HOW DID YOU GET INTO MARTIAL ARTS?
My Dad has always been heavily into his martial arts training as he was growing up, and I guess seeing him and my brother training, I decided it was something I wanted to give a go. Little did I know, a hobby would turn into a lifelong passion, career and love of mine!
HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO STAY MOTIVATED & CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT YOUR TRAINING JOURNEY?
I have always been a very competitive and driven person. I strive through my success, and the thought of inspiring others. That being said, I am only human, and like everyone I have had times when I have found it so hard to get motivated. That is when I step on youtube, and watch some inspiring videos, or read an uplifting book to snap out of the mood I am in. Your mind is so powerful. Switch up your thoughts, and you can turn around your day!
I set myself goals, and when I see rewards, I want more! Whether that be in training, competition or my personal life. If I see someone training, I have to train harder, and if I am sitting at home doing nothing, then someone out there could be going harder. I guess its truly down to my self motivation and passion that keeps me going!
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TRAINING TIPS?
My top training tip is to enjoy it! When you are enjoying your training you will improve at such a fast pace, and everything will feel so much better. No matter what pace everyone around you is going, just focus on YOU.
Work at your own pace and listen to your body. If you can go harder then go harder, if you need to slow down, then slow down, you know your own body the best.Lastly, I would say, don’t be afraid to try new things. Everyone was a beginner at one stage in his or her lives at everything. So don’t be scared to be that beginner in a class, gym, or sports environment.
WHAT ARE YOUR PROUDEST AND MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE?
Oh Gosh this is a hard one to narrow down! How do I minimise a 30 year career into a few lines!?
Winning my first World Championship has to be one of my proudest and memorable moments. I was 14 years old, and I was at the World Kickboxing championships in Prague. I was there with both my parents, and I was the under dog! I entered in 2 divisions, musical forms and traditional forms, and I managed to win GOLD in both.I will never forget standing on the podium with the national anthem playing, and seeing my parents tearful in the audience. It was a feeling I will never ever forget and an extremely proud day.
Another has to be my first ever Guinness World Record. One in which I will always treasure. Which was for most amount of kicks in a minute. I have actually broke my own record 3 times over now, with the first being 192 kicks in Spain, the second being 210 in Italy and the third time I set the record I achieved 212 kicks in 1 minute in China! I had to train so hard for these, because the lactic acid build up was very tough at first and my legs became quite tired. So I had to build up the strength and control in my leg so that I didn’t put it down on the floor at all for the entire minute, as if I did, it would cost me seconds in the game!
Lastly it has to be the stunt work I have done, doubling some of Hollywoods leading ladies! Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy 1, Daisy Ridley in Star Wars the Force Awakens, and The Last Jedi, Jaimie Alexander in Thor 2, Sylvia Hoeks in Bladerunner 2049 to name a few.
What an honour and an achievement to see all of my hard work on the big screen like that! I’ll never forget the first day I held the light saber on set, that was a big GEEK moment right there!
CAN ANYONE DO THE SPLITS?
This is an extremely tough question to answer without meeting you and seeing what you are already capable of. Lots of factors come into answering this question.
Your age, if you have done sports previously, if you have had splits previously, the list is endless.
Failing that, I believe if you start stretching at a young age, that YES IT IS POSSIBLE for anyone to do splits with a bit of hard work and self belief. I have taught hundreds of thousands of students all over the World and seen the results with my own eyes. The younger you start to stretch, the more I believe this is definitely achievable.
WHAT ADVISE DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE WANTING TO GET FITTER AND HEALTHIER BUT HAVEN’T GOT A CLUE WHERE TO START?
Go for it!! Always follow your heart, and never stop chasing your dreams. Set yourself goals, start off small and then make them harder and bigger, and every time you reach one, set that bar higher. Sports athletes, gym-goers, fit junkies (whatever you want to call us) are generally some of the most supportive, encouraging people out there. Whether it’s your first day in the gym, or first day on a specific diet, come talk to me if you are in need of encouragement or advise. I will always try to guide you in the right direction of what’s best for you! Change is good for the soul! Embrace it!
Mission impossible – Fall Out (Stunt Performer) | Blade Runner – 2049 (Stunt Double: Sylvia Hoeks) | Star Wars – The last Jedi (Stunt Double: Daisy Ridley) | The Mummy (Stunt Performer) | Assassins Creed (Stunt Double: Ariane Labed & Michelle Lin) | Star Wars – The Force Awakens (Stunt Double: Daisy Ridley) | Exodus Gods & Kings (stunt performer)| Guardians of the Galaxy(stunt double: Zoe Saldana)| Thor 2 – The Dark World (stunt double: Jaimie Alexander/Rene Russo) | Kick Ass 2 (stunt performer) | World War Z (stunt performer) | Wrath of the Titans (stunt double: Lily James) | John Carter of Mars | Double Zero | The Purifiers
Game of Thrones (Stunt Double snake sisters) | Black Mirror (Stunt Double) | Into the Badlands (Stunt Performer) | Officially Amazing | The Fades (stunt performer)|Britains Got Talent | Ross Kemp Short | Guinness World Records | Paul O’Grady | El Gong Show | Benissimo | When will I be famous | Graham Norton | Big Breakfast | Masters of Combat | Skillicious | This Morning
Under Armour | Yellow Pages | Neutral | Ant & Dec HD TV | Adidas | Alexander Mcqueen | Ford Focus | Pepsi (stunt double: Jennifer Lopez)| Sugar Puffs | Honda Civic | Cadbury’s | Mineral Water | Celebrity fit club | Subway
Envy – So solid Crew | Rewind – Cylob | An easier affair – George Michael | Get up & move – Harvey ( So Solid Crew) & Alesha Dixon
Hellblade – Senua’s Sacrifice | Star Wars battlefront II (Rey) | Mirrors Edge | The Watchmen
Vogue USA | Radio Times | Sun Newspaper | Muscle & Fitness Magazine | Real People Magazine | Maximuscle | CAT | Touch Magazine | Kwon | Century | Daily Star | CEL products | Image Library
Spiderman Premiere | Freerunning@ Summer Tour | Street Fighter X Tekken Launch | Diversity UK tour | Top Gear Live World Tour | Formula 1 | Katie Price & Alex Reid’s Wedding | Karate Kid Premiere | Prince of Persia Premiere | Transformers 2 Premiere | Seimens | FIFA interactive World Cup | Detroit Motor Show | Adidas | Reebok | Nike | Puma | ISPO | GQ Mens style awards | Golden Lily | Mini’s 50th Birthday | K-1 | Metal Gear solid Launch | The Last Airbender Premiere
WKA World Champion | WKA British Champion | WKA European Champion | WAKO British Champion | French Open Champion | Irish Open Champion |
US Open Champion | Charlie Lee Nationals Grand Champion | Ocean States Champion | Swiss Open Champion | Quebec Open Champion | New England Open Champion
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER OF THE FOLLOWING:
Most amount of kicks in 1 minute
Most Scorpion kicks in 1 minute
Most amount of spins with the bo staff around my body, whilst on 1 leg.