Meet the Team

Grand Master Shihan Ken Stronach
  • Experience: 7th Dan Grand Master Instructor – Tora Kai Karate
    45 years martial arts experience
  • Favourite film: Never ending story
  • Favourite Food: Roast dinner
  • Favourite Car: Old Vw Beetle.
  • Favourite Quote: My goal is not to be better than anyone else… Instead, it’s to be better than I used to be… – Dr Wayne W. Dyer
Master Jim Miller
  • Experience: 5th Dan Master Instructor – Tora Kai Combative Aikido
    40+years experience
  • Favourite Film: Highlander
  • Favourite Food: Steak
  • Favourite Car: 69 Dodge Charger
  • Favourite Quote: Always remember that you are perfectly unique, just like everyone else. – Margaret Mead
Sensei Justin Lundy – 4th Dan Tora Kai Karate Instructor (Hombusen)
  • Experience: 4th Dan Tora Kai Karate Instructor 18 years in Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 4 Stripe Blue Belt
  • Favourite Film: They Live
  • Favourite Food: Veg Fajitas
  • Favourite Car: 1970 BMW CSL
  • Favourite Quote: Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid – Albert Einstein or Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face – Mike Tyson
Sensei Chris Harvest-Taylor
  • Experience: 4th Dan Tora Kai Karate Instructor Training in Karate schools from the age of 6, achieved Black Belt in Wado Ryu Karate, 2nd Dan in Bushido Karate, 4th Dan Tora Kai Karate
    Teaching Martial Arts and Self Defence since 2001.
  • Favourite Film: Forrest Gump
  • Favourite Food: Pizza
  • Favourite Car: Mk2 VW Golf
  • Favourite Quote: The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. – Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Sensei Emma Taylor – 2nd Dan Karate Black Belt and Kickboxing Coach
  • Experience: 2nd Dan Tora Kai Karate Instructor I started Karate at age 10 after moving to South Africa (at age 8), with my father wanting us to have a level of self-protection. I continued with karate when we returned 7 years later. I dabbled in boxing after noticing the speedy hands of a boxer who attended one of the lessons. I realised I loved to kick, so upon going to university in a different geographical area, I tried my legs at Tae Kwon Do.   I enjoyed the competitions but felt I wanted to know more, so when returning home (from Uni years), I found a Bushido notice calling at me. I intrigued my brother with this too, so we encountered Shihan (Ken San at the time), who impressed us immensely. We trained with him for several years. I took an angle at one point, by playing in the kickboxing world, taking part in some more competition. I took an interest in all of the arts for a while, playing with Kung Fu and others, but heard that Shihan had excelled in setting up his own style with G5, which is where he has been very welcoming and encouraging upon invitation. G5 Evolution incorporates a combination of styles with such quality, so there’s never a desire to hunt when everything is under one umbrella – keeping curious minds such as mine occupied very well!
  • Favourite Film: Showdown in Little Tokyo
  • Favourite Food: Always a good veg chillie.
  • Favourite Car: Lamborghini and the 80’s Transam.
  • Favourite Quote: My own quote:  “Life is a projection of our own deliberate thought, word and action.” This one is also special to me: “live, love, laugh.”
Sensei Phil Johnson – Aikido Instructor
  • Experience: 1st Dan Tora Kai Combative Aikido Instructor
    I started martial arts in 2003. Got my 1st Dan in Aikido-te in 2008, black belt in bushido karate 2009 and green belt in Ken Kai Ryu which I wear proudly around the house to this day.
  • Favourite Film: Kung Fu Panda (1, 2 & 3)
  • Favourite Food: Slow cooked, pulled beef, chilli with fresh homemade guacamole
  • Favourite Car: Mercedes G wagon
  • Favourite Quote: Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. – Winston Churchill
Sensei George Tucker
  • Experience: 1st Dan Tora Kai Karate Instructor, Tricking Coach, Dojo Apprentice
    I joined G5 in 2011 when I was 5 years old, I am now a full-time Karate instructor, Dojo apprentice and tricking coach.
  • Favourite film: The Longest yard
  • Favourite Food: Gyros
  • Favourite Car: Ford Mustang 1969
  • Favourite quote: It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela
Sensei Dylan Jhugroo
  • Experience: 1st Dan Tora Kai Karate Instructor, Tricking Coach, Dojo Apprentice.
    I started my journey at 5 years old and now I currently hold a 1st Dan. I’m a full-time karate Instructor, tricking coach and Dojo apprentice
  • Favourite Film: Rambo
  • Favourite food: Cheeky Nando’s
  • Favourite Cars: Nissan Skyline r34/ GTR
  • Favourite Quote: Even the strongest warriors experienced fears. What makes them a true warrior is the courage they possess to overcome that fear. – Vegeta, Dragonball Z
Maria Elson – Office Manager
  • Experience: Karate mum since 2011, started my own Karate journey aged 39 currently a Green Belt in Tora-Kai Karate
  • Film: has to be Grease seen it over 30 times and would still watch it again
  • Food: Mexican of course
  • Car: 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Fastback Coupé
  • Quote: Be brave enough to be bad at something new – Jon Acuff
Sensei Felix Fletcher Smith – Karate Instructor and Yoga Teacher
  • Experience: Trained in Wado Ryu Karate from age 8, started British Bushido Karate age 19 trained to 1st Dan Black Belt level, then after spent some months training Muay Thai Kickboxing and a year training Shaolin Kung Fu. I’m now very happy to be training in Tora Kai Karate.
  • Film: The Big Lebowski
  • Food: Good steak rare with plenty of salt and pepper and too much horseradish sauce, alongside a fresh salad.
  • Car: Doc Brown’s Delorean
  • Quote: It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how. – Dr. Seuss


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