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Coach John

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Meet Coach John: Your Dedicated MMA Expert! 

Coach John is not just a coach; he's a fully qualified and fully insured MMA expert with an impressive list of credentials:

  • Qualifications:

    • Current (revalidated in 2022) Level 1 Martial Arts Instructor Award
    • Safeguarding in Martial Arts Certificate
    • First Aid for Martial Arts Certificate
    • DBS check
    • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the club (
  • Insurance Coverage:

    • Club Public Liability Insurance
    • Coach's Professional Indemnity Insurance
    • Club Member to Member Insurance
    • Personal Accident Insurance

Coach John has been an integral part of Cambridge MMA since its inception in 2018, navigating the club through periods of rapid growth and the challenges posed by the pandemic. His dedication to the sport and renewed appreciation for training post-lockdown are evident in the club's continued success.

Beyond Cambridge MMA:

  • University of Cambridge's MMA Team Coach since 2019
  • Instructor for kids' Brazilian JiuJitsu at Escapology BJJ since 2018

Expertise in Grappling and Striking: Coach John is well-versed in the Danaher DDS grappling systems, including insights from notable figures like Gordon Ryan, Garry Tonon, and Craig Jones.

On the striking side, he's studying Duane Ludwig's 'Bang Muay Thai' system, Barry Robinson's 'Floyd Mayweather Boxing System,' and the Dominick Cruz's footwork for MMA system.

Diverse Coaching Background:

  • Qualified as a UKCC Level 1 Judo coach in 2013
  • Escapology Martial Arts Instructor Level 1 (re-validated in October 2019)
  • Certificates in Strength & Conditioning Coaching, NLP, and ADCC Submission Grappling refereeing
  • Attended Marc Goddard's (UFC Referee) MMA Refereeing & Judging weekend workshop

Coach John's commitment to coaching as a discipline in itself is reflected in his ongoing study, ensuring the latest and best practices for the athletes he mentors.

Academic and Athletic Achievements:

  • Holds a Ba(Hons) in Philosophy
  • Prince2 Practitioner qualified Project Manager

On a personal note, Coach John boasts a 1-0-0 record in amateur MMA and is eagerly anticipating his return to competition. You can follow his journey here -

Join Coach John at Cambridge MMA for an unparalleled training experience!