Sifu Allyson Riley
Co-Chief Instructor Sifu Allyson Riley has been training at Seven Star since 1992 and holds the rank of fifth degree black belt. She was named Assistant Head Instructor in 2009, and began promoting her own students in 2013. She was promoted to 5th degree and named Co-Chief Instructor by Sigung Michelle McVadon in 2015.
Sifu Allyson started her journey in martial arts by taking a self defense class offered by Seven Star. She didn’t realize she would also be learning kung fu and quickly became hooked by the beauty and efficient fighting style of kajukenbo.
Since 2014, Sifu Allyson has worked with the WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere) Foundation’s Discover Your Power program (formerly known as Fight the Fear Campaign). Working with other Seattle area self defense instructors and educators, she develops and teaches empowerment self defense classes to take into public schools and the community at large. Sifu Al has also shared her teaching skills as an invited instructor at the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists (PAWMA) and the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation (NWMAF) annual training camps.
In working with diverse populations teaching self defense and a self defense-based martial art, Sifu Allyson uses humor, compassion and ferocity to teach her students that they have the power and responsibility to stand up for themselves and others.