Background on Tony Terranova

Tony Terranova - Coach & Co-Owner


  • DOB: 15-01-1957
  • Married with two daughters and a granddaughter
  • Black Belt Shotokan Karateka (graded by Sensie Enoeda)
  • BJJ brown belt graded by Chico Mendes
  • BCA level 1 instructor (graded by Geoff Thompson);
  • BCA 3rd Dan (grade by Peter Consterdine)
  • Developed his own functional weight training system Garage Gorilla Training
  • NLP Practitioner
  • Global engineering consultant in the power, gas, oil and petro-chemical sectors

Tony started training in Shotokan Karate in Coventry in the early eighties under John Johnston (following the Japanese Karate Association syllabus). Tony also trained at other K.U.G.B clubs (all affiliated to the J.K.A.) and competed in the Shotokan Kumite competitions at Crystal Palace in the early eighty's. During this period that he met and trained with his friend Geoff Thompson. For work related reasons and moving to another area he stopped his formal training in 1992. He continued to train with friends in his garage gym, but felt it lacked the intensity and variety of formal classes.

In 2002 (aged 45) he went back training after receiving encouragement from Geoff Thompson and his wife Jenny. After a few weeks of training and researching the latest martial arts trends he wrote an article for MAI titled "Yesterday's Truism's are Today's Falsehoods". He believes that going back to martial arts is one of the best things he has ever done. His article explained the adversity he had overcome to get back into training and the strategies he used.

Tony's philosophy is that there is no real science per se of combat; there are only some fundamental principles and mechanics that need to be understood and nothing should be crystallized as "the only way to train". Also a study and understanding of biomechanics, fitness, psychology, nutrition and strength will assist you in becoming a better martial artist.

He believes you can be your own teacher if you take the time to develop the discipline of continual learning and model competent martial artist's whilst making sure you get calibrated by the right coaches. He is fortunate to be mentored by Master Sken for Muay Thai/Striking and Chico Mendes for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).

He has also written articles for Martial Arts Illustrated, Shotokan Karate Magazine and martial arts websites including; Geoff Thompson's; Master Sken's; Peter Consterdine's, Iain Abernethy's, Totally and reviewed several book for fellow martial artists. He has traveled the world as an engineer working in power, gas, refining and petrochemicals sectors.

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