Shihan Jeffrey Darvill-Bessent

Born in 1966, Shihan Bessent is the founder of the Shinseikyu Karate Academy. He started his training in 1979 and in 1985, he achieved the rank of Shodan (1st Dan).

Later, in 1992 he earned the rank of Nidan (2nd Dan) and moved on to becoming Sandan (3rd Dan) in 1995. After years of practice and hard work, Shihan Bessent achieved the Yondan (4th Dan) rank in 1999, followed by Godan (5th Dan) in 2005. He got the Rokudan (6th Dan) rank in 2012 along with the honorary title of Shihan (Master), in 2020 Shihan was Awarded 7th Dan in Karate.

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Sensei Neil Methven

Sensei Methven started training in 1984 and moved on to become Shodan in 1988. Later, he achieved the rank of Nidan and got the rank of Sandan in 1999, Yondan was in 2006 & 5th Dan in 2019.

Sensei Methven teaches at the Harpenden Dojo as well as Teaching at the Honbu (Head) Dojo in Harlow & on special Courses for the Academy

Mark Parrot

Sempei Mark Parrott

Sempei Mark started training in 2016 after his Daughter was attending an after school class run by the Academy, He initially started training with Shihan on a 1-2-1 basis in private lessons as well as attending evening classes.

In 2019 alongside Sempei Dave he took over the teaching at the Honbu Dojo on Saturdays & on Mondays.

He is an inventive teacher & always looking at new ways to get the bests out of the students.


Sempei Dave Bentley

Sempei Dave started in 2016 after bringing his Son & daughter to classes for 10 years, after his Son achieved black belt he decided to take up Karate having done some Judo in his youth.

In 2019 he alongside Sempei Mark took over the Saturday classes, Sempei Dave has great patience when teaching as well as being one of the most successful competitors the Academy has produced.


Sempei Tony Borges

Sempei Tony assists at the Friday after school class and again took up Karate after bringing his son to the Academy & decided to take up Karate after thinking about it for 6 months.


Sensei Terry Daly

Terry’s credentials as a karate teacher are hard to match. In addition to being a respected karate teacher, Terry has had a lot of success at competition level in the sport, being an English and British champion himself, Terry also represented England and Great Britain at European and world level in karate. He was the tutor of nine times world champion Wayne Otto, who subsequently has gone on to be the national coach for England and Norway. Terry also saw success with his students when Great Britain won the Karate World Championships – where two of his students were in the team.

Sensei Daly & Shihan Have been friends for many years & Shihan Holds Sensei Daly in the highest regard.


Safeguarding & Welfare Officer Karen

Karen has worked in the childcare industry for over 20 years, including 3 years in Pre-school management and has 9 years experience as a Designated Safeguarding Officer.

She has for 15 years been assessing and teaching young people and adults Childcare, Health and Social care qualifications. The last five years have been teaching and supporting young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities maths and life skills.

Contact her on 07923417316 or call

The Academy Junior Sempei Program

The Academy has a Junior Coaching programme for students who we feel would make great role models for the other students, we cannot publish their pictures for Child protection purposes

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