MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Sifu
Kwoklyn Wan
Head Instructor
Urban Martial Arts Group

Kwoklyn Wan grew up in Leicester in a family steeped in Martial Arts tradition. He was inspired by the films of Bruce Lee, like many youngsters from the 1970’s. Kwoklyn started his martial arts journey at the age of 4 in 1977 studying Shotokan Karate and then went on to study Wing Chun and Chinese Boxing with his Uncles in the early 80’s. During the late 80’s and early 90’s Kwoklyn tried many other martial arts and It wasn’t until he discovered Jeet Kune Do in 1998 he began to focus on becoming an Instructor in the martial arts.

 

This resulted in Wan becoming the European representative of the famous JKD Wednesday Night Group headed by Tim Tackett, which has the aim of preserving and promoting Bruce Lee’s original form of the Martial Arts.

 

Kwoklyn opened his own Martial Arts Academy ‘URBAN MARTIAL ARTS’ in 2004. Starting with just a handful of students Urban Martial Arts has grown, and now teaches Jeet Kune Do to students across the world. 

 

The Entrepreneur

In 2008 Kwoklyn had an idea to host a martial arts event and shortly after MAF-UK (Martial Arts Festival UK) was born. In April 2009 in the heart of the UK 10,000 people attended one of the largest martial art events ever to take place on british soil.

 

2010 saw the launch of The Martial Arts Show at the NEC in Birmingham which ran for 3 years, in 2013 Kwoklyn rebranded the event to The Martial Arts Expo which took place at the Ricoh Arena.

 

2014 Kwoklyn developed and launched Fun Tea, a Taiwanese Bubble Tea Shop in the heart of Leicester. In it’s first 6 months of trading Fun Tea won it’s first outstanding service award (The Peoples Choice Award)

 

2015 see’s the launch of the Urban Martial Arts Nationwide Franchise.

 

Kwoklyn Wan Martial Arts Bio

1977 – 1980 Shotokan Karate under Sensei Anthony Conroy

1980 – 1989 Wing Chun & Chinese Boxing Instructors Alan Lam, Gau Lau Chung & Peter Lee

1985 – 1990 Wing Chun under Sifu Derek Frearson (Lun Gai under Yip Man)

1990 – 1993 Muay Thai Boxing, Mantis with Dave Freeman, Jackie Wong

1993 – 1997 Kickboxing with Jag Johal, Dave Freeman

1999 – Ongoing Jun Fan Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do and Eskrima Instructors: Jason Davenport WJKDF and Pat O’Malley (Bob Breen under Daniel Inosanto)

1999 – 2002 WTF Taekwondo & Sung Ja Do under Ed Burbidge & Jason Davenport (Soke George I Petrotta 10 Dan) 

1999 – Ongoing Rapid Arnis under Tuhon Pat O’Malley, Magino Lucy O’Malley, Guro Nigel Brown & Guro Jon Broster

2001 – 2002 Brazilian Jujitsu with Jason Davenport (Royce Gracie)

2002 – 2003 Street Aware / Self Protection under John Skillen (Instructor with the British Combat Association)

2004 – 2006 Systema under Robert Poyton (Systema UK)

2005 – 2008 Jeet Kune Do became a member Instructor of the Hardcore Jeet Kune Do Association under Sifu Lamar Davis

2006 – (12 week) Intensive training course Tai Chi Broadsword under Robert Poyton

2006 – 2010 Boxing and MMA Training under Eddie Doucet

2006 – 2011 Serrada Eskrima under Guro Jon Broster (UK Representative Tuhon Mark Wiley)

2007 -  Silat Beruang under Jon Broster (UK Representative for Jak Othman)

2007 – Ongoing Jeet Kune Do became the European representative for Tim Tackett and his JKD Wednesday Night Group. Preserving Bruce Lee’s Old School Jeet Kune Do training methods

2009 – Jeet Kune Do was asked by Sifu Tim Tacket to become a WNG Board Director. The Board of Directors administers the group, sets the curriculum and certifies instructors.

2014 – Rapid Arnis Elite Instructors course Yr1 with Tuhon Pat O’Malley

2015 – Rapid Arnis Elite Instructors course Yr2 with Tuhon Pat O’Malley

2015 - Ongoing Fa-Jing Chuan Internal Chinese Boxing (Tai Chi) with Nasser Butt

2015 - Founded Urban Street Boxing alongside Tuhon Pat O'Malley

2016 - Rapid Arnis Elite Instructors course Yr3 with Tuhon Pat O'Malley

2017 - Rapid Arnis Elite Instructors course Y34 with Tuhon Pat O'Malley

 

Workshops and Intensive training seminars:

2002 Shoot Fighting with Nathan Leverton

2003 Rapid Arnis Summer Camp with Tuhon Pat O’Malley, Tuhon Shiraz Hussain, Guro Peter Lewis

2004 Cream of the Crop (Multi-style Filipino martial arts) Tuhon Pat O’Malley, Magino Lucy O’Malley, Guro Jon Broster, Grand Master Danny Guba, Tuhon John Harvey & Tuhon Jude Tucker

2005 MMA with Karl Tanswell (SBG)

2005 CQC (Close Quarter Combative) with Lee Morrison (Urban Combatives) & John Deakon

2005 Rapid Arnis Workshop with Tuhon Pat O’Malley

2005 Systema Knife Defence with Robert Poyton

2006 Hardcore Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Lamar Davis

2006 Rapid Arnis Workshop with Tuhon Pat O’Malley

2006 1 FMA Festival TuhonPat & Lucy O’Malley (Rapid Arnis), Grand Master Danny Guba (Doce Pares), Punong Guro Peter Lewis (Bakbakan Kali), Guro Alan Jones (Balitawak Arnis), Guro Vincent Dornila (Lima Scientific Kali Arnis System)

2007 2 FMA Festival Grand Master Danny Guba - Guba Doce Pares , Punong Guro Jun Pueblos - Lameco Eskrima , Punong Guro Peter Lewis - Bakbakan & Zu'bu Kali Ilustrisimo , Tuhon Pat O'Malley - Rapid Arnis & San Miguel Eskrima, Master Steve Tappin - Eskrima Concepts, Guro Alan Jones - Balintawak Arnis, Master Jay Dobrin - B.I.F.F, Master Shaun Porter - Lightning Scientific Arnis, Dayang Lucy O'Malley - Doce Pares Original Multi Style & Rapid Arnis

2007 Multi-style Wing Chun Day with Sifu Alan Gibson, Sifu Paul Smith, Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe & Sifu Alan Orr

2007 Wong Shun Lueng Wing Chun with Sifu Peter Davidson

2007 Doce Pares Eskrima with Grand Master Dionisio Canete, Grand Master Danny Guba, Tuhon Pat O’Malley

2007 Serrada Eskrima with Tuhon Mark Wiley

2007 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Tim Tackett

2008 Serrada Eskrima with Tuhon Mark Wiley

2008 Multi-style Wing Chun Day with Sifu Alan Gibson, Sifu Mark Hobbs, Sifu Paul Elston

2008 Cass Magda and Dave Carnell Seminar

2008 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do UK Tour with Sifu Tim Tackett

2008 Taught alongside Sifu Tim Tackett, Yori Nakamura, & Richard Bustillo for the Bruce Lee Foundation

2008 WNG Summer Camp Independence Missouri USA with Tim Tackett, Richie Carrion, Pat Finley, Joe Singleton, Vince Raimondi, Hock Hocheim, Patrick Cunningham, Hans De Burchgraeve, Shawn King, Bryan Stevenson, Carl Lewis, Keith Miller

2008 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do UK Tour with Sifu Lamar Davis

2009 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do UK Tour with Sifu Tim Tackett

2009 WNG Summer Camp New Jersey USA with Tim Tackett, Vince Raimondi, Patrick Cunningham, Ritchie Carrion, Dennis Blue, Shawn King

2009 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Chris Kent

2010 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do UK Tour with Sifu Chris Kent

2010 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do UK Tour with Sifu Tim Tackett

2010 WNG Summer Camp West Palm Beach Florida USA with Tim Tackett, Vince Raimondi, Patrick Cunningham, Ritchie Carrion, Dennis Blue, Brent Lance

2012 Steve Rowe seminar

2014 Muay Thai Seminar with Shaun Boland

2015 Multi-style Seminar at Way of the Spiritual Warrior

2015 Taught Jeet Kune Do Close Range Tactics Seminar with Dave Freeman

2015 Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do UK Tour with Sifu Tim Tackett

2015 Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do UK Seminar with Sifu Chris Kent

2016 Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do UK Seminar with Sifu Lamar Davis

2016 Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do UK Seminar with Sifu Chris Kent

 

Media:

Heart FM - Olympics 2008 

Heart FM - Knife Crime and Culture 2008

Soar Magazine - Profile 2008

Combat Magazine – Front Cover and Monthly Column 2009 – 2012

Channel 4 - Goks Teens 2011

Bredrin Filmworks - The Law of One - Hector: Main Henchman - Acting alongside 'Andy Beckwith' 

Point2S Magazine – Profile 2013

Channel 4 - Celebrity 5 Minutes to a Fortune 2013

Channel 4 - Celebrity Deal or No Deal 2013

Martial Arts Illustrated – Front Cover and Feature 2013

 

Kwoklyn is also a TV Chef and the Author of the Best Selling Chinese Takeaway Cookbook & Veggie Chinese Takeaway Cookbook

For more information please head to www.kwoklynwan.com

Business:

Urban Martial Arts '04 - Ongoing

MAF-UK '09

The Martial Arts Show '10

The Martial Arts Show Live '11 & '12

TMAS Live Tournament Series '10 & '11

The Martial Arts Expo '13

Bubble Fun Tea ’13 & '14

Kwoklyn Wan (The Brand) '15 ongoing 

 

Awards:

1996 YMCA Diploma in Sport Science and Fitness

2011 Man of the Year – Combat Magazine

2011 Outstanding Contributions – Combat Magazine

2013 Innovations within the realms of Martial Arts – Martial Arts Illustrated

2014 The Outstanding Service Awards – Peoples Choice Award – Hammerson Group

 

Testimonials

‘I have known Kwoklyn Wan for many years, as both a member of the Wednesday Night Group, and as a friend. I cannot stress enough my whole hearted support and endorsement of both him and Urban Martial Arts.

To know where you are going you must first of all understand where you have been. by learning understanding the CORE provides a structure to allow an understanding of the roots of JKD through to its current format. This in itself preserves the ethos of the Wednesday Night Group to help JKD develop in the future.’

Tim Tackett - JKD Wednesday Night Group

 

"If you are sincerely interested in studying Jeet Kune Do and are looking for a great learning experience in a professional yet fun environment, Kwoklyn Wan's "Urban Martial Arts" in Leicester is the place for you. With over 38 years experience in martial arts, Kwoklyn brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his teaching as he shares the martial art founded by the legendary Bruce Lee."

Christopher Kent - CK JKD 

 

I have known Kwoklyn Wan for many years, first as a student and now as a close friend.  Not only is he trustworthy and honorable but he is one of the most talented martial arts instructors I have had the pleasure to meet.

I now not only teach Kwoklyn I also work along side him developing and improving new innovative methods of teaching the martial arts.

Kwoklyn to my mind is one of the best instructors you can find. If there were one instructor I would personally choose to train with as a student or as an instructor looking to enhance their skills and knowledge then it would be Kwoklyn Wan.

Tuhon Pat O’Malley – Founder of Rapid Arnis International 

Sifu
Nia Lewis
Instructor Urban Martial Arts Group

Jeet Kune Do | Urban Kickboxing

 

Nia Lewis came in to Martial Arts rather late in life. In 2003 at the age of 30 she began training in Wing Chun under Derek Frearson.

In 2004 she met Kwoklyn Wan and began studying Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan Gung Fu, Rapid Arnis and Urban Kickboxing under him.

In 2008 Sifu Tim Tackett promoted Nia to the rank of Apprentice Instructor in Jeet Kune Do. Nia was the first of Kwoklyn’s students to reach this rank and became the highest graded Woman under the WNG in Britain.

Nia achieved the rank of Assistant Instructor in Jeet Kune Do in 2011 and in 2015 gained the rank of Associate Instructor in Urban kickboxing. In 2016 Nia gained the rank of Associate Instructor in Jeet Kune Do.

Since being with Urban Martial arts Nia has been lucky enough to attend seminars/workshops with Sifu Tim Tackett, Sifu Chris Kent, Sifu Lamar Davis, Tuhon Pat O’Malley, Sifu Alan Gibson, Sifu Paul Smith, Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe & Sifu Alan Orr. Nia also taught segments on both the 2009/2010 Leicester Tim Tackett seminars.


Martial Arts Bio
2003 - 2005 Wing Chun under Sifu Derek Frearson – (Grade 8 achieved)
2004 – 2008 Rapid Arnis Under Kwoklyn Wan and Jon Broster
2005 – 2008 Boxing under Eddie Doucet and Rob Thurston
2004 - Ongoing Urban Kick Boxing under Kwoklyn Wan
2004 – Ongoing Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do under Kwoklyn Wan


Grades and Achievements
14/05/2008 Apprentice Instructor Jeet Kune Do - Grade awarded by Tim Tackett becoming the first of Kwoklyn Wan’s Students to achieve this rank
2009 – Ongoing Taught at various workshops/Seminars/demonstrations for Kwoklyn Wan and Urban Martial Arts including multi style events, Japanarama and Tim Tackett Seminars.
14/11/2011 Assistant Instructor Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan Gung Fu – Grade awarded by Kwoklyn Wan
11/03/2015 Associate Instructor Urban Kickboxing (3rd Degree Black Belt) – Grade awarded by Kwoklyn Wan
12/11/2016 Associate Instructor Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan Gung Fu - Grade awarded by Kwoklyn Wan


Workshops and seminars attended
2005 Rapid Arnis Workshop with Tuhon Pat O’Malley
2005 Hardcore Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Lamar Davis
2006 Rapid Arnis Workshop with Tuhon Pat O’Malley
2007 Multi-style Wing Chun Day with Sifu Alan Gibson, Sifu Paul Smith, Sifu Shaun Rawcliffe & Sifu Alan Orr
2007 Serrada Eskrima with Tuhon Mark Wiley
2007 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Tim Tackett
2008 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Tim Tackett
2008 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Lamar Davis
2009 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Tim Tackett
2009 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Chris Kent
2010 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Chris Kent
2010 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Tim Tackett
2013 Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Tim Tackett
2015 Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Tim Tackett

 

Sifu 
Neil Fisher
Instructor Urban Martial Arts Group

Urban Kickboxing 

 

EXPERIENCE

1986 - started training in Chun She Dau Kung Fu

1987 -  Started trained in Sakaido

1990 - WKA Kickboxing

1991 - Gained Blackbelt in Sakaido

1993 - Taekwondo (GTF)

1997 - Taekwondo (GTI)

1995 - Lau Gar Kung Fu/kickboxing

1998 - EKKA

2000- PKA (Kickboxing)

2002 - Thai Boxing

2007 - JKD

2013 - Defence Lab

 

TEACHING

2001 - 2007 Teaching Freestyle Kickboxing (Tao Freestyle) WUMA

2007 - Present Urban Kickboxing

 

SEMINARS

Grandmaster Park Jung Tae

Dave and Tim Kovar (Kenpo Karate) 2000

Hop Kuin Do (2006)

Tim Tackett Seminar

Urban combat Conference 2012

Hock Hochheims Close Quarter Combat Seminar 2012

Muay Thai workshop with Kru Shaun Boland

Muay Thai seminar with Jompop Kiatphontip

Defence lab with Andy Norman

Friends of theApproach Super Seminar 2013

Introduction to Systema with Rob Poyton

Ghost with Phil Norman

 

COMPETITIVE EXPERIENCE

5 Full contact shows, including a demonstration bout with the European Kicckboxing Champion

US Open Competitor 1996

A selection of tournaments won:

Sakaido Team Champion !989

GTF Inter Club Taekwondo Champion !993

GTF West Midland Semi Contact Champion 1993

CP Spectacular Team Champions 1996

competed in over 40 other tournaments in kickboxing in semi contact and light continuous fights.

 

Tough Guy 2000 and 2003

 

Qualifications

HND Science (sports Studies}

ACSM Health and Fitness Instructor

ACSM Scientific and Applied Aspects of Resistance exercise Training

Adidas Speed Trainer

Reebok Core Trainer

Concept 2 indoor rower instructor

PTLLS Level 3

Sifu 
Rachel Skinner Rolfe
Instructor Urban Martial Arts Group

Kung Fu Tigers & Kickboxing

 

Rachel grew up in Cambridge and moved to Fleckney in Leicestershire in 1999. After suffering post-natal depression in 2004 she decided to accompany her son to his local karate class and didn’t look back ! 

 

In 2007, having attended karate classes for 2 years and having a career background in childcare and education she successfully set up and developed the ‘ Lil’ dragons’ programme, devised by Kimber Hill.

 

Seeing the lack of provision for martial arts classes for specifically ladies , and the lack of confidence ladies had in joining martial arts clubs and classes , she set up ‘Mabel’ classes in Fleckney with 1st dan black-belt friend Linda Fletcher, this was ‘martial arts-based exercise for ladies’ , providing exercise classes based around pad-work and martial arts techniques.

 

Rachel started training with Sifu Neil Fisher in 2017 , having taken part in some of his  kickboxing sessions at an annual Leicestershire martial-arts weekend camp and from their discovered her love of kickboxing.

 

Martial arts bio

2004-2007 started training in Korean Karate

2007-2020  instructor, Lil’ dragons martial arts

2015-2017 instructor at ‘Mabel’,  Martial arts-based exercise for ladies.

2017-ongoing Urban kickboxing under Neil Fisher

 

 

Grades,achievements & seminars 

2011 silver medal in kata,local clubs competition 

2013 Fight lite with Iain Ward

2014 2kup in Korean karate 

2018 Kaizen, Lucci Del-Gaudio including Eddie Quinn’s ‘The Approach’

 

 

Qualifications 

BSc Honours degree in Geography 

NVQ lvl 3 in childcare, learning and development 

Paediatric First Aid 

Safeguarding lvl 2

SENco lead 

Sifu 
Codey Clay
Apprentice Instructor
Urban Martial Arts Group

Jeet Kune Do

Born in Leicester, Codey started in his late teens training in Jeet June do under sifu Kwoklyn Wan, and sifu Nia Lewis. Soon after starting Jeet June Do he began to take interest in Wing Chun, under one of the Ving Tsun Foundations instructors Jamie Markee.

 

After two years of training in both Jeet June Do and wing Chun Codey shown interested in teaching both styles. By taking his training to another level and joining the Ving Tsun foundation he was showing more potential and determination towards his goal. Unfortunately after two years of training in Wing Chun, he had to cancel training due to the instructor moving further away, and not wanting to train under any other Wing Chun instructor, decided to stop his Wing Chun journey.

 

Having let Wing Chun go Codey focused solely on Jeet Kune Do, attending several different seminars with the Wednesday Night Jeet Kune Do Group Instructors Tim Tackett and Chris Kent. After a few years Codey had worked his way through the grading system and made it to level Fourteen where he started his own Kung Fu Juniors class in Markfield in September 2015.

 

Martial arts Background:

2011- 2020 Jeet Kune Do

2011- 2014 Wing Chun

 

Workshops and Seminars attended

2012 - Tim Tacket seminar (WNG JKD)

2013 - Clive Potter seminar (WSL Wing Chun)

2015 - Tim Tacket seminar (WNG JKD)

2015 - Chris Kent seminar (JKD)

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