The Club

Shuhari is a martial arts / self-defence club based in Berkshire. The club offers a pragmatic syllabus with great emphasis on self-defence skills. We have an instructors team of 13 people - 7 instructors and 6 assistant instructors.

We always welcome new students and run courses for beginners so they can train with other new students and try it out.

Training is for both male and female students, and we teach children and adults. Minimum age to join is 7, and parents can train together with their children in our family classes.

Training is done in a friendly environment. It includes: warm up, stretching, punches, kicks, elbows, knees, grappling, combinations, pad work, sparring, board breaking and self defence drills.

We also cater for people who are experienced martial artists - our dojo is open to students from all martial arts backgrounds.

 

 Our Instructors

Olgun Tiltay

Chief Instructor

Grade

4th Dan Black Belt (British Combat Association, Peter Consterdine)

Favourite Technique

Haito

Favourite Quote

Fall seven times, rise eight.

Info

Olgun has been studying martial arts and self defence since 1998 as a student of multiple disciplines, and since 2003 he has been a full time martial arts instructor. He teaches the Shuhari instructors class and is the senior grading assessor for our club.

He has a strong group of dedicated students and as the chief instructor he enjoys teaching pragmatic close quarters combat techniques, impact, conditioning, contact sparring, vertical grappling and board breaking. He is a serious student of both Jutsu and Do. His experience as a door supervisor has given him the chance to understand the practical nature of physical technique as well as the psychological and legal aspects of self defence and conflict management.  

Olgun is on a mission to help people deal with bullying through the physical skill, confidence, and personal development that martial arts training brings to the student. 

Certificate - EKF Grading - 4th Dan
Certificate - Combat Coach Programme - Self Defence Award
Certificate - BCKA Grading - 4th Dan
Certificate - BCA - Instructor
Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB
Certificate - First Aid

 

David Baldwin

Instructor

Grade

2nd Dan Black Belt

Favourite Technique

Jodan Mawashi Empi

Favourite Quote

I do not know the way to defeat others, but I know the way to gain victory over myself and that is to become better today than yesterday, and better tomorrow than today.

Info

DJ has been training in martial arts since 1982. Being both a black belt in Karate and a black sash in Kung Fu, he has a strong understanding of striking on all ranges and is very skilled in sparring and close quarters combat drills. He has been a martial arts instructor, a tournament referee and a grading assessor since 2006. He has taught martial arts full time for 8 years. His classes are varied and very interesting which reflects his experience as an instructor. He is a calm, well mannered and a warm person and we feel lucky to have him in our club. DJ trains in our Maidenhead dojo with his wife Sarah who is also a black belt student of our club and an experienced instructor.

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB

 

Teresa Vincent

Instructor

Grade

2nd Dan Black Belt

Favourite Technique

Mawashi Geri

Favourite Quote

Size is no guarantee of strength.

Info

Teresa could be summed up as "still waters run deep". Her calm, quiet and down to earth demeanour hides huge technical knowledge and experience. She has started her training in 1986 with Shotokan Karate and received her first black belt in 1992 which was the year she has won the national championship for sparring. She holds a Nidan in traditional karate and is a very experienced instructor who has been teaching since 1993.
She is physically very fit, tough and resilient under pressure. She is also the living proof of "never underestimate anyone" because she has great physical strength and impact for a person who weighs so little. She teaches a great class technically and physically.

 

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB

 

Karen Brooks

Instructor

Grade

1st Dan Black Belt

Favourite Technique

Hiza Geri

Favourite Quote

Martial arts is not just about fighting, but also building character.

Info

Karen is a true warrior, a very dedicated and resilient karate student with great sparring skill. She has started her training in 1990 and apart from her Shodan in Shuhari, she also holds a brown belt in Shotokan and a Nidan in Gojukai.  Being a mother of 5 she is great with kids as an instructor. Her motivational, encouraging, and nurturing personality as a teacher is the reason why she teaches the most well attended class in our club. She teaches high paced, energetic classes for all levels of students, and she also bakes lovely cupcakes for her students. Karens daughter Louise is also a black belt member of the Shuhari family.

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB
Certificate - First Aid

 

Phil Cooper

Instructor

Grade

1st Dan Black Belt

Favourite Technique

Gyaku Tsuki

Favourite Quote

No pain, no gain.

Info

Phil is a salt of the earth person who is extremely helpful and caring. He takes a keen interest in each and every student. He has limitless patience and positivity, and can help even the most frustrated student improve their technique. He is the kind of instructor who carries an extra bottle of water in his training bag just in case a student forgets to bring one to class. His classes are very popular, he is physically fit and has strong technique, great etiquette in the dojo, and is always happy. He encourages his students to give their best at every class and he will openly celebrate every milestone and improvement with them. Phil trains with his daughter Jemma and his grandson Alfie in our Langley dojo as a family of 3 generations of karate enthusiasts.

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB
Certificate - First Aid

 

Sandeep Verma

Instructor

Grade

1st Dan Black Belt

Favourite Technique

Yoko Geri

Favourite Quote

A good warrior battles past all obstacles. A great warrior has no obstacles.

Info

Sandeep is a dedicated student of martial arts and he hasn't missed a class in years. He is fast, accurate, flexible and flowing, hence great to spar against. Body mechanics and nutrition are his main areas of interest. As an assessor he is tough to please because he has great attention to detail and he expects perfection from his students. As an instructor he emphasises the importance of physical fitness and  teaches a fast paced, class with epic warm ups. Prepare to sweat while learning nothing is impossible, you just have to try.

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB
Certificate - First Aid

 

Robert Siedlecki

Instructor

Grade

Black Belt

Favourite Technique

Mae Geri

Favourite Quote

Great talents mature slowly.

Info

Robert has a thirst for martial arts knowledge. Always asking to learn more in detail. He is a very sharp student and is flexible fast and strong in sparring. He is extremely enthusiastic about training at all times and his attitude will lift you up when you are training with him. 

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB
Certificate - First Aid

 

Robert Simmonds

Assistant Instructor

Grade

1st Kyu

Favourite Technique

Mae Geri

Favourite Quote

The effort you put in determines your success.

Info

Light hearted and relaxed, Robert is awesome to train with. He has great reach in sparring and he especially enjoys kicking so your timing in sparring will improve greatly when you train with him. He is a very welcoming and friendly instructor who has a great sense of humour and lots of rapport with his students. He takes the time to explain each technique to each and every student.  

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB
Certificate - First Aid

 

James Holden

Assistant Instructor

Grade

1st Kyu

Favourite Technique

Mawashi Empi

Favourite Quote

Cry in the dojo, laugh in the battlefield.

Info

James has impeccable dojo etiquette and he is strong as an ox. He is great for partnering up for conditioning drills and sparring since he is heavy handed. He is a hungry student of the art, so even on the weeks he is ill, he is still in the dojo with his notebook taking notes on the class. Great instructor for both kids and adults. He trains in our Bracknell dojo with his son Billy. 

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB
Certificate - First Aid

 

Raj Sobratee

Assistant Instructor

Grade

2nd Kyu

Favourite Technique

Mawashi Tsuki

Favourite Quote

It ain't how hard you hit; its about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.

Info

Raj is an intense karateka and he lives every basic technique full focus with the sense of urgency of a real life technique. He loves pad work and impact training. He is also a very enthusiastic student of physical strength training and nutrition. He is an important member of our club since he is one of the earliest supporters of our club and has trained in the first ever Shuhari Self Defence class. As an instructor he always takes the time to give feedback individually to the students. Raj trains with his son Josh in our Bracknell dojo. 

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB

 

Leon Jones

Assistant Instructor

Grade

2nd Kyu

Favourite Technique

Mawashi Geri Jodan

Favourite Quote

Determination, patience and courage are the only things needed to improve any situation.

Info

Leon is a physically fit, very fast, flowing and skilled student of the art. He is extremely flexible and a very quick learner. He loves kicking a lot hence it is great to spar against him for developing distancing and timing. His etiquette is very strong and his attitude towards training is always excellent. He trains with his son Reece in our Bracknell class.

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB

 

Mark Macaulay

Assistant Instructor

Grade

3rd Kyu

Favourite Technique

Palm block

Favourite Quote

Wisdom is more powerful than weapons, yet one mistake can destroy all the good you have done.

Info

Mark is a very dedicated and patient person and a very helpful member of our team as he travels from far away every week to help our students in the classes, gradings and seminars. He is a very positive instructor who takes time to teach basics in detail to beginner students and helps them with their discipline and etiquette. Mark trains in our Slough dojo with his daughter Tina who is a brown belt student of our club.   

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB
Certificate - First Aid

 

Majid Khalid

Assistant Instructor

Grade

3rd Kyu

Favourite Technique

Sune Geri

Favourite Quote

When your temper rises, lower your fists. When your fists rise, lower your temper.

Info

Majid is a very hard working student. He trains full focus like a champion at all times and has truly strong sparring and pad work. He is currently helping teach junior students 5 days a week in the after school martial arts and anti bullying classes we teach in local schools. He also trains with his son Younis on our weekend classes.

Certificate - DBS Checked formerly CRB

 

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