Patrons of the Charity
STEPHEN GRAYSTON HANSHI 10 DAN
Bob Billson (left) with Paralympic athlete Ade Adepitan and Dave Lee, founder of Disability Martial Arts Association
Bob Billson holds a third dan grade in Hontai Yoshin Ryu (traditional Ju-Jutsu) obtained in 1993 under 18th Grandmaster Soke Inoue Tsuyoshi Munetoshi.
Bob also taught Hontai Yoshin Ryu during his time reading third world studies and history at Middlesex University until 1996, and was also president of the athletic union for two consecutive years, promoting sport to all students at the university.
After this time Bob became involved in working with disabled people, firstly through a local Mencap programme, then running a leisure club for people with learning disabilities, and at this time tried to promote the benefits of sport through leisure activities for the members of the club.
In 1999 Bob began a part time post with the London Sports Forum for Disabled People, working to develop and promote sports opportunities for young people with learning disabilities, and in 2003 began full time work as development officer at Special Olympics Great Britain, an organisation dedicated to promoting sports training and competition specifically for people with learning disabilities.
Bob has been involved in the organisation and delivery of ‘Breaking Down Barriers’ for a number of years, and is a keen advocate of Martial Arts for disabled people.
Said Bob ‘ I am proud and honoured to be a patron of the Disability Martial Arts Association which is pro active in challenging martial arts instructors everywhere to open their doors to people with disabilities, and look forward to continuing to assist the organisation in promoting good practice, and encouraging more disabled people to take up martial arts’.
I was born in Ashford, Kent. I started training at the age of 6 under the watchful eye of Sensei Peter Boston . I have been training in the Martial Arts for 33 years. I was awarded the Grade of 6th Dan in 2004. I have been very privileged to be graded by some of this country's most talented Judo and Budo masters. It is to those sensei's that I owe everything and my heart felt thanks goes out to them all.
Ronnie Colwell 9th Dan shotokan
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Peter Green 4th Dan
Peter started Judo some 18 years ago. Mainly because his children wanted some support whilst on the mat. He has always tried to study as many different ways to implement techniques as possible. No two organisations or associations do the same technique the same way. This means He is able to offer his students the best possibility of completing a technique when the time arrives, and have the confidence to initiate it, without panic. He is unbiased, he dose not think that any one way of teaching is right or wrong, just different, and you can always learn something new, regardless of grade. He will always strive to become better, and pass his knowledge on to anyone willing to learn.
Kate & Nikki Malyon
Kate began training at age of 5, in Judo, as many do. Continued training over last 35 years in several arts including, police ju Jitsu, Kyokushinkai karate, Brithai and Tang Soo Do. Currently 4th Dan in Tang Soo do being founder and Chief instructor of Yong Gi Do Tang Soo Do in Essex. Taught police Ju Jitsu as a serving police officer, taught self defence programmes in colleges of education ( ofsted approved ) Specialist area, self defence and self protection for women and children's development programmes through martial arts. Committed to being a fully inclusive club, focusing on individual potential and enjoyment of the art. (More information to follow)
Rachel was infamously born on the day the Falklands conflict began, started in Judo as a young girl. Rachel is now a black belt in Okinawan Karate and CaneMasters, and is also a Defendo student. Rachel teaches and preaches CaneMasters with Chris wherever they go
Wayne Swietoslawski Shihan 7th Dan
Wayne Swietoslawski runs small Ju Jitsu clubs in Herts, Northants and Surrey, mainly training small but enthusiastic groups of students that have sought him out to train them, as opposed to trying different marketing and advertising schemes to try and find students. It all began for Wayne in 1975, at the age of five when his father took him, along with his older brother, to a Ju Jitsu club in order to build his confidence along with his physical stature. He enjoyed his training and developed his skills quickly. His then instructor, the late Sensei Peter Monkman, seemed impressed with Wayne and his brother and would always teach them additional techniques at the end of each class. This spurred them both on to train harder. By the age of 10 Wayne reached black belt under Sensei Monkman with the World Ju Jitsu Federation. Whilst training with Sensei Monkman Wayne also began training with Shihan Ken Culshaw and Shihan Mally Holmes in Welham Green. From then on he attended as many courses, seminars and other martial art clubs as time (and his parents) would allow!
Shihan Swietoslawski now holds black belts or equivalents in eight martial arts:-
· 7th Dan Waskido Ryu Ju Jitsu,
· 4th Dan Kobudo,
· 3rd Dan Juko Ryu Ju Jitsu,
· 2nd Dan Aiki Jitsu,
· 2nd Dan Kickboxing,
· 1st Dan Choi Kwang Do,
· 1st Dan Dynamic Self Defence,
· Red sash in Seni Silat Kesatria.
He has trained and fought throughout the world including America, Europe and Asia. Along the way attaining the following honours:-
· A former Ju Jitsu Champion,
· British Shaolin Kung Fu Champion,
· 2007 inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame.
Over the years Wayne has had the opportunity to train in America under the likes of:-
|Grandmaster Remy Presas 10th Dan Rapid Arnis,|
|Soke Wally Jay 10th Dan Small Circle Ju Jitsu,|
|Grandmaster George Dillman 9th Dan Ryukyu Kempo Karate,|
|Master Mark Kline Kyusho Jitsu,|
|Grandmaster Kwang Jo Choi 9th Dan Choi Kwang Do,|
|Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace 9th Dan Uechi Ryu and Kickboxing,|
|Pendakar William Saunders 10th Dan Silat,|
|Grandmaster Mark Shuey 10th Dan Canemaster|
Across Europe his instructors have included:-
|Soke James Blundell 9th Dan Juko Ryu Ju Jitsu,|
|Soke Richard Morris 10th Dan Ju Jitsu,|
|Professor Robert Clark 9th Dan Ju Jitsu,|
|Soke Brian Dossett 10th Dan Spirit Combat,|
|Kyoshi Patrick McCarthy 8th Dan Karate & Kobudo,|
|Hanshi Alan Tattersall 8th Dan Ju Jitsu,|
|Master Donny Siew Shaolin Kung Fu,|
|Shihan Bryan Cheek 7th Dan Juko Ryu Ju Jitsu,|
|Shihan G S Bertoletti – Ju Jitsu,|
|Sensei Colewell 8th Dan - Karate & Ju Jitsu,|
|Shihan L V Ott - Ju Jitsu,|
|Master Sken – Muay Thai,|
|Soke Dai Leon Jay 9th Dan Small Circle Ju Jitsu,|
|Prof. Terry Parker 8th Dan Ju Jitsu,|
|Guro John Harvey 8th Dan Rapid Arnis,|
|Soke Steve Grayston 10th Dan Shindo Ryu Karate,|
|Sifu Kevin Brewerton – Lau Gar (World Champion),|
|Sifu Bob Fermor – Tai Chi and Fon Mor Kuen (5 x World Champion),|
|Eyal Yalinov – Krav Maga,|
|Simon Das - Silat.|
With such an impressive line up of instructors since 1975, Wayne teaches an eclectic system, predominantly consisting of Ju Jitsu, (but is mindful to keep the attitude of always being a student himself), drawing elements from as many of the arts he has learned as possible, passing this onto his students, and in line with the philosophies of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, lets them decide for themselves to absorb what they find useful and disregard what is not. Shihan Swietoslawski is the Chief Instructor of Shin Ei Kai Martial Arts, which was set up with Milton Keynes martial arts instructor Delroy Fairclough and also the Senior Master of Waskido Ryu Ju Jitsu. In addition to these associations, Wayne has also forged strong alliances with Itsu Shotokan’s Sensei Trevor Ford in Northampton and Shudan Martial Arts’ Jeff Gonsalves in Wellingborough, where these instructors teach and train together. He is also a patron to the Disability Martial Arts Association charity.
Steven served twenty-two years in the British Army from 1986 - 2008. He completed seven operational tours of duty, many of which he was employed in specialist roles in often hazardous and hostile environments. After one particular deployment he was awarded a ‘General Officer Commanding’s Commendation’ for services rendered. During his military career Steven was an advisor and instructor to various military units regarding personal security, self-defence and physical intervention training.
Steven holds of a wide variety of national accredited qualifications to instruct weapons awareness and recognition, physical intervention and fitness related activities. He is also highly qualified to teach personal security, self-defence and an array of pragmatic martial arts systems. Over the years Steven has amassed a wealth of practical knowledge and firsthand experience relating directly to violence in its various forms.
For many years Steven has supported his local community teaching self-defence and advising various organisations including educational establishments (staff & pupils) on personal security issues. During his career he has gained a strong reputation as being an individual who cares and commits 100% to those he instructs and it is this dedication to others that has been reported as admirable on a variety of occasions. He has been featured heavily in many regional newspapers, appeared in various martial arts magazines, as a guest on BBC radio talking about personal security issues and on television with some of his students.
To date Steven has been recognised both nationally and internationally for his contribution to the martial arts and he is fast becoming a much sort after Personal Safety Specialist. Impressively Steven was the first member of the Combined Armed Forces to have received the highly prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Register of Exercise Professionals in 2004.
“Steve Timperley is not only a great coach, but he is someone with firsthand operational experience in dealing with life threatening situations. He was one of the Army's elite self-protection instructors whose pragmatic approach to training has yielded exceptional operational results. However, in spite of Steve's obvious exceptional ability and undisputed operational track record, he is a humble and likeable man who has a natural ability to make everyone seem at ease in his presence.”
Mark Dawes - National Tutor & Director of the National Federation for Personal Safety (NFPS) & Author of ‘Understanding Reasonable Force’.
“Steven Timperley represents the modern face of Martial Arts and Self-Protection. He has forged a first-class system, blending the best of traditional martial arts and the modern concepts of personal combat. He has military experience to add to the mix and the end result is an effective system from a highly respected instructor.”
Peter Consterdine - Author, International Security Consultant & joint Chief Instructor of the British Combat Association.
9th Dan Ju-Jitsu (EJJU, IJJF),
8th Dan Karate (FAJKO, WUKO),
3rd Dan Aikido, 3rd Dan Judo
Terry was born in London on 8th May 1941. Terry enjoys teaching and is in constant demand all over the world, where he has built up a following amongst serious students of martial arts. Terry is non-political regarding martial arts and truly enjoys imparting his extensive knowledge to students and teachers of all ages and grades. He refuses payment for his teaching saying he teaches because he “wants to”, not “because he has to”. Terry is always happy to discuss any matters on Karate or martial arts.
Born in 1955, Albie O'Connor-sensei began training in karate at the age of 17 and gained his shodan, first Dan, in 1979. Six years later, O'Connor-sensei became the Chief Instructor of Sessen-Ryu Karate Kai, and in 1987 qualified as a weapons instructor with the Nippon Dai Budo Kai. As a qualified MAC Sports Council Coach for more than 15 years, and with a coaching award from BAWLA (British Amateur Weight Lifters' Association), O'Connor-sensei is a well qualified coach, as well as a highly experienced sensei; in 1989, O'Connor-sensei received an award for best instructor. Today, he is an NVQ Assessor, a member of the NCF (National Coaching Foundation) and a qualified first aid instructor. Some years after starting to train in kobudo, O'Connor-sensei passed his shodan, first dan, in kobudo through the IOKA, and the following year, 1996, was awarded the position of shidouin, again by the IOKA, certifying him as a kobudo instructor and examiner. In 1998, O'Connor-sensei traveled to Japan to study kobudo and was awarded his sandan, third dan, by the IOKA in Kochi City, Japan. Over the next few years, O'Connor-sensei traveled extensively throughout Japan and Okinawa to further his training and research, studying under the likes of Kinjo-sensei kyudan, ninth dan.
Sensei Martin Peterson Vice President/Head Coach Frederiksvaer Selvforsvar Denmark
Shizu: Clifford Hyde-Gomes Founder of Chum Kune Do Martial Arts Academy
Clifford Hyde-Gomes born1951, and his martial arts history goes back to 1960 at the age of 9 years old, his father used to teach him boxing, but as he always used to be away from home due to his work, his father enrolled him into a martial arts school, and this is how it all started.
Kalari from 1960 to 1964 Master Bhattacharjee in Dacca East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) (4 years) Bando Kickboxing 1964 to 1970 Mr Dodo Mia in Dacca years Jitsu Ruy 1970 to 1972 Sensei Hasimoto in Dacca, 1st Dan Black Belt (2 years)
He stopped for 8 years due to the war with Hindu and Muslim, where schools were burnt or closed down. At that time He worked with the United Nation Merchant Marines for 5 years. And the British High Commission, Dacca, for 3 years in the Security department He came to England in 1979
Shaolin Fist Kung Fu 1979 to 1987 under master, Yop Leong. 2 Dan Black Sash London.(8 years) Tae Kwon Do ITF 1 year and 6 month 1986 to 1988 master Ree Ki Ha, 2nd Dan Black Belt.(2 years) Karate 1986 to 1993. Under Shihan Raymond Lee 4th Dan Black Belt Chinese Kickboxing 1990 to date 5th Dan (Awarded on 2002 by WUMA Awarded a Certificate by WUMA Master of the Martial Arts 1999
Chum Kune Do 9thDan Black Belt (Awarded on 2008 by Black Belt International ) Chum Kune Do (Eurasian Martial Arts) 1990 to date he is the Founder of Chum Kune Do Martial Arts Academy Master and Chief Instructor of Chum Kune Do 1999 3 times UK Hall of Fame Presented by the World United Martial Arts Association 2000 International Referee Certificate (WUMA Italy) Medway Sport Award 2004 Nominated by University of Kent & Medway Council. 3 times Pride in Medway 2005 to 2007 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Medway for Outstanding Achievement. By Medway Council, Medway Messenger, University of Kent & MHS Homes Group. 2006 National Martial Arts Award for Dedication & Commitment to Martial Arts, By British National Martial Arts Association.
Awarded Community Champion Certificate of Merit by Kent Community Foundation 2007. USA Hall of Fame 2007 USA Hall of Honor & Fame 2010 Grand Master England (UK)
He has coached my students from inter-school, county, British, International to become World Champion in Kung Fu, Karate, and Kickboxing in forms and contact fighting.
Alan Foster President / Founder of the World Martial Council
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Began training in Judo at the York Railway Institute in 1961.
1966 began training in Shukokai Karate but changed to Shotokan Karate and awarded 3rd Dan in 1972.
1975 moved to West Yorkshire and opened the first residential martial arts academy in Keighley and taught on a full-time basis. Founded the Foshinka Dai system of Karate that gained over 400 trophies in 18 months at events across the UK and Europe.
1976 moved back to York and founded the British Union of Karate and Kung-fu Associations (BUKKA) in an attempt to unify Karate and Kung-fu, and was awarded the grade of 4th Dan at this time.
Opened 31 schools of Karate across Yorkshire and Lancashire and was awarded the grade of 5th Dan in 1981.
1987 awarded the grade of 6th Dan.
1992 founded the World Martial Arts Council
1994 awarded 7th Dan
1998 trained and managed the British Squad that took 47 trophies and the World Cup at the World Martial Arts Championships in Groningen, Holland.
2000 began to study Humanities, World Religions, Sociology and International Studies with the Open University.
2002 awarded 8th Dan
2003 obtained a BSc (Hons) degree.
2004 began study at York St John University College of Leeds (now York St John University).
2006 obtained a Masters (MA) in Theology and Religious Studies from Leeds University, and attempted to form a martial arts partnership with Huddersfield University that eventually showed no interest in the concept.
2008 began a research degree at the University of Wales and will upgrade from MPhil to PhD in 2011.
2008-2010 engaged in expanding the World Martial Arts Council on a global basis and travelled extensively around Europe and Asia. During this period met Charles Spring of the University of Derby and the University/Martial Arts concept became a reality. This is now proving to be an enormous success and overseas academic institutions and their professors are showing great interest in becoming involved.
President of the World Martial Arts Council and currently engaged on the creation of the world’s first residential martial arts village in the Philippines and on developing the first martial arts and cultural centre in the United Kingdom. It is envisaged both these venues will provide academic courses in conjunction with the University of Derby on an international level, and arrange student cultural exchanges and competitions at all levels.
The World Martial Arts Council now has a membership of over 500,000 in 23 countries.