Sensei Kim Heaton was born in Durban on 25th June 1976. She attended Westville Girls’ High, which is where she was introduced to karate in 1990 (age 13) by Sensei Barry Anderson from Sankukai Karate.
She trained until her 2nd Kyu Brown Belt (Dec 1993) and stopped due to her studies.
In 2002, she started training again in Sankukai Karate under Sensei Brett Sumner (who had taken over from Sensei Barry) and teaching karate to children.
Sensei Brett moved the style back to its origin in Shito-Ryu Karate under Shihan Nikki Pillay (Hayashi-Ha Shito-Ryu).
Kim was graded to her Shodan in July 2004.
In 2009, she decided to move to train under the guidance of Shihan Kelvin Daniels and was graded to Nidan, and later Sandan in August 2011. In October 2016 Sensei Kim graded to 4th Dan (Yondan).
Kim is a qualified school teacher and has 10+ years of experience teaching karate to children as young as 3 years of age and to adults.