Initially I was introduced to martial arts for the aspects of self defence by my mother who took me down to the local Masonic Lodge where there was a weekly Traditional Karate Session. From age 10 I trained as often as I could. By 14 I reached my 1st Dan Black Belt and level of junior instructor. By 18 I was 3rd Dan and began travelling with my Shihan to teach in other Towns throughout Tayside, Angus and Fife. I also competed in local Freestyle competitions often coming within the top 3. I was then offered to join the Scottish Karate Governing Body (SKGB) Kumite Karate Team. I declined, at around this time I started looking further and gaining more information and techniques rather than compete. In my early 20's I continued my Karate both with my originating School and other Schools/Styles. I furthered my skills in other arts such as Ju Jutsu, Aikido, Traditional Japanese Weapons and Tai Chi.
In my quest for skill and knowledge, I tried to gain more understanding and began follow the late great Bruce Lee learning as much as I could about Wing Chun and the concepts of JKD. Unfortunately, this was not as easy as first thought as there were no schools within my locality. In my late 20's up until now I stretched out that bit further managing to attend classes hosted by Rick Young(Kali/Kickboxing and JKD concepts), Dan Inosanto(Kali/Escrima, Silat, Kickboxing and JKD). Unfortunately though, I still didn't find the embryo of JKD - Wing Chun. For that, I was lucky enough to find Master Wong in 2003 and I haven't looked back.
Further to this quest a friend of mine asked me if I had seen the Russian Martial Arts. I initially thought Sambo, but no he meant Systema. I Googled and YouTubed and found an amazing Fighting System with very amazing instructors. This was my new quest, to be able to move like them and almost have a sixth sense regarding your opponent. This chapter in my book is still being written but having spent a year studying, and then benefitting from the Systema Full Range Camp with the Masters in teh summer of 2012, I must say this is a journey of many miles but I have begun with my first step. It is really just the first ripple in my pool when it comes to Systema.
Running concurrently with my interests within the martial arts, I have also had a huge interest in strength training and body conditioning. To this point, I was lucky enough to find a true master in this field - Steve Maxwell. Not only has he been a fountain of knowledge for me but he is a prime example of a man who really can "Talk the Talk and indeed Walk the Walk." I have the great privilege to say he is my Friend, Master and Mentor.
For more detailed information about myself or the systems I teach, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Steve Maxwell once told me, 'it is good to have lineage, for yourself and all your students'. Well for all you readers, and students alike this is my lineage so far. This is a list of all those who have tutored me directly
|Systema - Russian Martial Arts||Vladimir Vasiliev|
|Tenshinkan Karate||Shihan Robert Kane ( + Sai)|
|Sensei Tam MacDonald ( + Jo staff)|
|Sensei Kevin MacGlouchlin|
|Sensei Stewart Chunky MacDonald|
|Kancho Mamoru Miwa|
|Shihan Hans Haupt|
|Sensei Masa Asama|
|Shotokan Karate||Sensei Brian Smith ( + Goju Ryu + Weapons)|
|Shihan Eddie Welsh|
|Jiu Jutsu, Iaido||Shihan Graham White|
|Sensei Dave MacGregor|
|Sifu Bernard Chan ( + Tai Chi)|
|Aikido||Sensei Bill Davis|
|JKD Concepts||Sifu Rick Young|
|Sigung Dan Inosanto|
|Iaido||Sensei Bill Davis|
|Wing Chun, Tai Chi, JKD Concepts||Master Michael Wong|
|Maxbells Kettlebells(Level I & II), Body Weight Training, Body Mobility||Steve Maxwell|
|Kettlebells||Mike Mahler & Steve Cotter|
|MMA CSCC Band and Body Weight Training||J.C. Santana|
I got to be honest and give credit where credit is due, so I would like to thanks the following people as well as those in the list above. These people I list now have offered me inspiration in many ways :- Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone, Pavel Tsatsouline, Donnie Yen, Mark Strange, Sho Kosugi, Mark Twight, Mikhail Ryabko