SEF Instructors

  Mike Harwood

Chief Instructor and First Aider

I joined the South London Karate Club at the age of 12 in 1985, Under the supervision of John Fewins. Being a type 1 Diabetic didn’t stop me and each belt was a new challenge.
I gained my Black Belt aged 16 in 1989. This gave me a huge incentive to teach other people the discipline of JIYU RYU. First of all In 2004 I finally started my own club ‘Chislehurst Freestyle Karate’  which was success therefore I opened another club 4 years later, for that reason I changed the name to ‘South East Freestyle Karate’.

We now train at Orpington Rugby Football Club, Leesons Way, BR5 2QB.
I hold a 5th DAN Black Belt which I received in 2012, making me SHIHAN Fewins highest Graded student. I’ve been teaching students of all ages for 26+ years and continue to work closely with new DAN grades within the club to improve Jiyu Ryu.

I’ve arranged numerous events for the club These include several demonstrations one with Cobra Martial Arts Association on their Summer Course, displays, workshops, photo shoot’s and articles for magazines so that the club and style have a healthy future. I have also organized trips for the students to Martial Arts event, show and competition I also arrange regular first aid courses.

I take pride in teaching the students at the ‘South East Freestyle Karate’. Seeing the students progress through the grading’s, grow in confidence and ability, gives me a huge sense of achievement and have had several Student’s go from White belt to Dan graded Black Belts.

Cavan Murray

Nidan 2nd DAN
Instructor and First Aider

I joined SEF in 2008 at the age of 10, I quickly found my confidence and discipline improving. The outstanding levels of teaching has helped me to work my way up to a 1st dan black belt which I achieved in November 2013.

The good and welcoming atmosphere of the club has helped me to meet new people and make life long friends. I now teach karate to other students which I love doing. When I teach karate it makes me feel good knowing that I am helping others to work towards something that is important to them. I enjoy teaching as it also widens my knowledge and confidence. The club is huge part of my life and has defiantly helped to shape the person I am today.