I first started pad training 25+ years ago when I started JKD training with my mentor Anton St James. He taught me all my fundamental skills in Kickboxing, Muay Thai & JKD.
I spent a decade training daily with Anton and he taught me more than anyone else, not just about martial arts but also about how to act as a person.
When I was in my mid 20's I moved to London to further my martial studies under Maestro Bob Breen at his infamous Hoxton Academy. The Academy was full of the best martial artists in the UK and I got moulded by many kind yet dangerous people. Bob also invited numerous high-level martial artists to teach seminars including Marco Ruas, Dan Inosanto, Rick Young, and Erik Paulson.
Erik was the first person I'd met who could strike and grapple with equal skill and I decided to head out to LA to train with the former Shooto World Champion. These trips were gruelling, as we often trained three times a day, but great fun. Erik is the funniest person I've met. I went to LA several times over the following years and started fighting in professional MMA. Erik taught me all my MMA skills and I retired undefeated three years later, thanks to his expert coaching.
Once my MMA career ended I travelled to Thailand to improve my Muay Thai under the coaches at Tiger Muay Thai. Back then Tiger only had two rings and not much else. An amazing coach called Yod took me under his wing and he improved my Muay Thai massively. He is the only person I've ever sparred with and not been able to touch at all.
Back in the UK, I started to look for new ways to train stand up striking and luckily met with Phil Norman just as he was creating his elusive striking style Ghost. I was intrigued by the little I saw and travelled to Bournemouth to see what it was all about. Well, he totally blew my mind. Ghost is like nothing else out there. It is truly unique and so well thought out. I trained to become one of the first UK Ghost Instructors and have been training it ever since.
I would like to thank all my instructors Anton, Bob, Erik, Yod & Phil for being phenomenal martial artists and great coaches but also humble, joyous people. They have helped shape me from a scrawny kid into a man. At least 90% of the Mittmaster system is down to their input and training.
I couldn't of done it without you gents. Thank you for everything.