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 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 is a community organizer and activist, helping immigrants, the homeless, the disabled, and other vulnerable groups in his community. He is currently a member of Maynard’s Human Relations Committee. He lives in Maynard with his wife and daughter.

Sihing Eliot teaches all Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and kickboxing classes.

Margaret Thompson (Maggie)

Maggie began practicing yoga in 2012, and has been teaching since 2015. She completed her two-hundred-hour yoga certification in Fairhope, Alabama with Kula Community Yoga.

Maggie’s Slow Flow Yoga classes teach 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 6:30-7:30pm.

Karen Larsen

The former head yoga instructor of Warrior’s Way, Karen is one of the most experienced yoga instructors in New England and has taught many students who went on to open their own studios both locally and abroad. She is highly experienced in many types of body movement. She was president of NASC college dance club for four years, a student of the Dance Department of Williams College for four years. She is certified in NEDITA, AFFA, and pilates. She studied pilates with Patricia Fitzgerald, and ballet with Margo Parsons. She studied Thai massage therapy with Teresa Gurnard, and studied yoga under many famous instructors, including Duncan Wong, Anna Forest, David Swenson, and Shiva Rae.

Karen’s Warrior Yoga class is a combination of the different styles of yoga she has studied – a flow class with influences from hatha yoga, with holds and form adjustments based on Iyengar yoga. Karen’s classes will challenge both beginners and seasoned yogis to reach new levels of flexibility and understanding of their own bodies.

Karen teaches Warrior Yoga Saturdays from 10-11am.