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Our Academy are fortunate to have six black belt instructors, all of whom are CRB checked and qualified first aiders. All our instructors have been students at the club for many years and as a result possess a wealth of martial arts experience. Our team of instructors are led by the Academy’s founder and Head Coach Alf Love who has over 30 years experience as a martial arts coach and is widely respected as one of the finest martial arts coaches in the country.

Our association with ‘Shorai International’ provides a major benefit to the Academy as we are supported by its president Joe Tierney who is renowned worldwide within the Martial Arts Community. Joe makes periodic visits to the Academy to conduct lessons and student grades; he personally takes all the Academy’s black belt grades.

Joe Tierney

Joe Tierney (Shorai International President)

Initially starting in traditional karate Joe has competed at the highest level in various styles including traditional karate and kickboxing. With over 35 years of experience in competing, coaching and refereeing combined with holding the positions of WKA national team coach and WKA world chief referee in the 90's Joe is rightly respected throughout the world in Martial Arts.

As a competitor Joe, a black belt 8th Dan, has won many titles including both British and European Championships in traditional karate, he has also been a silver medallist at the Wako World Kickboxing Championship; in 2009 Joe was inducted into the 'Martial Arts Illustrated' hall of fame in recognition of his services to martial arts for over 35 years.

Alf Love

Alf Love (Head Coach)

Alf Love, Head Coach and founder of the Academy, has a wealth of experience in teaching martial arts, a 5th dan black belt Alf has an exceptional talent as a coach which is illustrated by the significant number of World Champion kick boxers and black belts he has successfully produced over the years. Alf is also coach to the England National team.

Josh 'O' Connor

Josh 'O' Connor (Instructor)

A 3rd Dan Josh has come through our academy as a youngster, a multiple winner at National Level, Josh in a rare appearance at a World Championships in 2005 came away as a World Champion in light continuous. Josh has returned to us having spent several years away pursuing other martial arts disciplines which has enhanced the wealth of experience he had already gained over the years.

Chloe Love

Chloe Love (Instructor)

A 3rd Dan black belt Chloe is the most successful competitor produced by the academy, having won an incredible thirteen World Championship titles in individual Light Continuous and also several in team events. Chloe won her first World Championship Gold Medal at the age of 8 and has not stopped since, she has also won numerous National Titles.

Chloe started as a junior instructor in 2010 and became a senior instructor on her eightenth birthday in January 2012, she has an exceptional amount of experience for her age and has developed into a fine instructor.

Charlotte Fagg

Charlotte Fagg (Instructor)

A 2nd Dan, Charlotte joined the academy at the age of four in 1999, an ever present since then Charlotte has enjoyed exceptional success in both National and World Championship events winning World Titles in both Light Contact and Semi Contact in 2010, 2011 and 2012, she has also won gold medals in team events at the 2011 & 2012 World Championships.

Charlotte was introduced as an Instructor in 2013 and went onto to win another light continuous world title that year, she has a wealth of experience and is great asset to our team of experienced instructors.

Shannon Bacon

Shannon Bacon (Junior Instructor)

A Black Belt 1st Dan Shannon joined the academy at the age of 8 and has developed into one of the academies rising stars, Shannon is an exceptional student attaining the highest marks when taking her belt grades at all belt levels. In 2013 Shannon won world titles in Light and Semi Contact following on with another light continuous title in 2014, in 2015 she won in individual light continuous and also in team light continuous.

Shannon has exceptional technical ability and was introduced as a junior instructor in 2013 to assist predominantly at the kids lessons, she has a great rapport with the young students and will hopefully become a senior instructor in years to come.

Tejay Bacon

Tejay Bacon (Junior Instructor)

Appointed Junior Instructor in January 2016, Tejay joined us at the age of 4 and was awarded his Blackbelt 1st Dan in 2014, he is an exceptionally talented competitor who has had to work extremely hard throughout his competitive career because of his size.

Winner of two world championship titles in 2013 in both light continuous and semi contact Tejay won his third world title in Florida in 2015, whilst continuing to develop himself Tejay has played a significant part in the development of other students who have joined our academy and gone on to enjoy similar success over the last four years.