Teaching the Martial Arts is Our Passion!

We believe it is our PURPOSE to INSPIRE and EMPOWER each of our students to DO and BE their PERSONAL BEST every day.

Not only do we love learning and training in the martial arts, but we also feel as if the opportunity to share the martial arts with our community makes us some of the luckiest people alive.

Sifu Carlton Doup

Sifu (Head Teacher) Carlton Doup began his martial arts training under world renowned master Won Kuk Kim, founder of the Jungyae Moosul system. Under master Kim’s tutelage he achieved the rank of 3rd degree black belt and the title of Dae Sa Reoung (Chief Instructor), the highest attainable level of instructor in the Jungyae Moosul system. He began teaching in 1994 and in 1996 opened his own school, the Jungyae Moosul Academy of Marysville. After several years he decided he wanted to take his school in a different direction than that of his teacher and founded the Kung Fu Northwest / Kung Fu 4 Kids Academy.

Sifu Doup is best known in the martial arts community for his championship demonstration teams as well as his expertise in the use of weapons, with his specialty being in the field of flexible weapons such as Nunchaku, Iron Chain and the Rope Dart.

Sifu Doup has also done professional stunt work and martial arts choreography, giving him the opportunity to work directly with several notable figures including Bill Gates and Steve Balhmer.

Glency Castillo
Head Children’s / Teen/ Demo Team Instructor

Glency Castillo has been training in Kung Fu since 2010. He started off as a student and through diligent training earned his place as an instructor. His hobbies are gaming, a little bit of dancing, and of course kung fu. His favorite part about being at Kung Fu 4 Kids is teaching kids what he himself loves to do.

“I enjoy working with kids! When they tell me I’m their favorite teacher or a parent tells me how much a student has changed because of me, its the best feeling you can get!”

Favorite Martial Arts Movie: Ip Man
Favorite Superhero: Superman
Favorite Aspect of the Martial Arts: Practical application of the moments found in traditional forms

Marie Gawad
Instructor

Free-spirited and curious, Marie never felt a complete sense of belonging until she was introduced to martial arts. Marie began her journey by taking Shito-Ryu Karate as an elective in college, where her Sensei encouraged her to continue training in martial arts regardless of the style.

Soon afterwards, Marie became an employee and student at Evans Tae Kwon Do. She discovered a love for sparring and competed for 7 years. After the Sah Bum Nim Evans was transferred with the military, Marie wandered among schools and systems until finding acceptance in the Kung Fu Northwest family.

She has been and instructor since 2009.

Hobbies: Cooking, Photography, Travel
Favorite martial arts movie: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
Favorite superhero: Wolverine (a.k.a. “Old Man Logan”)
Favorite aspect of martial arts: Health benefits, creative / energy outlet.

Dom Dacoco
Instructor

Growing up in Japan, Dom was inspired to become a student in martial arts after watching movies and shows such as 3 Ninjas, Teenage Mutant Turtles and Power Rangers. He started taking Fushin Ryu karate in Yokosuka, Japan. During high school, he took up b-boying (breakdancing) as a hobby which later lead him to Kung Fu Northwest to practice for open floor. He soon became a student and eventually an instructor.

Hobbies: photography, cooking, b-boying, djing, playing sports

Favorite martial arts movie: Rush Hour Series

Favorite superhero: Goku

Favorite aspect of Martial Arts: Weapons

Fila R.
Instructor

Born on the island of Oahu, Fila moved to Marysville in 2005. She began her martial arts training at the age of seven alongside her cousin. After many years of practice and volunteering at Kung Fu Northwest, she was then able to call herself an  instructor.

Other than kung fu, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. You might also see her around the Marysville YMCA where she volunteers in Youth Development Center (YDC) events.

Hobbies: Arts/Crafts, Ukulele, Kung Fu

Favorite Martial Arts Movie: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Favorite Aspects of Martial Arts: Straight Sword (Jian) and Broad Sword (Dao)

Hong Laosher (Ralph)
Children’s / Teen / Demo Team Teacher

Like many students, Ralph Bartolome started his passion in the martial arts as a young child. However, his training did not start until reaching the age of 17. His early days in Kung Fu Northwest began as a student volunteer. Helping in several hours in classes daily and in each summer camp, he quickly began to find his passion grow from simply martial arts to teaching life skills and personal development through the martial arts. He successfully works with children as young as 3 years old in helping them develop a positive and self-motivating attitude that carries beyond the training floor. Ralph works to find a connection with each student by striving to understand their individual learning traits; watch him teach a class and you just might think that he is one of the kids, but just a bit taller.

“My favorite part about teaching isn’t when the students finally get the technique right, it’s the look on their face and the change in attitude when they know that they have accomplished something really great! It’s a privilege to use my passion as a tool to give children that ‘I can’ attitude on a daily basis. And best part of it all is that I still get to be a kid myself!”

Hobbies: Kung Fu, eating, skim boarding, long boarding
Favortie Movie(s): Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, Minions
Favorite Superhero: Snake Eyes from GI Joe
Favorite Aspect of the Martial Arts: Being able to express yourself fully through martial movement

Sifu ~ Li, Tian Yuan
Technical Advisor

Born in the People’s Republic of China, Sifu Li began her Wushu/Kung Fu training at the age of 8. As a child she would follow her brother, who later became a professor of Wushu at the Beijing Sports University,to his martial arts lessons and follow along from the sidelines. In 1982 scouts from the Shanxi Province Sports School, one of China’s most respected sports schools which accepts less than 1 in 1000 applicants, discovered her talent and quickly recruited her as a student. In recognition of her exceptional skill, dedication and ability, she was later accepted as a member of the Shanxi Province Wushu Team, which was at the time coached by world renowned Wushu teacher Zhang Ling Mei. As a member of the Shanxi Wushu Team from 1984-1993 Tian held several tittles:

• 1989 All China National Champion – Spear Division
• 1989 All China 2nd Place – Sword Division
• 1990 All China National Champion – Spear Division
• 1990 Performed in 1st Annual Asian Games Opening Ceremony
• 1991 All China National Champion – Spear Division

In 1989 the Chinese government recognized Sifu Li with the tile of ‘Wu Ying Ji’, a title that has been given to very few people and represents the highest level of achievement and mastery in the arts of Wushu. Two years later Sifu Li graduated from the Beijing Sports University, China’s most prestigious sports school which boasts such famous graduates as Jet Li.

In 1994 Sifu Li retired from competition and soon after was invited to the Chinese Wushu Association in Yokohama, Japan where she taught Tai Chi and Wushu until 2001. While in Yokohama, she met her U.S. Navy husband and soon moved to Korea before settling in the Arlington, Washington area. During her time in Japan she was also recruited by Sony Playstation and Sega Dreamcast as a motion capture character model for the hit game ‘Soul Calibur’.

Sifu Li has dedicated her life to the learning and teaching of Taiji and Wushu. Her students are truly lucky to have the opportunity to learn from such a skilled and experienced Taiji and Wushu master.

Sifu Li now has her own school in Seattle’s China Town and Bellevue, Washington: Northwest Wushu