Pete Voll (Sifu),
Pete Voll is a Academy Level Certified Instructor and is a Ranking (Presiding and Push-Hands Partnering Judge) by the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association and is a Certified Instructor by Master Helen Wu. In July of 2013 he has passed the last testable Ranking Test (Golden Tiger) with Grand Master Yang Jun as the Presiding and Push Hands Partnering Judge. He has been teaching Tai Chi in Winchester, Va. since 2000, at the Shenandoah Taijiquan Center under the guidance of Master Pat Rice. He began his martial arts journey at the age of 9, starting with Judo, then Karate and Tae Kwon Do. At the age of 19 he studied Kick Boxing, Ginga and Yang Style Tai Chi and Hsing-I. In 1999 he started to learn Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi from Master Pat Rice and has attended many seminars from Grand Master Yang Jun and Grand Master Yang Zhenduo (Yang Family Lineage to Creator of the Yang Style).
Sifu Voll continues to learn and practice other styles such as: Xing-Yi, Bagua, Liu He Ba Fa, Baji, and Chen and Sun Style Tai Chi. In addition to the above mentioned Masters Pete has studied from: Master Jose Johnson, Grand Master Nick Gracenin, Grand Master Shou-Yu Liang, Grand Master/Dr. Yang Jwing Ming, Master Wei Lun Huang, Master Helen Wu, and Master/Dr. Yang, Yang. He is in the process of becoming certified to teach Liu He Ba Fa by Grand Master Shou-Yu Liang and Evidence Based Training by Master/Dr. Yang, Yang.
Sifu Voll is a gold medalist in Yang Style Tai Chi and Xing-Yi at Regional, National, and International Competitions and is a silver and bronze medalist in Liu He Ba Fa, Bagua, and Ginga Tai Chi in National and International Competitions.
Tammy Battista with Peaceful Energies is Teaching Hatha Yoga classes at Full Moon Tai Chi. Tammy has been actively involved in Yoga since 1995 and has been teaching since 2000. She is a member of and certified by the Yoga Alliance. In addition to Yoga, Tammy is a Reiki Master.
Randall Lee Lucas began his formal martial arts journey at
the age of 14 in Clarksburg, WV studying the art of Chito Ryu Karate. He trained in this system until graduation
from Bridgeport High School and was accepted as a student at West Virginia University.
It was there that he trained with many good martial artists and international
students of various styles and disciplines. He trained throughout his time
there and upon graduation, would find many excellent martial arts teachers to
train with as he started his career in social services.
It was in 1994 that Sensei Lucas went to Philadelphia to
study Orientation and Mobility Therapy at the Pennsylvania College of
Optometry. During that time he met Hanshi Nimr Hassan, the last student to
train with Great Grandmaster James Mitose, thye man credited with bringing
Kempo to the United States. He immersed himself the art of kempo with Hanshi
Hassan through private and group instruction at the Koga Ha Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo
Association of Philadelphia. The dojo was located on Germantown Avenue with
classes held nightly there and on Saturday mornings. Mr. Lucas would later be awarded the title of
Menkyo Sensei in the Temple Dance and Escaping Arts as originally taught by
Great Grandmaster James Mitose.
Menkyo Sensei Lucas was given direct instruction by Hanshi
Hassan to study two other systems and examine them in the context and
philosophy of the Koga Ha Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo System. He followed this
direction and was fortunate enough to study several other arts that included
Jeet Kune Do and Chinese Kempo. Infusing some of the techniques and principles
of these arts into the Koga Ha System, Menkyo Sensei Lucas asked permission of
Hanshi Hassan to develop a martial art based on those studies. It was then that
the Baraka Kempo System was born.
The Baraka Kempo System was developed as a separate system
to show respect to the original system and to indicate that, although it
contained the core principles and patterns of the original system, it was not
the original Temple Dance and Escaping Arts. A hand symbol was created to
denote the formation of this new system and to point back to the original crest
of Grandmaster James Mitose.
In 2011, after reviewing the basic tenets, concepts,
philosophies, and curriculum developed by Sensei Lucas, the Hawaiian Martial
Arts International Society recognized Baraka Kempo as a ‘stand-alone’ system
and bestowed upon Sensei Lucas the title of Professor.
In 2014, Hanshi Nimr Hassan presented Professor Lucas with a
certificate recognizing Baraka Kempo as a natural extension of the Koga Ha
Kempo system and recognized him as the Soke of that system.
Lucas continues his journey of self-discovery as a student of traditional
martial arts through the study and teaching of its philosophy and concepts.
9 South Royal Avenue Front Royal, Va. 22630
Kasia Voll (Co-Owner/Office Manager)
Randall Lucas (Kempo Instructor)