Mike's Martial Arts journey started in 1971 as youngster he trained and competed in Judo.
He did this for 10 years before embarking on a career in the Armed Forces.
The disruptions associated with a service lifestyle and many postings over the years meant that Mike could only train in what was available in whatever location he was in. Over the years Mike has trained in Boxing, Karate (Wado Ryu, Sport Karate) and MMA.
On settling back in the North West and at the age of 51, Mike decided to start training in Martial Arts again. He decided on Ju Jitsu because of his background in Japanese Martial Arts. Mike has trained for over 3 years now under the help and guidance of Ian Tranter and he holds senior grades in Judo, Karate and now Ju Jitsu.
Mike soon started training with Scott Roughley who had a passion for the Israeli close quarter battle systems of Krav Maga. Mike soon developed an interest in these systems also as they complemented Ju Jitsu well. Having trained with Scott for a few years, attending courses and seminars in Kapap (military style Krav Maga) and Krav Maga, it culminated in Mike completing a level 1 instructor course under Global Kapap Krav Maga earlier in the summer.
A busy few years to say the least!
On top of all that Mike is a Level 3 Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer with additional qualifications in Strength & Conditioning, Boxercise and Kick Boxercise. He also qualified earlier on in the year as a BTEC Level 3 Self Defence Instructor and is registered by the National Federation for Personal safety (NFPS).
Mike says that returning to martial arts is the best thing he ever did. Although fantastic for children, it is also an ideal activity for middle age people and older adults. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength will all improve due to the total-body nature of a martial arts workout.
So why not give it a try!!! http://www.impactselfdefence.co.uk/booking-form/