Chief Instructor John Titchen – Founder, DART Karate – 6th Dan Shotokan
John teaches self protection and karate seminars internationally. He is also an instructor at the DART and Kyohan Shotokan Karate classes in High Wycombe. One of the UK’s foremost self protection and practical karate instructors, John is best known internationally for his books.
John gained his first Black Belt in Shotokan Karate with the English Shotokan Karate Association in 1995 under Shihan Roger Hall 8th Dan and currently holds a 6th Dan with the BCKA and the EKF in addition to his rank in DART.
John is a former University and Secondary school teacher, first aid instructor, military instructor and co-curricular education specialist. He has over 30 years experience of training in martial arts and self protection and has taught seminars in Canada, Europe and the USA. John’s books on Karate and Self Defence have sold on five continents.
John has a broad range of coaching and instructor qualifications in Self Defence and Conflict Management. He is registered and insured as an instructor with The Combat Group. John has been interviewed by Combat Magazine and Martial Arts Planet and used to be a regular columnist for Traditional Karate Magazine and the ezine Jissen. He is also one of the leading providers of safe scenario training for self defence in the UK. You can read more about John on his personal website here.
John has an enhanced DBS and undertakes regular safeguarding and child protection training. He is one of the Designated Safeguarding Leads with the Practical Karate Association. John is a qualified first aid instructor and is fully insured. He is a full time writer and coach in the fields of Personal safety and Karate. In his free time he volunteers with the RAF Air Cadets.
Instructor Paul McGuire – 3rd Dan Shotokan
Paul started his karate journey in 1986 when his father enrolled him in the local Wado-Ryu karate school. This early experience gave him a lifelong interest in martial arts and self protection.
After a break, Paul began training in Shotokan karate with his eldest daughter and they both qualified to 1st Dan in 2016. Paul has a keen interest in applied karate and enjoys attending seminars focused on using karate for effective self defence. He has also enjoys training with other noteworthy Karate instructors such as Bill Burgar, Leigh Simms, Iain Abernethy, Dom Came, and Les Bubka.
Paul continues his own Shotokan Karate training and instructor development and gained his 2nd Dan in 2018. He began training with the Kyohan Shotokan group on a regular basis in Autumn 2019. Paul graded to 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate Instructor rank in November 2022. He has taken part in a number of Sim Days with John Titchen and enjoys sparring with the DART black belts and coaching others.
Paul now splits his martial arts interests between teaching and training Shotokan karate and applied training around the Pinan Flow / DART system. He has an enhanced DBS , undertakes regular safeguarding training and is a Designated Safeguarding Lead for the PKA.
Paul works as a software specialist.