Hours & Classes at the Lindsay Martial Arts Academy

Meet the Team

Taylor Jiujitsu
Renshi Scott Taylor

Renshi Scott Taylor has been studying Kumo Jiu- Jitsu for well over 10 years. Renshi Taylor currently holds the rank of 4th degree black belt in Kumo Jiu-Jitsu, has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is St. John’s Ambulance First Aid and CPR-C certified.  Renshi Scott is a Certified Level 3 – Senior Instructor of Kumo Jiu-Jitsu and offers seminars across Ontario & recently in England as well.

Sensei Nick Garacci

Sensei Nicholas Garacci has been studying Kumo Jiu- Jitsu since 2009. In addition to his Japanese Jiu- Jitsu background, Sensei Nick has a background in studying Jeet Kun Do and Filipino Martial Arts. 

He specializes in training youth with intellectual disabilities and works frequently with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and youth in conflict. Nick demonstrates exceptional knowledge of his craft and utilizes mindfulness techniques to teach people of all ages efficiently and effectively. 

Sensei Chris Tindale

Sensei Chris Tindale has been studying martial arts since 2006 & holds Black belts in Juko-Ryu Jiu-jitsu and in Kumo Jiu-jitsu.

Sensei Tindale has experience coaching team sports as well as Jiu-jitsu to athletes as young as 7 to adulthood.

First Aid CPR C + AED

Sempi Ken Hannah

Fell in love with martial arts at the age of 8, began wrestling and submission style martial arts at the age of 12.

Ki Soo Do taekwondo black belt. Currently an advanced Brown belt working towards Black belt.
Spent 20+ years in different submission arts.

10 years of intervention therapy counciling kids suffering from self harm and suicidal ideation. Worked with UOIT lead researcher for educating persons with FASD.

ASIST trainer
Life works Trainer
Safe talk Trainer
Bully proof Trainer

Sensei Vern Tilley

I first started training in 1962 and obtained the rank of Shodan Black Belt between 1972 – 1973 in Matsubyashi Ryu. I opened my first Dojo in 1980 in east end Toronto and in 1982 I associated with Northern Karate in Toronto. I was there until 1984 when I started Tilley’s Fitness and Self Defence and operated under Tilley’s Karate on Queen Street in East end Toronto.

In 1990 I moved my club to Scarborough Ontario and operated my Dojo which was open 6 days a week. I switched to Shogen Ryu in 1999 and In this period I trained with TABA Kensei Sensei where in 2002 I attained the rank of Kyoshi 8th Dan.

I stayed in Scarborough Ontario until I decided to move my club to Lindsay Ontario in 2004 where I teach and operate my club to this day. I maintained my dojo in Scarborough and operated in Lindsay at the same time, for one year after I opened in Lindsay. I then made the decision to close in Scarborough and solely operated in Lindsay.

In 2014 I returned to Okinawa because I made the decision to return to Matsubyashi Ryu. On my most recent trip to Okinawa in 2017 I graded to the rank of Kyoshi 7th Dan in front of Chairman Taira Sensei 10th Dan and Vice Chairman Arakaki Sensei 10th Dan and Higa Sensei 9th Dan of our Karate association. During my 2017 visit to Okinawa both Sensei Daryl Guitto now 4th Dan and I were the first ever to be graded (in our style) at the new Karate Kaikan Center. Since 1982 I have traveled to Naha, Okinawa to train many different times with the ranking leaders of our association. In addition to my study and training in Karate I studied Jiu jitsu starting in 1985 and obtained the rank of Sandan 3rd degree in 1995. It’s been 55 years since I started training and I have trained in numerous martial arts styles and disciplines. I have travelled and studied Karate all over the World and it’s been an amazing journey in my life.

Sensei Rob Kerr

I started my Karate training in 1990 at the age of 26 and for 14 years I studied Shotokan Karate. I first trained under Sensei Don Wright in Smith Falls, Ont. and later went to train under Shihan Paul Kerr (no relation) in Perth, Ont. attaining the rank of 3rd Dan. In 2004 after a work transfer brought me to the Lindsay area, I met Sensei Vern Tilley and made the switch to Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu, where I continue to train. In 2016 while in Okinawa I graded for and received my 5th Dan. Over the years training in the martial arts I have made a lot of good friends and have had the privilege to train with and meet people from all over the world. As an instructor I try to help students be the best that they can be and with a little hard work and practice they can be.

Sensei Darryl Guiottoe

I have been involved with Karate for over 30 years and I am one of the primary assistant trainers at Tilley’s Karate School. I live for Karate!! and most of all I have enjoyed seeing new students progress in their training over the years. I have seen new students go from their first days of training right through to senior black belts at our club. I have a lot of respect for the dedication that our club puts forth to train at all levels of our sport.
In 2017 I flew to the Island of Okinawa and graded to my 4th dan in front of our assocation, and I attend Japan almost every year to keep my skills at the top. I look forward to helping our student’s progress and I hope to see you at the dojo!