Saizen Kai instructor profiles
All the black belts at Saizen Kai assist the club's founder and chief instructor Sensei Iain Nutting, in lessons and gradings.
Sensei Iain Nutting - 3rd Dan
Saizen Kai founder and senior instructor
Sensei Tracey Jones
Sensei Michael Green
Sensei Jamie Jones
A relative late comer to karate, Sensei Iain began his training at the age of 30, after taking his rather shy son to a local Karate club. Wanting to support his son Iain agreed to join in, and the rest as they say is history!
Nearly 20 years later Iain currently teaches six days a week, as well as running an after school karate club at a local primary school. His club has classes in two areas of southeast London, at Beckenham and Dulwich, which he runs with the support of three “home grown” black belts and his wife Liz.
They kindly assist him in nurturing approximately 130 students whose ages range from 5 to 50+. He is totally committed to encouraging everyone, regardless of age, to take part in karate- the Martial Art he feels has given him so much.
“I believe Karate is an excellent sport. It provides you with the chance to make friends, get fit, and have fun. The disciplined and structured nature of Karate allows each student to progress at their own pace increasing in confidence with each step of their journey. Over the past eight years I have watched many shy and nervous students take that all important decision to join in. It is always a pleasure to see their confidence grow as the weeks go by. Many of these students are now brown and black belts with the self belief to stand in front of a class and take over from me when requested to do so. It’s an amazing transformation that I never tire of seeing. I am very proud to be part of that process.”
The name Saizen Kai means ‘aim to be the best.’ - Remaining true to the traditional values of Wadoryu karate as a lifelong learning concept - Sensei Iain aims through his club, to continue to challenge himself and develop his karate practise. In doing so, he hopes to inspire and encourage his instructors and students to do the same, and be the very best they can be.
Following the closure of the local kickboxing club, Sensei Jamie started karate training with Sensei Iain in February 2004, aged 14,
Initially he began training once a week, but once he realised how much there was to learn, and how much he enjoyed it, he could soon be found training most evenings - at home if there were no lessons.
This committment led to him rising rapidly through the kyu ranks, usually passing his exams with the top grade. He was awarded his black belt in 2007.
Sensei Jamie enjoys all aspects of his karate training, from yoga and and fitness exercises, to learning kata and experimenting with new techniques when sparring. He is a fan of jumping kicks in particular.
He says: "When I first began karate, I could never have anticipated how much I would enjoy it, and how much I would gain from it. Not only has my fitness improved, but my confidence has too. Now I like passing on what I've learnt from Sensei Iain to other karate students."
Sensei Tracey was tricked into starting karate by her brother Sensei Jamie. She was just supposed to be his means of transport to lessons! However, it didn't take much persuading, and she too began training with Sensei Iain in February 2004.
Managing to keep up with Sensei Jamie, Tracey was also awarded her 1st Dan black belt in 2007.
Tracey enjoys the fitness training, learning new katas, and helping students progress.
She says: "Karate is a fun way to keep fit, build confidence and make new friends.
"Karate is never boring, the different aspects gives the sport much variety, and there is always something to improve or new to learn."
After a short break from karate, Sensei Michael joined Saizen Kai in 2006 as a first kyu brown belt.
Originally, he went with his mum to pick his brother up from his karate classes, but after watching from the sidelines for a while, Sensei Michael decided the give the sport a go, and gained his black belt in December 2007.
Sensei Michael’s favourite aspect of karate is kata, which he says gives him the opportunity to practice a range of different techniques, old and new. Of the many kata he has learnt over the course of his training, his favourite is Bassai-dai. Sensei Michael likes the fast pace of this kata and the opportunity it provides him with to put much power behind the movements that make up this kata, which translated means, ‘To storm a fortress’.
He says: “I enjoy training with Sensei Iain, and try to attend all the Beckenham sessions, where I often join in the junior classes and help out before going on to the senior class.
“It pleases me to see karateka learning new skill and watching their confidence grow. And of course, it is always nice to see their hard work pay off when they are successful at their gradings."