Experience: over 30 years
Martial Arts: Jujitsu, Kung Fu, Judo, Karate, Taekwondo and Krav Maga.
Vision: To create an organisation that could be truly independent, able to choose and train its own instructors, whilst modernising the Jujitsu syllabus to become more innovative, accessible and realistic as a form of self defence in today’s society. He actively promotes and teaches strategies involving the use of body language, voice and eye contact in order to diffuse potentially threatening situations.
Special expertise: weapons defence and adapting the Jujitsu syllabus to give more emphasis on real-life situations that people sadly do find themselves in.
Before Activ8: Gary’s previous roles have meant he is only too aware of the need to focus on ways to avoid placing yourself in danger. Gary’s previous role in close protection required him to make decisive life and death decisions for himself and his team and he credits his Martial Arts training with providing him with the physical, mental and spiritual strength that this role demanded, not only when dealing with imminent threats, but also in allowing him to develop the inner peace required to make controlled decisions and remain positive in the face of negativity.
What makes a great instructor: A good instructor should have knowledge and skills far beyond the Jujitsu syllabus. All Activ8 instructors are taught to develop their knowledge and understanding of physiology, anatomy, and basic Japanese, but also how to foster a sense of self-worth, enthusiasm and positivity amongst the students they teach, regardless of their age or ability. There is an emphasis on the development of teaching skills which focuses on body language, the tone and modulation of the voice, behaviour management, inclusion and above all, how to make sessions challenging and fun. He encourages his own students to set themselves challenging personal targets and to engage in meditation and self reflection in order to overcome mental constraints, develop a positive approach and learn how to control responses in difficult situations in order to strive towards the achievement of their individual aims.