Michael started training in Shotokan Karate in 1986 at the tender age of 10, two years later he graded to 1st Dan,a futher two years later he graded to 2nd Dan,during this period he achieved success at local and National championships in Kata (forms) and Kumite (fighting).
Michael's father then decided that a change was needed to further develop his skills in both Kata and Kumite. So a change of styles occured to Ishinryu.
Michael says " I was sick of being beaten by this club called Ishinryu and I guess my Dad thought the same, They always topped the medals table at the English and British Championships so for me the change was obvious, it was a case of ,if you cant beat them join them"
He started training with Steve Quinn 4th Dan (The then English and British Kata Champion) at Basildon Ishinryu twice a week and once a week, with the then England and Great Britain team coach and manager Ticky Donovan 9th Dan, at the famous Barking Dojo.
This is when Michael started to find his form and the following year Michael was picked to represent England at the Under 21 European Championship in Portugal were he won a bronze medal and then went on to represent England 12 times both as a under 21 and a senior. His list of major honours are.
5x English Team Champion. (kata) 1992/93/94/95/96
1x English Champion. (Kumite) 1996
1x English Silver medallist. (kumite) 1995
1x English Bronze medallist (kumite) 1993
2x British Champion. (Kumite) 1992/93
1 x Junior British Team Bronze medallist (kumite) 1992
1x European Bronze Medallist (Kumite) 1992
1x European Bronze Medallist Team (Kumite) 1994
England v Scotland Team Gold (Kumite) 1993
England v Scotland v Wales (Grand Slam) Team Gold X2 (kumite) 1994/95
London Youth Games (Kata) Gold, (Kumite) Silver. 1993
Senior Europeans Team (Kata) 7th x 2. 1994/1995
German open silver. (kata) 1990
Ishin Ryu Champion. (Kumite) 1993
England A v England B v Australia team (Kumite) Bronze Medallist (England B) 1993
Michael cut his competition career short at the age of 21 due to family and work commitments and after a break from Karate returned in 2009 at the British Championships were he lost his 3rd round fight to Rory Daniels (2006 World Champion), due to the reporcharge system being cancelled that day he missed out on a fight for bronze.
Over the years Michael has been privileged to have trained with some of the worlds biggest names in karate including Ticky Donovan 9th Dan (UK) Former England and Great Britain Team Coach and Manager to 5x Mens World Team Champions, H.Kanazawa (Japan) 9th Dan Head of Shotokan International, Dave Hazard 7th Dan Shotokan, Bill 'Superfoot' Wallace (US) Full Contact World Champion, Richard Morris (UK) 8th Dan Ju-Jitsu, Dominic Valera (France) 8th Dan Former French, European & World Champion, Steve Quinn 5th Dan, Wayne Otto 9x World Champion, Gregg Francis 5th Dan World Silver Medallist, Jonathan Mottram 4th Dan European Kata Bronze medallist and Commonwealth Champion. Ian Cole World and European Medalist, Simon Kidd 6th Dan World team Champion plus many more.
Michael owes his success to Ishin Ryu and Sensei Ticky Donovan and has now decided to pass on his extensive knowledge in Kata and Kumite by opening his own club in Harlow to help bring through the champions of tomorrow.