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My entry point to martial arts was in the early 2000s when I studied Wu style Tai Chi with Brian Cooper in Brighton, UK. This led me to learning the Energy Arts Qigong system of Bruce Frantzis. Through the characteristic softness of these arts I learned about body, fluid and energy mechanics which contributed to healing old sporting injuries.

A decade later I started spending more time in South East Asia. There I initially became a Medical Qigong practitioner with Master Tan Soo Kong then discovered Master Nigel Sutton in Penang, where I immersed fully into the world of internal martial and South East Asian martial arts. Now a Senior Instructor in the Zhong Ding Traditional Martial Arts Association, my practice is rooted in Cheng Man-ch’ing Tai Chi and Gao family Baguazang. That is balanced with the combative arts of Silat Tua and Eskrima De Campo JDC-IO, which are the basis for my weapons based training.

I share my understanding of these arts to assist in the healing process of others and maintaining a healthy level of fitness, building confidence and mental strength through self defense, and ultimately offering a meditative practice that can be used to understand the nature of the self and assist one's role in the world.