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Meet the Team


Sijo Ross Whitby

Sijo Ross

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.


Kick Boxing

Pete Higgs

Pete Higgs

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 Green

Geraint Green

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 Ireland

Mike Ireland

Mike is a 1st Dan Thai Kik Jitsu and specialises in Goshin Jiu Jitsu (Self Defence).

Stuart Mogford

Stuart Mogford

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 Wass

Adina Wass

Adina is a brown belt Thai Kik Jitsu with amazing kick ability.


Nathan Spencer

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 Holborn

Ben Holborn

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 Streams

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.


Kung Fu

Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker

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 Wills

Billy Wills

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 Francis

Jamie Francis

Jamie displays a high level of kicking and fighting ability and is an inspiration to our Junior Kick Boxing students.


MMA, BJJ, No Gi Grappling



Mark Phung

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 Osman

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 Clark

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.

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Self defence against a back slash knife attack

Self defence against a back slash knife attack

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Junior & Senior Christmas Party 2018

This year we all start at 17:30 with a very active hour long session at Red Kangaroo in Reading. See our news page for more info.


Senior Grading

The Senior Grading for Brown Belt curriculum includes the 3 minute 'Brick Hold'. A picture tells a thousand words... Read more about our gradings on our news page.


Junior Grading - Sunday, 11.11.18

Congratulations to the 22 students who passed Yellow to Purple Belts Black Stripes gradings in Kung Fu and Kickboxing on Sunday, 11.11.18 at COMA Gym. A special shout out to our ...


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Marcelo Copa

A great seminar with a BJJ World Champion, looking at how the little details can give better effectiveness of technique. We covered side control with a strange variation on the ...


Thai Kik Jitsu Brown Belt for Jimmy Petrus' Stunt Register

Jimmy Petrus recently completed his Brown Belt which forms part of his Stunt Register qualifications. Look out for him in Star Wars and Ready Player 1.


Kung Fu Hung Choy Black Belt Training

The 'Kung Fu Crew' meet us every quarter for a special training session (open to all Kung Fu students). It is always good to see Stefan Weger (an ex TMAS student who now lives ...


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