Meet our instructors

All our instructors are DBS checked and registered in Japan

Al Friedle

Chief instructor

5th Dan Wado Ryu
1st Dan Judo
1st Dan Kobu Jutsu

I started training in martial arts way back in 1978, Training in Tang Soo Do at Sheffield University getting as far as 1st Kyu before taking a break due to moving away. My instructor – Mr Lee – was new to the UK from Malaysia and did not speak a word of English so the first 3 years was an interesting learning curve!

The short break lasted 12 years before I was drawn back to martial arts, beginning my training in Wado Ryu in 1996 when both of my children wanted to learn “karate”. I started as well just so I could learn some of the Japanese terms to help my children understand (Tang Soo Do was Korean so that didn’t help!). I also started training in Ju-Jutsu in 1997 and Kobu-Jutsu in 2000, just as my children gave up karate for other interests… it was too late for me then though as I was fully hooked into my Martial Arts journey.

Graham
Herbert

Senior instructor

5th Dan Wado Ryu

Ian
Windle

Senior instructor

5th Dan Wado Ryu

Joe
Todd

Senior Instructor

3rd Dan Wado Ryu

Matthew
Hancock

Senior Instructor

3rd Dan Wado Ryu

Alan
Holmes

Senior instructor

3rd Dan Uechi Ryu

Barrie
Bennett

Senior instructor

Black Sash Gold Stripe Kung-Fu

 2nd Dan Wado Ryu

Ged
Carr

Senior instructor

Black Sash Kung-Fu Chen Sao

Paul
Corcoran

Senior instructor

2nd Dan Wado Ryu

Emma
Western

Senior instructor

1st Dan Wado Ryu

Andrew
Rayner

Senior instructor

1st Dan Wado Ryu

Paul
Thompson

Senior instructor

1st Dan Wado Ryu