I am really excited to be relaunching the martial arts blog in the midst of all this Covid-19 chaos and it’s been great to have support from some fantastic martial artists, instructors and individuals who have agreed to be interviewed by moi! We’ll be posting these interviews on our new YouTube channel – and once things get moving again hopefully doing some home visits, training and video blogs too! So get subscribed to us at The Martial View on YouTube!
This week I’ll be interviewing:
Their names should be familiar with many, but here is a run down of their martial arts experiences for those that aren’t aware!
- Russell was featured on the cover and pages of Martial Arts Illustrated “Self-Defence Special Editions”
- Winner of numerous awards at the British Martial Arts Awards
- Interviewed previously for Martial Master Volume 1
- Inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame in 2012, 2013 and 2014 due to his continued work and commitment in the field of martial arts.
- Worked as a doorman in Greater Manchester for 15 years, which has influenced his training methods incorporating ‘applied’ self-defence into his training syllabus.
- Has taught in the local area for over 20 years, with over 200 students actively training each week.
- One of the UK’s most sought after Self-Defence Coaches, looking after many celebrities including the one and only Frank Bruno
- Holds Dan grades in Karate and Jujutsu
- Teaches practical applied Jujutsu and street techniques and coaches kickboxing and MMA competitors
- Teachers include the great Trevor Roberts (8th Dan Hanshi)
- Training in martial arts over 30 years
- Undefeated ex-MMA competitor.
- Experience in JKD, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Ghost among many other systems
- Coach and author
- Owner of MittMaster
- Owner of Teach your Passion Online
Joe Thambu Shihan
- Began training in 1972 under his Uncle in Yoshinkan Aikido.
- Studied Kendo, Jodo and Ju-Jitsu before establishing the first Yoshinkan Aikido dojo in Australia.
- Tested to 5th Degree black belt in 1993 under Soke Shioda Gozo, the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, and was the youngest non-Japanese to receive this grade at the time.
- Worked as a doorman in Melbourne nightclubs for a number of years.
- In 1997 received the
Blitzmagazine Hall of Fame Aikido Instructor of the Year award.
- In 2005 received the award for the best demonstration at the 50th All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Demonstration.
- Awarded 8th Degree black belt in November 2015 by Inoue Kyoichi Kancho, 10th Dan and founder of the Aikido Shudokan.