Sifu Tori Contreras started training through ACTIVSTARS under Sifu Mark Steuver, the first and only American Shaolin monk. After twelve years of training, she received the first black belt out of her home dojo in Yuma. After graduating high school, Sifu Tori is continuing her education at the University of Arizona and has been offered her first classes as an instructor at Santa Clara UMC and Apollo Middle School located in Tucson.
Sifu Tori accompanied her instructor on a trip to China. She spent two weeks studying under a Shaolin monk in the ancient buildings of the Shaolin Temple. She learned two katas from the monk and even performed them for the Abbot at the conclusion of her stay. He gave her a certificate of official training completion and a blessed dagger.
Sifu Tori may be in the newest generation of ACTIVSTARS instructors; however, she is not new to teaching. She has been a volunteer instructor under Sifu Mark for the past five years. With years of instructed guidance, Sifu Tori is prepared to instruct her own class. She will be teaching her students Shaolin Kung Fu and Chinese Kempo while still training under Sifu Mark.
LocationsSanta Clara UMC in Tucson, AZ