About Our Instructors
Sihing Eliot Prisby
Sihing Eliot is the owner and head instructor of Metrowest Kung Fu. He has been practicing martial arts since 1993, when his parents enrolled him in karate lessons when he was bullied as a child. Sihing fell in love with the martial arts, and studied several different styles for many years, eventually receiving black belts in Karate and Tae Kwon Do. While attending Fitchburg State College, he founded the Fitchburg State College Martial Arts Club, which is still active today. In 2009, he began learning Kung Fu and Tai Chi from Sifu Gary LaChapelle. He received his black sash in Huaquan Kung Fu in 2013. He opened Metrowest Kung Fu in January 2016.
Sihing is a strong believer in traditional martial arts, and teaches Kung Fu and Tai Chi as he learned the arts from his own instructors. He believes that to practice Kung Fu is to temper the spirit by strengthening the body, and that anyone can do it if they are willing to learn. Sihing aspires to enrich his students and his community through the virtues that the traditional Chinese martial arts training provides.
Sihing enjoys the outdoors, snowboarding, surfing, photography, and reading. He lives in Maynard with his wife and daughter.
Sihing Eliot teaches all Kung Fu and Tai Chi classes.
Karyn is a registered nurse and an integrative health and wellness educator in the field of preventative medicine. She is a certified instructor of both Kripalu and Ashtanga yoga, a Reiki master, and holds a degree in psychology. With over twenty years of teaching experience, Karyn has taught yoga retreats, teacher training, and corporate and private wellness classes throughout the US, Costa Rica and Mexico. She is the former founder and owner of Manchester Yoga Center. Blending her background in both eastern and western science, she draws on her years of experience integrating conventional medicine with mind body practices to help students reach their optimal health and well-being.
Karyn is available for health coaching and private yoga instruction. For more information, please visit her website, WellnessWithCare.com.
Karyn teaches yoga Monday mornings from 9:00-10:15AM, as well as Restorative Yoga classes once per month on Sundays.
Katina has been a yoga practioner for 12 years and an instructor since 2010. Her yoga classes incorporate elements of several styles of yoga, and focus on healing injuries, improving health, and calming the mind.
Katina teaches yoga Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:15AM and Saturday mornings from 10:00-11:00AM, as well as Women’s Dance Circles.
Master Andrew Bloch
Master Bloch has been training in Tae Kwon Do and other arts since he was a teenager. Having played many sports and done many activities, Tae Kwon Do kept his interest as nothing else had. Master Bloch began as an assistant instructor as a green belt back in 1995 and has been teaching martial arts ever since. In college, he founded the University of Connecticut Tae Kwon Do Club, and later in life, founded Warrior’s Way, a martial arts and yoga studio in Maynard. Currently, he is teaching at the Longfellow Club in Wayland and at Metrowest Kung Fu in Maynard, as well as offering seminars to many other schools. He recently achieved his 5th dan black belt.
Master Bloch’s Tae Kwon Do is more art than sport. While he competed in numerous high-level tournaments, his personal philosophy on the martial arts leans towards the traditional rather than the modern. A student’s technique is developed for its traditional use; defending oneself from harm. Master Bloch also has a background in several other martial arts, so it is not uncommon for useful techniques or philosophies from other arts and other teachers to find their way into his classes. Perhaps the most significant aspect of Master Bloch as a teacher is the sincere belief that everyone can benefit from martial arts, and the only person any student should be competing with is him or herself.
Master Bloch teaches Tae Kwon Do Sunday afternoons from 12:30-1:30PM.
Michelle has been practicing yoga for over twelve years. Always interested in fitness and holistic health, she immediately fell in love with how a consistent practice made her body and mind feel. What started as a mostly physical practice, morphed into a tool for navigating through life’s challenges. As a busy mom and special education teacher, she loves the notion of using yoga principles off the mat. She has a desire to share the balancing effects of yoga with others. Michelle completed her 200-hour certification with Cindy Boulter at Revolution Community Yoga in Acton. Additionally, she holds a Master’s Degree in Education and feels her experience in the classroom aids in her understanding different perspectives and how each class can be a unique experience for the participant. In her free time, you’ll find her spending time with her boys outside and eating lots of ice cream!
Michelle teaches yoga Monday evenings from 6:30-7:15PM.
Margaret Thompson (Maggie)
After thirty years of working as a registered nurse, Maggie has retired from nursing to work as a hospice volunteer.
Maggie has practiced yoga for six years and has been teaching for three years. She completed her two hundred hour yoga certification in Fairhope, Alabama with Kula Community Yoga. Maggie teaches a slow vinyasa style of yoga which is appropriate for all levels. She sees yoga as a way of life and believes that being on the mat helps her students to maintain a balance in their daily lives.
Maggie teaches yoga Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:45PM.