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.

Head Coaches

Our team of Head Coaches are all have DBS Enhanced Clearances (including barred lists), relevant First Aid qualifications, and are Registered Instructors with the British Combat Karate Association, holding appropriate insurances. At any given class you will meet at least one of our Head Coaches;

Shihan Brian Whatford

Chief Instructor, 6th Dan

Shihan Brian has nearly 40 years of experience in Martial Arts, holds a 6th Dan in Karate Jutsu, a 2nd Dan in Torite Jutsu, English Kata Champion and is a Dragon Society International Certified Instructor.


Sensei Neil Flowers

Assistant Chief Instructor, 5th Dan

Sensei Neil has nearly 25 years of experience in Martial Arts, currently holding a 5th Dan in Karate Jutsu, a 2nd Dan in Torite Jutsu, and is a Dragon Society International Certified Instructor.


Sensei Martin Bees

Head Coach, 3rd Dan

Sensei Martin has nearly 25 years of experience in Martial Arts, and currently holds a 3rd Dan in Karate Jutsu.


Sensei Matt Johnson

Head Coach, 1st Dan

Sensei Matt has been training in Martial Arts since the 90s, is former law enforcement, and level 3 childcare qualified.


Association Instructors

Alongside our head coaches, our association has a rich roster of talented Instructors, who are listed below;

Sensei Steve Tweedie

2nd Dan


Sensei Becky Jones

2nd Dan


Sensei Karina Whittington

2nd Dan


Sensei Graham Camp

2nd Dan


Sensei Scott Dewdney

1st Dan


Sensei Steven Woolley

1st Dan