Shifu Bob Holland
(Black Belt, White Sash)


Shifu Bob Holland


Holland's Kung Fu Academy owner, Shifu Bob Holland, is an 8th Degree, White-Sash, Master of Shaolin Kempo Kung-Fu.

Shifu Bob Holland has over 25 years of serious training, teaching, exploration, and leadership in the martial arts that has culminated in his status as a substantial figure in the martial arts community on Vancouver Island .

From his beginnings in western boxing at age 12, Shifu Bob was attracted to the discipline and perseverance required by the martial arts to achieve personal excellence. Much of his time in the arts has been dedicated to the study of Shaolin Kempo Kung-Fu. This form of Kung-fu combines traditional Kung-Fu with the Kempo techniques introduced to North America from Okinawa via Hawaii by Ed Parker; a martial arts pioneer in the United States and a legend in Kempo Karate.
In recent years Shifu Bob Holland, and his teaching methods became a featured portion of the book Me, Chi & Bruce Lee.

Following a four-year career as an amateur boxer, and annual invitations to CFL training camps beginning at age 17, subsequently culminating in competing for a position with an NFL team, Shifu Bob's sole focus became training in Shaolin Kung-Fu. Studying under Master Ed O'Brien, founder of Kung-Fu Canada , combining his dedication, self-discipline, and superb athleticism, Shifu Bob achieved senior Black Belt status and became the leading figure at Kung-Fu Canada in Victoria overseeing curriculum development and instruction. After a decade with the organization, Shifu Bob left in 1996 to open his own schools in Victoria and the Westshore.

Many students followed him to where they successfully achieved the rank of Black Belt. Several of these students remain in his school today, having trained with Shifu Bob for as long as 16 years. While continuing to expand his mastery in Shaolin Kung-Fu, Shifu Bob acquired Shaolin Wu-Kung expertise following ten years of training under Grand Master Shi Yo Hai. At the same time, Shifu Bob has also become an accomplished teacher of escrima (short sticks) after 12 years of training under Balintawak escrima Grandmaster Dr. Dom Lopez. Shifu Bob continues to train with these Grand Masters to this day.

In addition to his comprehensive knowledge of body-mechanics, strength and flexibility training for the martial arts, Shifu Bob is also well versed the arts of in Chin-na, jiu-jitsu, and various traditional Shaolin weapons-based systems. He also has training in the related healing arts of Shiatsu and Moxibustion, and Chi-kung medical massage. Shifu Bob's passion for teaching and martial arts excellence is rooted in his commitment to the true philosophy of the martial arts - respect for oneself and others. This attitude is shared by his wife Tammy and sons Brock and Brandon. Indeed, the Holland family are role models for the Kung Fu Academy mission, having each trained diligently as a family on their path to Black Belt.

Though humble about his achievements in the arts, Shifu Bob holds an impressive record as a martial arts competitor, including tournament-winning performances that have placed him among the top-three, Kung-Fu martial artists in Western Canada. More importantly, it is his personal, sincere and good-natured dedication to teaching and learning coupled with genuine care and regard for the well-being of each individual student that has resulted in Shifu Bob being an inspiration to children and families seeking a top quality martial arts education in the Victoria area. 




Shifu Jim Lord
(Black Belt, Blue Sash)


Shifu Jim Lord


Jim is a registered nurse and practicing Buddhist who finds joy in otherís happiness and laughter.  His favorite martial arts activities include teaching, learning and presenting belts to students who have earned them.  In his free time Jim enjoys spending time with family and friends and meditating.  His martial arts goal is to keep practicing for the rest of his life.





Shifu Ryan Johnston
(Black Belt, Blue Sash)


Shifu Ryan Johnston


Ryan is the resident snake of the Colwood school (see the five animals) and has been training for 10 years.  He studies both Chinese and Japanese and has spent time traveling abroad in Japan.  His favorite martial arts activities include forms and grappling and his goals are to make martial arts instinctive.  Outside of kung fu Ryan enjoys rock climbing and photography.





Shifu Tammy Holland
(Black Belt, Blue Sash)


Shifu Tammy Holland


Tammy teaches the Colwood kids and after school programs and is our resident Chi Kung Medical Massage and Swedish relaxation massage practitioner.  She is known for her sociable personality, her sunny disposition and her love of teaching children.

Her favorite martial arts moments are; the black belt ceremony, seeing people progressing in their training and seeing kids get awarded new belts.  Tammyís martial arts goals are to keep learning and passing knowledge to others as well as being contented mentally and physically.





Shifu Kyle Martens
(Black Belt, Green Sash)


Shifu Kyle Martens

Kyle has spent more then 16 years training in martial arts. Starting at the age of 6, his first 7 years were in Crofton, BC learning Goju-Ryu Karate. Soon after Kyle started training with Sifu Cathal Walsh in Duncan, BC where he achieved his Black Belt in 2005 and also learned that Kung Fu is not just a hobby, but a lifestyle. The hard work and dedication travels with you from Kung Fu, into everything else. Recently Kyle, outside of the Kung Fu Academy, has started a career as an apprentice Carpenter. His hardwork has persisted from the school, into every other aspect of life. In 2009, Kyle moved to Victoria to continue his training at Holland's Kung Fu Academy under Shifu Bob Holland, coming closer to a better refinement of his knowledge in Kung Fu.





Shifu Samantha Dovell
(Jr. Black Belt)


Shifu Samantha Dovell


Assistant instructor for our junior programs, Samantha, started her training at the age of 9 at Holland's Kung fu Academy, achieving the rank of junior Black Belt in 2009. With her loyalty and continued improvement and excellence in Kung Fu Samantha hopes to achieve her Adult Black belt in 2012.If you can't find Samantha at Kung fu Academy you can find her on the honor role list in school and in musical percussion or her nose in a novel.





Shifu Brock Holland
(Jr. Black Belt)


Shifu Brock Holland


Assistant instructor for our junior programs, Brock had started his training in Kung fu at the age of 4, achieving his Junior Black Belt at the age of 10. Brock has been training for 11 years in total with 5 of those years helping teach juniors toward achieving their goals to black belt. Brock has been an excellent role model for kids at the academy and out side the academy with excellence in everything he does. If not seen at the academy with his positive and helping attitude, brock can also be found on the honor role list in school or scoring low on the golf course with a 5 handicap or winning a skateboard competition.





Shifu Brandon Holland
(Jr. Black Belt)


Shifu Brandon Holland


Assistant instructor for our junior programs, Brandon, started his training in Kung fu at the age of 3, achieving his Junior Black Belt by the age of 9. Brandon has been training for 10 years at Kung fu Academy with 4 of those years inspiring Juniors to achieve their Goals. Brandon has a very open enjoyable personality sure to bring a smile to your face. If not at Kung fu Brandon can be found playing many sports in his spare time.


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