Our Chief Instructor
All our instructors are unpaid volunteers with a passion for the martial arts.
Our instructors have been checked for their suitability for working with young people via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), have up to date first aid certificates and are fully insured to teach.
The Chief Instructor for the Tottenhill club is Sensei Kevin Shaw 3rd Dan
For me information on Kevin see below!
3rd Degree Black Belt Karate Jutsu
Enhanced DBS check:
Certificate no. 001506342609
Date of Issue 20/10/15
First Aid Certified 27/06/16
Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certified 7/12/15
I started my first training in martial arts with Judo whilst still at school in the early 70’s. I joined the Services where I moved around a lot, my training then mainly consisted of workouts in the Gym, football and road running.
When I left the Services I got a steady (normal) job and augmented my fitness regime with the more consuming passion of horse riding, where my horses took me to many exciting cross country competitions and one day events and I learnt what adrenaline felt like .
My martial arts education resumed with Karate in the traditional Shotokan style, training under Simon Ward Sensei (4th Dan). The club, whilst also teaching the traditional staples of Kihon, Kata and Kumite, evolved to embrace a more comprehensive understanding of the practical applications of the art in a more real-world situation with close quarter self-defence applications.
It was this change to the club that encouraging me to travel to many seminars and training sessions to experience the different styles and methods first hand. During my years of training I have learnt that not everything works straight out the box and sometimes you have to adapt to match different physiologies and abilities.
I still try and attend 3 or 4 different seminars and training events every year as the martial arts journey never really ends. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be at a local seminar and experienced a lesson with David Wilson (Hanshi - 10th Dan Bushin Kenpo) and it would not be an understatement to say that during that lesson I started to grasp the more practical nature of the arts. It is therefore gratifying that the club is now associated with the Bushin Kenpo Martial Arts Academy
With the starting of NMA Jutsu we didn’t want to limit the club with a single style but embrace what is good from many with a focus on the more practical applications of the form. I am proud to be part of it.