Favourite QUOTE: Whether you think you can or think you can't - you're always right.

Favourite Part of WHAT I DO: Helping to turn peoples 'I can't' into 'I've done it!'

Martial Arts Profile: 1st degree Black Belt. 2nd level white belt BJJ. Fully qualified Insanity Live instructor.

Studied: Elements of JKD, 'Ghost', Thai, Boxing & currently studying BJJ

My Dad enrolled me in martial arts at the age of 8 after being constantly bullied at school.

I was proud to achieve my first black belt at the age of 13 in Wado-Ryu where I won many local competitions for sparring & forms.

At the age of 34 having just had my second child, I decided to return to my childhood passion. Having recently enrolled my eldest son at Excel in MiniStrike, I was so impressed with the support, encouragement & facilities that I wanted to be a part of it too.

Sadly, in 2014 my Dad, who was my inspiration & role model & my reason for starting martial arts, passed away just before my black belt graduation from cancer. My Dad had always been a huge part of my martial arts journey throughout my life & so in September of that year I dedicated my black belt to him.

Having had to care for my Dad during this time, I'd already had to give up my full time job & so Liam & the team gave me the amazing opportunity to make my passion become my full time role as a coach at Excel.

They say "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work
a day in your life" & for me this has never been more true, I am blessed to be around such amazing people every day & to know that I have been part of their journey is truly an overwhelming feeling.

Since achieving my black belt & then more recently my 1st Dan I have been excited by how much there is to learn, most of the time I feel like a white belt all over again!  

I am in the best shape of my life & proud to be sporting a six-pack & more athletic physique after losing almost 4 stone & having pushed myself beyond my comfort zone.

Anything is possible as long as you have the mindset, the will & desire to do it & when you are surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment, like our team at Excel - dreams really can come true...

See you soon :)
Keely karate and kickboxing