The area team was a great experience and I believe it was a fantastic foundation for my international fighting Career. In 1996 I won my 1st International medal in the European championships in Holland which was a bronze. I was even hungrier to make the national team. In 1996 I finally made it by beating long time rival Mike Parchment. I went to Russia on my 1st trip with the national team. I went to various countries picking up medals not always gold. But I had started to make a name for myself and in 2001 I made the desicion to move down from Welterweight to Lightweight -64kgs. My 1st competition as lightweight was the English Champs and I won. Then the same year I won my 1st World title in Poland, The World Cup. I also moved to Dorset to set up my schools and achieved my 4th dan.
The national team started to change with many of the senior members stepping down and retiring.
In 2002 I had my 1st training camp in the build up to the World Championships in America which I won but sadly the next day in the team event, I broke the left side of my face fighting an Argentian in the team final. The left side of my face caved in and I was in hospital being told that I would never compete again. After major surgery, my face was built up through the inside of my mouth. The American surgeons were amazing. In 6 months I was back fighting and in the same year I became the England captain.
With hard work and dedication I came back to be the number 1 seed for lightweight division and I currently still hold this position. As the England captain the team has been undefeated since 2005. 4 world team titles and the current world champs. My team are also mainly individual world champions themselves. Team mate and good friend Warren Vice who most people know is the number 1 fighter in TAGB and has been for a long time. Tamsen Oatey the Ladies England captain also a good friend is a world champion and awesome competitor. The 3 of us have been the nucleus of the England team for over a decade. Along with our Coach, Master Walton we have won and been the most successful Tae Kwon Do team to date. Warren, Tamsen and myself have been winning world and european titles in all this time, the 3 of us are the current World and European Champs. We have travelled the world together and won gold medals in all our International and National events.
In 2006 I won the grading award for my 5th dan. Over 500 people graded that April weekend and the TAGB committee chose me which was an honour.
In 2012 I was awarded the rank of Master 6th dan by the TAGB.
More recently I have competed in the World Championships 2013 and won my idividuals and team. Then in 2014 I competed in the Europeans in Switzerland and won 2 individual gold.
I am the current assistant GB coach and hope to get more involved in this role now as my International career is drawing to an end.
I also do a lot of work and seminars with good friend Master Joseph Schembri who was the Welsh team captain and has dominated the flyweight divison for over a decade he also is the current world champion and to me is one of the best fighters I've seen.
My schools are very busy and I work constantly to try and improve the schools. I am very good with Children and Adults having a positive effect on them. Helping with their confidence. I have helped many students achieve the rank of black belt. I also have World and European champion winning students.
I would like to thank my sponsors High Five Sports Nutrition, Powerbag, Groves Car Consultancy and David Lloyd.
Current World champion
World team champion
Current European champion
European team champion
World cup champion
W.A.S.C.O World Champion
English,Scottish, Welsh and
Irish Open champion
US, Dutch, Swiss, Armenian,
Northern Cyprus, Estonian, German, Polish open
3 x TAGB international fighter of the year
Clash of the titans winner x 2
BTC (British Tae Kwon Do Council) Team Champion x 2
Captained the England team to 4 world championship wins.