Sifu Helana began her Martial Arts Training with Sifu Neil Cauliffe in 1989, while earning her Degree in Pediatric Nursing. She found that training in the Martial Arts helped tremendously with the stress and overwhelm of full time school and work.
After 15 years working as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse, Sifu Helana realized her passion for the Martial Arts, outweighed her enjoyment of working in the medical field. Her Martial Arts training gave her the confidence to make the move, leaving a very stable and successful career to open a school full time. She hasn’t looked back since.
Over the past 30 years, Sifu Helana has earned instructorship in the Jun Fan Martial Arts, Phillipino Kali and Muay Thai Kickboxing. She also holds a Third Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, as well as instructor status in Savate French Kickboxing. Top this off with the level of advanced communicator in the Toastmasters Organization, and creating the “Raising Fearless Kids in an uncertain world” program. She has been teaching the life changing benefits of Martial Arts to children, adults and families since 1995, and leads the Leadership program here at American Dragon Martial Arts Academy.
Sifu Helana understands the principles of living the Martial Arts Lifestyle: Discipline, Focus, Commitment, Perseverance, and knows how to develop these attributes in people. Her specialty areas are working with kids and teens with ADD,ADHD, and children who are on the spectrum.