Sensei Natasha

Meet Sensei Natasha Pirogova, a highly accomplished karateka with over 27 years of experience in the martial arts. Born on June, 4th, 1981, in Russia, Sensei Natasha began her karate journey in 1994 at the age of 12, training in the art of Shotokan Karate.

After years of dedicated training and hard work, Sensei Natasha earned her 1st degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. She then went on to achieve a 1st degree black belt in the International Okinawan Goju-ryu Karate-do Federation, a 3rd degree black belt in Goju-ryu Karate Seiwakai, and a 3rd degree black belt in Goju-ryu Karate Japan Karate Federation Goju-kai. In addition, Sensei Natasha has also practiced Aiki-do for a few years.

Sensei Natasha's passion for education led her to pursue a career as a primary school teacher, earning an honors degree in Pedagogy and Methods of Primary Education, Correctional and Pedagogical Activity, Primary School Teacher from Tomsk State Pedagogical University in Russia in 2004. She also holds an honors degree in Physical Education with a focus on modern approaches in organizing an educational and training process in sports, which she earned from the same university in 2010.

Sensei Natasha's dedication to the martial arts extends beyond just training and teaching. Her research has focused on the medical-biological, psychological, and social aspects of the impact of karate classes on children. She also holds a diploma in sports psychology, which she earned in 2021.

Throughout her career, Sensei Natasha has worked with a variety of students, including pedagogically neglected children, children with communication skills disorders, and aspiring martial artists of all ages. She has held various roles, including primary school teacher, coach, and manager at the Children's and Youth Sports School of Martial Arts, and instructor at a local martial arts club.

In 2020, Sensei Natasha founded the Karate Academy Oxford, where she continues to inspire and empower her students to achieve their full potential both on and off the mats. With her extensive experience, knowledge, and passion for the martial arts, Sensei Natasha is a true role model and leader in the karate community.