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Sensei Anya J. M. Novak

Senior Instructor 

3rd Dan Black Belt

Anya attained her Junior 1st Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate at the age of 14 under Sensei Ken Commons (5th Dan) in West Yorkshire.


She started training with the Market Harborough Wado Ryu Karate Club in 2003 and has worked her way from white belt to 3rd Dan black belt which she gained in 2013.


She is the Senior Club Instructor having been passed the baton in 2019 by Sensei Lloyd Penny (4th Dan) who ran the club for over a decade.


She has participated in numerous local and national competitions over the last 25 years and also holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in ITF Taekwondo. 


Anya trains directly under Sensei Eleni Suzuki (6th Dan), founder of Suzuki Ha Karate Do Wado Ryu and wife of the late Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi, who was himself a student of Hironori Otsuka, the founding father of Wado Ryu Karate.  The club is proud to be part of Suzuki Ha.