Bob started his Martial Arts career in 1971. His first introduction to the arts was through judo in his local youth club. When Bob was old enough to study seriously he started with Wing Chun Kung Fu and Thai Boxing. In 1981 Bob found what he was looking for in Master Chu Shui Woon, Master Chu is a traditional Southern Style Gung Fu teacher who teaches a style called Chu Gar Hung Kuen. The style encompasses all levels of training and conditioning in a Traditional family system, as well as a family system called Chu gar Kuen of which Bob is the leading practitioner having studied privately with Chu Sifu for 7 years training twice a day.
Over the next eighteen years Bob rose to become one of Master Chu’s senior students and second only to the Dai Si Hing of the style, John Farrell.
In 1998 Bob started to look outside of the style he had practised for nearly half his life because Master Chu had gone into semi-retirement and the quality of students who were prepared to put the hard work into the style were fading.
Traditionally in the Chinese martial arts, a Sifu is for life. So Bob looked outside the Chinese Arts and started to train in the Filipino Martial Art of Eskrima under Pangulong Guro Krishna Godhania of the Warriors system, he went on to become a Senior Associate Instructor in the art and has produced three Instructors who operate two clubs in the Manchester area.
1999 was a turning point for Bob as he was diagnosed as being Diabetic, he found that he could not keep up the intense training regime he had previously been on and so looked to find an art he could practice every day and help him regain some of his health and vitality. Bob started to study Sun Style Taiji Quan with Dave Martin a disciple of Sun Jian Yun and quickly learnt the 97 step form that was taught to Dave by her and then progressed to the 64 step sword form.
In December 2002 Dave gave Bob permission to open a club and this he did in Salford, Manchester.
Bob visited China in 2005 and fulfilled a lifelong dream, but he also made contact with his next teacher Mr Lei Shi Tai. Mr Lei was taught by his Grandfather Lei Shi Mo who was a disciple of Sun Lu Tang. In 2006 and 2007 Bob visited France to train with his teacher Mr Lei Shi Tai and also hosted him for workshops in Blackpool, England in 2007. In 2008 Bob travelled to Beijing to continue his studies, and has recently introduced his teachers way and lineage into Spain through Joan Hernandez Serret.
In 2010 Bob got the opportunity to train in Hunyuan Taiji and Qigong with Master Chen Hui Ying in Beijing, Bob has studied the 24 step form and 38 step Pao Chui as well as the Qigong.
As well as the arts previously mentioned Bob has also studied Krabi Krabong and Muay Boraan as he has lived in Thailand since 2008.
Bob is willing to travel anywhere to help propagate the arts he teaches and has set up an Association Direct Essence Boxing to help him achieve this along with this dedicated website.
Bob has also completed a course in Tui Na Chinese remedial massage, under the tutelage of Professor Zeng Fu Peng from Guangzhou University, and has studied and practiced Traditional Thai massage in Chiangmai, Thailand under the tutelage of Ajarn Wallilot of Sanpatong and other local therapists including his family who have their own massage style.