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Paul Cudmore

When did you start Martial Arts?

I started martial arts at the age of 17 with Shotokan Karate for about 2 years.  During that time I also started training in Lau Gar King Fu under Neville Wray.  This I continued for around 6 years.


Like most people I became aware of Gracie Jiu Jitsu after watching the first UFC in the early 90’s.  I started training some Judo and Sambo as I couldn’t find a Gracie Jiu Jitsu club anywhere, then after meeting Jon Hegan he informed me of a class in Dagenham run by Marc Walder which I attended when I could.   Marc hosted Royce Gracie on a couple of occasions at which I was able to attend.

What is your occupation?

I am a personal trainer and teach martial arts.  I also am a qualified sports massage therapist.  I started teaching martial arts around 1994.  I teach all ages but currently mainly only adult classes.  I have competed in numerous competitions involving stand up striking, weapons and grapplings medaling at a local, national and international level.

What is your favourite technique?

I don’t really have a favourite technique as anything that works at that time is my current favourite.  I feel Martial arts has had a very positive effect on my life and continues to do so. I am usually meeting like minded people all the time and hope to share anything I can with them.


What other interests do you have?

Martial arts and fitness take up most of my working and personal time but I do read a lot on a variety of subjects.  Nutrition is high on that list as are historical events and anthropology.  I hope to continue progressing with my learning and teaching within my Martial arts journey.

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