Instructors

Meet our Instructors!

Kevin Harris
Founder

Sifu Kevin Harris began his training in 2003. He studied under Master Ben Bender of the Austin Shaolin-Do School while Master Ben was attending Cornell University. As the senior student, Kevin took over instruction of the local group when his teacher moved back to Texas and he has been growing the school ever since. Sifu Kevin’s personal martial arts philosophy revolves around creating a supportive environment for his students and helping each of them reach their own highest potential. He sees his martial art as a transformative force which can, when applied, bring about a powerful change in the lives of his students. Sifu Kevin invests himself passionately in the lessons he teaches and gives special consideration to the direction each student takes in their martial arts education.

Jonathan Howe
Head Instructor

Jonathan has been studying martial arts extensively since 2006. Martial arts are a vital part of his life, giving him the opportunity to constantly find new challenges to overcome. He is a committed and impassioned practitioner whose spirit and willpower help him to achieve his goals and progress in his training. Martial arts have taught Jonathan that with some dedication and perseverance anything is possible; this is a lesson he always strives to pass along. Jonathan has been teaching at Fingerlakes Shaolin-Do since 2014. He is a passionate instructor who aims to help students understand that anything can be accomplished with hard-work, self-discipline, and a strong will.

Dan Barrow
School Manager, Assistant Instructor
Symphony Howe
Instructor

Symphony has been studying Shaolin Kung Fu at Fingerlakes Shaolin-Do since 2012. She is a dedicated martial artist who is passionate about what she does and strives to learn and understand all she can. Shaolin is a fierce martial art that teaches the student sufficient martial application, but Symphony believes it instills much more than that: Shaolin teaches one how to find an inner balance and gives the student the tools to build confidence that transfers to all aspects of life. Symphony has been teaching at Fingerlakes Shaolin-Do since receiving her black belt, and takes joy in sharing all that Shaolin-Do has to offer.

Hannah Wirth
Assistant Instructor

Hannah has been studying at Fingerlakes Shaolin-Do Kung Fu and Tai Chi since 2012, and teaching at the school since receiving her black belt in 2015.  Over the years, Hannah has learned a good deal about martial arts and has come to realize that applying oneself gives the power to advance in many ways. She’s known, since starting, that Kung Fu and Tai Chi improves physical fitness and strength, but she has also found that martial arts help develop an inner strength, allowing one to accomplish things they had once thought not possible. Hannah takes pride in teaching others the art of Kung Fu and helping them find their own inner strength.