Sensei Liam started training under Sensei Tom Goosen in 2009 at his dojo Bloemfontein Martial Arts Academy. With passion and hard work Liam reached brown belt in a record time. He practices Shitō-ryū Karate-do, Kyusho Aiki Jutsu and Systema. It has broadened his horizon not only for karate but in self defence.
In 2013 sensei Tom Goosen was transferred to Natal. With permission from the higher brothers of RIKF Liam took over Bloemfontein Martial Arts Academy as a brown belt. Liam graded as shodan 2013. In 2014 he was honoured with the first shodan that received the title of sensei in Ryushin-kan Africa history. In 2015 sensei Liam Nel graded to nidan.
Sensei Liam Nel is part of the Free State Karate team. With his passion for karate and his students he has grown Bloemfontein Martial Arts Academy to one of the best dojo`s in the Free State.