CFTS Chief Instructor

Our Chief Instructor is Renshi Andy Kidby, 7th Dan.

Renshi Kidby began training in 1972 and achieved Shodan in 1979. He started teaching in 1980 and opened the Newport Pagnell club in 1983. After many years of training TASK under John van Weenen, he split away with Sensei Bernard Coppen and Sensei Peter Calver to form CFTS. He was awarded 7th Dan in 2012 and continues to be associated with the federation across the Milton Keynes and Bedford area.

CFTS Executive

CFTS is run by an executive committee of four. They are some of the highest-graded karate-ka within CFTS, including our chief instructor. Their purpose is to liaise with professional, sporting and governing bodies to ensure best practice and that CFTS complies with the latest legislation. They also negotiate insurance, ensure that costs are covered and basically administer all matters relating to the smooth running of the federation.

Currently, the Executive is formed of:

CFTS Instructors Committee

The clubs are run by experienced, qualified, insured instructors of Nidan (2nd level black belt) and above. They organise their own club’s training times and lesson plans, implement recommendations from the two committees above, and arrange any social events and beginners courses. They are supported by a Child Welfare Officer and usually by a Club Secretary.

The Club Instructors Committee are:


Sensei Eddie McClagish


Sensei James Saunders

CFTS Milton Keynes:

Sensei Simon McMahon and Sensei Pamela McMahon, Bletchley and Newton Longville Clubs

Sensei Viv Wilson and Sensei Jan Wilson, Newport Pagnell and Green Park After-School Club

CFTS Bedford:

Sensei James Saunders, Clapham/Oakley Club

Sensei Dan Young, Brickhill and Kempston Clubs

Should any new CFTS clubs come into being, instructors will be invited to be part of the Club Instructors Committee, and added to this list.

CFTS Technical Committee

CFTS also has a Technical Committee of eleven which includes the three executive. To serve on this committee it is necessary to be a minimum of Nidan (2nd level black belt) and it is by invitation of the remainder of the committee. Its purpose is to set a grading syllabus and review it occasionally should it feel it necessary. They are also responsible for arranging and controlling the annual competition day, to set competition categories, and to suggest content for visiting instructors. They also discuss points raised at the black belt annual general meeting and take forward requests and recommendations from that meeting implementing them should they deem it necessary.