As a young child I was always told that I had too much energy. I always had to run, jump or climb. Throughout school I tried all the usual sports – football, rugby, athletics and basketball to name a few.
Although I enjoyed some of them, none were the perfect fit for me (there was always something lacking). In my 4th year of secondary school a friend introduced me to kick boxing/Muay Thai.
From that first session something just clicked and although some may consider this a violent pass time I had never felt more at peace with myself. All my negative emotions finally had a focused outlet. Since that day martial arts have been a part of my life in one form or another.
After a session I would always feel relaxed, revitalised and have a new found sense of confidence (these are the things that I would love to impart to others).
As I was learning I had the desire to try out my skills and had a few inter-club bouts. The early bouts made me really appreciate the physical demands placed on the body in a highly stressed/pressurised situation and I then really began to focus on my own strength and conditioning”.
“I love to see the growth in individuals and see them reach new targets/goals”.
“My career path has been a little erratic to say the least from studying graphic design to working in admin to store management, fitness has been at the forefront of my mind. In 2002 I decided that my working life needed to reflect my passion and I made the transition to the fitness industry.
I have worked as a fitness instructor, kickboxing instructor, personal trainer, GP referral facilitator and now a rehabilitation practitioner at well known London hospital.
I have worked with some really diverse clients/ patients through out my time and whether the goal is high level or simply managing to walk to the local shops I have always built good working relationships to get the best out of people”.
“I started a pro MMA fighting career in 2008 and have had 20 fight thus far, I have tasted both victory and defeat but both have spurred me on to evolve and keep pushing forward. The truth be told you will always be a student in martial arts its a journey always learning, finding new techniques whether black belt or not.
I have spent my fighting career learning from and training with a wide variety people from a number disciplines (BJJ, Wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, boxing and more)”.
“I have tasted both victory and defeat but both have spurred me on to evolve and keep pushing forward”.
Kickboxing Blackbelt (practicing since 1995)
Kickboxing coach since 2005
Former strength & conditioning coach for Pound for Pound MMA