We are very lucky to have an extremely experienced, competent, and compassionate group of Instructors here at ToriKai Martial Arts Association. You can learn more about our instructors (Senseis) below.

Did you know? We refer to an instructor as “Sensei”, which means one who has been before and generally means teacher, once they reach the grade of 1st Dan Black Belt.


Shihan Brian Whatford

  • Chief Instructor
  • DSI Certified Instructor
  • Karate Jutsu 6th Dan Black Belt
  • DBS Enhanced Clearance
  • British Combat Karate Association Registered Instructor

Sensei Neil Flowers

  • Karate Jutsu 5th Dan Black Belt
  • DSI Certified Instructor
  • DBS Enhanced Clearance
  • First AID
  • Child Safeguarding Office
  • COVID Officer
  • British Combat Karate Association Registered Instructor

Sensei Martin Bees

  • Karate Jutsu 3rd Dan Black Belt
  • DBS Enhanced Clearance
  • First Aid
  • British Combat Karate Association Registered Instructor

Sensei Steve Tweedie

  • Karate Jutsu 2nd Dan Black Belt

Sensei Karina Whittington

  • Karate Jutsu 2nd Dan Black Belt


Sensei Graham Camp

  • Karate Jutsu 2nd Dan Black Belt

Sensei Scott Dewdney

  • Karate Jutsu 1st Dan Black Belt

Sensei Steven Woolley

  • Karate Jutsu 1st Dan Black Belt
  • Tae Kwon Do 1st Kup

Sensei Matt Johnson

  • Karate Jutsu 1st Dan Black Belt
  • NVQ Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning, and Development
  • Martial Arts First Aid Level 2
  • DBS Enhanced Clearance
  • British Combat Karate Association Registered Instructor

My Martial Arts journey started in the late 90s and I achieved my black belt in 2007. Since that time martial arts have taught me so much, and shaped the person I have become. In my time as a student of Martial Arts I have achieved my black belt in traditional Karate, I have competed in freestyle Karate, as well as training in Jujitsu, Boxing, and Kickboxing. I now have the honour of bringing my young son into the world of Martial Arts, and watching his journey as his Dad and Sensei is one of the greatest privileges I have ever had.