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Mick studied and trained in several traditional and modern martial disciplines from an early age before enlisting in HM Forces, when his focus changed to more pragmatic and functional forms of personal combat to reflect real-life requirements.
This new direction in training was influenced by extensive exposure to military operating methods and detailed research into numerous and various progressive training resources, from related civilian, military and law-enforcement sectors.
The research and development of functional and effective combative methods has long been an overriding personal project. Always emphasising efficiency and simplicity, often adapting and integrating proven methods and tactics gained from a combination of active service and ongoing private security contracts, taking inspiration from a variety of sources, but also innovating and creating where necessary.
From working on various protection and surveillance details, plus armed operations in high-risk environments, to providing and managing security for problematic entertainment venues, and acting as a ‘troubleshooter’ resolving sensitive issues for a wide range of domestic and international clients – Mick has had ample opportunity to confirm and validate the effectiveness of the material he presents, as have many of his previous and current students.
Designing and developing a purely functional, objective-based and requirement-driven concept-method for personal combat has lead Mick to the realisation of his widely acclaimed ‘C2: Core Combatives’ project. Progressive and modular, the C2 concept-model initially provides the necessary ‘stripped down’ essentials, and builds layer-by-layer into a full-spectrum combative approach incorporating empty hands, impactive and edged weapons, plus the tactical application of personal firearms – suitable and adaptable for the professional and novice alike.
Training is conducted internationally, and to date Mick has taught and continues to teach clients ranging from regular and elite military/law-enforcement personnel, security professionals, to individuals from various corporate entities and members of the general public.
Mick is currently based near Reading, England.