Michael Whiteley began his training in Isshinryu Karate in January, 1985 at the Chester Karate Academy. He received the rank of Shodan in December 1988 and he began instructing at the school.
In June 1998 Mr. Whiteley opened the Chatham Karate Academy with his wife. They opened their second dojo, the Mendham Karate Academy, in December 2006.Mr. Whiteley became a student of Advincula Sensei and he received the rank of Rokudan from Sensei Advincula in February 2007. He continues to study Isshinryu Karate, Kobudo, Escrima and Hindiandi with Sensei Advincula.