Our Team

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Ensuring the best for your training


At Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy you will meet a variety of different people depending on which classes you choose and which days you train on.

All the team are committed to ensuring the best for your training and for your children’s safety happiness and improvement in their skills. All coaches are fully qualified Martial Arts coaches with many years of experience of teaching Martial Arts.

Without exception, all of our staff are DBS checked to an enhanced level, First Aid trained, properly insured and qualified as martial arts coaches or fitness coaches as appropriate. Being a high belt at a Martial Arts isn’t enough, all of our Martial Arts coaches have specific qualifications to safely teach Martial Arts that covers health and safety, how to coach adults and children, protection of children from abuse, lesson planning and risk management.

Our coaches regularly attend courses from external providers such as Sport England ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children,’ ‘Equity in your coaching,’ ‘Long Term Athlete Development,’ Coaching Athletes with Disabilities.’ Several of our coaches are also qualified to formally coach other coaches to improve their skills and knowledge.

Our coaches all must regularly take part in advanced Martial Arts classes/courses at an advanced technical level to ensure that they are still enhancing and building upon their own skills.

Lindsey and Bryan Andrews

Lindsey and Bryan married in 1997, and with a shared passion for the Martial Arts they own and have run Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy since 1991 and have over 60 years of Martial Arts experience between them.

After spending years running a busy home life with 3 children, commuting to their jobs and teaching Martial Arts part time on evenings and weekends in various locations around Basingstoke, they finally decided to take the plunge and devote themselves wholeheartedly to securing their own premises and to run their school full time from one central location, so in December 2009 Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy opened its doors as a full time dedicated school.

The club is essentially a family friendly Martial Arts club with the central core being a couple who are dedicated to professionally teaching full time passing on their skills and knowledge to their students, and although the team has substantially grown over since those early years, it has grown with those same values in place, a strong family friendly team who all train with the academy as well as teach there, and because of this all the people you will meet here will understand help you to feel just as at home here as they all do.

In creating Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy Bryan and Lindsey have created a club where they believe everyone from all corners of life of all ages, sizes and abilities will find themselves welcome, the clubs doors are always open to everybody because everyone deserves a chance to discover what they can become.

Because not all Martial Arts clubs are created equally

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Bryan Andrews


Bryan is the Head Coach at Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy with nearly 40 years of Martial Arts training, he holds Black Belts in four different Martial Arts including a 6th Dan in Karate and a 5th Degree in Kung Fu and is the Shikon England national Karate squad coach. He is also a National level Tai Chi teacher.

He has invested significant amounts of time gaining internationally recognised coaching qualifications including a Masters degree in Advanced Sport Coaching Practice. A level 7 Academic qualification, from Sheffield Hallam University, a British Judo Association Level 5 Coaching award, a United Kingdom Coaching Certificate Level 4 coaching award and a British Council for Chinese Martial Arts Level 3 coaching qualification, he is also a tutor for them training other coaches to level 1 and level 2 standard.

Over a 35+ year competition career, he won numerous national and international titles including national Kung Fu champion for fighting, European champion for Karate Kata and World Champion for Karate fighting. He has been Basingstoke and Deane Sports Coach of the year a number of times and Winchester Sports coach of the year as well.

As a coach Bryan’s drive and inspiration is his students, from seeing children develop their skills and confidence which enables them not only to achieve their black belt but also helps them develop as well rounded people outside of the dojo and watching them pass their skills on. With the adults that he coaches it is the challenge he relishes in getting them to reach and exceed goals they have as a martial artist.

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Lindsey Andrews


Lindsey is the Senior Coach at Shin Gi Tai Martial Arts Academy, a 5th Dan in Karate and a 3rd degree Black belt in Kung Fu. Prior to her retirement from competition Karate, she was the Kata coach for the England Karate team.

Lindsey holds a Level 2 coaching qualification from QCF and a Level 2 coaching qualification from The British Chinese Council for Martial Arts. She is responsible for designing many of our most successful programmes including Don’t Bully Me! (self defence courses for children) Rising Heroes (Martial Arts for 4 to 6 year olds) and in conjunction with Mandi Martial Music Blast.

Alongside her Martial Arts expertise Lindsey has also undergone formal teacher training aimed at all ages and is a qualified college lecturer, giving her a professional insight into the teaching in the club. Lindsey is responsible for much of the way in which the classes are taught so that they are not only fit for the purpose but also so that each student will get the most they can out of each class on a physical, emotional and social level and in particular that the children’s classes mirror that of their educational key stages.

Lindsey has during her competitive career won national, European and World titles for her Kata performance. She has won four World Titles for her Karate Kata including with the International Karate Union and World Union of Karate-do Federations. Lindsey is a three time winner of the Basingstoke and Deane Sports awards, a Hampshire Sportswoman of the year and Hampshire professional sports coach of the year.

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Mandi Miles


Mandi is our Club Business Manager. She is responsible for the Business Operations and Communications of the club. She also helps us to successfully deliver the different programs that we run and for liaising with key partners, local schools, government agencies and our members. She ensures that the management and administration of the club policies and procedures are regularly reviewed to ensure quality assurance.

Mandi Became the World Karate Champion in 2016 for Kata and in 2017 the European Champion. Mandi is a British Council for Chinese Martial Arts Level 2 qualified Coach. She also is one of our Tai Chi teachers. Mandi leads our Ladies only Kickboxing, Ladies only Karate and Wheelchair Martial Arts programmes.

Mandi is the Club’s Lead Welfare Officer.

What our clients think

format_quoteI would like to write a testimonial for a very dear friend and his wife, both excellent karate teachers. Bryan and Lindsey Andrews have put so much work and passion into building a fantastic martial arts school that I feel the people of Basingstoke are extremely lucky to have right on their doorstep.I refer to Bryan as the Amazing Bloke from Basingstoke, but when I spend time with him, he is bouncing off the walls with energy and new ideas to excite and enrich the students training with him.

Lindsey is also a great role model for mums and as a mother of three very lively boys (plus the other big kid Bryan). She makes karate look easy and her fitness classes rock!

I have taught at the school and absolutely love the training facility, the staff make it a place to enjoy the many benefits of martial arts training. format_quote
Paul Coleman - Kyoshi 7th Dan Japan Karate Federation Goju Kai - www.oxfordkarateacademy.com

Our team of coaches, volunteers & staff.

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Tony Bailey


Tony is a 7th Dan in Ju Jitsu and teaches Children’s Ju Jitsu class at Shin Gi Tai.

In addition Tony also holds Black Belts in Judo, Aikido, Kickboxing, Weapons and Pressure Point fighting. He has successfully competed in both Combat Ju Jitsu (former British Champion) and MMA competitions.

Tony also has trained for many years and taught for a long time with over 20+ years of experience in door and security work in addition to body guarding, he is in a good position to know what works and doesn’t work for real. Tony is well known for his power, fluency and timing of his techniques.

Derek Hopkins


Derek is a 6th Dan with the British Judo Association and a Level 3 Coach, he is our Head Judo coach visiting us on a regular basis to run courses and educational seminars. He been practicing Judo now for nearly 50 years and over the years has gained many competition successes.

He is a 4 x Silver Medallist at the World Judo Championships, Silver medallist at the European Championships and 3 x British Champion.

He coaches members of the British Judo Association’s elite national squad. Derek is also a Blue belt in Brazilian Ju Jitsu.

Neil Walker


Neil is a 3rd Dan Black Belt having started his Martial Arts training in Judo, prior to progressing to Kung Fu, which he studied for quite a few years now. He has been teaching Karate since 2005 and like all of our coaches is a fully qualified Martial Arts teacher.

Neil loves the technical aspects of Karate, Kung Fu and Tai Chi and has immersed himself in it’s study to deepen his skill and knowledge.

Neil is known for his attention to detail and his relaxed coaching style. He is currently working hard towards his 4th Dan.

Jess Muller


Jess is a 2nd Dan Black Belt and a past European Karate Champion. Jess has been training for over 15 years now and is a good example of what can achieved if you practice correctly, she teaches in some of the Children’s classes and helps to coach our Senior and Junior Competition squad, she helps to inspire them with her skills.

Jess has been a qualified coach since 2010 and is now looking towards her Level 3 Coaching Qualification and her third Dan. Jess is our clubs specialist nutritionist and can help with the matters relating to nutrition and it’s effect on performance.

Many weekends of the year, you’ll find her travelling around the Country or further afield to test her skills on the competition mats. She has won over 30 medals at National or International level including 13 Gold Medals, 10 National, 2 International and was the European Kumite Champion.

Zara Hughes White


Zara is a Sport England recognised Level 2 qualified coach and has been coaching since 2013. Zara coaches our children’s and squad classes and combines learning in a fun and engaging manner.

In 2016 she was part of the team that won the Female Cadets World Championships for Fighting in Dublin. This medals was added to her impressive collect of competition trophies.

Kate Lowe


Kate is a level 1 qualified Martial Arts coach. Kate assists with our Kids Karate classes. Kate is also one of our Martial Music Blast coaches.

Kate is also developing her skills competitively and is now regularly winning medals at a national level.

Nick Valler


Nick is a Level One Judo Coach with The British Judo Association. He is currently working hard to progress to his 1st Dan in Judo. Nick can regularly be seen on the mats with his children who are also train in Judo with him at our Basingstoke Judo Club. Nick’s Judo classes are energetic but fun for the participants. He spends a lot of time, researching and practicing techniques to help all of us develop his skills.

Christian Tomlinson


Christian is a BJA Level 1 coach and has been practicing Judo since Childhood. His experience of both traditional Judo and competition Judo really helps our members to improve their range of Judo skills. Christian is a regular on the competition mats winning numerous medals and national titles over the years. He is currently adding points towards his 2nd Dan in Judo.

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