About Our Karate ClubECKA Core Kickboxing is based around Milton Keynes and we pride ourselves on being a friendly club and an enjoyable environment to train in for beginners through to advanced levels.
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About The Instructors
Sensei Lauren receiving her 4th dan black belt from Chief Instructor Sensei Dev Barrett.
Sensei Lauren Cronin has been training from the age of eleven, gaining her 1st dan black belt at the age of 15 in 2003, and has since trained on to take her 2nd dan in 2006, 3rd dan in 2011 and was most recently awarded her 4th dan black belt in 2017.
Sensei Lauren has competed in many different competitions, competing in semi contact and continuous fighting as well as full contact and freeforms. Achievements include:
- First place in the girls continuous national championships
- First places in ladies continuous national championships
- First places in ladies semi contact national championships
- 4th Dan Black Belt
- ECKA Forms National Champion
- ECKA Class ‘C’ Referee
Sensei Lauren is first aid qualified, DBS checked and a WAKO qualified instructor and has completed CACHE Level 2 in Understanding Mental Health in Children and Young People.
Sensei Josh receiving his black belt from Sensei Lauren in 2018.
Sensei Josh Collins has been training with the English Contact Karate Association since 2013, achieving his 1st dan black belt with the association in 2018 and most recent achieved his 2nd dan black belt in September 2022, becoming the club’s first student to reach this level. Sensei Josh has been instructing at the club since then and regularly competes in points, continuous and forms. He is also progressing into refereeing and is the club’s Head of IT.
Sensei Josh is also first aid qualified, DBS checked and a WAKO qualified instructor.
Sensei Shauna receiving her black belt from Chief Instructor Sensei Dev in 2021.
Sensei Shauna Boland-Rhodes has been training under Sensei Laure since 2015 and achieved her 1st dan black belt with the ECKA in 2021. Sensei Shauna has been assisting within the club leading up to her black belt and is known for having a great hip throw and being a very confident fighter. Sensei Shauna is also in charge of the club’s social media posts and marketing.
Sensei Shauna is also DBS checked and a WAKO insured instructor.
Sensei Tesh receiving his black belt from Chief Instructor Sensei Dev in 2021
Sensei Tesh Panikker first started training with his son in 2011 and was one of the club’s first adult members. Sensei Tesh passed his 1st dan black belt with the association in 2021. Sensei Tesh is an enthusiastic instructor within in the club and is the club’s longest serving member!