Our Team

Our expert instructors will teach you and/or your child valuable life skills such as confidence, discipline, self-defense, goal setting & leadership to push you to reach your goals!

Our Values

Our core values are built upon deep work and respect. We create a healthy and safe environment, and mentor our clients to take ownership and responsibility for their results.

Our Mission

We are committed to providing innovative, relevant, sustainable and accessible Martial Arts and Fitness programs that empower our students for life.

Our Commitment

We are committed to providing you with a fitness environment that will be supportive, passionate, safe and full of integrity while promoting excellence and fitness in our community.


Our mission is to give every student world class martial arts training
that they can transfer into their everyday life.

Chris Heintzman
Chris has more than 35 years of martial arts experience – from learning and teaching Karate at Michigan State University to competing worldwide and winning Titles in professional Sanda and MMA. Chris was fortunate enough to meet Grandmaster David Chin (head of the Tibetan Hop Gar System) in 1994 and has trained with him ever since. Chris is super passionate about Chinese Kung Fu and the practicality of our martial arts and brings that passion to each and every aspect of the academy.
Leslie Heintzman
Owner and General Manager of Seven Star, Leslie is amazing. Her incredible welcoming smile and high energy makes everyone feel right at home. Leslie makes sure that everyone is well taken care of. In addition to being our GM Leslie owns Sari Sari Sweets (the best bakery in Chapel Hill).
Jolon Spachtholz
Jolon has been with Sifu Heintzman since 1998. He has tested his abilities in competitions around the US including several Full Contact Lei Tai fights. Jolon has an amazing way of bringing new light to each student as they progress along their martial journey. He is an amazing musician and artist in other aspects as well.

World Class Martial Arts

“There is no secret…only practice.”