Instructors

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NEIL WHITE

Owner and Instructor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Neil WhiteNeil White, owner of Doncaster Martial Arts Centre, started as a 12 year old in Judo, at this very club (originally known as Doncaster Judo Club). After years of training, he became the National Junior Champion at Judo at Brown Belt. Neil is also an expert in freestyle wrestling.

Neil now concentrates on BJJ and holds a Black Belt graded under Renato Migliaccio and is also a Black Belt at traditional Jiu Jitsu. Other accomplishments include European BJJ Champion at 77kg in 2001 and Absolute Champion. In 2000 Neil took over the running of the club and has turned the club into a thriving community with some unbelievably talented instructors and students.

CHRIS WHITE

Instructor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Kickboxing

Chris WhiteChris White followed his fathers passion for Martial Arts when he was five years old. Starting with Jiu Jitsu and Judo, he also took up Kick Boxing (at 12 years old) and holds a Black Belt in Kickboxing under Nicky Holton (former World Champion Kickboxer). Chris now helps Nicky train the Juniors – as well as teaching the Juniors in Jiu Jitsu, where he holds a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

He has competed in various club, regional and national events at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which is his passion these days. His highlight is a Gold Medal in the 2014 BJJ British Open.

NICKY HOLTON

Instructor of Kickboxing and Ladies Charity Boxing

Nicky HoltonNicky is our Kickboxing expert – having held a World Title in 1998 she has competed with the best. She is always keen to pass on her Kick boxing knowledge and skills to the adults and juniors here at the club, carefully nurturing them, so they can develop and progress through the ranks.

Nicky also coaches women who want to learn how to box, as part of the Ladies Charity Boxing Challenge, where women train for 8 weeks whilst raising money for charity.

While Nicky is our Kickboxing guru, she also isn’t “too bad” in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, holding a Brown belt and as with her Kickboxing, she is always more than willing to help the students out in their techniques and always happy to promote women in Martial Arts. Nicky also holds Black Belts in Taekwondo and Taijutsu.

PAUL MURPHY

Instructor of MMA & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Paul MurphyPaul Murphy is our most multi-disciplined instructor here at Doncaster Martial Arts Centre. Disciplines he has excelled at are :Black Belt 3rd Dan in Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Black Belt in Freestyle Karate, Black Belt in Mugendo Kick-Boxing, Black Belt in Combat Jujitsu, Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has also studied Kyokushin, Thai & Judo.

His titles are equally as impressive – a World Championship Gold Medalist in Freestyle Jiu jitsu 1998, BJJ British Champion (Blue belt), Royal Air Force Amateur Boxing Champion (Novice under 10 Bouts). He represented Great Britain in Jujitsu between 1996-2000. Fought in Canada, USA, Sweden, Germany, France & many times on the UK Grand Prix circuit.

Paul teaches MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu here at Doncaster Martial Arts, but is always willing to help students in all of the other Martial Arts we teach at the club.

JAMES EASLEY

Instructor of Advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

James EasleyJames Easley has been training BJJ for over 10 years now and has just earned his Black Belt, an honour well deserved. James teaches the advanced techniques in Advanced BJJ, helping students who want to progress further than the blue belt.

NEIL MALPASS

Instructor of Boxing

Neil Malpass Neil has been in with some of the best and currently has a spot in the Guinness Book of Records as the only boxer to knock an opponent clean “over” the ropes in a boxing contest.

As well as teaching the regular boxing lessons, Neil coaches the White Collar Boxers who take part in 8 weeks of boxing training, ending with a fight where all the hard work is put to the test – all whilst raising money for charity.

LEE CHESTERS

Instructor of Muay Thai Boxing

Lee ChestersLee Chesters, our Muay Thai coach has trained and fought at the highest level. Between 1995 and 1998, Lee fought most of the big names on the UK circuit, losing only once. He then moved on to the International level winning the Commonwealth title and fighting in Bangkok at the Royal Event – The Kings Cup. In 1999 Lee fought the No 5 ranked fighter in the World, although he lost to a split decision the fight was voted best international fight by Muay Thai magazine. In 2000 Lee was invited to fight on the King’s 72nd Birthday he beat the Champion of South Thailand and broke into the World Top Ten. In 2001 he won the European Champion title on his 3rd attempt by elbow knock out. Following this success Lee was given the opportunity to fight for the supreme World Muay Thai Council (WMC) title against the reigning champion Mot-Eck Mungseema. This was the first time a World Title fight had been sanctioned outside Thailand. Lee became WMC World Champion after winning on points. To put this achievement in context in the 11 years since he won that title only 2 other Britons have done the same in any weight division.

As a coach Lee is considered one of the best up and coming, having already trained junior and professional champions. Despite his own competition success Lee considers the best feeling as a coach is to train people who are not naturally gifted.

PAUL RODGERSON

Instructor of MMA

Paul RodgersonPaul Rodgerson has 20 years martial arts experience. He has a 1 dan blackbelt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu and represented the England Sport Jiu Jitsu team in 1998, fighting in Sweden and nation wide. He actively trains in BJJ and holds a blue belt. He competed professionally in MMA in 2006 and still coaches students here in Mixed Martial Arts.

Paul has over 15 years experience in the leisure security industry working pubs and clubs across West and South Yorkshire often bringing control and restraint techniques into real situations. He loves all forms of Martial Arts and is more than willing to give his knowledge and experiences back to the students – especially for something that has given him so much pleasure over the years.

LAWRENCE PRITCHARD

Instructor of Judo

Lawrence PritchardLawrence Pritchard has been involved with Judo for pretty much all of his life. Starting at the age of six, he has progressed through the ranks and now holds a Black Belt 4th dan in Judo – as well as a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He was a previous Member of British Masters Squad, competing at National Level and won bronze in the Yorkshire & Humberside Masters Tournament.

He has been coaching Judo now for the last eight years and teaches from 5 year olds, right up to 65 years olds. He is proud to have taught some of the current British squad and follows their progress closely. Lawrence does compete occasionally but also like to mix his Judo with his other passion, fishing.

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