Instructors

Instructors

Elemental Kickboxing Leeds

Our team of instructors provide a professional and friendly place to learn freestyle karate and kickboxing. The team ranges from contracted class instructors to voluntary roles. All classes are lead by a head or senior instructor, all of which are qualified to 1st dan black belt minimum, public liability insured and/or has an insured instructor on site, and DBS checked.

All head and senior instructors follow Elemental Fitness Ltd procedures, these include company procedures, general risk assessments, young persons risk assessments and COVID-19 risk assessments,. The Elemental Kickboxing Leeds also operates a child protection policy and has attended a Safeguarding course for Children and Young People to ensure we provide the safest training environment possible for you and your family.

Head Instructor

David Kenyon

David Kenyon

He has practiced freestyle karate and kickboxing since 1998, instructed since 2004 and taught privately since 2006. He graded for his 1st Dan black belt under Gareth Lloyd Evans (5th Dan) in 2003, his 2nd Dan black belt under Tom Hibbert (7th Dan) in May 2006, his 3rd Dan black belt under Tom Hibbert (7th Dan) in December 2009, and his 4th Dan black belt under Brian Beck (8th Dan) in January 2014.

David has experience in Karate, Boxing, Kickboxing and Jujitsu. He has competed in numerous British National Championships since 2003 in the minus 80KG weight categories, and attends regular seminars to increase his knowledge in martial arts and fitness.

David is the owner of Elemental Fitness and Elemental Kickboxing Academy. He graduated in Sports, Health, and Nutrition (BSc Hons) at Leeds University and has experience of teaching kickboxing to special needs children and young people.

Senior Instructors

James Clark

James Clark

James has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since 2012. He is a 2nd dan black belt in freestyle karate and kickboxing and level 3 qualified personal trainer.

James has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since 2012 and graded for his 2nd Dan black belt under David Kenyon (4th Dan) since 2009.

James has excellent form and technique, he is a patient and well-rounded instructor with a wealth of experience. His dedication for kickboxing shows through his hard training ethics and passion for the sport. James is a committed member of Elemental Kickboxing Leeds he is always focused on improving his own ability as well as the ability of the members he teaches

He has over 9 years of experience working full time in the industry as a martial arts instructor and personal trainer. James instructing approach is combined with his personal training experience making his routines incredibly effective and extremely varied keeping lessons fun and educational.

James has competed in numerous British National Championships since 2014 in the plus 90KG weight categories which include achieving silver in 2016.

James currently runs our Saturday children's class and Saturday adults class.


First Name: James

Surname: Clark

Date of Birth: 13/03/1991

Date Joined: started PT in 2009 and EKA late 2010 maybe even 2011

Belt: Black Belt 2nd Dan

Weight: 103kg

Height: 188cm

Reach:

Location: Currently Bradford

Home town: Originally Leeds

Fighting style: Freestyle Kickboxing

Ryan Butler

Ryan Butler

Ryan has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since 2013. He is a 1st dan black belt in freestyle karate and kickboxing. Ryan has graded under David Kenyon (4th Dan) to date.

Ryan is a fantastic martial artist. His technical ability is impressive which is complemented by his genuine and honest nature. Ryan's KATA forms appear effortless when performed whilst his pad work and partner work is fast and furious. He is an inspiration to the younger club members in the classes and is admired by adults due to his flexibility, leg strength and all-around top form. He is consistently wanting to improve and better his technical ability and we look forward to what he achieves in the future.

Ryan runs our children's classes during the week and provides cover when required. He is currently doing an apprenticeship with Elemental Fitness to become a fully qualified personal trainer.


First Name: Ryan

Surname: Butler

Date of Birth: 17/06/2003

Date Joined: December 2013

Belt: 1st Dan Black Belt

Weight: 70kg

Height: 5ft 7”

Reach:

Location: Bramley, Leeds

Home town: Leeds

Fighting style: Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing

Keith Hill

Keith Hill

Keith has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since 2011. He is a 1st dan black belt in freestyle karate and kickboxing.

He graded for his 1st Dan black belt under David Kenyon (3rd Dan) in June 2016.

Keith is an enthusiastic club member. His passion for martial arts training is to be admired. He combines his martial arts training with weight training making him a strong martial artist. Keiths lean physique and high levels of fitness makes him a great instructor pushing your body above and beyond its limits every class.

Keith assists during our classes, provides class cover when required and runs the Tuesday class to keep involved with beginners, meet new members and help work towards his 2nd dan grading.

Richard Cuff

Richard Cuff

Richard has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since January 2010. He is a 2nd dan black belt in freestyle karate and kickboxing and has experience in Tai Kwon Do.

Richard has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since January 2010 and graded for his 1st Dan black belt under David Kenyon (4th Dan) in May 2013, and his 2nd Dan black belt under Brian Beck (8th Dan) in October 2015.

Richard has a keen eye for detail with great form. His patience and kind nature makes him a fantastic teacher of the style – however underneath this exterior is a serious fighter wanting to take it to the next level every time.

He has competed in numerous British National Championships since 2010 in the plus 90KG weight categories which include achieving gold in 2016.

Richard currently instructs our Wednesday evening class.

Edward Kelly

Edward Kelly

Edward has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since January 2014. He is a 3rd dan black belt freestyle karate and kickboxing and a level 3 qualified personal trainer.

Edward graded for his 1st Dan Black Belt under Gareth Lloyd Evans (5th Dan) in September 2008, his 2nd Dan black belt under Tom Hibbert (7th Dan) in June 2010, and his 3rd Dan black belt under Brian Beck (8th Dan) October 2015.

Edward's energy and jump spinning kicks go hand in hand to make him a fierce fighter. He has a keen eye for sparring and likes high intensity training specific to martial arts through the use of aerobic and anaerobic training to improve strength and overall body conditioning.

He has competed in a number national and international championships which include achieving a silver and bronze medal in points fighting at the WKC World Championships in 2009 in Dublin, Ireland.

Instructors

Tobiasz Lemanski

Tobiasz Lemanski

Kris Mclaughlin

Kris Mclaughlin

Kris has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since 2011. He is a 1st dan black belt in freestyle karate and kickboxing.

He graded for his 1st Dan black belt under David Kenyon (4th Dan) in June 2016.

Kris is a patient and well rounded instructor. He is a passionate martial artist and enjoys helping others develop their skills. He is continuously developing his own skills from taking part in regular classes, attending martial arts seminars and personal training sessions.

Kris assists during our classes and offers cover to our classes when required helping to keep the club running all year round. We are planning on Kris running a weekly class in the near future.

Dale Norfolk

Dale Norfolk

Dale has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since 2010. He is a 1st dan black belt in freestyle karate and kickboxing.

Dale graded for his 1st Dan black belt under David Kenyon (4th Dan) in June 2016.

Dale is a powerful fighter. His large statures make him a force in the ring. This is not to say his frame slows him down, Dale is continuously working on his speed and technical ability alongside his instructing.

Dale assists during our classes and provides self-defence training on a monthly basis as part of our senior class run by David. Dale is a keen martial artist with a wealth of knowledge in the area, he enjoys analysing fight sequences and reading up on martial arts literature.


First Name: Dale

Surname: Norfolk

Nickname: D

Date of Birth: 12/01/79

Date Joined: 2012

Belt: 1st Dan black

Weight: 238lbs

Height: 6foot 2inches

Reach: 70inches

Location: Leeds

Home town: Leeds

Fighting style: Freestyle karate/kickboxing


Nathan Lammonby

Nathan Lammonby

Nathan has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since 2011. He is a 1st dan black belt in freestyle karate and kickboxing.

Nathan graded for his 1st Dan black belt under David Kenyon (4th Dan) in June 2016.

Nathan is a powerful fighter. His form and power work to his advantage when sparring on the circuits. He is a keen weight trainer and enjoys keeping fit through a variety of means. This combination of training keeps him in top physical shape when engaging in his martial arts training.

Nathan competed in numerous British National Championships since 2010 in the minus 80KG weight categories which include achieving gold in 2015.

Nathan assists during our classes and offers cover to our classes when required helping to keep the club running all year round.


First Name: Nathan

Surname: Lammonby

Nickname: Nath

Date of Birth: 03/11/1997

Date Joined: 2013

Belt: Black Belt 1st Dan

Weight: 85kg

Height: 5ft 11inch

Reach: 75.5inch

Location: Leeds

Home town: Pudsey

Fighting style: Orthodox

Aidan Playfoot

Aidan Playfoot

Sanaa Khan

Sanaa Khan

Sanaa has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since 2011. She is a 1st dan black belt in freestyle karate and kickboxing and level 3 personal trainer. Sanaa has graded under David Kenyon (4th Dan) to date.

Sanaa is not afraid. She is a inspiration to many and will never back down from a challenge. Her form is clean which is complimented with speed and precision. She enjoys fitness and weight training making her a competitive fighter and all around great martial artist. This combination of training keeps her in top physical shape.

Sanaa has competed in numerous British National Championships since 2010 in the minus 65KG weight categories and most recently competed in a white collar MMA event raising money for Cancer Research.

Sanaa assists during our classes, in particular our childrens classes and provides cover when required. She works for Elemental Fitness as a part time personal trainer by running boot camps and personal training sessions. We have plans to involve Sanaa more in the future, with the hope of running a female only kickboxing class.

Aaron Martin

Aaron Martin

Junior Instructors

Najwa Tabib

Najwa Tabib

Leon Sied

Leon Sied

First Name: Leon

Surname: Sied

Date of Birth: 22/07/2009

Date Joined: November 2015

Belt: Senior Brown Belt

Weight: 36kg

Height:146cm

Reach: 57cm

Location: Leeds

Home town: Leeds

Fighting style: Freestle Karate and Kickboxing

Nikita Masiagin

Nikita Masiagin

First name: Nikita

Surname: Masiagin

Nickname: Nick

Date of Birth: 01/09/2008

Date Joined: 2016

Belt: Senior Brown

Weight: 39kg

Height: 149cm

Location: Leeds

Home town: Leeds

Fighting Style: Kickboxing

Russell Brewood

Russell Brewood

First Name: Russell

Surname: Brewood

Date of Birth: 05 June 1979

Date Joined: July 2015

Belt: Senior Brown

Weight: 74kg

Height: 5' 9.5"

Location: Leeds

Home town: Skipton

Fighting style: Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing

Jude Kirkwood-Thompson

Jude Kirkwood-Thompson

Assistant Instructors

Damien Hunt

Damien Hunt

First Name: Damien

Surname: Hunt

Nickname: Jean Claude Van Damo 😉

Date of Birth: 01/05/1989

Date Joined: August 2018

Belt: Snr Purple

Weight: 74kg

Height: 5ft10in

Reach: 70"

Location: Leeds

Home town: Leeds

Fighting style: Freestyle Kickboxing & Karate

Emergency Medical Doctor

Najwa Tabib

Najwa Tabib

Najwa is an Emergency Medicine doctor working in Leeds. She graduated from the University of Leeds in 2012 and has since completed all of her training in West Yorkshire. She is a member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and is currently doing Subspecialty training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. She is a certified provider of both adult and paediatric Advanced Life Support. Najwa is also a matchday doctor for the Wakefield Trinity Rugby Super League team.

She has been a member of the club since 2014 and will be grading for her 1st Dan black belt in summer 2020.

*please note we have a number of first aid qualified instructors and members within the club.

Social Media Team

Paul Glossop

Paul Glossop

First Name: Paul

Surname: Glossop

Nickname: Gloss

Date of Birth: 16.09.78

Date Joined: June 2016

Belt: Brown 11

Weight: 12st 12lb / 81.9kg

Height: 5ft 10"

Reach: 72"

Location: Armley, Leeds

Home town: Crossgates, Leeds

Fighting style: Freestyle kickboxing dabbling in K1 and Muay Thai

Megan Lancaster

Megan Lancaster