Simon penning his latest work.
Those who first meet Simon are usually very surprised at his history and background. You see today Simon, as one of Wales’ singularly most qualified Martial Artists and Fight Coaches with a library of books to his name, comes across as a confident person, but his childhood and early adult years were an experience far from anything that may have provided this confidence.
Simon was badly bullied, violently assaulted (at one time an attempt on his life was made by a knife wielding thug) and eventually succumbed to terrifying panic attacks that threatened to ruin his life. He fell to agoraphobia and for a long period of time was unable to leave his house.
However he was, quite remarkably able to turn his life around when he found his path in Martial Arts. Today his lists of qualifications are very impressive and include 6th Dan Black Belt, Mushin Kai (Alfie Lewis) Karate & Kickboxing. 6th Dan Black Belt, Karate and Concepts of Krav Maga & Senior Instructor with The British Combat Association, Black Belt Krav Maga I.K.I. (awarded in Israel), Certified Wrestling Coach (B.A.W.A.) and 5TH Dan Black Belt(W.U.M.A.). He also holds NVQ’s in Conflict Management, Door Supervision and Security.
He has been featured many times in the International Press and has talked about his experiences on National Radio. His story is about to be made into a feature film ‘From Bullied To Black Belt’ and in 2016 he was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame for the thirs time, including an award for Top Fighter. . Simon is available for Seminars on both Martial Arts and Inspirational Fear Control Talks. He has helped many people overcome adversity and reach their goals.
Simon says “It breaks my heart when somebody walks into my Academy as a victim of bullies. It isn’t just children either. I have had grown men and ladies who are being victimised and it is something we can help with. We don’t promise to turn anyone into a Super Hero, man, woman or child but we do our very best to treat them with respect and compassion and know that if we do our job properly, we can help that person grow into a confident, well adjusted individual living a life they want to live. We want people to leave a Fight Fortress training session or read one of my books and come away in the belief there is hope, hope to achieve what we want to achieve, hope to live the life we want to live’.
If you would like to book Simon for a talk or a Martial Art Seminar please use the contact details on this site or call Julie on 0778606 1567.
6th Dan Black Belt Karate & Kickboxing (Alfie Lewis, Mushin Kai).
6th Dan Black Belt Karate (The British Combat Association).
5th Dan Black Belt (W.U.M.A.).
Senior Grade, Mushin Kai Liverpool, Alfie Lewis.
Three times Martial Arts Hall of Fame Winner .
Senior Instructor, The British Combat Association.
Black Belt Krav Maga Unarmed Combat (I.K.I., awarded in Israel).
U.K. Director of Integrated Combative Concepts (U.S.A.)
Certified Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Coach (B.A.W.A.).
N.V.Q. Level 2 Conflict Management.
Registered Self-Protection Instructor.
Trained in Close Protection and Surveillance.
Responsible for delivering Self-Protection Training to The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme & Kickboxing to the 5 x 60 Program throughout North Wales.
Author of five published books.
He has written for/been featured in/appeared on; B.B.C., New York Daily Post, Martial Arts Illustrated, On the Doors, Baby Spot CA, Vancouver Sun, Calon FM and many more media outlets.