Athena Martial Arts founder and senior instructor
Need encouragement? Lisa will motivate you!
Lisa teaching plan
Lisa has been involved in martial arts since the age of 16 when she attended her first ‘sport karate’ session in Horley. Nearly twenty years later, the now 35-year-old has garnered a wealth of experience from some of the greatest martial artists out there.
From humble roots, Lisa set off on her martial arts journey always seeking to absorb as much information as possible. Along the way she attended a variety of schools teaching Tae Kwon Do, Lau Gar Kung Fu, Muay Thai and boxing. But she settled in the style of Wado Ryu Karate enjoying both the kata and traditional side of the art as well as relishing the ‘points fighting’ competition and physical element of the sport, which was later to become her forte.
In 2012, Lisa celebrated the birth of her first son Leo who was and continues to be a constant inspiration for her. While balancing the challenges of motherhood and working life, Lisa still managed to achieve another important step in her martial art career – her third dan black belt in December 2014. Next to childbirth and the London Marathon (which she completed in 2008) this was the hardest challenge she had ever faced. Now Lisa’s club Athena Martial Arts has evolved into a thriving and successful martial arts club and one which she is truly proud to be a part of.