Founder / Chief Instructor
Daniel Hollister has been training in martial arts for over 30 years and is a 4th Dan black belt. Daniel became an England International at the age of 20, and he continues to pass on his experience to the students at the club and helping them achieve their full potential.
Katie Hurry has been training in martial arts since 1993, teaching karate since 2012 and is currently a 4th Dan in Wado Ryu Karate. Katie has competed and won several medals and trophies at National and International level.
Sensei Marc has been training in Wado-Ryu style karate since 1999, and is now a full-time karate instructor. Marc achieved his 1st Dan Black Belt in 2007, at the age of 14. Marc has since achieved his 2nd Dan Black Belt in 2015, and is now a 3rd Dan Black Belt, achieved in 2020. Marc has a passion for teaching students of all ages, and he prides himself in helping them to improve in both their karate, and their general life skills and attributes. Marc also takes a keen interest in health, fitness and nutrition.
Originally inspired by a family member receiving their black belt, Sensei Jamie Cecil has been training in Wado-Ryu style karate since 1996 at the age of 8. Jamie was a sempai at the very first LVKA class in Enfield before helping to expand the club to Hoddesdon in 2005. Jamie achieved his black belt 1st Dan in 2011 and most recently became a 3rd Dan in 2020. Jamie is a university lecturer, has a BSc in Geography and an MSc by Research. He is also a keen runner, was in the top 3% for 5km race times in 2019 & 2020 and helped to raise almost £1,500 for charity in September 2020 by running 104km in total in under 9 hours along with Sensei Marc.
Sensei Maria has been training in Wado-Ryu martial arts since 2013, achieved her 1st Dan Black Belt in 2019 and is currently training towards her 2nd Dan. Maria has been teaching karate since 2018. Maria has always had an interest in martial arts and previously achieved blue belt grade in Taekwondo. Since joining LVKA, she has competed at national fighting competitions, winning bronze in 2015 at the English Nationals and also winning Silver and Gold at the UK Open Championships in 2017.
Instructor / Chief Referee
Sensei Rhys Tutt has been training in Wado-Ryu style karate at LVKA since March 2010, has helped instruct at the club as a sempai since 2014 and is currently a Black Belt 1st Dan which he achieved in May 2017. Rhys has been a qualified EKF judge/referee since 2019 and was also a national team gold medallist at the 2017 kyu grade championships. Having qualified with an AIQ level 3 personal training diploma Rhys is also able to provide high level fitness training for students. Rhys has trained at LVKA since first starting karate, has risen from white belt to senior instructor and is a fine example of what individuals can achieve with hard work, dedication, and support at LVKA.