OUR INSTRUCTOR TEAM
Where the Passion Begins
Our incredible team is truly the heart of Black Tiger Martial Arts. It’s their dedication, passion and talent that keeps students invested in the learning process. Take a look below to learn more about the team.
SENSEI KEN G WYLSON
Senior Instructor and Founder
Sensei Ken has had several decades experience in this field and he is a 4th Dan - Black Belt in Ashihara Karate.
2nd Dan - Japanese Kickboxing
Level One - Tai Chi Instructor
He has studied many different styles including Muay Thai, Aikido, Tang Soo Do (same roots as Tae Kwon Do), Atemi Jujitsu, Judo, Shotokan, Wado Ryu, Krav Maga and various Self Defence Courses and Military Fighting systems (RAF) getting to Brown Belt in various Styles but not grading for Black. Sensei Ken started training as a child in various different Kung Fu (Wushu Kwan), Karate and Judo clubs around the Wythenshawe area.
From there and the cross-training Sensei Ken was looking at merging the styles that he’d been practicing to form one New Hybrid Style which takes the Old with the New.
With some formulating and assistance with other Instructors he began to look more into the style of karate itself, looking at the kata thinking about each move. Why is it there? What's it for? Can it be used for anything else? Through Sensei Ken’s experience of Traditional Karate looking into the core of Bunkai. He amended most of the kata to make a more realistic approach and now the kata can support a various amount of Bunkai and Ohyo (applications). He added moves, body twists, changed round kicks to front kicks, taken moves out, included "grappling" techniques into the kata etc to make the Kata and style "complete" or "whole". And created Koku Tora Ryu Karate Do. “Koku Tora Ryu” actually means “Dark Tiger School of the Empty Hand Way”. Eventually this became know as it is now to just Black Tiger Martial Arts.
SENSEI STEWART LARCOMBE
Sensei Stewart has been with Ken from the very beginning. After many years of experience throughout the industry in various styles including Kickboxing and Karate, we’re thrilled to have their expertise as part of our Instructor team. Sensei Stewart is
2nd Dan Ashihara Karate
1st Dan Freestyle Kickboxing.
SEMPAI DEANNA DONAGHEY
We’re happy to welcome Sempai Deanna as a member of our team she has been with us for around 10 years. As one of our Assistant Instructors, she is committed to providing students with the skills and tools necessary to continue their learning journey. Sempai Deanna is a
1st Kyu Ashihara Karate
SENSEI GABRIEL WYLSON
Since joining our team a few years ago, Sempai Gab has brought a fresh perspective and teaching approach to their position as one of our Assistant Instructors that has inspired innovation throughout Black Tiger Martial Arts. He has also won several tournaments and won several Titles both Nationally and Internationally. Sempai Gabriel is a
1st Dan Ashihara Karate
COACH ROBERT HEIM
Since joining our Japanese Kickboxing team a few years ago, Coach Rob has brought a fresh perspective and teaching approach to their position as our Boxing Instructor that has inspired innovation throughout Black Tiger Martial Arts.Coach Rob's experience includes 100 Boxing Fights 96 Wins 46 by way of KO
SEMPAI AARON SHERWOOD
Sempai Aaron has been with Black Tiger Martial Arts for a while now. After many years of experience as a professional throughout the industry holding National and International Championships, we’re thrilled to have their expertise as an Assistant Instructor in our Japanese Kickboxing classes.Sempai Aaron is a
1st Dan Freestyle Kickboxing
SIFU NICK O'NEIL
Level 2 TaiChi Instructor
We’re happy to welcome Sifu Nick as one of the newest members of our team. As our Advanced TaiChi Instructor, they’re committed to providing students with the skills and tools necessary to continue their learning journey.