Institute of Martial Arts & Sciences

Promoting professionalism and quality in the martial arts worldwide

Principal of the new IMAS Instructors College announced

December 29, 2015

It is with the greatest pleasure we announce that Prof. Scott Buckler PhD FIMAS has been appointed the principal of the newly formed IMAS Instructors College. Prof. Buckler is particularly suited to this position given his background experience and qualifications. By way of an introduction we have included a short bio below


Prof. Scott. Buckler.

Scott originally worked as a physical education teacher in both London and Birmingham before moving into higher education. Originally Scott was appointed for his work in Special Educational Needs although this has diversified over the years to pursue how psychology can be applied to education. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

He has been instrumental in the development and leadership of a number of successful courses from Foundation Degrees to doctoral programmes. Through leading these courses, he has worked with education-based students across the public sector including police, fire and security training officers.

Despite Scott’s focus on mainstream education, he has developed a specific interest within transpersonal psychology (the psychology of personal transformation), the catalyst being his commitment to the martial arts. Scott has extensively trained since 1981 with experience in Karate and Jiu Jitsu, although for the past twenty-two years in Wing Chun. His PhD explored the historical and philosophical development of Wing Chun, alongside the psychological benefits derived through training and he has presented his research at international conferences.

PhD: (History, Philosophy & Psychology of Wing Chun Kuen) (Coventry University, 2010)

MSc: Consciousness & Transpersonal Psychology (Liverpool John Moores University, 2010)

MEd: Child Development/Special Educational Needs (Open University, 2000)

PG Cert: Research Methods (University of Worcester, 2007)

PG Cert: Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (University Worcester, 2005)

Certificate of Competence in Psychological Testing (Levels A & B) (British Psychological Society, 2008)

Adv.Dip. Special Educational Needs (Open University, 2000)

BEd (Hons): Primary (science & physical education) (Cheltenham & Gloucester College of HE, 1995)


Membership of Professional Bodies

Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences (Fellow)

Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

British Psychological Society: Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow (AFBPsS)

British Psychological Society: Committee Member (Transpersonal Psychology Section)

British Psychological Society: Register of Competence in Psychological Testing


Please note.

Prof. Buckler has written a short article regarding some of the new instructors qualifications the institute will soon be offering to martial arts instructors. These have been made possible by the IMAS collaborating with the university of Derby and Newman university (Birmingham) as well as the Teaching and Learning Academy. This article will appear in the Winter edition of our journal.