Our Instructors

Shiwa Dojo Co-Head Instructors Elizabeth Roman and Robert First started their training in Cuong Nhu Martial Arts in 1981. Together they have founded 5 not-for-profit dojos and had the privilege of instructing thousands of students over the past 37 years.

Master Elizabeth Roman (Shichidan – 7th Degree Blackbelt) – 38 Years Experience:
Started training at the Cypress School(University of Florida) under Master Mary Davis and the Center Dojo in Gainesville Florida under OSensei Ngo Dong and Grandmaster Quynh Ngo, Master Bao Ngo, Master Anh Ngo and Master Thu Ngo.  Master Elizabeth co-founded the Shuhari Dojo in Boca Raton Florida in 1985, the Wolfpack Dojo on the Campus of NC State University in 1996 and the Shiwa Dojo in Raleigh NC in 2006.

meMaster Robert First (Shichidan – 7th Degree Blackbelt) – 38 Years Experience:
Started training at the Center Dojo in Gainesville Florida under OSensei Ngo Dong,  Grandmaster Quynh Ngo, Master Bao Ngo, Master Anh Ngo and Master Thu Ngo.  Master Robert founded Boston Cuong Nhu on the campus of Boston University in 1984, co-founded the Shuhari Dojo in Boca Raton Florida in 1985, the Presidential Dojo in Hollywood Florida in 1990 as well as co-founding the Wolfpack Dojo on the Campus of NC State University in 1996 and the Shiwa Dojo in Raleigh NC in 2006.

Sensei Cameron Parsons (Sandan) – 18 Year experience
Started training at the Wolfpack Dojo under Master Elizabeth Roman and Master Robert First in 2000. Sensei Cameron was head instructor of the Wolfpack Dojo from 2008 through 2015.

Sensei Teresa Vargas (Shodan) – 12 Years experience
Started training at the Shiwa Dojo under Master Elizabeth Roman and Master Robert First.

Sensei Rosanne McDondald (Shodan) – 12 Years experience
Started training at the Shiwa Dojo under Master Elizabeth Roman and Master Robert First.