Mark began studying Martial Arts in 1985. He trained in Wing Chun, Hung Gar, Lau Gar Kung Fu and Western Kick-boxing over a period of 10 years. He also studied a variety of Japanese styles including traditional Ju Jitsu (TJK) before taking up Mixed Martial Arts in 2001 under coach Mark Woodard.
Mark competed in a total of 13 MMA contests at amateur, semi professional and professional rules over a period of 6 years.
He performed a demonstration bout at the UFC 38 press conference in London in April 2002 with training partner Paul Sutherland.
He began working as a Judge for the Ultimate Fighting Championships in 2011 and to date has worked in the UK, Europe, Brazil, Australia, China, Middle East and Japan. This has included 4 Ultimate Fighter international TV series, TUF Brazil 1 & 2, TUF Australia (The Smashes) and TUF China. Mark has also officiated for various other UK promotions including Cage warriors, Ultimate Impact and Fight UK.
Mark is qualified as a Fitness Coach and Massage Therapist (since 1998). He previously owned his own personal training business before becoming co-owner of Fighting Fit Martial Arts.
Mark began coaching at Fighting Fit in 2008 after meeting co founder Tony Terranova. He became a partner in the business shortly after seeing the potential of Tony's holistic long term vision for the academy.
Mark continues to train regularly in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and studies martial science, conditioning and nutritional concepts continually in an attempt to keep up to date with the on going evolution of MMA. He is passionate about helping students grow within the art and believes that the skills and confidence they gain can be transferable to other areas within their lives.
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