OUr instructing team

Peter Kennedy (San Shou Kuan co-founder) is a 6th Degree Black Belt, Chair of Tokei Martial Arts,one of the longest established martial arts centres in the UK.   During the 1980/90s he competed in Kick Boxing, Thai Boxing and knock-down Karate at National levels; he also holds boxing coaching qualifications.  Having been actively involved in martial arts for the best part of 50 years, and teaching it since 1981, Pete is as passionate and enthusiastic now as he was 40 years ago.

David Nicholls (San Shou Kuan co-founder) is a 6th Degree Black Belt and a highly experienced instructor with over 30 years of teaching experience, a plenitude of coaching qualifications and a Masters degree in Sports and Exercise Science (MSc. SES).  As s former full contact fighter, David has a unique perspective as an instructor bringing together traditional martial arts experience and academic knowledge to the science of martial arts. During his early training he spent months in Thai Boxing camps in Thailand and trained in UK boxing clubs . 

David teaches intensive martial arts courses to professional actors, solidifying their skills for stage and action combat.  He is still a keen student of martial arts, always looking to absorb what is useful from other styles. 

He is also the Director of Competitions on the Executive Board of the British Council of Chinese Martial Arts – BCMMA – the official UK Governing body of Chinese Martial Arts.

Jake Fitzpatrick (Chief Instructor in Wales) 5th Degree Black Belt.  Jake is another of our highly experienced instructors with over 30 years of teaching in North Wales.   He has taught more than fifty students to black belt and higher.   Locally he is referred to as the Master of Destruction;  you can see him online destroying three bricks with a mighty chop; punching through tiles and any other material that comes to hand.   His classes around the Bangor area thrive through his enthusiasm and commitment.


Rosa C Alvarado is a 3rd degree Senior Black Belt, who has been practising and teaching martial arts for over 15 years.   An energetic enthusiastic instructor (who also manages to balance this role with being a mum).   Rosa is particular about refining techniques and developing people to the best of their abilities.

Nicholas Cumming 3rd degree Black Belt.  BCCMA British Sanda and Qingda Veteran Finalist. He was the principle Instructor in Dubai running several classes for 3 years. He is now a head of department teacher in a large school and one of San Shou Kuan’s Child Protection Officers (CPO) who can be contacted directly by any parent who might have any concerns or questions.  Nic, is a BCCMA Level 2 qualified coach, (currently studying for Level 3 martial arts coach  – BCCMA).

Dion Bowes  3rd degree Black Belt. A former kickboxing champion and holds senior black belts in Chinese, Japanese and Filipino martial arts, served for over 23 years in the Armed Forces and was an elite military instructor.

Paul Jacobs 3rd degree Black Belt.  Currently retired from running his own classes but still here to help teach and train the next generation,  Apart from being an excellent instructor he has Judged, Referreed and provide many support roles in local and National BCCMA kickboxing competitions.

Maani Hessabi   3rd degree Black Belt.   Maani is still an active member teaching and training every week with the classes in the Home Counties.  Whilst he no longer runs his own class is he is a very active Senior Instructor.  You will undoubtedly see Maani officating at BCCMA National Competitions; San Shou Kuan Gradings and competing in Taolu events.  

Elena Fitzpatrick   3rd degree Black Belt.   Elena is our Deputy Chief Instructor in Wales in support of her husband Jake.  Elena and Jake are also assisted by their two adult children both 1st Degree Black Belts.   This instructing team are based near Bangor in North Wales with their main class in Tregarth and their dojo in Bethesda.  We have already mentioned Jake’s powers of destruction; Elena gives Jake a good run for his money in this department; a great martial arts familiy teaching and training in North Wales.

Jonathan Alagoa is a 2nd degree Black Belt in San Shou Kuan who teaches at the Tokei Centre.   He started training at the age of 8, studying Southern Mantis kung-fu with his elder brother for 2 years. At the age of 19, he started training in Chinese Kickboxing while at Queen Mary University of London, attaining black belt in February 2007 and 2nd Degree Black Belt in December 2013. While training for his 1st degree, he started Taekwondo in order to get extra practice and attained a black belt in that discipline in June 2012. He has been running the LCTKD Taekwondo club in Chinatown since October 2013. He is also a professional actor with an advanced level of stage combat, and has been involved in various projects involving martial arts.

Jane Anderson 2nd degree Black Belt.  Came top (men and women) at a large WSK National Black Grading  and for over 5 years has successfully taught several different classes in and around the Watford area.  Impressively she then repeated the success of her Black Belt grading and came top (men and women) taking her SSK 2nd Degree Black Belt.  Jane has a great reputation for being exceptionally modest and one of the most approachable instructors with a sharp eye for detail and exceptionally powerful punching and kicking ability.

Shamiso Mushambi is a 2nd degree Black Belt, who has been practising and teaching for over 10 years. An enthusiastic and friendly instructor, she is an inspirational instructor interested in helping develop confident and well-rounded martial arts students.  She has a reputation of being the comedian in class and if you are interested in the comedy circuits you would understand why!

Binesh Shah 2nd degree Black Belt, has over 25 years’ experience in martial arts, gained his black belt in 1999. Used to teach in the Sobell Leisure Centre, Holloway (north London). Now training in Watford with David. Main strength is his boxing ability.   Enjoys teaching and learning the skills of San Shou Kuan and currently taking the lead for the team on instructors teaching classes for children.

Chris Dodds 2nd degree Black Belt, Ed Frosztega 1st Degree Black Belt.   An experienced female and male team of instructors based in Wandsworth,  who have been practising and teaching martial arts for many years.   Together these instructors make a successful teaching team, with a loyal following of male and female students.

John Machell 2nd Degree Black Belt.  2017 BCCMA British U75k Sanda Champion; 2018 BCCMA British 75k Qingda Champion. Twice the San Shou Kuan National Champion 2017& 2018.  Currently training and teaching from Denmark John is an active Sanda (full contact kickboxing with throwing) fighter He gained SSK Black Belts whilst still a teenager under David Nicholls approx 15 years ago.  John is a BCCMA Level 2 qualified martial arts coach, (currently studying for Level 3.)

Gabriel (Gabby) Paintin 1st degree Black Belt,  teaches the class in Chelmsford assisted by his wife and Ada 1st Degree Black Belt.  Dr Ada is our medical adviser and oversees all medical matters at our SSK gradings and competitions.   Gabby has been running the class in Chelmsford for many years. Gabby a former sprinter now senior planning engineer, is exceedingly agile and athletic Black Belt and a very brave man as he also teaches his Black Belt wife. Gabby and Ada are both SSK 2016 Taolu National champions.

Ryan Williams is a 1st Degree Black Belt,  he has studied Chinese kickboxing  for approx 15 years. He also has trained in Aikido and has fused them in his techniques. He is a qualified teacher and he uses his teaching skills in his dojo.  He has recently returned from China where he was teaching and training.  His classes are mixed; one week traditional and the following week pad work.  Ryan, is also currently studying to be a BCCMA Level 3 martial arts coach.

Pierre Cochart  1st degree Black Belt, he started Judo at the age of 6 and then expanded into gymnastics, ultimately coaching several teams, including a competition squad.  A BCCMA Sanda Nationals medalist himself, Pierre has many years of experience in multiple disciplines of martial arts. He brings his unique blend of knowledge and energy to his classes, setting various ‘games’ and exercises to help his students have fun while improving their technique and agility.  Pierre, is also currently studying to be a BCCMA Level 3 martial arts coach.

Ronin Traynor, 1st degree Black Belt, who assist on the Intensive courses.  Ronin is also a professional fight director and action coordinator and a certified teacher with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat, a fencing coach with The British Academy of Fencing and Academie d’Armes Internationale; Director of Independent Drama which provides fight choreography, actor training and combat casting services to drama schools, theatre groups and the film and theatre industry.  He has directed fights for over 350 productions including film, TV, musicals, opera, motion capture and numerous theatre shows in the UK and overseas.

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