Sensei Dwyer


A Martial Artist was born.

Physical Arts is the creation of martial artist extraordinaire, Dwyer Evelyn. Born in Leeds, Dwyer enjoyed boxing and gymnastics as a schoolboy and then progressed onto martial arts when he was introduced to Shukukai Karate by Roy Stanhope in 1973.

Inspired by his new passion; he went on to discover other art forms and start a lifelong career in martial arts.

m 1974 he trained at the Barry Street Martial Arts Centre in Tai-kwondo, Aido sword training and Kung-fu for which he was awarded a black sash.

The Mugendo Years

In 1977 he was invited to London by Tom Hibbert MBE to study under 5 Grand Masters from Japan. One of these Masters, Meji Suzuki, presented Dwyer with his black belt (first Dan) in Waderu karate in 1982.

Further adding to his collection, he was awarded his black belt (first Dan) in Zen Ju-Jitsu in 1986. Already a well established martial artist, Dwyer went on to become one of the Grand Master Meiji Suzuki's top students and instructors at the National College of Karate.

Suzuki's system of Mugendo ("unlimited way") brought together the renowned martial artists Joe Johal, George Canning and Peter Majic as well as many others. The Mugendo system went on to create many National, European and World champions.

Dwyer trained with Meji Suzuki on a daily basis at the National College and through the combined skills and experience of Dwyer and his contemporaries such as George McKenzie, Chris MacNeish and finally Raphael Nieto the Grand Master's system was implemented and Mugendo was unleashed on the Martial Arts World.

Whilst at Suzuki's college of Martial Arts, based at the Tonbridge club, Dwyer gained his fourth Dan black belt (in 1988) and an impressive string of competition medals: London Open Karate Champion, National AMA Karate Champion, British WAKO Champion for six years running, including at two different weights, and European WAKO gold and bronze. He fought in different categories in five WAKO World Championships, where he took two silver medals alongside three memorable disqualifications in the finals for "overwhelming techniques".

Mugendo, in its many forms, is still alive and kicking today and has had a profound influence on Karate-Kickboxing and the world of martial arts.

Onwards and Upwards.

In 1991, Dwyer sustained a serious knee injury while training that would have spelled the end of the road for most martial artists. Several operations and intensive self-help, however, resulted in a remarkable recovery and, in 1998, Dwyer initiated a new chapter in his career by leaving the Tonbridge Club and starting his own company.

Now Sensei Dwyer Evelyn's martial arts have moved on again in a truly unlimited fashion. With his holistic approach he has brought together different forms of physical arts both hard and soft. Yoga, Tai-chi, Karate Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Capoera are being collected under the same roof in the concept of Dojo Physical Arts otherwise known as Shin-tai-gei jutsu.

The environment of Dojo Physical Arts is unique. Blessed by a Shingon Buddhist Monk at its opening ceremony, it is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the city of London. From the calm to the lively, the feel of the ancient east blends seamlessly with that of the modern west. This is Dojo Physical Arts.

The Fighting Spirit Continues.

Dwyer continues to work closely with WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organisations). As a valuable addition to the coaching team for the national squad, he accompanies the GB team to international competitions.

Using his twenty five years of experience Dwyer has also produced numerous WAKO British champions through his own club.

In 2000 Dwyer was awarded his sixth Dan black belt by Tom Hibbert MBE, president of WAKO GB, marking his lasting service and contribution to martial arts.