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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.