White Lotus Martial Arts

Michelle Gardiner Founder and Chief Instructor
Michelle Gardiner - Owner

Michelle Gardiner (Sensei)

Owner

Founder and Chief Instructor of White Lotus, a fifth dan blackbelt in freestyle kickboxing and a first dan blackbelt in Aiki Jitsu. She has been formally training in the martial arts for over 18 years, and has developed the style taught in White Lotus Clubs from the diverse instructors and styles that she has trained in over the years. She holds qualifications in sports nutrition, personal fitness training, yoga instruction, acupressure, acupuncture and Tai Chi Chuan instruction. She has won English, British and European Ladies titles in kickboxing with a variety of governing bodies.

Kathryn Smith - President
Kathryn Smith - President

 

 

Kathryn Smith

President

I have been doing Martial Arts since 2003. I am currently a 4th Dan Black Belt in Freestyle Kickboxing. I am responsible for the Health & Safety of the association. I gained my NVQ 3 Learning & Development with White Lotus. I am also a qualified First Aid Trainer and have trained all of the instructors within White Lotus. My specialisms are the Bo and I am also studying Aki-Jitsu. I run my own class in Evesham.

Barry Jones - Vice President
Barry Jones - Vice President

 

 

Barry Jones

Vice President AND CHIEF FIGHT INSTRUCTOR

I started kickboxing in 2005, but after 12 months of training had to give up because of work commitments. I rejoined in 2009 with my son. I really enjoy the training and fighting side and hope to keep competing in tournaments. I always get a buzz when helping others train.

Gill Harrison - Assistant Chief Instructor
Gill Harrison - Assistant Chief Instructor

 

Gill Harrison

ASSISTANT CHIEF Instructor

I joined White Lotus 10 years ago (2001) at the age of 40 with no intention of it being a permanent thing. It was for the benefit of my children and husband who talked me into joining to make it a family thing, something we could all do together. I have worked my way up the grades and I am now a 4th dan blackbelt in kickboxing. I have also trained in Tai chi and kenjutsu (with White Lotus) and trained as an instructor.

Patricia Hewson - Senior Instructor
Patricia Hewson - Senior Instructor

 

 

Patricia Hewson

Senior Instructor

I started kickboxing in 2005 as a way to lose weight and get fit, however after the first couple of months and taking my first belt I became hooked. I love the emotional and physical benefits it gives me. I am 2nd Dan blackbelt. I have taken my 6th Kyu grade in Tenshin Ryu (Japanese sword). I have a keen interest in the Art of Japanese weapons.

Leanne Merry Senior Instructor
Leanne Merry - Senior Instructor

 

 

Leanne Merry

Senior Instructor

I started kickboxing when I was 9. After doing it for 3 years I had a break to try other Martial Arts, but none of them lived up to kickboxing. I am training to be a weapons instructor, my favourite weapon being the Bow staff. I enjoy kickboxing because it is fun, hard work and really helps reduce stress.

Zoe Harrison - Senior Instructor
Zoe Harrison - Senior Instructor

 

Zoe Harrison

Senior Instructor

I joined White Lotus in 2000 but have been doing Martial Arts since the age of 9. I had a break in 2006 to join the Army where I joined the Boxing team and Taekwondo team. I have stayed dedicated to White Lotus as the classes are very motivating and have really helped me grow over the years. I have made many friends and they really make you feel like part of the family. Since returning from the Army, I have worked hard to achieve my Third Dan which I'm really proud of.

Kat Baker - Senior Fight Coach
Kat Baker - Senior Fight Coach

Kat Baker

Senior Fight Coach

I joined White Lotus in 2003 with a friend and became instantly hooked. To start with it was all about gradings and working my way up the belts. After a couple of months training I started to really enjoy the fitness and fighting side. I am currently a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Freestyle Kickboxing and am under 70kg British Champion. My current goal is to compete at every tournament White Lotus attends. Win or lose, I enjoy getting in the ring and showing people the skills that I have learnt. Training in Martial Arts has given me a huge confidence boost and helped me grow as a person. People see kickboxing as an individual sport but with White Lotus we are a team. When we train we are training together and when we compete, even though we are in the ring on our own, our team members are right there supporting each other.

Scott Haynes - Instructor
Scott Haynes - Instructor

 

 

Scott Haynes

Instructor

I joined white lotus at the age of 8. I was a young boy scared and bullied. I have been training at white lotus over 13 years and during this time I've grown not only in confidence but also as a person. The association has help me through many issues personal and training. I want to help someone else who needs it. I am a 3rd Dan Blackbelt, I specialised in kenjutsu (Japanese sword&rpar.

Kacey Haynes - Junior Instructor
Kacey Haynes - Junior Instructor

 

Kacey Haynes

Junior Instructor

I joined White Lotus in 2010. I had been inspired by my brother, who had been training with White Lotus for some time. I have now been training for 6 years and gained my Second Dan. Kickboxing has allowed me to express myself through the form of Katas, and has given me a good level of fitness. As I have worked my way through my gradings, I have grown in confidence and made some great friendships.

Emma Lambert - Instructor
Emma Lambert - Instructor

 

Emma Lambert

Instructor

I joined White Lotus in 2008 to boost my confidence and gain some self-defence skills. I was instantly addicted. I progressed though my belts and dedicated my Saturday mornings to training, with some great rewards. Unfortunately after a few years I had to take a break due to health issues, but joined again in 2013. I have since competed in several tournaments, gained confidence and progressed through my belts. I have loved every minute of it.

Rachel Murray - Trainee Instructor
Rachel Murray - Trainee Instructor

Rachel Murray

Trainee Instructor

I joined White Lotus in September 2014 and have since graded to Orange belt, taking part in tournaments along the way. White Lotus has helped me to improve my fitness, widen my social circle and gain a huge boost in self-confidence. I look forward to completing my Instructor Training and helping to teach kids training and assist in fight coaching.

Charlotte Broadhurst - Junior Instructor
Charlotte Broadhurst - Junior Instructor

Charlotte Broadhurst

junior Instructor

I joined White Lotus at the age of 11 and now have been doing it for 3 years, hoping to carry on much further. I’m currently a brown belt, working towards my brown second dan. I enjoy kickboxing as I find it the thing I enjoy most, feeling like the club being a second family as there are so many amazing people who have strong points and weak points in so many areas, so you always know there is someone to go to if you need some help and have made so many friendships since joining. I enjoy points fighting the best, as I feel that I am good at it, hoping to enter a tournament soon as I am confident in myself to do this. I also love to coach people, as it feels like I am helping them to achieve.

Neo Gardiner - Junior Instructor
Neo Gardiner - Junior Instructor

Neo Gardiner

junior Instructor

I’ve been training since I was 3 and I'm 9 now and have just got my black belt. I help teach with my mum.