Mark is the Chief Instructor for Combined Fighting Arts and Lincoln Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he teaches Jeet Kune Do, Kali and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to male and female students of all ages, following the same methods as they were taught to him by his instructors.

An enthusiastic martial artist from a young age, he started his martial arts journey in 1983 by learning Wado Ryu Karate, going on to gain his black belt in 1986. Like most martial artists at the time, he was heavily inspired by the teachings and achievements of the late Bruce Lee.In 1993 Mark was lucky enough to begin training under his first Jeet Kune Do instructor, Sifu Dave Carnell.

 

Throughout his time in martial arts Mark has been able to train with some truly amazing JKD and Kali instructors, including Sifu Richard Bustillo, Supreme Grand Master Cacoy Canete, Guro John Spezzano, Sifu Rick Faye, Sifu Tim Tackett, Sifu Rick Young,

Sifu Ron Balicki and of course Guro Dan Inosanto.

Mark is immensely proud to be part of an un-broken line back to the founder of Jeet Kune Do Sijo Bruce Lee.

Mark's journey into grappling started after attending a seminar with Marc McFann back in 1995, his first taste of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was also in the same year when he trained with BJJ Black belt Marco Simas in Florida USA. Over the years Mark has trained with various BJJ Black belts in classes and seminars they have included, Dinno Cherem a De La Riva black belt, Rigan Macahdo, Jean Jacque Machado, John Machado, Bob Bass, Rick Young, Victor Estima, John B Will and Ian Lorentzen.

 

Mark's regular training in BJJ started in 2008 with Italo Ferreira. July 2009 Italo promoted Mark to blue belt. Early in 2011 Italo moved back to Brazil before moving onto Abu Dhabi to teach BJJ, leaving Mark and his students without an instructor, Mark contacted several instructors before finding what he considered to be the perfect match for what he was looking for, Mark and his group of students started training under Felipe De Souza in Mid 2011, Mark felt privileged to have found himself and his students a great instructor in Felipe and in being able to join a great team in BJJ School UK.

Mark was promoted to purple belt on 8th July 2012, by Master Teixeira and Felipe De Souza.

 

In 2018 Mark and Lincoln BJJ officially affiliated with Simon McGovern's BJJ Academy.