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Craig Oldfield

When did you start your Self Defence training?

I started training in karate when I was around 8 years old then kick boxing and boxing. Later in life I found Krav Maga and Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Why did you start this training?

Both my children train in karate at TMAC, during one of there lessons I heard a new class was starting 'krav maga' it intrigued me so I went along and absolutely loved it. Someone said RGJJ would be good for me too so I went along to that and again loved it. I really felt i had found 'my thing'.

Who was your first Instructor?

Sensei David Wilson, Jon Hegan and Paul Cudmore

old kumite win.

When did you start your Self Defence training?

I started training in karate when I was around 8 years old then kick boxing and boxing. Later in life I found Krav Maga and Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Why did you start this training?

Both my children train in karate at TMAC, during one of there lessons I heard a new class was starting 'krav maga' it intrigued me so I went along and absolutely loved it. Someone said RGJJ would be good for me too so I went along to that and again loved it. I really felt i had found 'my thing'.

Who was your first Instructor?

Sensei David Wilson, Jon Hegan and Paul Cudmore

What is your occupation?

I am a bus driver 

When did you start teaching?

I started helping out and covering lessons around 2 years ago.

What is your favourite technique?

There are so many it's hard to choose. Having said that I like the simple ones that make sense but that you just wouldn't of thought of in a tricky situation.

Do you feel self defence has influenced your personal life in any way?

Yes most definitely I am so much more confident. I'm more relaxed in social situations. I am physically fitter and feel able to protect myself and my family if needed. I have also made lifelong friends through training. 

Do you have any views on how self defence is perceived?

I think some people who do not train in martial arts think it's all about fighting violence and aggression. However this is not the case. I truly believe everybody should know basic self defence.

Do you have any other interests?

Well I am Dads taxi taking my children to there clubs most of the time. I also help coach my sons football team. I enjoying weightlifting when I get a chance. Swimming and bike rides with my family. Family time is the most important to me so being able to train with them is the best.

What are your current goals?

I would love to teach self defence full time to a range of ages and abilities including in schools as part of there PE curriculum and to keep learning, training and progressing.

old kumite win.