Ken is a full time Tai Chi instructor who has
been studying the art for fourteen years. He has obtained five
gold medals in Tui Shou which include the Cheng Man Ching Open
2002 in France and the Zhong Ding International Push Hands
Competition 2003 in Malaysia.
Prior to taking up Tai Chi, Ken studied Taekwondo and only
came to take a Tai Chi class because a few friends were
attending and he decided to join them. It was at this point that
he met his first Sifu, the late Ian Cassettari with who he
studied Chen Man Ching Tai Chi with for 6 years. He subsequently
became an "inside the door" student of Ian.
As his experience in the art grew, Ken had the opportunity to
travel to Malaysia in 2003 to study with Master Nigel Sutton.
This was an opportunity to grow his Tai Chi skills and to also
study Baguazang and Xing Yi Quan. He continues with these arts
today and they have proved to be useful tools to help further
develop his Tai Chi.
A further trip to Malaysia in 2006 provided the opportunity to
study Silat Tua with Guru Zainal Abidin and Master Nigel Sutton
which has further extended his Martial Arts portfolio. In
addition to this, he has also studied Capoeira, Hapkido and
Aikido in the UK .
He returned to Malaysia in 2008 for the Zhong Ding 20th Anniversary
and had the opportunity to complete additional studies with Nigel
and also Master Lau Kim Hong. He intends to return for the 25th
celebration next year with his own students to help them further
develop their art.
As part of his martial development he has also studied the arts of
Shaolin, Capoeira, Hapkido and Aikido in the UK. He is also a Reiki
Master, qualified Reflexologist, and Masseur.
Ken is a fully qualified teacher in the lifelong learning sector and
currently works with people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities,
mental health issues and those recovering from substance misuse. His philosophy
follows that of his late teacher, Ian Cassettari and Master Chen Man Ching in
that Tai Chi is for everyone.
He believes stress is big sickness in the West and Tai Chi can
reduce stress and improve self esteem. He is currently starting
a programme teaching children and hopes by teaching kids, it
will catch them while they are young and reduce possible health
issues occurring as adults.
Ken also teaches his own private classes, adult education classes and also delivers
seminars at all Zhong Ding National events. He is the pushing hands coach for the
Zhong Ding National Squad which has had a number of successes in competition.
In addition to his martial arts teaching, he also delivers courses in Reiki, meditation,
stress relief, film making and singing. He has coached the Sutton Centre Adult Education
choir and students within the Skills for Independent Living area of the College to prepare
them for the local “Sounds of the Community Event” where he also performed with a number
of the groups. His film making courses have led him to work with learners to produce
information guides for the County Council and produce event videos for Sutton Centre
Community College. He is currently furthering his studies in this area and formalising
his film-making skills.
Ken is a highly valued member of his local community and has been described as a "social entrepreneur".
He is a member of the Sutton-in-Ashfield town planning group, working on fundraising initiatives to
regenerate the local area. He is an accomplished film maker and has produced the video bid for
funding to transform the centre of the town.
Since Ian Cassettari's passing, Ken is now an "inside the door" student of Darren Roberts
and has three of his own "inside the door" students, who compete regularly and hope to
have as many successes in competition as their teacher.