Sensei Robert Herincx (6th Dan, Qualified English Karate Federation Head Coach)
Sensei Robert Herincx began training with the Tora group of clubs in the mid 1980's. He has trained under many senior Japanese and Occidental instructors and was awarded his black belt by Master Keinosuke Enoeda (9th Dan). Being an experienced fighter he teaches students to study and discover the realistic principles of traditional Shotokan Karate, "There is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom waiting to be discovered". Sensei Robert became the Chief Instructor of Tora when its founder, Sensei Michael “Sandy” Beach (7th Dan), retired from active teaching.
Sensei Phillip Wardle (3rd Dan, Qualified English Karate Federation Coach)
Phillip began training under Sensei Robert Herincx and Sensei Amery Mastakin in 2004. Their style of teaching "the old ways" appealed to him greatly. "Regardless of backgrounds, beliefs, age or ability, all who train with us will achieve the respect of ones self and others and develop courage and loyalty, but above all humility through ability".
Sensei Jiri Volek (2nd Dan)
Jiri started training in in the Czech Republic at one of the renown Karate clubs in Prague under the Shihan Kesl (8th Dan) and joined Tora Kodo Karate Kai in 2007.
He always emphasises a balance between the spiritual and physical, seeking the tradition and practicality within the martial arts. “Our life journey can be sometime very tough and only constant practicing makes us well balanced and strong enough to cope with the unexpected. Therefore all the training should come from heart and not from thoughts.”
“I have always enjoyed training at Tora, there is a space for everyone to develop the best within themselves through martial arts and great friendship”.
Sensei Laurence Wright (2nd Dan)
Laurence started training in Ireland at the age of 9 at the renowned Kantanni Karate Dojo under Sensei Thomas Ward. He graded for his Black belt in 1993 at the age of 21 and was responsible for the running of the juniors classes and for grading selections.
Laurence joined Tora Karate Academy in 2007 at their Twickenham Dojo. “I feel that the training at Tora, both physical and spiritual, suites the way that I feel we should all be training within the martial arts. All of our students are able to develop regardless of their age or abilities. Tora is a great Dojo to be part of as it is very supportive of all their members and also a very social group to belong to."