Instructors

Master Allen Hoss
Rokudan (6th Degree)

Master Allen Hoss is an architect by profession, serving as Director of Design for Pimsler Hoss Architects, Inc., and a martial artist by avocation and long time dedication - beginning his training in Tai Chi in 1978 and continuing for over 30 years in Cuong Nhu - he now is Head Instructor at Sung Ming Shu dojo. Allen lives in Grant Park with his wife and soulmate, Leigh - and dogs, cats, birds, fish and Earl the turtle.

Sensei Doug Storm
Yondan (4th degree)

Doug began Cuong Nhu at Sung Ming Shu in 1988. He is the Director of Active Self-Defense, a program specializing in women's self-defense. Doug is also the Assistant Director of SMS's after school program which teaches martial arts to children at schools in the Atlanta area.

Sensei Maceo Rogers
Yondan (4th degree)

A Fourth Degree Black Belt instructor of Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts in Atlanta, GA, Maceo is also an established Visual Artist who works with a wide range of mediums (acrylic, oil, watercolor, dirt, pastels, etc.) and the Executive Director for Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority. Maceo, his wife Sharon and their son Alex live in Decatur, Georgia.

Sensei Ben McGimsey
Yondan (4th degree)

Ben began his Cuong Nhu career while attending the University of Florida where he was studying his first love, Astronomy. He stuck with both and, when not in the dojo, can be found teaching astronomy and physics at Georgia State University and Mercer University. When overcome with beach withdrawal, Ben can be found scuba diving in the Caribbean.

Sensei Gordon Eilen
Yondan (4th degree)

Gordon and his wife, Nancy, started training at Sung Ming Shu in 1995. Their kids, Anna and Alex, are also students at the dojo. Gordon has been teaching adult and kids classes since getting his black belt in 2001. When not doing Cuong Nhu, he also studies Aikido, and occasionally puts in a little time at his software company.

Sensei Mike Benedict
Nidan (2nd degree)

Going on 21 years in technical theatre, Mike currently manages the production department of The Atlanta Opera. When the curtain comes down and all the details are finished, Mike enjoys teaching Cuong Nhu as a 2nd degree Black Belt.

Sensei Jeremy Dahl
Nidan (2nd degree)

Research primatiologist in both lab and field, Jeremy started Cuong Nhu training in 1996 to help meet the physical demands of work in the rainforest, as well as personal security issues in Central America. He is currently Founder/Director of the Deep Forest Field School, with the aim of saving trees, woodlands and the urban forest of Atlanta.

Sensei Shawn McElroy
Nidan (2nd degree)

Shawn is the director of the children's after school program, and assists Sensei Doug with Active Self Defense. He has been training since 1996 in Cuong Nhu. He is a father of 3, and a dedicated husband. Along with teaching children, Shawn spins Fire Poi and Fire Staff, and shoots a camera built in 1904 that takes 360 degree photos.

Sensei Carlos Phelan
Nidan (2nd degree)

Carlos began his martial arts training in Caracas, Venezuela in 1983, training in Kuk Sool Won and Gosoku Ryu. His Cuong Nhu training began in 2001 and he has been training at Sung Ming Shu Dojo since then, with the exception of 18 months of service in the United States Army. Now a Nidan, a daddy and a husband, Carlos wonders what happened to the days when he could spend countless hours at the dojo.

Sensei Rachel Gowan
Nidan (2nd degree)

Rachel began training in Cuong Nhu when she was just six years old. She earned her black belt in May 2010, took some time to travel and live abroad, and then returned to complete her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Rachel is back in school working on a Masters Degree in School Counseling. Outside of Cuong Nhu, Rachel enjoys traveling, backpacking, running, and cuddling with her dog Samwise.

Sensei Ming Fung
Nidan (2nd degree)

Ming began her training at the Jue Tao Center for Martial Arts in the DC area in 1995 and became head instructor in 2009. She left the DC area in 2011 to obtain a Masters degree in Veterinary Sciences from the University of Georgia, and now works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she "denies" knowing anything about the zombie apocalypse. In her free time, Ming enjoys yoga, crossfit, and shaming her dog, Shorty the Pug.

Sensei Rick Goldstein
Nidan (2nd degree)

Rick got his introduction to Cuong Nhu watching his youngest daughter in her after school class; he started taking classes a year later. Rick is a high school science teacher and coach at the Paideia School, where he tries to figure out teenagers. Rick lives in Decatur with his wife and two volleyball playing daughters.

Sensei Jack Kiely
Shodan (1st degree)

When Jack is not working as a writer/editor, he enjoys training and teaching adults and children. His own 12 and 16-year-old kids participate in Cuong Nhu and have a lot of fun with their friends there. Jack likes to chat with our Spanish-speaking students. He is bilingual as a result of living in Spain and Argentina. He feels privileged to have trained in Florida under O’Sensei Ngo Dong, the founder of Cuong Nhu.

Sensei Marc Gowan
Shodan (1st degree)

Marc, Ticket Services Manager for the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts, also works in the entertainment industry as a professional actor. He started his study of martial arts in the early 1970's studying Zen Kempo. 20 years later he joined Cuong Nhu. Married for over 25 years to Valerie Wolny, their daughter, Rachel is a Cuong Nhu student and instructor. Marc has also studied Shinkendo Japanese Swordsmanship since 2007.

Sensei Eben Stuart
Shodan (1st degree)

Eben is an accounting manager with AT&T, and has been practicing Cuong Nhu martial arts since 2000.

Sensei Andrew Valentine
Shodan (1st degree)

Andrew began training in Cuong Nhu at the University of Florida's Cypress dojo in 2004. He originally started as a way to stay fit while in college, but as he began progressing through the ranks, he grew more attached to the culture and the camaraderie. After graduating from UF in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering, he moved to Atlanta and finished his black belt training at Sung Ming Shu. Outside of Cuong Nhu, Andrew enjoys swimming, backpacking, traveling, camping, and a host of other activities.

Sensei Paul Bartels
Shodan (1st degree)

Paul began training at Sung Ming Shu in 2005 and has kept it up due to the enjoyment, sense of community, and the privilege of being able to pass on knowledge to others. He was born in Mobile, Alabama and has lived in Atlanta since 1990. Paul works as an attorney and lives in Atlanta's historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.

Sensei Marianna Kaufman
Shodan (1st degree)

Marianna started training in Cuong Nhu in 2006. "Mastering techniques from seven different martial arts is very rewarding," she says. From 1971 to 1982 she trained in karate and also taught karate and self-defense classes to women at many Atlanta colleges and recreation centers. After retiring as a reference librarian, Marianna became a volunteer docent at the Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum. Marianna has lived with her partner, Diana, since 1972.

Sensei Amir Carlock
Shodan (1st degree)

Amir found his way to Sung Ming Shu Dojo from his son, David’s after school program. After a year of kickboxing classes at Sung Ming Shu, Amir started his martial arts training. Amir has been practicing for 8 years and achieved his black belt in May 2014.  He currently teaches kickboxing and children’s classes at Sung Ming Shu Dojo.  Amir is a contractor and has been remodeling homes in the Atlanta area for 35 years.  He is a Grant Park resident since 1985.  He enjoys mountain and road biking, cooking and painting (not houses).

Sensei James Schoen
Shodan (1st degree)

James graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006 and has been practicing Cuong Nhu and working as an Architectural Designer since moving to Atlanta in 2007. In addition to his Cuong Nhu training, he enjoys boxing, running, yoga and weight lifting. His other interests include travel, cinema, and collecting musical instruments he's totally going to learn how to play some day.

Sensei Seth Plockelman
Shodan (1st degree)

Seth was raised right here in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia. He’s been training in Cuong Nhu since 2007 and received his Black Belt in 2015. Seth has a plethora of interests including art, reading science fiction, comic books and gaming. Seth currently works for the Home Depot Support Center as a Item Data Analyst and in his free time engages in all kinds of do it yourself home renovations.

Sensei Caleb Boyd
Shodan (1st degree)

Caleb started training in Cuong Nhu in 2010, after a martial-arts hiatus of 20 years and earned his black belt in 2015.  He also holds the rare combination of a PhD in Theatre History and a MS in Computer Science.  Having used the former to teach for 10 years, he recently decided to switch careers and now does middleware administration for Emory University.  In addition to Cuong Nhu, Caleb is an avid foodie/amateur chef, and enjoys the lifelong adventure of being married to his partner, Melanie.

Sensei Dirk Botterbusch
Shodan (1st degree)

Dirk found his way back to martial arts in 2006, when he began his training in Cuong Nhu, after taking an almost 15 year break from Shotokan Karate. Dirk has been assisting with teaching since 2010 and earned his Black Belt in 2015. When not dressed in his Gi, Dirk works as a management consultant helping various Atlanta based clients with their business challenges. Dirk lives in Inman Park with his wife Kim, and their two rescue cats Lola and Lila. In addition to martial arts, Dirk enjoys golf, traveling, cooking and, of course, eating!