INSTRUCTORS

Collin Lieberman

Director & Head Instructor

Collin moved to Ithaca in 2012 and fell in love with the city that he now calls home.  This move offered a life-changing opportunity for him - to transform his passion for fitness & martial arts into a full-time venture, providing high quality fitness and martial arts training to hundreds of families in our community.  

 

Collin teaches weekly classes in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, Kuntao Silat, Filipino Kali, Kickboxing, and Kids Kung Fu at Centerline.  He is a certified Full Instructor in the art of Lee Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, with over 15 years of teaching experience.  His training includes several other martial arts styles, including Taijiquan, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This cross training has cultivated Collin’s universal respect for all styles and martial artists, knowing that each has something valuable to offer, and that the martial arts are about the journey more than the destination.

Collin was an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from 2012-2016, and continues to enrich his fitness education with weekly training in Kettlebells, Pilates, Outdoor Boot Camps, and his daily Kung Fu workouts.  His extensive experience in fitness and the martial arts informs his uniquely holistic approach to understanding and cultivating healthy movement.

Laura Thomas

Manager & Instructor

Laura is the Manager of Centerline Fitness & Martial Arts and an instructor for the Kickboxing and Kids Kung Fu programs. Laura trains primarily in Jeet Kune Do, along with Silat, Kali, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A former High School Spanish teacher and cheerleading coach, she loves her second career teaching at Centerline, and is passionate about helping people to feel good in their bodies. Laura is available for Private Coaching in Kickboxing and Self-defense.

Ana Flores

Assistant Manager & Kickboxing Instructor

Ana started out at Centerline as a dedicated and talented Kickboxing student. Then she decided to take it to the next level and begin instructor training.  She's has been delivering kick-butt classes ever since, teaching Monday and Thursday evenings.

Ana is also a JKD Kickboxing and Muay Thai student, and trains at boxing and kickboxing gyms around the country whenever she travels.

Patrick Wilshire
Jake Seegers
Shad Ryan

Assistant

Jeet Kune Do Instructor

Patrick trained for many years in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Ving Tsun before coming to Centerline in 2015. He is the Assistant Instructor in our Jeet Kune Do program. Patrick also studies Kali and Silat.

Kids Kung Fu, Kickboxing &

Fit Quest Instructor

Jake is a Kids Kung Fu and Kickboxing Instructor at Centerline, where he trains in Jeet Kune Do. He also practices Aikido, and Japanese swordsmanship. Jake is a certified Personal Trainer, and teaches FitQuest and Boot Camp at Centerline. He is passionate about sharing the knowledge he has received with the community.

Jake is available for Fitness and Kickboxing private coaching.

Kids Kung Fu & Kickboxing Instructor

Shad is an instructor for Centerline's Kids Kung Fu program, teaching a popular all-levels class on Mondays, and assisting in several other classes. He teaches Kickboxing at Centerline and Cornell University. He has trained in Martial Arts and other forms of movement for many years, and currently trains in Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, and Yoga. Shad's focus is building community within our Centerline family, and the town of Ithaca.

Melissa Pope
Nora Murphy
Kathy Henion

Instructor

Melissa has taught elementary physical education since 2006, and has helped countless kids live an active, more healthy lifestyle. She teaches our High Intensity Interval Training class, as well as special programs like Bootcamps and corporate trainings.

Instructor

Nora's martial arts background is in Taekwondo-based kickboxing and Tang Soo Do.  She enjoys learning about the various arts that Centerline teaches, and focuses primarily on kickboxing.  Having studied music education, Nora knew she loved teaching before joining Centerline.  She now enjoys this new adventure of teaching martial fitness.

Instructor

Kathy started out at Centerline as a mother of one of our Kids Kung Fu students. She decided to take advantage of our Kickboxing classes, and loved it so much she decided to get certified as an Instructor. 

Kathy continues to train in Kickboxing, JKD Kickboxing, and frequently joins our Push Hands Study Group.