Chief Instructor and Grading Examiner, 4th Dan Black Belt
Wayne is our chief instructor and founder of TKO Kickboxing Academy and our longest serving martial artist having started training back in 12BC. Wayne has achieved his black belt in three different disciplines karate, judo and is a Black Belt 4th Dan in kickboxing. He first opened a martial art gym in 1980 in a local village hall with a fellow martial artist. As you can see today he has successful built up TKO and now has two dedicated kickboxing gyms training all abilities whether they wish to get fit or fight to be the next champion.
Teaching 5nights a week is not enough for Wayne, he is a active kickboxing and white collar boxing referee attending shows almost weekly and will travel all over the country to take the TKO fighter to compete in full contact shows. when you hear people say martial art is there life Wayne is the perfect example of this
Wayne has competed competitively in every discipline he’s trained in having most success in Karate. He continues to train regularly and has be known to dust of the sparring gloves on a Friday night.
Outside of kickboxing Wayne fancies himself as a golfer and is always up for a quick round before blasting the TKO members in the gym!Book a Course
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1st Dan Black Belt
Jenna was born kicking and has been kicking ever since. Martial arts runs in her family her mum a Black belt 1st Dan and her dad a Black Belt 4th Dan in Kyokashin Karate. Jenna entered her first dojo which was run by her dad at the age of 3 and continued till she achieved her junior brown belt. In 2008 she wanted to try a new Martial Art and joined TKO, instantly she became hooked and had one immediate goal, to step in the ring. As most of the instructors did she started with light continuous bouts, with a solid record she joined the full contact team in 2010. After 5 fights over 2 years she counts her highlight as competing in the World Classic in Florida where she lost a close decision in the final against Mckenzie Wright a much more experienced fighter with over 40 fights to her name and who now boxes for her country. As well as training hard for her fights she also trained for her belts and was awarded her 1st Dan in 2013. Having hung up her fighting gloves Jenna takes pride in training up the next generation of fighters from the juniors and cadets to the adults. She loves nothing more than supporting them to reach their potential in her role as instructor. Her next challenge is to undertake her 2nd Dan grading and coaching her two daughters in the Junior classes!
2nd Dan Black Belt
Laura is one of our longest serving instructors having started at TKO in 2002. Originally she joined to work on her fitness but very quickly realised she loved all aspects for the sport from grading to competing. She started to teach on a regular basis when training for her brown belt in 2006 and has continued ever since. Not satisfied with her Brown belt she went on to train successfully for her Black Belt 1st Dan in 2007. As well as teaching Laura has had numerous light continuous bouts, to many to list. She started the junior program in Ashford and now teaches mainly at Maidstone, concentrating on our Junior and ladies program. During all the training, grading and competing she managed to find time to have two children and obtain her Black Belt 2nd Dan in 2014. Girl power!
Now ready to submit as a Stuntman he is a resident instructor at TKO Academy when he isn’t fighting, training, high diving, scuba diving, trampolining, swimming or running seminars.
Lewis has shown dedication to all aspects of the club from competing in light continuous competition to regularly teaching at the club. Lewis likes to focus on intense none stop work outs that really get the heart pumping. His goal this year is to gain his Black Belt 2nd Dan. Outside of kickboxing he’s a keen mountain bike rider but unfortunately he hasn’t been able to transfer his kickboxing balance to his bike so is prone to a crash! You will see Lewis training most night and teaching on a Thursday.
Dave winch has been kickboxing at TKO since 2002 at the same time he decided to go back to University as a mature student. Being a student he had no money and a lot a spare time so was able to throw himself into training. Dave steady worked his way up through the grades eventually getting his black belt in 2006. He started teaching when he got his brown belt and has been involved with teaching every since. During this time he started to spar more and enjoyed the competitiveness side of the sport. He started to compete in light continuous bouts and soon progressed to semi professional full contact bouts. After a fighting career which lasted 4 years he finished with a record of 10 wins 1 loss and held the Southern Area and English Super Welterweight titles and was ranked number two in the U.K (under the reigning World Champion at the time). After he retired he took a greater interest in supporting the new generation of fighter coming through the ranks.
Yorkey does find some time to work for Land Rover and raise his new family.
Michael or Digby to all the members, started training in martial arts when he was 6 years old in Shotakon Karate. He moved into kickboxing when he was 17 years old with the aim of bringing more variety to his skill set. He was training in Deal but due to work commitments he had to temporarily hang up his gloves. In 2011 at the age of 31 he decided it was time to dust off his gloves and join TKO in Ashford. Training only part-time initially Digby’s love of the sport soon returned and so too his desire to step in the ring and compete. When Digby joined in 2011 he weighed close to 18st over the course of 3 years and training more regularly he dropped his weight down to 13st. Not only was he able to lose weight and get fit he was awarded his Black Belt in Nov 2015. His dream of stepping in the ring to compete in a full contact show was realised in 2014 and after 2 full contact kickboxing fights he tried his hand at white collar boxing, competing in 4 fights he then felt he could focus on supporting and training of the white collar boxing members at Ashford the fight squad.
Outside of TKO he loves the challenge of an OCR race, running with his dog and going shopping for another loud! bandana for the gym.
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