Our qualified instructors are energetic and outgoing. They have a sincere interest in your self-improvement and in helping you reach your goals. They are all extensively trained in the art of 'PCP' (Praise, Correct, Praise) and they ALL use the MOST helpful and encouraging language to inspire and motivate you with their feedback.
Our staff are willing to go the extra mile for you.
Find out a little more about our Instructors before you meet them!
Grandmaster R. VINCE
Grandmaster Richard Vince, 8th Dan, is the chief instructor and chief coach of the BBA. He has taught since 1980 and has produced more than 500 black belts in that time. He has represented both Gt Britain & England at 19 international events and is a former World Kickboxing Champion. He has also worked as a consultant in a special needs facility and has a special interest in helping EVERY person get the very best from themselves.
Master G. WARD
Master Graham Ward 5th Dan is second in command to Grand Master Vince at BBA and shares the responsibility for many aspects of the material taught by its instructors. He has a traditional Karate background yet currently specialies in MMA and our 'Shield' self defence programme, as well as continuing to study Kickboxing & Karate.
Sensei Maisie Emmerson
Sensei Maisie Emmerson teaches Karate classes at our Bull Close HQ. She and Grandmaster Vince coach the Diss Karate classes on Tuesdays, but you'll also find her at Diss Youth Centre on Saturday mornings.
Maisie is also the BBA Kata specialist. She took the Gold medal in Korean Forms at the ISKA 2017 Amateur World Championships, held in Athens and another Gold medal at the World Martial Arts Games held in Florida, September 2017, also for Korean Forms.
She is responsible for running the BBA competition Kata Squad.
Kru Martin Beales
Kru Martin Beales joined the BBA coaching team in 2016.
He has competitive experience in combat sports and has been involved in Muay Thai since he was a young boy (age 7).
Kru Martin was a Junior British and Junior European Muay Thai champion, retiring undefeated. He has trained in Thailand amongst the likes of Rammon Dekkers and Master Sken.
Sensei Jack Wright
Sensei Jack Wright has been training at BBA since he was 6 years old.
He teaches both Karate (on Thursdays) and Kickboxing (on Mondays) classes at the BBA as well as training for tournaments. Jack is a keen competitor and has had high level success at; Karate, semi contact points and light continuous. His greatest tournament success so far however, has been winning the WKA English Amateur K1 championship title at under 75kgs.
Sensei Patrick Gilding
Sensei Patrick Gilding is one of our instructors that participate in both Karate & Kickboxing. He loves teaching generally and he especially enjoys coaching 'Little Dragons.' Although he has now retired from full contact sports, he was once a keen Full Contact Kickboxing competitor representing England at the 2013 ISKA World Championships in Cyprus.
Our newest instructors in the making.
Our assistant instructors are exactly that - trainee instructors who assist our already qualified and experienced instructors at various classes and locations. Some of them aren't old enough to teach their own class yet and all of them have a few more years of training to complete before they're fully qualified.
14 year old Zak has been training with us since he was 3 years old.
He's a keen Martial Artist and trains in Karate, Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Zak is a keen competitor and has represented Great Britain in Karate and Kickboxing internationally at the World Martial Arts Games in Florida 2017 and the WTKA World Championships 2018 in Italy where he came away with several gold medals.
Look out for Zak at our Diss and Harleston classes.
Oliver (14) has been training with us since he was very small and is a keen Kata competitor. He has represented Great Britain in Kata at the World Martial Arts Games in Florida 2017.
Oliver assists Sensei Masie with the Diss class on Saturday mornings.