Before discovering Krav Maga I had over 20 years experience in traditional martial arts. This started at the age of 8 when my parents took me to the local Lau Gar Kung Fu club in the hope that it would toughen me up. Although it wasn’t an instant transformation I enjoyed the training and progressed up the ranks over time. I enjoyed success on the tournament circuit competing first regionally and then nationally. Even though I was an accomplished semi-contact fighter I was keen to experience other systems/fighting styles which lead me to train also in Wing Chun, Taekwondo, Thai Boxing and Kick Boxing.
However, I was becoming more interested in reality based self defence and though the previously mentioned disciplines were hugely successful and had been a round a long time, I wasn’t convinced how practical they would be in a real world street based confrontation.
When I heard about Krav Maga (a tried and tested self defence system further developed by the military and adopted by many of worlds law enforcement agencies and fighting forces) I just knew I had to give it a go. After the first class I realised that this was what I had been looking for. I loved how simple it was and how quickly we progressed to dealing with complexed situations such as armed aggressors (knife, stick, gun etc) or multiple attackers. The class focuses on real life situations where it might be possible to de-escalate a potentially dangerous situation to literally fighting for your life.
I achieved instructor status in the summer of 2012 under Krav Maga Master Amnon Darsa and have been fortunate to train and grade with other top Israeli experts such as Krav Maga Expert Tamir Gilad, Krav Maga Expert Tal Kvores and Krav Maga Master Haim Sasson. We continue to train and learn from the best so we can share our knowledge with our students. I also hold the rank of Instructor with the British Combat Association and regularly cross train in functional fitness classes to augment my Krav Maga training.