Meet Our Instructors

  • Jim

    Assistant Instructor


    Jim came late in life to Karate, although as a student he briefly trained in Ju-Jitsu and learned some basic self-defence locks and throwing techniques. With his wife and two children training in martial arts at Bushido, Jim is now enjoying a shared family activity with the benefits of physical health and continued mental learning. He also sees being an Assistant Instructor at Bushido as a way to help those on the same journey and hopes it will be a way to deepen his own understanding of Karate.

    Whilst studying for his PhD in American abstract art, Jim travelled extensively across the United States, researching at the Smithsonian Institute and all the major art galleries and museums. Since then he has worked in the arts and charity sector and is currently the CEO of an arts venue with library in Holborn.

    Outside of work and the dojo, Jim enjoys walking, reading, thinking and listening to blues, jazz, reggae and rock.

  • Alex

    Assistant Instructor


    Alex interest in martial arts started in his early teens when he joined a local Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate) club. After he finished school he spent more time immersing himself in martial arts training, initially Yang Style Tai Chi and later on Shaolin Kung Fu. He pursued this training throughout his twenties and it eventually led him to train in China at the birthplace of Kung fu – Shaolin Temple.

    Setting up his own Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture practice and starting a family kept Alex from training for many years. However, he wanted to introduce his children to the benefits of martial arts and started training at Bushido Hombu.

    “Karate at Bushido reignited the passion for martial arts I had when I was younger. I now have the perfect opportunity to further my training as well as sharing the journey with my two boys. I couldn’t be happier.”

    Alex has studied a variety of styles of Kung Fu, and Tai Chi over the years as well as Jujitsu and Won Hwa Do. He tries to bring experience and a different perspective to his karate training.

  • Clare

    Child Welfare Officer

    Clare Hemming-Nash is a former Assistant Head at a local primary school, always having worked in challenging areas and schools.  She is therefore no stranger to welfare issues and fully understands best practice.

    Although Bushido Hombu have never experienced any issues, it is our intent to always ensure that our members are safe in all aspects of their lives that we can have an impact upon.  Clare performs annual reviews upon our policies and documents and performs updates to these when necessary.  She is also available to support any of our team members or club members and can be contacted via the contacts page or her email address below.

  • Kevin (Yanagi – the willow)

    Chief Instructor & Founder



    As Chief Instructor and Founder of the BMAA, Kevin is responsible for the vision and intentions of the organisation.

    Along with ensuring the safety of all members, support for all instructors and running classes and seminars, it is also Kevin’s role to ensure the organisation is heading in the right direction.  The standard of instruction and consistency within the association are Kevin’s highest priorities, these aspects are what set us apart from others and ensure all members have the opportunity to get the best out of themselves.

    The Yanagi-do path of karate is based upon Kevin’s interpretation of karate, which is a culmination of his experience of karate which has lasted almost all of his lifetime (having started in the mid 1980s).  Kevin is an all rounder when it comes to his martial art obsession, believing equally in the aspects or healing, spiritual wellbeing and practical usage of the martial arts.  This is shown by his experience and passion for the wide range of his study, specifically including Yoga and Krav Maga… which he sees as being sub categories of the overall concept of Karate-do.