Can you tell us about your background prior to starting Dorchester Martial Arts?
I’ve trained in Martial Arts since I was 14, I initially started with Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing and achieved black belts in both of these arts. At 17 I joined the Parachute Regiment where I was deployed to Kosovo, Sierra Leonne, Northern Ireland and Iraq.
During this time I was exposed to different arts such as Thai Boxing, Judo, Wrestling and Boxing, it quickly became clear that the flashier martial arts didn’t actually work against a non compliant partner and I started training in the more pragmatic arts and self protection systems. I represented the Parachute Regiment, Army and Combined Services at Martial Arts during this time.
Why did you set up Dorchester Martial Arts
I’ve always had a love for Martial Arts and coaching, I trained in various local clubs once I moved to Dorset and I felt I could deliver a better service.
No one in Dorchester was or still is offering Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and Wrestling classes . The general public is becoming more and more educated through events like the UFC and are realising which arts actually work and which will get you hurt for real.
They’re asking about the coaches qualifications and experience, they’re asking how this type of training would suit them, they’re asking about the best nutritional strategy to achieve their aims and this is massively helping us as we seem to be the only facility with the correct answers.
We’re looking to move to a bigger facility soon so we can help more people and introduce more classes. The coaches are becoming more qualified and I’m looking to train up two more assistant coaches this year.
We’re constantly re investing in equipment and will be looking to expand our classes to include wrestling and Judo.