Chief Instructor

Andrew RheestonI started my martial arts journey in 1992 at age 9 when I started Wado Ryu Karate under Sensei Garth Quirk. I was the first child to ever train at this club after being introduced by my father, unfortunately, that club ceased in 1996, during this time I attained the grade of 5th Kyu (Blue belt).

I had a 3-year gap in my training until I was allowed to train with Sensei Garth’s adult classes in Chelmsley Wood, I attained the grade of 3rd Kyu (Brown Belt) whilst studying here, this club closed in 2000.

In November 2003 I found a class in Shirley called Jiyou Na Kokoru (JNK) and I started training there under the supervision of Sensei Rob Fernyhough. In November 2006 I was awarded my 1st Dan Black Belt, and then in November 2008 I was awarded my 2nd Dan.

I started teaching classes in Chelmsley Wood in November 2010 while still training at JNK, It was a pleasure to be invited back to teach at the same venue where I used to train.

Due to increasing requests for extra training and private tuition for over a year I decided to open up the second class at the Three Trees Community Centre in Chelmsley Wood in October 2014.

On March 22nd 2015 I was awarded my 3rd Dan Black Belt in Karate by Sensei Iain Abernethy.

On May 30th 2015 I was awarded my 1st Dan Black in CSP-MKG by Mick Tully and Al Peasland.

I am fully insured, CRB checked and first aid qualified.

For information on classes or seminars I can be contacted via our contact us page.

Andrew Rheeston is a great instructor. He has a solid background in traditional karate, he understands how this art was meant to be practised in the past, and he understands how to ensure cutting edge relevance in the modern world. Andrew refuses to rest on his laurels and is always seeking to further his martial arts. As a result, students of Andrew’s get broad, enjoyable, effective and informative instruction; delivered in an enthusiastic and inspiring way. He is highly recommended.Iain Abernethy 6th dan BCKA