Martin Gosling met Ms. McVicar in Las Vegas
Jaki McVicar is a 7th Degree Black Belt and Senior Professor of American Kenpo Karate.
Jaki began her training in the Martial Arts in 1965 firstly in Judo then in Shotokan before taking up Kenpo in July 1979 she was awarded her Black Belt in 1983. Instructed and Ranked by 10th Degree Black Belt Ed Parker the founder of Kenpo Karate.
Awarded her 7th Degree Black Belt by Senior Professor Jeff Speakman at his International Training Camp, Las Vegas, Nevada in June 2008, she is the proud UK Director for Jeff Speakman’s American Kenpo Karate Systems (A.K.K.S).
Born in Torquay, a full time professional instructor Jaki runs the Torquay Kenpo Karate Academy which she founded in 1981. From 1997 she 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 32 years of experience in American Kenpo Karate, 30 years teaching.
- Has during the years won numerous competitions and has 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 the highest ranking female A.K.K.S Instructor in Europe.
- Is a founder member of the Senior Council of The British Kenpo Karate Association (B.K.K.A).
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.
Jaki’s 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 “It’s 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, that’s what she tries to put across.
You are always welcome to visit our UK Kenpo school and see Ms. McVicar herself (http://mcvicarkenpoacademy.co.uk)