Jaki McVicar 8th Degree Black Belt and Associate Master of the Arts
Jaki began her training in the Martial Arts in 1965 firstly in Judo then in Shotokan before taking up Kenpo in 1979 she tested to Black Belt in 1982 with Rainer Schulte, European Director for the International Kenpo Karate Association [IKKA].
Instructed and Tested by 10th Degree Black Belt Grandmaster Ed Parker the founder of Kenpo Karate for her 2nd in 1985.
Tested for 3rd Degree ranks in 1989 via the IKKA.
Tested to 4th Degree by 7th Degree Black Belt John Sepulveda in 1993 via the IKKA.
Tested to 5th Degree by 7th Degree Black Belt John Sepulveda in 1997 via AKKS
Awarded her 6th Degree by 7th Degree Black Belt Jeff Speakman at his International Training Camp, Las Vegas, Nevada in June
Awarded her 7th Degree Black Belt by 7th Degree Black Belt Jeff Speakman at his International Training Camp, Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2008,
Awarded her 8th Degree Black Belt by 9th Degree Black Belt Jeff Speakman and at his International Training Camp, Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2014,
Born in Torquay, a full time professional instructor Jaki runs the McVicar Kenpo Karate Academy which she founded in 1981. Jaki also worked for seven years as a SIA Registered door steward (citizen ejection technician!!) in one of Torquay's biggest night-clubs. Considered to be one of the top American Kenpo Karate instructors in Europe she has taught at Kenpo training camps throughout the UK and Europe as well as Las Vegas, USA.
Has 39 years of experience in American Kenpo Karate, 37 years teaching.
Has won numerous competitions and 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.
Has featured in Martial Arts Illustrated, Combat and Fighters Magazines.
Is a founder member and Head Instructor of the Senior Council of The British Kenpo Karate Association (B.K.K.A).
Is one of the highest ranking female Kenpo Instructor's in Europe/USA.
Jaki takes great pride in teaching a tough but achievable adult program that contains the perfect mix of theory and sweat. Her classes are fast paced, gratifying and always educational. Very detail oriented, which shows in the demonstration of techniques, forms and sets. Her insights and experience are evidenced by her ability to effectively demonstrate the principals of Kenpo. Her priority is to help students gain a better understanding of their current skill level and beyond.
Jakiís forte is Techniques, Forms and Grafted Motion [taking bits and pieces of techniques and grafting 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. 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 we 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 "Itís not overkill its over skill". Jaki really enjoys the freedom of movement, its pure geometry in motion, look at the universal pattern, Kenpo should be fun, thatís what she tries to put across.
II would never be able to run the Academy effectively without the efforts of of my fellow Instructor's. At the drop of a hat they are always there to support me in any way they can. What can I say!, I consider myself to be privilaged to have such, humble and talented students their unwavering loyalty and dedication is humbling, I am extremely proud of them all. Jaki McVicar
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