Our Instructors

Eastern Tigers is run by the 2010 Kickboxing Instructor of the Year, Sensei John MacInnes. John is a 2nd Dan black belt with 17 years fighting and 12 years teaching experience.

A former Scottish champion who has fought in many countries worldwide, John has taken the Tigers to competitions all over the home nations, as well as Malta, Italy and Sicily. The 2013 Sicily competition saw the team returning with a junior World Title, and an adult World Title in 2015, as well as a silver medal at the WKC World Championship in 2016.

Supporting John is Sensei Scott Raffan. Scott has been training with Eastern Tigers for over ten years and has competed at multiple tournaments across Scotland. Having achieved his black belt, Scott has both assisted and taught classes for our Buckie team. When Sensei John doesn’t have him cleaning the dojo, Sensei Scott is studying Sports Coaching at colleage

Eastern Tigers is made up of individuals from all walks of life, with ages ranging from 4 to 50. We train hard and support each other, regardless of ability. Our experience ranges from white to black belt and we are always happy to welcome new faces at our Buckie and Huntly classes.

Sensei John presenting Sensei Scott with his Junior Black Belt in 2015
Sensei Scott with fellow Eastern Tigers Back Belt, Sam Grant