness of the body)
Kyusho Jitsu, Erwin, TN
World Black Belt Bureau Member
Double Dragon Dojo, Johnson City, TN (Style – Isshin – Ryu)
Eastern Kenpo Karate Society, GA. (Style – American Kenpo)
East Tennessee School of Tae Kwon Do, Kingsport, TN (Styles – Tae Kwon DO/KEMPO)
HAWKINS COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTY SHERIFF
Chief Instructor, 2008-Present Concealed Carry Instructor
Advanced Lead Instructor AWI Instructor ILEETA MEMBER
Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department
Kingsport City Police Department
Certified Assistant Instructor from Jim Alley 2008
Kang Rhee - 2007
Awarded Shodan by Dixie Webb in 2007
Awarded Nidan by Prof. Brint Berry in 1999
Awarded Sandan in 2003, Nidan in 1997, and Shodan in 1993

Expertise:

  • CENTER AXIS RELOCK COMBATIVE SHOOTING SYSTEM
  • American Kenpo
  • Kyusho Jitsu
  • Isshin Ryu
  • Tae Kwon DO
  • Okinawan KEMPO
  • American Warrior International Instructor
  • World Black Belt Bureau Member

Ranks & Certifications:

  • 4th Degree Black Belt Torite Jutsu
  • Certified Assistant Instructor Torite Jutsu
  • MASTER LEVEL INSTRUCTOR - CENTER AXIS RELOCK
  • 4th degree Black Belt American Kenpo
  • 3rd degree Black Belt Tae Kwon DO /Okinawan Kempo
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Isshin Ryu

Awards & Recognition:

  • 2012 Hall of Heroes Inductee – Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2012 4th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo – Prof. Steve Spry
  • 2011 American Police Hall of Fame Guest Instructor - Titusville, FL (C.A.R. Certification)
  • 2010 Center Axis Relock Advanced Instructor – Nashville, TN
  • 2009 Center Axis Relock Basic Instructor – Nashville, TN
  • 2008-2010 Kyusho Jitsu Summit – Dallas, NC
  • .2010-2011 DNA of KENPO Seminars – Lantana, Fl.
  • 2009-2011 Chinese Karate Federation Instructors Camp
  • 2006–Present Kyusho Jitsu Instructor Seminars Erwin , TN
  • 2006 Troy Price Jujitsu Seminar – Johnson City, TN
  • 2000 – 2002 George Dillman Seminars Nashville, TN
  • 2000 Rape Aggression Defense Instructor Training – Knoxville, TN
  • 2000 – 2003 RAD Instructor for East Tennessee State University and Sexual Assault Response Center – Johnson City ,TN
  • 2001 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame as “Man of the Year
  • ”1992 United Fighting Arts federation Seminar – Ripley, WV
  • 1991 -1993 Karate College at Radford University – Radford, VA
Master Roger Overholt
Master Roger Overholt
Instructor Brian Whatford
Ranks & Certifications: 1st Dan Torite Jutsu DSI Assistant Instructor 1st Dan Okinawan Kempo 5th Dan; Karate Jutsu BCA Instructor Brian is also Assistant Chief Instructor of the Karate Jutsu Read More
Instructor Brian Whatford

Ranks & Certifications:

  • 1st Dan Torite Jutsu
  • DSI Assistant Instructor
  • 1st Dan Okinawan Kempo
  • 5th Dan; Karate Jutsu
  • BCA Instructor
  • Brian is also Assistant Chief Instructor of the Karate Jutsu Association
Tony Baker
Tony Baker
Robert Turner
Robert Turner