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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 35 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 our 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 and 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 6th 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.


James Casey (Instructor)

A 1st dan black belt James has come through our academy as a youngster, after sometime away raising a family he is now back with us along with his two young children Eva and Ethan. James is a really tough competitor who only made rare appearances at World Championship his last being in Cyprus in 2013 where he won a silver medal in Light Contact. He has an abundance of experience to call on in his role as one of our instructors.

Chloe Love

Chloe Love (Instructor)

A 4th dan black belt Chloe is the most successful competitor produced by the academy, having won an incredible eighteen world championship titles in individual light continuous and also several in individual semi contact and 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.

With over 18 years of competition experience Chloe has an unbelievable wealth of knowledge to call upon, appointed as a junior instructor in 2010 she became a senior instructor back in 2012.

Charlotte Fagg

Charlotte Fagg (Instructor)

A black belt 2nd dan, Charlotte joined the academy at the age of four in 1999, Charlotte has enjoyed exceptional success in both national and world championship events winning individual 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 and then again in 2017 having taken a three year sabbatical from competing due to health issues. Like all of our instructors she has a wealth of competition experience making her a great asset to our team of experienced instructors.

Shannon Bacon

Shannon Bacon (Instructor)

A Black Belt 2nd 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 further light continuous titles in 2014, 2015, 2017 she has also won several light continuous team world titles.

Shannon has exceptional technical ability and was introduced as a junior instructor in 2013, having served her apprenticeship she has been promoted to a senior instructor.

Tejay Bacon

Tejay Bacon (Junior Instructor)

Appointed Junior Instructor in January 2016, Tejay is currently a 2nd dan, he joined us at the age of 4 and over the years has become a remarkably 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 and his 4th in 2018 Whilst continuing to develop himself Tejay has played a significant part in the development of many of our younger students who have joined our academy and gone on to enjoy similar success up to the present day.