Instructors

Since we opened in 1968 Newmillerdam Karate Club have had 100’s of students over the years that have gone on to become Black Belts, many of these have gone on to open their own clubs. But we are lucky that many of our Black Belts of chosen to stay with the club and help pass on what they have learned to the next generation of students.

Here are some of our most senior instructors that are currently training and teaching regularly with us. All these instructors have many, many years experience in Karate and most also hold Black Belts on other styles, giving them even more martial arts knowledge to pass on.

PhotoDescriptionGrades Held
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Shane Walker
Shane is our Dai Sensei (chief instructor) he has been a member of the club all his life, the picture to the left was taken in 1978.
He gained his first grade in 1982 and has trained in the martial arts continuously for over 35 years.
6th Dan - Wado Ryu Karate
5th Dan - Ju Jitsu
4th Dan - Mu Chindo Karate
4th Dan - Kickboxing
4th Dan - Kobu Jitsu
2nd Dan - Tonfa Jutsu
2nd Dan - Bo Jutsu
Diane TownsendDiane is the Dai Sensei (chief instructor) of our Pee Wee club and also a senior figure in the main class. She started training at the club in 2001 and after 15+ years of regular training holds a 4th Dan in Karate and also holds advanced Dan grades in several weapons styles. 4th Dan - Wad Ryu Karate
3rd Dan - Bo Jutsu
2nd Dan - Kobu Jitsu
Kevin GriceKevin started his Karate training in 1984, gaining is Black Belt in 1987. He now hold the grade of 4th Dan in Karate, plus Black Belts in several weapons styles.4th Dan - Wad Ryu Karate
1st Dan - Bo Jutsu
1st Dan - Kobu Jitsu
1st Dan - Iai Jutsu
Garry Townsend3rd Dan - Wad Ryu Karate
3rd Dan - Bo Jutsu
3rd Dan - Kobu Jitsu
2nd Dan - Ju Jitsu
Katie Mortimer3rd Dan - Wad Ryu Karate
3rd Dan - Bo Jutsu
3rd Dan - Kama Jutsu
1st Dan - Kobu Jitsu
1st Dan - Iai Jutsu
Gary Preston3rd Dan - Wad Ryu Karate
1st Dan - Bo Jutsu
2nd Dan - Kobu Jitsu
2nd Dan - Iai Jutsu