Active New Orleans Black Belts
Sifu Joseph Meissner, Head Instructor, is a fourth degree black belt and has taught Shaolin-Do since 1997. He holds a bachelor's degree in Theatre, Speech, and Dance from Brown University and has completed graduate work in creative writing at UNO. He studies Shaolin-Do under 7th degree Senior Master Joe Schaefer of Austin, TX and has taken many classes directly from Grandmaster Sin Kwang The' and other elder masters. He was a guest tai chi trainer on the Discovery Channel's "Health Cops New Orleans" program and strength & conditioning trainer to a starting player with the New Orleans Hornets. Sifu Joseph is an experienced instructor in academia and the arts. He has taught classes and lectured at NOCCA, Nicholls State University, UNO and Loyola. He is also a filmmaker and actor with the award-winning feature film Flood Streets and comedy webseries (a 2014 Webby Honoree) Least Favorite Love Songs. His instructional approach is patient and inspirational, fostering a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere as he challenges each student to surpass his or her goals and aspirations.
(3rd black, February 2011), senior instructor, runs our children's program and teaches tai chi. Brian began his Shaolin-Do studies in 1999 with Sifu Miles Thomas at UC San Diego, where he earned his B.S. in biology.