Instructors

Our Instructors


Our qualified, experienced and friendly instructors are all volunteers. We do this because we are passionate about Martial Arts and we enjoy helping people of all ages, shapes and sizes to develop themselves in the ways of Shotokan Karate.


From left to right; Sensei Amy (Little Tigers), Sensei Brad, Head Sensei Allan, Sensei Chris, Sensei Barry, Sensei Fiona (Hutt) and Sempai Rachel

Sensei Allan Youl

Head instructor and KKA Karate Founder.

3rd Degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate (S.I.A.)

1st Degree Black belt in Kobudo (RKKNZ)

1st Degree Black belt in Zendo kai Karate.

1st Degree Black belt in Gokanryu Karate.


Allan began his Karate training at the age of 8 and has studied many different martial arts over the years including Kempo, Kobudo and Ninjitsu.

Sensei Brad Stevens

Technical Shotokan instructor.

3rd Degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate (U.S.K.U.)


Brad’s Karate training spans many years. All of his Dan gradings were conducted in Japan where he also competed. Sensei Brad is a Kumite Gold medalist at International level.

Sensei Barry Foster

Applied Karate and Weapons instructor.

2nd Degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate (S.I.A.)

1st Degree Black belt in Kobudo (RKKNZ)

1st Degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate (Shindo, Aus.)


Barry’s vast Martial Arts training began over 30 years ago and also includes Judo, Aikido, Aki ju-jitsu and Kobudo.

Serving years in the Military, Police and Security forces, Barry has extensive experience in Unarmed Combat, Restraint and Control and Self Defense techniques.

Sensei Chris van Reenen

Instructor.

2nd Degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate (SIA)

1st Degree Black belt in Kobudo weapons. (RKKNZ)


Chris started training in Shotokan karate and Aikido at the age of 10 in South Africa. During this time, he competed in a number of national competitions where he earned his regional and national colors in South Africa.

Sensei Amy Brunton

Lead instructor – ‘Little Tigers” Karate

1st Degree Black belt in Shotokan Karate (SIA)


Amy is the Lead instructor of our “ Little Tigers Karate” program for 4 to 6 year old children and also assists teaching in our main Shotokan classes. With over 4 years training at Kapiti Karate Academy, Amy is also a Gym instructor.

Sempai Rachel Woodrow

Assistant instructor – Kapiti Dojos

3rd Kyu Brown belt in Shotokan Karate (SIA)


Rachel is the assistant instructor of our “ Little Tigers Karate” and also with the beginners in our main Shotokan classes.

Sensei Fiona Hall

Lower Hutt Instructor.

1st Kyu Brown belt in Shotokan Karate (KKA)

2nd Kyu Brown belt in Gosoku Ryu Karate (WRKA)


Former WRKA Sempai, School teacher & Guides Leader

Sempai Rebecca Batchelor

Lower Hutt assistant Instructor.

1st Kyu Brown belt in Shotokan Karate (KKA)

1st Kyu Brown belt in Gosoku Ryu Karate (WRKA)


Former WRKA Sempai

Affiliation

Shotokan International Alliance (SIA)

Sensei Edmond Otis

Chairman and Chief instructor of Shotokan International Alliance (S.I.A.) and 8th degree Black belt. Otis Sensei is based at Shotokan Karate Hawkes Bay.

All KKA Karate Dan gradings are under Otis Sensei.