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Colin Cass

Head Instructor

Colin Cass brings a wealth of expertise and dedication to the Mindsparx Black Belt Academy, where he serves as Head Instructor. With a comprehensive background in martial arts, fitness, healthcare, and education, Colin is committed to fostering a supportive and empowering environment for all students.

Qualifications:
3rd Dan Black Belt Karate: A highly skilled martial artist with years of training and experience.
BCKA Approved Martial Arts Instructor: Dedicated to teaching and mentoring students in the art of karate.
Level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualification
Level 3 Personal Training & Nutrition Qualification
Food Safety Level 2 Qualification
Food Psychology for Mind & Body Qualification
Transformational Coach Diploma
Registered Nurse
Swimming Teacher - Level 1/2
First Aid Trainer Assessor
Level 3 Award in Education & Teaching
Bachelor's Degree in Adult Nursing
HNC in Healthcare

Professional Roles:
Business Co-owner - Mindsparx Black Belt Academy: Co-leading an academy dedicated to martial arts excellence and personal growth.
Business Co-owner - Northwind Healthcare Ltd: Co-managing a healthcare business that emphasizes quality care and service.

Certifications:
Enhanced Disclosure Obtained
Certified in NSPCC Child Protection
Certified in Anti-Bullying Alliance
Certified in Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport

Colin’s diverse qualifications reflect his holistic approach to health, fitness, and personal development. As a transformational coach, he integrates principles of food psychology, personal training, and martial arts to inspire students to achieve their best both physically and mentally.

With a strong foundation in adult nursing and healthcare, Colin emphasizes the importance of safety, well-being, and ethical teaching practices. His certifications in child protection and anti-bullying further ensure that the academy remains a safe and nurturing environment for all participants.

Whether guiding a karate class, leading a fitness session, or providing first aid training, Colin’s multifaceted expertise makes him a pivotal figure at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy. His commitment to excellence and personal growth inspires students and colleagues alike, fostering a community built on respect, discipline, and continuous improvement.

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Tracey Cass

Manager/ Lead Junior Instructor

Tracey, the Managing Director and Lead Junior Instructor at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her role. With a strong foundation in martial arts, health, education, and child protection, Tracey is committed to fostering a safe and empowering environment for all academy members.

Qualifications:
1st Dan Black Belt Karate: An accomplished martial artist dedicated to teaching and mentoring students in karate.
BCKA Approved Martial Arts Instructor: Committed to developing the skills and discipline of her students.
Level 3 First Aid Trainer Assessor Qualification
Level 3 Award in Education & Teaching Qualification
People, Work & Society Access Module – The Open University
Diploma in Body Massage

Professional Roles:
Business Co-owner - Mindsparx Black Belt Academy: Leading the academy with a focus on excellence in martial arts training and personal development.
Business Co-owner - Northwind Healthcare Ltd: Co-managing a healthcare business that prioritizes quality care and service.

Certifications:
Enhanced Disclosure Obtained
Certified in NSPCC Child Protection
Certified in Anti-Bullying Alliance
Certified in Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport
Safeguarding Officer

Additional Experience:
Former Childline Counsellor: Bringing valuable experience in child support and counselling to her role.
Tracey’s diverse qualifications and professional experience reflect her comprehensive approach to health, education, and personal growth. As a martial arts instructor and business leader, she integrates her knowledge of first aid, body massage, and educational practices to create a holistic learning environment.

Her certifications in child protection and anti-bullying, along with her role as a safeguarding officer, underscore her commitment to maintaining a safe and nurturing atmosphere at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy. Tracey's background as a Childline counsellor further enhances her ability to support and understand the needs of young students.

At Mindsparx Black Belt Academy, Tracey is dedicated to inspiring students through disciplined training, personal development, and a strong sense of community. Her leadership and expertise make her an invaluable asset to the academy, ensuring that all members can thrive in a supportive and dynamic environment.

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Barry Duncan

Instructor

Barry, an esteemed Instructor at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy, brings a solid background in martial arts and child protection to his role. His dedication to fostering a safe and supportive environment is evident through his extensive qualifications and commitment to student development.

Qualifications:
1st Dan Black Belt Karate: A skilled martial artist with a deep understanding of karate principles and techniques.
BCKA Approved Martial Arts Instructor: Recognized for his expertise and ability to effectively teach and mentor students.

Certifications:
Enhanced Disclosure Obtained
NSPCC Child Protection Qualification
Emergency First Aid at Work
Anti-Bullying Alliance Qualification

Barry’s comprehensive qualifications highlight his commitment to both the physical and emotional well-being of his students. As a 1st Dan Black Belt and BCKA Approved Martial Arts Instructor, he excels in teaching the discipline and skills of karate, ensuring each student reaches their full potential.

His certifications in child protection, emergency first aid, and anti-bullying reflect a strong dedication to creating a safe and supportive environment for all academy members. Barry's role at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy is not just about teaching martial arts; it's about fostering a community where students feel protected, encouraged, and empowered.

Through his expertise and compassionate approach, Barry contributes significantly to the nurturing and dynamic atmosphere at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy. His dedication ensures that every student can thrive both on and off the mat, learning valuable life skills that extend beyond martial arts training.

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Steph Watson

Instructor

Steph, an Instructor at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy, brings a unique combination of martial arts expertise and professional healthcare experience to her role. As the founder and lead instructor of Karate Kubz, she is dedicated to nurturing the youngest members of the academy, fostering early development and a love for martial arts.

Qualifications:
1st Dan Black Belt: A highly skilled martial artist with a deep commitment to karate.
Founder/Lead Instructor of Karate Kubz: Pioneered and leads the parent and child class designed for children aged 2-4 years.
BCKA Approved Martial Arts Instructor: Recognized for her ability to effectively teach and mentor students.

Certifications:
Enhanced Disclosure Obtained
NSPCC Child Protection Qualification
Emergency First Aid at Work
Anti-Bullying Alliance Qualification

Professional Experience:
Intensive Care Physiotherapist: Brings valuable healthcare experience and knowledge, enhancing her approach to teaching and student well-being.

Steph's diverse qualifications and professional background reflect her comprehensive approach to martial arts instruction. As a 1st Dan Black Belt and BCKA Approved Martial Arts Instructor, she excels in teaching karate with a focus on discipline, technique, and personal growth. Her role as the founder and lead instructor of Karate Kubz demonstrates her dedication to early childhood development, creating a fun and engaging environment for young children and their parents.

Her certifications in child protection, emergency first aid, and anti-bullying underscore her commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all students. As an Intensive Care Physiotherapist, Steph brings an added layer of care and understanding to her teaching, ensuring the physical well-being of her students.

At Mindsparx Black Belt Academy, Steph is dedicated to inspiring and empowering students of all ages. Her expertise, coupled with her compassionate and holistic approach, makes her an invaluable member of the academy, fostering a community built on respect, discipline, and continuous improvement.

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John Stewart

Instructor

John, an Instructor and Competition Team Coach at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy, brings a unique blend of martial arts expertise and military discipline to his role. His extensive qualifications and background reflect his commitment to excellence and the holistic development of his students.

Qualifications:
1st Dan Black Belt Karate: A proficient martial artist with in-depth knowledge of karate techniques and principles.
Competition Team Coach: Skilled in preparing and guiding students for competitive martial arts events.

Certifications:
Enhanced Disclosure Obtained
NSPCC Child Protection Qualification
Emergency First Aid at Work
Anti-Bullying Alliance Qualification

Additional Experience:
Former Serving Royal Marine: Brings a wealth of experience in discipline, leadership, and physical training from his military background.

John's qualifications emphasize his dedication to both the physical and emotional well-being of his students. As a 1st Dan Black Belt and Competition Team Coach, he is adept at teaching karate and preparing students for competitive success. His military background as a former Royal Marine adds a layer of discipline, resilience, and leadership to his coaching style.

His certifications in child protection, emergency first aid, and anti-bullying ensure that he creates a safe and supportive environment for all students. John’s approach at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy goes beyond martial arts instruction, focusing on building confidence, discipline, and a strong sense of community.

Through his expertise and dedication, John plays a crucial role in the success and development of both individual students and the competition team at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy. His commitment ensures that every student can achieve their best, both in training and in life.

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Lynzi Souter

Reception Lead/Administrator/Class Helper

Lynzi serves as the Lead Receptionist, Administrator, and Class Helper at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy. Her role is pivotal in ensuring the smooth operation of the academy, while her qualifications and dedication contribute to a safe and welcoming environment for all members.

Professional Roles:
Lead Receptionist: The first point of contact for students and parents, providing excellent customer service and managing administrative tasks.
Administrator: Oversees the daily operations of the academy, ensuring efficiency and organization.
Class Helper: Assists instructors during classes, contributing to a supportive and effective learning environment.

Certifications:
Enhanced Disclosure Obtained
NSPCC Child Protection Qualification
Emergency First Aid at Work
Anti-Bullying Alliance Qualification

Lynzi's comprehensive qualifications reflect her commitment to maintaining a safe and nurturing environment at Mindsparx Black Belt Academy. Her Enhanced Disclosure, child protection training, first aid skills, and anti-bullying certification ensure that she is well-equipped to handle any situation that may arise, prioritizing the well-being of all academy members.

In her role as Lead Receptionist and Administrator, Lynzi is essential in managing the administrative functions of the academy, from handling inquiries to organizing schedules and maintaining records. Her efficiency and attention to detail help create a seamless experience for students and their families.

As a Class Helper, Lynzi supports the instructors during classes, ensuring that sessions run smoothly and effectively. Her presence enhances the learning experience, providing additional support and care to students.

Lynzi's dedication, professionalism, and compassionate approach make her an invaluable member of the Mindsparx Black Belt Academy team. Her contributions ensure that the academy remains a positive, organized, and supportive environment for everyone involved.