Chief Instructor John Titchen – Founder, DART Karate
One of the UK’s foremost self protection and practical karate instructors, John Titchen is best known internationally for his highly acclaimed safe self defence scenario training and his critically acclaimed books and blog on traditional karate kata application and self protection.
John’s seminars, books, youtube videos and articles are very popular worldwide with those in the know amongst the growing number of groups and individuals looking to enhance their training through a pragmatic and safe approach to effective self defence. John writes articles on self defence and applied karate for his blog, and travels internationally to deliver self protection and karate seminars in addition to teaching regular self defence classes in High Wycombe.
John gained his first Black Belt in Shotokan Karate with the English Shotokan Karate Association in 1995 under Shihan Roger Hall 8th Dan. A former University and Secondary school teacher and co-curricular education specialist, John now has over 20 years experience of teaching in the field of martial arts and self protection, and has taught seminars in Canada, Europe and the USA.
John holds a number of different coaching and instructor qualifications and various Dan grades in Shotokan Karate and AoDenkou Jitsu and is registered as an instructor with the British Combat Karate Association and the British Combat Association. John has always had a passion for research and has shared his knowledge in interviews with Combat Magazine and Martial Arts Planet and as a regular columnist for Traditional Karate Magazine and the ezine Jissen. John has been recognised as the leading provider of safe scenario training for self defence in the UK. You can read more about John on his personal website here.
Written in 2004, John’s first book Heian Flow System: effective karate kata bunkai was published in 2007. In 2014 and 2015 John published his new internationally best selling four part book series Pinan Flow System: karate kata application for beginner to black belt and in 2016 he published his sixth book: Karate and Self Defence – Selected Articles. John featured as one of the guest authors in the 2018 book The Problem of Practical Karate. In 2020 John published his seventh book: Karate Beyond Kata – melting ice into water.
In addition to his research projects, international seminars and karate classes with the Practical Karate Association in High Wycombe and Princes Risborough John engages in voluntary work supporting expeditions with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. John has an enhanced CRB/DBS, undertakes regular safeguarding and child protection training, has up to date first aid qualifications and is fully insured.
Instructor Haaqan Chaudry – 1st Dan DART
Haaqan first began his martial arts training in Karate at a children’s club in High Wycombe, learning sport karate, but switched to training in DART for self defence at the RGS High Wycombe club as a teenager in January 2009.
Haaqan is John’s longest personal student and has accumulated a great deal of experience in his methods having trained with him as a private student in DART as well as helping with book and video projects as a demonstration partner. Haaqan can be seen as one of the technique demonstraors in the Pinan Flow System series of Karate books. Haaqan has extensive experience of utilising his soft and physical skills in scenario training, working with martial artists from across the country. In March 2017 Haaqan graded to Shodan in DART Karate.
Haaqan is a qualified medical doctor and is currently engaged in research at Oxford University.
Instructor Mikolaj Lenczewski – 1st Dan DART
Mikolaj began training in DART for self defence at the RGS High Wycombe club as a teenager in September 2015. Since that time he has trained at both the RGS Club and the evening classes in addition to cross training with HAVOC Founder Jay Cooper, HAVOC UK Instructor Simon Sheridan, and attending seminars in Ju Jitsu with Sensei Alan Murphy, kickboxing with Coach Lei Bridges, and BJJ with Scottish MMA fighter Tom Hepburn.
In September 2020 Mikolaj graded to Shodan in DART Karate. Mikolaj acts as a support coach for John and Haaqan.
Mikolaj is currently a student at Manchester University.
Instructor Mateusz Lenczewski – 1st Dan DART
Mateusz began training in DART for self defence at the RGS High Wycombe club in September 2015. Since that time he has trained at both the RGS Club and the evening classes in addition to cross training with HAVOC Founder Jay Cooper, HAVOC UK Instructor Simon Sheridan, and attending seminars in BJJ with Scottish MMA fighter Tom Hepburn.
In September 2020 Mateusz graded to Shodan in DART Karate. Mateusz acts as a support coach for John and Haaqan.
Mateusz is currently an A Level student.