|Mark has been studying the martial arts under Sifu Dave Carnell and Guru Cass Magda for 15 years. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Lucio "Lagarto" Rodrigues, and holds a fifth khan in Thai boxing under Kru John Wright. He has also studied wrestling, judo and boxing with various coaches.
Mark has trained with many of Bruce Lee's first and second generation students, and has attended many seminars in all the arts he studies with many famous instructors. He has also hosted seminars with many great names at his own academy in Manchester.
Mark has competed in many fighting events, including professional MMA, stick fights, Call 2 Arms, and more recently has been a bronze medalist in the last two IBJJF European Championships (2011 and 2012). Mark has also successfully coached students who have also competed and been highly successful in similar events.
Mark has also helped coordinate, choreograph and appear in fight scenes with his students on the hit tv show Shameless. More recently he and his students did a special demonstration in the arts of Kali and Silat before a special pre-screening of the film The Raid before special guests.
Outside of the martial arts Mark has a keen interest in NLP and is a qualified practitioner under Emma James NLP. Mark enjoys using NLP to help his students; not only by making his teaching methods more effective; but also with all aspects of their lives, as well as pre-competition and training issues.
For the last year Mark and his students have also enjoyed practising various forms of yoga to help supplement their martial arts and improve their mechanical efficiency and general well being through stretching, breathing and relaxation.
Mark also holds many other non related sports coaching, and personal training qualifications under various governing bodies. Mark has been a personal trainer in Bannatynes gyms, a station fitness advisor in the fire service and is also a qualified PTI with the British Armed Forces from his time in the TA.