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Attention students! All Xen-Do Senseis will be attending a team building day on Friday, May 4th, 2018.

They will be facing it off for a tournament style five-a-side football day and will, therefore, be concentrating all of their efforts on scoring goals rather than practicing your spinning kicks. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and all clubs will be back to normal hours on Saturday, May 5th, 2018.

Instructor Dai Master Rafael Nieto biography image

Dai Master Rafael Nieto


Rafael Nieto is the founder of Xen-Do and currently runs four schools in London
(located in Marylebone, Golders Green, Baker Street and our new club in Goodge Street).

Rafael's philosophy is "Fit for Life", and he believes that people who train in Xen-Do should be incorporating Martial Arts as a symbiotic part of daily life. Xen-Do and life should come together as one.

Dai Master Raf has been involved in Martial Arts since 1972 and during that time he has proved the fighting system by winning national and international titles. He won the British WAKO Title on four occasions and also the World and European WAKO Championships. He served 15 years as a London fireman attending many dangerous and stressful call-outs, which gives him a unique first hand experience in dealing with stressful and dangerous situations.

He became Technical Director of the National College of Karate in 1988 and British Team Coach in 1992. By 1994 he represented Britain at the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) and founded and developed the Spanish WAKO Organisation. His student, Master Ricardo Gress, currently has 20 clubs in Spain and they work closely together to further the Martial Arts community both in Great Britain and Spain.

Rafael is acknowledged as a leader in Martial Arts; he was presented the Henry Cooper Award for 2012 in recognition of his contribution to the inspiration and development of young people and is often approached on a consultancy basis by print and broadcast media.

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