United Studios of Self Defense – Mission Viejo West
Sensei Luis M. Auza
Sensei Luis has been training in Martial Arts since he was 5 years old. He has trained in different styles of Martial Arts, and holds rank in Shotokan Karate and Shaolin Kempo, in which he holds the rank of 3rd degree Black Belt. He graduated from Irvine Valley College, and attended the University of California Irvine, graduating with a Degree on Applied Science. Later on, he worked in the computer field for a few years. He joined United Studios of Self Defense in 2004, and has been teaching professionally for more than 8 years. He specializes in forms and weapons. In his spare time, he enjoys movies and classical music.
Sensei Lori Li
Sensei Lori has been a long time fan of Martial Arts, ever since she was little. She is originally from the Republic of Taiwan and has been living in the United States from age 15. She went to school at the University of California, San Diego and graduated as a Math Major. After working in the Computer field as a programmer, she completed a Masters in IT at California State University, Fullerton. She joined United Studios of Self Defense in Irvine and immediately felt in love with the training. She decided to make Martial Arts her lifestyle about 6 years ago. She currently holds the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo. She loves working with kids and enjoys weapons training. Her favorite weapon is the Nunchaku. She also enjoys reading and watching movies.
Sensei Melanie J. Pokroy
Senior Sensei / Director Karate for Kids
Melanie has been training in martial arts for over 16 years. She trained in Tae Kwon Do for 6 years and earned her black belt when she was 18. Melanie has been with United Studios of Self Defense for 10 years and currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Shaolin Kempo Karate. She is the director of our Karate for Kids program, and goes to preschools t hat services the Orange County area and teaches classes. Melanie has a teaching credential in elementary education and taught in the Anaheim City School Districts for 6 years, as well as working as a camp counselor, Sunday School teacher and babysitter. She enjoys taking pictures in her spare time and you will see her doing the photography at studio events and tournaments. Other things she is enjoys is reading a variety of books, including authors Robert Jordan, Kate Morton, Shakespeare, and Jane Austen.
Sensei Alex J. Tock
Sensei Alex is a second degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo and has been training for over 10 years. He is an exceptional Martial Artist with outstanding character. Outside of the Martial Arts, Sensei Alex is a focused student and a great friend. He spends his free time training in martial arts and dabbling in music production. He is currently pursuing a future career in criminal justice. He loves to hang with his friends, and once in a while enjoys playing a video game or two. He’s very determined, detailed oriented, and works tirelessly to make sure his students excel in their training.