We use a team of senior students to assist the chief instructor with all our little lions classes. Our philosophy is based on years of experience of our little ones responding better to young friendly smiling faces. Our team are all trainee instructors on our Association coaching programme with years of Karate experience and competition success - always an inspiration to our lions.

Did you know?
Many of our little lions coaching team started their Karate journey in the little lions class, including our chief instructor.


little lions chief instructor - Sensei emmy knight - 3rd Dan

Started Karate aged 3


Emmy has been training in Karate for many years, the first graduate of the little lions club and has a wealth of experience gained from training with many highly respected instructors including Sensei's: Nukina, Nishimura, Okumachi, Vince Parker and many more. She began her training privately at home with her mom, Becky and later privately with Sakagami Sensei 8th Dan. She has attended hundreds of traditional and sport Karate courses.


She has competed all over the world winning over 150 medals and an amazing 14 international medals including world cup bronze and 6 european golds in both Kata and Kumite disciplines.


See Sensei Emmy's full bio and list of achievements at our Association site by clicking here


little lions assistant - Sensei kelsey evans - 2nd Dan

Started Karate aged 5


Kelsey has been training in Karate for 10 years and has travelled all over the UK and internationally competing in Kata and Kumite. So far she has won over 20 medals with one being a Wado European Bronze.


She started Karate after watching Karate Kid and begged her parents to take her to Karate classes. Kelsey was awarded her 1st Dan senior black belt aged 12 being one of the youngest students at Sakura to take a Dan grading. She has been assistant to Sensei Emmy in the little lions classes for 3 years. Kelsey is also another graduate of the little lions club.


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little lions administrator - Natalie Holloway

Reception and Admin duties


Natalie is a qualified teaching assistant with many years experience with children. She is a qualified 1st Aider and child protection officer. Natalie is the administrator for Shadow Karate Squad.