Steven Allen is an American martial arts instructor and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner based in Christchurch NZ. He married his wife Johanna in 2005, and in 2008 they moved to New Zealand where Steve has held residency since 2009.
Steve has earned many credentials in the martial arts. He has held the official titles of Sensei, and Renshi, and currently holds the title of Kyoshi. He holds a 7th Dan black belt ranking awarded by the A.O.O.M.K.A. of which Steve is a senior advisor and the current New Zealand director.
For forty one years Steve has studied, practiced and taught martial arts and self-defense. His journey began as a young police officer in the United States in 1979, he went on to start the first women’s self-defense program in his department and instruct personnel in other departments restraint, control and self-defense techniques. He continued this instruction later as a corrections officer.
Steve has been involved in many physical encounters with criminals and has experience in dealing with violence. As a martial arts teacher with a school and students Steve continues to conduct research into all aspects of violence.
Kyoshi Allen not only studies the statistical side of violence, but the psychological as well in order to provide his students with the best scientific evidence of what to expect. Steve believes we must undertake the study of martial arts through its purpose of reducing violence.
He states, “ We can’t reduce violence, nor offer an antidote to it, if we don’t understand its nature, techniques and tendencies.
Steve states in response to those who say that traditional martial arts are not relevant for today, “Traditional martial arts developed as an adaptation to the ancient practioners’ current needs and conditions. To study the traditional arts is to find at their heart adaptability, that’s why they were developed in the first place.”
He also reminds us of the saying of Matsuo Basho, the most famous Edo poet of 17th century Japan, “Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise, seek what they sought.”
Steve believes they sought how to adapt, how to make the arts relevant for their day. Steve continues to teach and grow and learn from this tradition for relevance in today’s world.
Steve’s vast study has led to his certification to teach the arts of QI Gong, Tai Chi, Baguazhang, Hsing I Chuan and Shorin Ryu Matsumura Karate. Steve has been recognized as the founder of the art, Jiu Tien Tse Dao, literally in mandarin the way to ninth heaven martial art, but meaning the way to highest attainment.
Steve has also been granted approval by the organization to teach a five level self-defense course he developed offering certification from beginner to master instructor.
Steve holds many credentials in Traditional Chinese Medicine and bodywork. He is the past president of the Michigan Medical Acupuncture Association, a former lecturer and developer of curricula in Chinese Medicine, as well as clinic director.
Steve has earned additional certifications as a Master Chinese and Western Herbalist, Advanced Manual Therapist, and Acupuncturist. He continues to treat many patients at his home clinic.
Steve is the author of the book, “Self Defense or Self Delusion, How to Solve the Biggest Unspoken Problem in Martial Arts,” available on Amazon Kindle or in paperback.
Steven Allen is a dedicated professional, teaching martial arts and practicing Chinese Medicine is his passion as well as his full time vocation. He has students who have studied with him for many years, and who continue to reap the many physical health and mental benefits derived from following his teachings and treatments.
Steve resides with his wife Johanna, a black belt and an energy worker, and their cat Teddy Tiger in the suburb of Halswell in Christchurch NZ.
Contact Steve: 021 151 3273