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Occupation:  Trading/Account Manager (Wholesale)
Grade  : 2nd Dan
Certified Level 3 Coach (B.J.J.A.G.B)
First Aider
Fully CRB Checked
45+ years experience

Mob: 07970 865732

Hobbies/sports:

I have been involved in Martial Arts for over 45 years. I started practising Judo from the age of 7; I also studied Shotokhan Karate and trained in Tae Kwon Do for many years in Devon under the instruction of Master John Black 8th Dan.   I was awarded my Tae Kwon Do 1st Dan Black Belt in 1986 by Grand Master He Il Cho and went on to win several national titles between 1986 – 1989 including the English and Welsh Championships in Sparring, Patterns and Destruction. I am a qualified Football Leader and UEFA C Licence holder with the FAW (Football Association of Wales). I Manage and Coach Junior football at Academy Level with Torfaen Academy

(Twitter – tfootyacademy)

 

Why you started TBD

I started training in Goshinkwai in 1986 under the Instruction of Sensei Dave Baker whom I met while training at my local weight training gym in Devon. I used to travel weekly from Devon to Bleanavon in South Wales with Dave to train, until I eventually persuaded him to teach me and a couple of friends locally. I trained with Dave for 4 years and graded to 4th Kyu Green Belt. Ironically I moved to Talywain, Pontypool (3 miles from Bleanavon) in South Wales in 1989 and continued my training on and off for a couple of years with Sensei Jeff Keen. My work began to take me away from home and my training began to suffer because of this. Then in 2006 my eldest son Tyler expressed an interest in Martial Arts which is when I contacted Alun Williams (Founder of TBD) and together with Tyler resumed my training under Alun’s Instruction. I was promoted to 3rd Kyu Blue Belt on the TBD Annual Course in 2008 and my 1st Kyu Brown Belt at the 2010 Annual Course; I attained my 1st Dan Black Belt at the TBD Annual Course in November 2011, and was awarded my 2nd Dan at the Annual Course 2013.

 

 

I regularly attend Extra Progressive Training sessions both in South Wales and London with Alun. I have also supported many of the Seminars given by some of the Top Martial Artists in the world that Alun has hosted, Including Maul Mornie of Silat Suffian Bela Diri, Chris Crudelli (Mind Body and Kick Ass Moves) and Joey Ansah who is most famous for his part in the Bourne Identity Films, Rob Ho Instructor and Actor and  Zara Pythian World Champion Martial Artist and Actress, to mention a few .

 

It was a great honour when invited by Alun to be the Guest Instructor at the 2nd TBD USA Seminar in Orlando Florida – On 12th April 2009.

 

I was also invited back to Orlando Florida to instruct at the 3rd TBD USA seminar in April 2011, which was a great experience for me personally.

 

Alun had previously forged links with the Orlando Martial Arts Meet up Group, and when Holidaying with my family in Florida, Alun arranged for me to instruct the Seminars on behalf of the TBD Organisation.

 

What you most like about TBD:

There is a strong passion and respect for all within the Risca club, No Ego’s which I like. The level amongst most of the junior grades is very very high, which keeps me on my toes and pushes me to develop my own skill and knowledge continually, creating a very high standard throughout the club. I like the flexibility of the style, Alun is keen for his students to have their own ideas and scenarios, and will work with each individual to adapt these into our own techniques.

 

Aims/Ambitions:

Its was always my long term ambition to instruct my own Students, after qualifying as an instructor in 2011, Alun Williams presented me with the opportunity in open my own TBD School, which I did in Feb 2012. TBD Pontypool was born; I knew that Alun would give me all of the support and guidance I needed to ensure the clubs success, as the TBD Organisation continues to grow.

In 2018 I will see my 1st Student Grade to Dan Grade level which will be a very proud moment for me personally. Sophie Davies has trained continuously since she joined me as a 10 year old, now approaching 16 years of age, Sophie will Grade for her TBD Black Belt 1st Dan at the Annual Course 2018

TBD is now recognised around Europe and the USA with Alun after some of the senior instructors were invited to Maul Mornie’s Italian Summer Camp at Lake Garda.

 

Over the last couple of years both Alun, the senior instructors and many of the students within the TBD organisation have worked very hard in terms of networking and have made many new friends in the world of Martial Arts. I feel that there are many opportunities for TBD on the horizon, to be working with like minded students in other countries, not only Europe but around the world, and would love to be a part of this, not if, but when it happens.

 

Courses Attended –

 

Maul Mornie – Silat Suffian Bela Diri May 2007 – Risca South Wales

TBD Annual Course November 2007 – Risca

Gun Defence Course – Matt Hall / Rob Pasco April 2008 – Risca South Wales

Seni 2008 – April 2008 – London Excel

TBD London Seminar July 2008 – London

TBD Annual Course November 2008 – Risca South Wales

TBD London Seminar January 2009 – London

Chris Crudelli Feb 2009 – Abertillery South Wales

Joey Ansah March 2009 – Risca South Wales

TBD USA 2 Orlando Martial Arts Seminar April 2009 – Orlando Florida (Guest Instructor)

Seni 2010 – April 2010 – London Excel

TBD London Seminar July 2010 – London

TBD Annual Course November 2010 (Brown Belt Grading)

TBD USA 3 Orlando Martial Arts Seminar April 2011 – Orlando Florida (Guest Instructor)

Zara Pythian Screen Fighting Seminar June 2011

TBD / SILAT Joint Seminar Alun Williams / Maul Mornie – London October 2011

Flexible Weapons Seminar – Maul Mornie – Cardiff November 2011

TBD Annual Course November 2011 (1st Dan Grading)

TBD Athens Greece March 2012 (Assistant Instructor)

TBD Annual Course November 2012

 

August 2013 I officially became the Instructor for TBD London after Alun handed over to me. Monthly Training Sessions in Wembley London

TBD Annual Course November 2013 (2nd Dan Grading)

TBD Annual Course November 2014

TBD Annual Course November 2015

Eddie Quinn Seminar November 2016 – I joined Eddie at an invitation only event in Coventry arranged in memory of Eddie’s Sister Sharon Quinn who was one of my work colleagues. A fantastic day with many of the Uk’s Top Martial Artists and Instructors. Personal Instruction was given by Eddie Quinn, Rick Young and Eddies Instructor Guru Tua Chris Parker

Russel Jarmesty Seminar Ebbw Vale South Wales October 2016

TBD Annual Course November 2016

TBD Annual Course November 2017

 

…………………………………………………Continuing to ”MAKE A DIFFERENCE”

Mark Broom 2nd Dan