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.


Fighter Profile:

First Name: David

Surname: Kenyon

Date of Birth: 03.07.87

Date Joined: 2008

Belt: 4th Dan Black Belt

Weight: 78kg

Height: 1.78m

Location: Leeds

Home town: Leeds

Fighting style: Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing

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.


Fighter Profile:

First Name: James

Surname: Clark

Date of Birth: 13/03/1991

Date Joined: 2012

Belt: 2nd Dan Black Belt

Weight: 97kg

Height: 188cm

Reach:

Location: Bradford

Home town: 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.


Fighter Profile:

First Name: Ryan

Surname: Butler

Date of Birth: 17/06/2003

Date Joined: December 2013

Belt: 1st Dan Black Belt

Weight: 70kg

Height: 174cm

Reach:

Location: Bramley, Leeds

Home town: Leeds

Fighting style: Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing

Stuart Wright

Stuart Wright

Stu has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since 2017. He is a 1st dan black belt in taekwondo and senior grade at the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds.

Stu has trained with the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds since 2017 and has graded under David Kenyon (4th Dan) to date. Stu trained with TBC and graded up to 1st dan black belt under TBC

Stu is a technical martial artist with a powerful kicking ability. He is a well-balanced and patient instructor providing positive feedback to build member confidence, whilst concentrating on areas members need to improve.

Read more about Stu here.


Fighter Profile:

First Name: Stu

Surname: Wright

Date of Birth: 01/08/79

Date Joined: Jan 2018

Belt: Taekwondo 1st Dan Black Belt / Kickboxing Purple Belt

Weight: 75kg

Height: 180cm

Location: Leeds

Home town: Leeds

Fighting style: Taekwondo / Kickboxing

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.


Fighter Profile:

Name: Richard

Surname: Cuff

Nickname: Cuffy, Smiling Assassin

Date Joined: January 2010

Belt: 2nd Dan Black Belt

Weight: 94kg

Height: 185cm

Location: York

Home town: Leeds

Fighting style: Kickboxing

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.


Fighter Profile:

First Name: Edward

Surname: Kelly

Nickname: Machine Gun Kelly

Date of Birth: 25/12/96

Date Joined: January 2014

Belt: 3rd Dan Black Belt

Weight: 80KG

Height: 180cm

Location: Leeds

Home town: Leeds

Fighting style: Unpredictable

Instructors

Keith Hill

Keith Hill

Fighter Profile:

First Name: Keith

Surname: Hill

Nickname: Keito

Date of Birth: Sept 7th 1982

Date Joined: Jan 2013

Belt: 1st Dan Black Belt

Weight: 75kg

Height: 178cm

Location: Leeds

Home town: Sheffield

Fighting style: American Kickboxing

Dale Norfolk

Dale Norfolk

Fighter Profile:

First Name: Dale

Surname: Norfolk

Nickname: D

Date of Birth: 12/01/79

Date Joined: 2012

Belt: 1st Dan Black Belt

Weight: 107kg

Height: 187cm

Reach: 70"

Location: Leeds

Home town: Leeds

Fighting style: Freestyle karate/kickboxing


Nathan Lammonby

Nathan Lammonby

Fighter Profile:

First Name: Nathan

Surname: Lammonby

Nickname: Nath

Date of Birth: 03/11/1997

Date Joined: 2013

Belt: Black Belt 1st Dan

Weight: 85kg

Height: 180cm

Reach: 75"

Location: Leeds

Home town: Pudsey

Fighting style: Orthodox

Aaron Martin

Aaron Martin

Junior Instructors

Leon Sied

Leon Sied

Fighter Profile:

First Name: Leon

Surname: Sied

Date of Birth: 22/07/2009

Date Joined: November 2015

Belt: Senior Brown Belt

Weight: 36kg

Height:146cm

Reach: 22"

Location: Leeds

Home town: Leeds

Fighting style: Freestle Karate and Kickboxing

Nikita Masiagin

Nikita Masiagin

Fighter Profile:

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

Fighter Profile:

First Name: Russell

Surname: Brewood

Date of Birth: 05 June 1979

Date Joined: July 2015

Belt: Senior Brown

Weight: 74kg

Height: 176cm

Location: Leeds

Home town: Skipton

Fighting style: Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing

Assistant Instructors

Klaudia Jaszczak

Klaudia Jaszczak

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.

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