Jaki McVicar

American Kenpo Karate instructor

Based in
Torquay, United Kingdom
Jaki McVicar | American Kenpo Karate instructor

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I am a 7th Degree Black Belt and Senior Professor of American Kenpo Karate. The system that I teach and study is the Parker Kenpo Karate 24 System.

I began training in the Martial Arts in 1965 firstly in Judo then in Shotokan before taking up Kenpo in July 1978 I was awarded my Black Belt in 1983.
I am a founder member of The British Kenpo Karate Association (B.K.K.A). In 1996 the B.K.K.A Senior Council elected to join Professor Jeff Speakman’s American Kenpo Karate Systems (A.K.K.S).
I was awarded my 7th Degree Black Belt by Senior Professor Jeff Speakman at his International Training Camp, Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2008, and am very proud to be his UK Director for his American Kenpo Karate Systems (A.K.K.S).

Born in Torquay, and I am a full time professional instructor and run the Torquay Kenpo Karate Academy which I founded in 1981. I worked for seven years as a SIA Registered door steward (citizen ejection technician!!) in one of Torquay's biggest night-clubs. I have taught at Kenpo training camps throughout the UK and Europe as well as Las Vegas, USA.

* I have won numerous competitions and have held British and European titles in Fighting, Team-Fighting, Kenpo Forms and Kenpo Self-Defence Techniques both within the Kenpo world and in Open Competition.
* 30 years of experience in American Kenpo Karate, 28 years teaching.
* have featured in Martial Arts Illustrated, Combat and Fighters Magazines.
* am the highest ranking female A.K.K.S Instructor in Europe.

My forte is Techniques and Forms. She says "In my formative years of training I was obsessed with getting it right, I perfected my stances and basic fundamentals until they were technically correct. I was very lucky to have as my training partners Professor Gary Ellis and Professor Mervyn Ormand - both big men! When you are big you only need a portion of your power to stop someone in their tracks, when you are smaller you have to hit with your entire body, not just a part or you will not get the desired effect. It was due to the perfection of stances and basics to ensure that every time I struck I was employing all the correct principles of motion and force that I was able to achieve that goal, to stop them!

I very much work on multiple movement and grafting techniques, which is to take bits and pieces of techniques and graft them on demand. The difference being not thinking a specific technique but rather going with the basics you have learned and creating a continious flow of motion. I find that many of my students can perform my made up techniques better than the written techniques. I believe it is due to the fact that they have continual flow and their brains are not putting full stops to the motion thus inhibiting their flow. Of course from a street situation we know that if you hit your initial moves the opponent would not be there for the rest but as I always say what if he is? You need backup, you have to continue your action if he is still active which is where the multiple movement comes in, as Mr Parker used to say "It’s not overkill its over skill".

I really enjoy the freedom of movement, its pure geometry in motion, look at the universal pattern, Kenpo should be fun, that’s what I try and put over.
Jaki is insured, CRB checked, [Criminal Record Bureau is an executive agency of the Home Office which vets applications for people who want to work with children and vulnerable people], and First Aid Trained.


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


We hold try out lessons at first to see if Kenpo is for you £3 for children and £5 for Adults. When you join you get a free uniform, we train Mondays & Wednesdays 6:45 - 7:30 pm for Juniors 8 - 9pm for Seniors. We charge by the month, [discounts or more than 1 in a family].

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