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Sensei Karina Whittington
1st Dan Shotokan Karate
Level 1 Instructor ABC Combat

All through her childhood Karina can remember watching the likes of Bruce Lee, Jean Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Dolph Lungren in awe of their Martial arts skills. Karina could only dream of being able to kick like Van Damme! Or so she thought. As an early child Karina believed these famous talented people had unique skills that only a select few could possess. Although these stars are in a class of their own Karina gradually built up confidence to try out Martial Arts for herself.

Her first experience was at the age of 10 when she joined the local Judo club with her older brother. This was a fantastic experience and she enoyed it so much she was sorry to leave. Personal family circumstances forced Karina to give this up. That was a pinnacle point for her, from that point on she was hooked to Martial Arts.

At the age of 16 was when Karina became a little more independant and started to explore Martial Arts clubs in her area. She tried the local Tae Kwon Do club, Tang soo Do and then at the age of 17 she saw an advert in the local paper for a new Shotokan Karate Club started in her local area, little did she know this moment would change her life forever.

Karina attended this class on a Saturday morning at 11 am and began training under Sensei Linden Huckle(4th Dan Shotokan Karate) and was instantly hooked. Karina spent the next 2 years training, grading and living the dream that she was able to learn and perform Martial Arts she once believed was a unique gift. During this 2 years Karina met her husband and fell pregnant with her first son Rhys. At this point Karina took a six month break and once the baby was born she once again returned to training for a further 2 years in this time she attained her 1st kyu(brown belt). The next few years were difficult, due to overwhelming work commitments and family life training had to take a back seat. In 2005 Karina then fell pregnant with her Second son Jacob and at this point she decided to take a break. This break was 18 months long and awful, Karina passion for her Karate had not gone away and she would often still perform katas in her kitchen whilst kicking off a few cupboard handles along the way! Karina returned to training in 2006 where she attained her intermediate shodan and began training for her black belt. In 2008 Karina had a third son, Elijah and once again returned to her training once the baby was born.


Karina's passion for Martial Arts wasn't just about Karate, although this was now a way of life for her. Karina became interested in various martial arts from 2005 and began exploring some new styles. She showed a little interest in grappling and the ground game, she also became interested in Eskrima and the English Martial Arts. These two arts became such an interest she began to train in them and still does. In 2009 She met Chris Crudelli famed Martial Artist and tv's presenter of Mind, Body and Kick Ass Moves and Kick Ass Miracles at the Martial Arts festival in Leceister. Karina was so impressed with Chris's attitude towards martial arts that there was no hestitation when he began teaching his new system ' ABC Combat', she was there. Karina now trains regularly with Chris Crudelli and is due to receive her instructors level 1 in ABC Combat. In the Summer of 2010 Karina, Richard and Rhys made the difficult decision to leave their current Karate club, Karina and Richard felt they were going in different directions and it was time to move on. Karina, Richard and Rhys started to train under a different instructor. In February 2010 after nearly 14 years training in shotokan Karate, Karina was awarded her 1st Dan(Shodan). This was a great honour.


Karina and Richard have dreamt about running there own academy for 6 years. In 2010 they started to make these dreams become a reality. This is where the Tora Seishin Academy was born and the exciting journey ahead began.


This is Karina's story so far.........................








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Sensei Richard Whittington
1st Dan Shotokan Karate
Richard's martial arts journey started after watching Steven Seagal films in the early 1990's. He found a good local Aikido club and took part in regular classes for over a year. Unfortunately the Instructor, who worked for the RAF, got posted away and the club declined, prompting Richard to move on. It was not then until he met his wife Karina that he decided to return to martial arts, mainly due to Karina's infectious enthusiasm for karate he joined her in the local Shotokan Karate club. This culminated, after a number of family enforced breaks, with earning his first dan in Shotokan in February 2010. He is a fan of all Martial Arts when taught with spirit and honesty. Richard regularly enjoys taking part in Shotokan Karate, Tai Chi, English Martial Arts and Eskrima.
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Rhys Whittington

1st Dan Shotokan Karate

Cadet Assistant

Rhys began his Karate training at the tender age of 4 years old. He joined his parents in their hobby and it soon became apparent that he had a natural flare for Karate. Rhys trained 3 - 4 times a week and showed commitment and dedication. At the age of 5 Rhys also showed an interest in Tae Kwon Do. Rhys also pursued this and for 6 months he trained weekly in this art. Karate was where his real passion was and after the brief spell at Tae Kwon Do he returned to his Karate training. Rhys spent the next 3 years training with his parents under the expert tuteledge of Linden Huckle (4th dan). In the summer of 2009 he followed his parents in changing clubs and began training under a different instructor. After pure commitment, dedication and spirit Rhys graded to 1st Dan in December 2009.

Rhys continues to train and enjoy his karate and also takes part in ABC Combat and Tai Chi along with his parents.