The Dojo was established in 1990, by current Principal Coach Neil Butkeraitis. ‘Dojo’ is the Japanese term which means ‘place of the way’ and is used for immersive learning and meditation for Martial Arts.
Throughout the years The Dojo’s membership and reputation has grown becoming one of the leading establishments for teaching Martial Arts for competitions, self-defence and fitness.
We teach two styles of Martial Arts, each style is suitable for all age ranges and we cater for beginners through to professional fighters.
Neil is the founder of The Dojo, he currently holds a 4th Dan Black Belt and has a background in Wado-Ryu and full/semi contact kick boxing. Neil has been training since the age of 9 and in his competition career he has won many national titles as well as being the British millennium champion he has also represented England on more than one occasion. Neil is also a recognised KRU (teacher) in Muay Thai & Boran, and is recognised by Thailands Ministry of Culture through the Kru Association. He is also an active member of the WMO.
Upon leaving full time education, I took part in a modern apprenticeship scheme in hospitality. During this time, I learnt numerous different skills in reception and catering which lead to me qualifying as a Reception Supervisor and being multiskilled in all areas of hospitality. I continued in this role for 10 years after completing my training until I decided a change was needed. Upon leaving this role I joined The Dojo team in June 2007. Since joining the team, I have implemented a number of different processes and procedures that ensure an accurate account of students attendance for when gradings take place. I am also the friendly and welcoming face of The Dojo, both on a day to day basis as well as at the numerous competitions and demonstrations we hold. Having worked at The Dojo for over 10 years I have seen numerous students come through our doors who have completed various stages of training; with some reaching the pinnacle of achieving black belt status.
Phil has been at member of the dojo for 22 years and hold a 2nd Dan Blackbelt at the club. Phil is a full time coach, teaching several classes as well as maintaining his own training in both kickboxing/karate and Muay Thai. He has travelled to Thailand to train at the Fairtex gym. He currently holds a White Mongkol in Muay Boran.
He is well respected at the club and has competed at many kickboxing competitions all over the U.K and has won many titles including a British title in 2007. In 2008 he competed in Orlando at the Disney martial arts festival.
Since starting in 2004, Conor has been an active and dedicated member of the club. Achieving his 1st dan in 2012 and then recently his 2nd dan in 2017, Conor has also represented the club at many events throughout the years as a mainstay of the demonstration squad. Through this, Conor has developed a wealth of experience using several different weapons along with showcasing the sport to large audiences. Since the age of 14, Conor has been a member of the Saturday coaching team as well as teaching his own classes seeing students from their red belt to their black belt.
I started dojo in 2009 at the age of 8 and got my black belt 8 years later in December 2017. I always had an interest in taking up a self defence sport and found the dojo to be the best place to learn new skills and develop myself better in the style. I started assistant coaching in 2012 and became a full time coach in 2017, and I’ve loved getting the chance to help the younger belts through all the challenges I previously faced trying to get the belts they are aiming for.
I first started kickboxing on the 9th of July 2004 when I was 10 years of age, due to having lack of confidence and self esteem, my parents thought it would be a good idea to get me started into martial arts. Then on I started achieving my belts, starting from 19th September 2004 when I was awarded my red belt and finally my greatest achievement was receiving my black belt on 19th December 2015. In between getting my belts I did my work experience when I was 15 years old which kick started my coaching experience, starting off as an assistant coach it helped me build my confidence and learn all the skills to be a coach. After I finished school I went to college and studied fitness instructing ymca level 2 where I did my apprenticeship as a full time coach at the dojo.
I have been training at the DOJO for around 23 years and since then have seen young individuals go from beginners to black belt. I graded to 1st Dan on the 30/6/01 and must say it one the hardest things I have endured in my life, but a great sense of achievement. During my time at the DOJO I have taken part in inter –club & open competitions wining medals in both area’s.
Also I hold a 1st Dan in Tang Soo Do & and a 1st Dan in Taekwondo which has assisted me in adapting the DOJO.
I am part of coaching team within the dojo and feel privileged to be able train beginners and up and coming students.
I have been coming to the dojo for nearly 7 years, having started in 2011 and after 5 years I achieved my black belt in 2015. At around this time I was encouraged to start coaching to pass on the knowledge I had learned to the one day future blackbelts of the dojo. I thoroughly enjoy coaching as I am able to help younger students improve their technique and as a result of this have in turn improved my own. I started at the dojo when I was 9 and quickly acquired the nickname “Chaos” after it was revealed during a grading that Neil couldn’t say my name properly and that nickname appears to have stuck. I plan to remain at the dojo for a long time to come and hopefully one day be able to teach my own class.
Lee has been a student at the dojo for 12 months now and has recently joined the team assisting in classes.Lee has studied a wide range of martial arts from the age of 8. These styles include taekwondo, kickboxing, k1 and muay thai. Lees main experience is K1 where he has competed in both competitions and interclubs. He also has previous coaching assistance experience in k1, and then progressed to teach independently on class cover. Around 3 years ago when taking an interest in Muay Thai classes, Lee decided that his passion was for Muay Thai and that he wanted to to concentrate on developing his Muay Thai skills and knowledge.