Sijo (Head of School) Ross Whitby started training in Kung Fu and weights at the age of 12 followed by running an after school weight training club aged 14 and then became an instructor at age 16.
Jiu Jitsu and Kick Boxing followed soon after and then Nin Jutsu (Ninpo) and TaeKwondo at the age of 21, whilst travelling the world. Upon returning home, he added Chinese Martial Arts to his skill set whilst looking after the doors at various Reading venues (Purple Turtle, Mangos and Pavlov’s Dog, etc.), giving him great experience in dealing with verbal aggression and physical attacks from one or multiple opponents, both unarmed and armed. These pressurised environments helped him to refine the TMAS techniques and syllabus.
Ross is also a Personal Trainer (1-on-1 or small groups) and regularly works with Reading and Wokingham Councils, delivering martial art programmes in schools and self defence training into the wider society.
Pete is a 1st Dan Thai Kik Jitsu and specialises in fitness & body conditioning. He is a keen competitive runner in his spare time.
Geraint is a 1st Dan Thai Kik Jitsu and specialises in Goshin Jiu Jitsu (Self Defence) as well as Shoot Jitsu (MMA & No gi Grappling) and weapons training.
Mike is a 1st Dan Thai Kik Jitsu and specialises in Goshin Jiu Jitsu (Self Defence).
Stuart is a black white stripe Thai Kik Jitsu who teaches Kickboxing, weapons and Self Defence and originally trained with Sijo Ross before he went travelling in 1997.
Adina is a brown belt Thai Kik Jitsu with amazing kick ability.
Nathan has been training with TMAS since he was 11 years old and has been assisting with Junior Kick Boxing classes for last 2 years. Instructing has helped massively with his own training towards his black belt.
Nathan is also available for children's NINJA birthday parties.
Ben has been training with TMAS for more than 9 years. You will see him on Thursdays getting a blasting in Militant Pete's 19:30 fitness segment in the Kick Boxing class at Loddon Valley.
David is a brown Belt Thai Kik Jitsu who has been with TMAS for many years and show great ability in understanding the technicalities on techniques and the physical ability to apply them.
You will see Steve training 5 days a week in Kick Boxing, Ju Jutsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and No Gi Grappling. He has competed in the Zero to Hero white collar boxing event and brings an extensive knowledge of fitness and strength training to our classes.
Billy is from a karate back ground and brings his extensive knowledge of physical training to our classes. He is very enthusiastic and currently working towards his Black Belt.
Jamie displays a high level of kicking and fighting ability and is an inspiration to our Junior Kick Boxing students.
Mark has been a martial artist for many years and has trained in a variety of styles including Thai Boxing, Vale Tudo, MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
He won gold at the European BJJ in 2011, silver in 2012 and gold in 2013 and 2014. He was also IBJJF Master number one in raking in 2013 and 2014 and British Champion in 2014.
Jack is a Brown Belt Kung Fu who has been training with Sijo Ross since he was 5 years old. He currently also trains and competes in MMA.
Alexander is currently a Brown Belt Kung Fu who has been training with Ross since he was 5 years old and is also a competitive tennis player. He is training for his Black Belt and you will see him helping students with their Kung Fu Forms and techniques as he progresses through reviewing Yellow to Brown Belt and then learning his Black Belt techniques whilst increasing his level of fitness, hitting the pads and sparring.