At the Black Belt Academy we have an excellent coaching team. Led by our Master Instructor Richard Olpin, our ‘Leadership Team’ have all been training at least 10 years each and have many years of coaching experience.

We have male, female and junior instructors who all work as a team under the direct supervision of Master Olpin who sets the syllabus requirements

The leadership team (and other black belts who assist with coaching) look after many of the junior and beginner classes. Master Olpin coaches the senior classes himself.

Meet the Team!

Richard Olpin

Richard Olpin

Master Instructor

6th Degree Black Belt
Founder/Chief Instructor

Master Olpin is our chief instructor and examiner.  He founded the school in 1995 and has overall responsibility for our training syllabus and instructor training.  He teaches most of the adult classes and oversees the coaching team who look after our juniors and beginner members.

More information on Master Olpin’s coaching background here

"An instructor who is taking Martial arts into the 21st century" "Master Olpin provides a superb role model for the children" "Master Olpin cares about every individual that walks into the dojo!" "Master Olpin manages to bring out the best in anyone who trains with him." "He has a great way of teaching to help everything memorable and has brought a whole new outlook on the way I see life."

Shirley Williamson

Shirley Williamson

Programme Director

3rd Degree Black Belt
Assistant Instructor
12 Years Training

Robbie Hirst

Robbie Hirst

Junior Instructor

2nd Degree Black Belt
Junior instructor
12 Years Active Training

Andy Wheeler

Andy Wheeler

Leadership Team

1st Degree Black Belt
Leadership Team
15 Years Training

Phil Munyard

Phil Munyard

Coach in training..

1st Degree Black Belt
5 Years Training

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