Our Instructors

Meet SSKC's passionate, dedicated, instructor team.

Matt Beard - 4th Dan

Our chief instructor Matt Sensei is in overall charge of technical instruction at SSKC. His inspirational style and mixture of straight-talking, hard work and fun, continues to drive the club forward and uphold our standards and proud heritage.

When did you start martial arts?
Sept 1998

When did you join SSKC?
October 2011

Why did you start karate?
Always wanted to give it a try.

Karate highs?
JKS Japan Trip 2012, gaining Shodan on first attempt with Yamaguchi Sensei, having regular access to Brown & Black belt courses and other courses providing tuition from some of the best Karateka in the world.

Karate lows?
8 year break in training.

Favourite Kata?
Empi

Karate ambitions?
Grade in the Hombu Dojo. Learn/try to work out more Bunkai. Do my best and hopefully encourage/inspire others to do the same.

Other interests?
Kettlebells, gaming, and spending time with my family.

Karate achievements
May 2013, 1st, SSKC, O16 Mixed Kata 2nd kyu+
May 2013, 3rd, SSKC, O16 Kumite 2nd kyu+
May 2012, 2nd, SSKC, O16 Kata 2nd kyu+
May 2011, 3rd, SSKC, O16 Kumite 2nd kyu+

Scott Haxby - 2nd Dan

Scott Sensei has been training for over 10 years, and is now our deputy club instructor. He is a passionate fighter, responsible for squad training and coaching, where he focuses on competition Kumite with our students - young and old.

When did you start martial arts / join SSKC?
2011

Why did you start karate?
To support my daughter who started about 3 months earlier.

Karate highs?
Passing my Shodan on the same day as my daughter.

Karate lows?
Injuries.

Favourite Kata?
Junro Sandan

Karate ambitions?
Train as long as possible, continue to learn, and pass on my knowledge to others.

Other interests?
Motorbikes, sport in general and computer games.

Karate achievements
May 2018, 2nd, SSKC Comp, 016 Ind Kata 2nd Kyu+
May 2018, 1st, SSKC Comp, O16 Ind Kumite 2nd Kyu+
May 2018, 2nd, SSKC Comp, Family Kata
May 2018, 1st, SSKC Comp, Randy Williams Cup
May 2014, 1st, SSKC Comp, O16 Ind Kata 2nd Kyu+
May 2014, 1st, SSKC Comp, O16 Ind Kumite 2nd Kyu+
May 2014, 2nd, SSKC Comp, Family Kata
May 2014, 1st, SSKC Comp, Randy Williams Cup
May 2013, 2nd, SSKC Comp, O16 Kumite Beg to 3rd Kyu
May 2012, 1st, SSKC Comp, O16 Kumite Beg to 3rd Kyu
May 2012, 2nd, SSKC Comp, Randy Williams Cup

Simon Frost - 2nd Dan

One of our Ninja class instructors, Simon Sensei is also the Club Chairman. It's a family affair as his daughter is working her way up through the ranks too, and he continues to train hard and develop his own karate when he gets the opportunity.

When did you start martial arts?
1994, briefly for a couple of years.

When did you join SSKC?
January 2013

Why did you start karate?
To keep fit. I'd enjoyed training when younger, and wanted something a little more cerebral and mentally challenging than just sweating at the gym.

Karate highs?
The first time training on a Black and Brown belt course with Kagawa Shihan (9th Dan, JKS Chief Instructor). Feeling the reverence and respect in the hall, being blown away by his skill, humility and humour and sharing the energy with captivated students of all ages and ranks.

Karate lows?
General lack of hip flexibility and a niggly right knee.

Favourite Kata?
Hmm. Whichever one I'm currently working on.

Karate ambitions?
To keep improving, to share my love of karate, and to do my small part to help our club keep going for another 50 years! 

Other interests?
Family, music (playing and listening), running, my Lotus, and good food.

Karate achievements
May 2019, 3rd, SSKC Comp, 18 yrs + Male 2nd Kyu to Shodan Ind Kumite
May 2019, 2nd, SSKC Comp, 16 yrs + Mixed 2nd Kyu to Shodan Ind Kata
Nov 2014, 3rd, JKS Nationals Comp, 16 yrs + Mixed 10th to 4th Kyu Ind Kata

Sarah Dudley - 1st Dan

Sarah Sensei shares the instruction of the Ninja class, and plays a key role in the club's administration as the Secretary and Membership Officer. She trains with her son and partner, and can kick anyone, of any height, square in the face without breaking a sweat.

When did you start martial arts and join SSKC?
November 2015

Why did you start karate?
My Dad (now Ian Sensei at SSKC) trained years ago and my son had started training too. I'd always wanted to try it so thought we could all give it a go together. Improved fitness was also another reason for me personally.

Karate highs?
Watching Dad achieve his Shodan in 2019 and following him shortly after with my Shodan on 16th Feb 2020.

Karate lows?
Nerves prior to grading....although pushing through could also be considered a high!

Favourite Kata?
I can't pick one but love the Kakuyoku Kata. 

Karate ambitions?
Generally, to keep training, improving, and helping others where I can on their karate journey.

Other interests?
Spending time with friends and family and gardening.

Karate achievements
May 2019, 1st, SSKC Comp, Female 18 years+ Beg to 3rd Kyu Ind Kumite
May 2019, 2nd, SSKC Comp, Family Kata
May 2019, 1st, SSKC Comp, Mixed 18 years+ Beg to 3rd Kyu Ind Kata
June 2018, 1st, HDKI Female Comp, Female 18 years+ Beg to 3rd Kyu Kumite
June 2018, 1st, HDKI Female Comp, Female 18 years+ Beg to 3rd Kyu Kata
April 2017, 2nd, SSKC Comp, Female 18 years+ Beg to 3rd Kyu Kumite

Questions?
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