Master Instructors

Sifu Micheal Kaneen

6 Degree Black Belt

sifu_1_00Sifu Kaneen began his training in the martial arts at 14 years of age, and has been training now for more than 20 years. He has been blessed to learn under amazing teachers that range from Shaolin Monks to Martial Art Hall of Fame Members to Olympic Athletes. Sifu Kaneen has trained in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Pilipino and Western boxing systems and is currently ranked as a 6th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor.

Simu Tamara Kaneen

5th Degree Black Belt

Believing that Health and Wellness is the balance between our bodies, the foods we eat, our emotional state and our daily habits, Simu Tamara Kaneen has focused her teachings on the internal arts of Qigong, Tai Chi, Nutrition, and lifestyle habits that enhance longevity.

simu snake grassBringing the latest information, merged with the ancient wisdom of the past to each of her classes, seminars, and videos are key ingredients in helping her students achieve health and wellness. In her effort to continually learn and ensure the effectiveness of her efforts, Simu Kaneen studies and attends seminars & workshops with some of the worlds leading experts.

Teaching Classes, Seminars, and providing Private Coaching Simu Kaneens’ passion for Health, Wellness & the art of Kung FU is inspiring and contagious. Dedicating her time to teaching others, she is also currently working on her Master’s Degree from Grandmaster Jerry Cook and Dr. Grandmaster Puquan Xiao. “The science of today is showing us just how wise and beneficial the ancient systems of Qigong, Tai Chi, and its approach to health and longevity truly are for us in today’s busy, confusing world.” – Tamara Kaneen

Grand Master, Jerry Cook

10th Degree Black Belt

Jerry Cook started the martial arts in 1971, in Junior High he studied boxing, wrestling & shotokan under master Charles Dixon. In 1974, he taught Parkers kenpo karate through high school eventually receiving a black belt from the AKKA. In 1980, he studied GMJerryCookakido with John Takagi. During 1984, he received a black belt in okanawan go-ju-ryu with sensei Alverez. Then in 1985, he learned tiger & crane from Buck Sam Kong and later masters such as Hung & Ru Hu Zhu. He also learned the 116 wing chun mokjong from master Fong. In 1987, he learned 108 ba-kwa from Dr. Wong and later masters such as Hsu & Ting-jue. He received a black belt in green dragon kung fu / shuai chaio / chang 108 taichi from master Chicoine, and 108 long fist 1-10 fighting methods from master Ma, and later Pan Qing Fu’s 18 combat style. In 1990, he received a black belt in Budo kan ju-jitsu from Dr. Anglen. During 1992 he started work with Jin Heng Li in wu shu receiving a black sash. In 2002, he received a 7th° black belt in kajukenbo certified by c- jo Emperado, and Grandmaster Pierce. He also started his studies with shaolin monk Shi Yong Kkai in styles of yi-chin-ching, baji & chen taichi; he also worked with Chen Xaio Wang, Chen Bing, and Chen Zhang. In 2005, he received one of the most knowledgeable master’s awards from the Martial Arts Hall of Fame & was put on the International Grandmasters Council. In 2007, he became a Doh-yi master with daoist priest Jaing Jing Sun Baek specializing in Wu-Tang sword and Dao-in. In 2008, he received grandmaster scrolls from ninjitsu Grandmaster Ashida Kim & Grandmaster Lawrence Day black dragon. During 2011, he received IMACC professorship, grandmaster in Grandmaster John Wong’s tanglang lotus clan & received a 9th° black belt in the Pierce combat method, kajukenbo & the black dragon fighting society. He helped build the Yang Tze Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona under Master and Dr. Xiao Pu Quan. Jerry Cook has won over 50 national black belt championships & has produced over a dozen books & videos in the arts. Master cook specializes in teaching & certifying martial arts instructors in more than 200 schools. He has learned from some of the greatest teachers of the time & enjoys sharing that knowledge with others.

Grand Master, Xiao Puquan

L.A.C, OMD. Ph.D.

Dr Xiao,Acupuncture, Shaolin Monk,Sifu Xiao Pu-Quan Member of National Research Institute for Shaolin Martial Arts, China Member of Qigong Research Institute, Yulin, Guangxi China Member of Shaolin & Qigong Research Institute, Wenshan, Yunan Province, China Staff Member at Nanhai Shaolin Martial Arts Center, Guangdong, China Training Coach for Sichuan Chang Kai Martial Arts Team, Sichuan, China Graduate of Chang Chun University of Chinese Medicine, China. Major concentration: Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Internal Healing Arts. – Clinical Specialty: Bone injury and surgery, Martial arts medicine/ sports medicine. Martial Arts Specialty: Shaolin Wushu/ Kung Fu, Shaolin Hard Qigong,Traditional Tai Chi Quan, Shaolin Fighting Arts and Advance Shaolin Warrior Fighting Techniques etc.

Master Xiao has been honored as an emissary to promote Shaolin Martial Arts and Chinese Healing Arts to the World. He has been invited to lecture tours all over China including Tibet,Yunan Guanxi, and more than 20 other provinces and regions in China. Master Xiao has come to the United States from China. He is here to promote his unique system of healthy mind and body development through the seminar and workshop programs at 9 Dragons Kung Fu. Master Xiao was born into a martial arts family and began his kung fu training at an early age. He had learned various wushu kung fu fighting techniques under a number of well-know martial arts instructors. At a young age, Master Xiao entered the Songsan Shaolin Temple in Henan Province China to study Shaolin Kung Fu under the Reverend Shi Xing Chang, who was also a disciple of the famous Abbott De Chan. Master Xiao is the 33rd generation disciple of the Shaolin Temple. His Buddhist title is Shi Yong Kai.

Michaelangelo Torres

Michaelangelo Torres

Head Instructor

Head Instructor Michaelangelo Torres currently holds a 2nd degree in Nan Quan Kung Fu, 1st Dan in Shotokan, as well as holding 4th Dan Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwan, Tae Kwon Do. Head Instructor Torres has over the past 40 years been involved with several different martial arts systems, and continues to add to his martial arts education. He has trained under several instructors including United States Hall of fame members Sifu Michael Kaneen (6th Degree), Tamara Kaneen (5th Degree), Grand Master Puquan Xiao (33rd generation Shaolin Monk) and Grand Master Jerry Cook (10th degree).


“Every Instructor must complete years of rigorous training prior to becoming certified instruct at 9 Dragons Kung Fu. To preserve the school’s high ideals, these individuals continually train every week with Master Instructors. They all train consistently to maintain and continually refine their self-defense techniques, instructional methods, and motivational tools. Our certified instructors are all held to a high standard of quality which ensures our members that they will receive the very best in Kung Fu instruction.”

Instructor Zack Burns

3rd Degree Black Belt

Instructor Burns started learning martial arts at age 14 and has practiced for over half his life.  He has learned six different Kung Fu systems: Southern, Northern, Wing Chun, Ba Gua, Tai Chi and Shing Yi. Instructor Burns has been teaching for three years and his students range from ages 6 to 60.  He believes that martial arts is more than merely punching and kicking; it’s a way of life.

Jonathan Thiele

2nd degree black

Instructor Thiele has been training at 9 Dragons Kung Fu since October of 2009 and is currently a 2nd-degree black belt in Hung Gar Tiger and Crane, Northern Longfist and working towards his 3rd degree in Buddha Palm. Mr. Thiele is a high-level blacksmith and frequently makes custom weapons for Master Teachers, students, and the general public. He is a valuable member of 9 Dragons Kung Fu enjoys being a part of the 9 Dragon’s family.

Andres Guzman

2nd Degree Black Belt

Instructor Andres Guzman starting his training in 2010, and earned his first degree in the southern Chinese martial arts system of Hung Gar. In 2015, he earned his second degree in the northern system of Long Fist. He has trained under various teachers outside of 9 Dragons Kung Fu; Master Jerry Cook, Master and Dr. Xiao Puquan, and Jade Moon Wushu Academy. He has practiced a number of traditional styles both internal and external along with an even greater number of single, double, poled, and flexible weapons. Instructor Guzman is co-captain of the Lion Dance Team, performing and representing the school at demonstrations, grand openings, and other important events.

“To an onlooker the result of one punch is fleeting, but to the practitioner, it represents countless hours of dedicated effort. Just as an arrow, let loose in an instant, is carefully crafted to fly true.”

David Armstrong

2nd Degree Black Belt

“Mr. Armstrong has been with 9 Dragons since 2007 and is one of our school’s first to achieve his Black Belt. With a background in Judo and Kung Fu, in which he trained in Canada before moving to Phoenix in 2001, Mr. Armstrong brings a solid understanding of the fundamentals to his practice. His love and enthusiasm for the arts and his gregarious nature make Mr. Armstrong a dynamic Instructor.”


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