Kitsilano Branch Instructors

HEAD INSTRUCTOR

Sensei Amber Murphy - 4th Dan Black Belt

US Open World Champion - 2004, 2005 & 2006

She is Purple Dragon's first female Canadian Woman to test and pass for a Purple Dragon Black Belt. In 2011 she became the first North American to achieve a Renshi Rank (4th Dan). Sensei Amber is a student of Soki Professor Don Jacob who works to educate, motivate and inspire people along the Martial Arts Do (way). She teaches Don Jitsu Ryu to ages 4 & up and specializes in Women's Self Defense and Kickboxing.

On May 24th 2008, in San Antonio Texas, Sensei Amber was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame as a 'Rising Star' by the World Head of Family Sokeship Council. This year she was inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame for 'Sensei of the Year'. She annually journeys to Trinidad to update at Purple Dragon World Headquarters and is a very successful international tournament competitor. Sensei Amber has been crowned World Champion in Continuous Fighting three times at the US Open in Orlando, Florida and in Australia in 2000. She represents young entrepreneurs and women in business through CYBF and the Women's Enterprise Centre.

 

Sensei Amber also specializes in Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga having completed her RYT200 with Pacific Elements Yoga in 2010. She leads demonstrations in the community and programs at Tennyson School. 

Senpai Martina Wiltschko - 3rd Dan Black Belt

 

Senpai Martina began training in Purple Dragon in 2006. After one year of improving her fitness in the Kickboxng program, she joined the Don Jitsu Ryu System. Senpai Martina achieved her Black Belt in 2011, and began teaching the following year. She specializes in Don Jitsu Ryu, Kickboxing, Yoga and Meditation. 

 

In 2014 she graded at World Headquarters in Trinidad, and attained her 3rd Degree Black Belt (Senpai title). She has competed locally and internationally since 2007. Most recently in 2015 she competed at the Purple Dragon World Championships in Trinidad and won Gold in Forms and Weapons. In addition, she was inducted in the Caribbean Martial Arts Hall of Fame for 'Senpai of the Year.' She travels regularly to Trinidad to support Black Belt Gradings and train at World Headquarters. 

 

 

 

 


       Senpai Nikki Snider            3rd Dan Black Belt 

Senpai Jemma Kohn          3rd Dan Black Belt 

Senpai Aries Lambrinoudis 3rd Dan Black Belt 

Instructor Sandra Filosof-         Schipper                                         2nd Dan Black Belt 

Jr. Instructor Ailki Kaloupis 2nd Dan Black Belt

 

 

 

 


 

 



Sensei Amber with Grandmaster Don Jacob & special guest teacher Shihan Nicole Thomas