Mr Mitchell – Lead Instructor

Experience

  • 4th Degree Black Belt: Wilkes Martial Arts
  • 1st Degree Black Belt: Muay Thai kickboxing
  • 1st Degree Black Belt: Karate
  • Black Green Belt: Eskrima
  • Blue Belt: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Instructor Training Certificate Level 3: Conducted by Kyoshi Sean Allen
  • Senior First Aid / CPR
  • Working with Children Check

Training career highlights: Training with Royce Gracie, training for second degree and completing second degree grading.

Favourite quote: “Do or do not, there is no try.” – Master Yoda

More about me:

I started martial arts in 2005 after seeing how much fun my younger brother was having in classes. With the help of my instructors I was able to increase my confidence and self-defence skills. As I progressed, I wanted to share my martial arts experience with other students just as my instructors Mr. Fairman, Mr. Pusch, and Mr. Wilkes had done for me. I became an assistant instructor at orange belt and was moved up to the senior’s class when I reached purple belt. It was like nothing I had experienced before. The fitness and syllabus requirements were far more difficult than the 14-17’s class, but over time my sparring, techniques and fitness all improved. Achieving my black belt was a goal of mine since I was a white belt. I started out admiring those who had worked hard to achieve their high rank, and now I get to say that I have worked hard for it too. My belt represents everything that I have trained for and the tenets that I believe in. Teaching children is one of my favourite things, as I get to help the younger generation become upstanding citizens and also teach them how to defend themselves. When I started training I could not do public speaking at all, however I now find myself at the front of a class, sometimes teaching 30 children! Martial arts has given me the confidence to teach and to voice my own opinions. I am always looking to challenge and better myself. It’s not just for me but also for the benefit my students, so I can offer them more in their training.