Founder/ Instructor: Kai Lewis
Co-Founder/Instructor: Denise Horvilleur
Kai Lewis had an early fascination with movement, mental focus and the connection of mind-body at an early age. Kai's sports background was the impetus to foster this relationship. He began playing golf as a child, taught to him by his dad who was a Golf Pro, later playing in the Junior PGA and eventually teaching kids at golf camps. His first martial arts experience was introduced to him by his step-mom, a 3rd degree black belt, who took him to a Goju-Ryu Karate class in Middle School. It sparked a lifelong interest and pursuit in the world of martial arts. He would later explore the Brazilian martial dance of Capoeira in High School, in College, Kai practiced San Shou and Shaolin Kung Fu at a traditional Chinese Martial Arts school. While exploring the physical side, Kai studied Visual Arts and Video Production to compliment the creative side at the University of Houston. His recent martial arts journey has brought him to be a practitioner and teacher of the rare & dynamic martial arts of Silat and Kalis, balanced by the relaxed yet focused meditative arts of Tai Chi and Yoga.
Kai has taught mindfulness practices as a Health and Wellness instructor for Houston Independent School District, elementary age k-5th grade. Before that he worked as a bicycle mechanic and in sales at Urban Bicycle Gallery. He is a certified Reflexologist and is continuing his studies with healing modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupressure, massage, and sports science. He currently teaches several public studio classes and workshop series , at Rice University, at local Mental Health and Addiction Centers, Baylor College of Medicine, The Health Museum of Houston, and at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital as part of the Integrative Medicine Center team, sharing the health benefits of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga and Meditation with the hospital's cancer patients, care givers and staff.
Kai loves to study, learn and travel to different cultures. He makes yearly trips to South East Asia to further immerse himself in the living roots of the arts. His interests lie in the practical methods of martial arts, healing, meditation, and yoga and how to apply these arts in a modern context. Kai currently teaches at Houston Martial Arts Academy MD Anderson Cancer Hospital, at Rice University and Pralaya Yoga Studio.
Kai has received training and ranks in the following: Sifu (Full Instructor) under Sifu Dug Corpolongo, in the Chinese Tri-Internal Martial Arts System of Lotus Dragon that includes: Taijiquan, Baguazhang , Xingyiquan and Yiquan as the cornerstone. Instructor in the Science of Elastic Force under Sifu Mark Rasmus. Kang (Brother) under Kang Cecep Rahman, in the Indonesian Martial Arts System of Pencak Silat Panglipur, the only certified Level 2 representative of Panglipur in the USA. Guro (Full Instructor) under Guro Mike Blackgrave in the Filipino based fighting methods of Seamok Kalis, completed De Fondo Level of Giron Arnis Escrima and apprentice in Galleon Clan Escrima under Guro Joseph Galleon. Level 1 Instructor: Tai Chi/Push Hands/Chi Kung Healing Practitioner under Sifu Richard Clear. Kai has completed his 200 hours E-RYT, experienced registered yoga teacher, training in the Indian Hatha Yoga based methods of the Pralaya Yoga System under the founder, Robert Boustany, Certified Integrated Movement Therapist level 1 under the Samarya Center to offer a yoga-based therapy in hospital settings. Advanced courses in Reflexology, Acupressure, Traditional Chinese Medicine Massage Tuina, Northern Thai Massage, Myofascial Release, Abdominal Organ Massage aka Chi Nei Tsang, Medical Qi Gong Healing, Basic Life Support (CPR and AED) Certified.
Denise Horvilleur graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Minor in Africana Studies. She served as a tutor and, eventually, manager of the University of Houston's Writing Center in her final years of study.
From 2003 to 2015, Denise worked as a Texas Certified Bilingual 4th-8th grade Teacher with at-risk students in public schools, spending the last year as a full-time Health and Wellness Instructor at Steven’s Elementary in Houston ISD. As a Health and Wellness Instructor she taught yoga-based exercises and mindfulness techniques to both students and school faculty. From there, she went on to help manage the HISD Health and Wellness team, leading her to serve as a teacher trainer and mentor for Breathe, Move, Rest, a mindfulness program that brings yoga-based exercises and mindfulness practices to under-served public school districts across the country. Today, Denise offers her services as a Mindfulness Consultant to a variety of Mindfulness-based non-profit organizations and local schools to help educate the community about practical stress-relief exercises that can be done throughout the day.
In addition to work with schools, Denise has years of experience teaching yoga to cancer patients and their caretakers as a Mind-Body Intervention Specialist and Integrated Movement Therapist at Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Hospital as part of the Integrative Medicine Center Team. She regularly offers classes and workshops in Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Yoga around the Houston area at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston Health Museum, to name some.
As a Certified National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) trainer, she currently works at Rice University as a Personal Trainer with a variety of clients to develop and train in individualized corrective, strength and balance-specific programs, influenced by Yoga,Tai Chi, and sports science. She also holds teaching certifications in both Yoga and Tai Chi.
Denise began practicing Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation in order to alleviate stress and manage pain. Silat, an Indonesian Martial Art, she trains in for fun. Denise actively travels to Thailand and Indonesia to train in meditation and Silat.