Kickboxing

 A blend of JKD Kickboxing and Muay Thai

Utilising Punches, Elbow's, Knee's & Kicks,

plus the use of the clinch.



 

JIU JITSU (NO-GI) & MMA

Jiu Jitsu originally from Japan is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling/ground fighting. 

Utilising joint locks and choke holds Jiu jitsu has proven its self a very effective system in self-defence and MMA.

Jiu Jitsu (No-Gi) is a form of the art that does not use the traditional Gi.

In our No-Gi class we incorporate techniques and principles from 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu as well as the

Chum Sut Grappling system.  We will also be introducing an MMA program in the near future from the Chum

Sut MMA system as well as working with the Ulster Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Association (UAMMAA) to

ensure that our program meets the correct standard set out for the sport of MMA by IMMAF or International

Mixed Martial Arts Federation.




 

Jeet Kune Do (JKD)

Bruce Lee using Wing Chun as the core of his system, incorporated and modified techniques from various arts

Bruce was ahead of his time in his training & teaching.

He developed a system & fighting strategy that has lost none of its effectiveness over time.

Emphasising the "ranges of combat" the student learns to flow from long distance (kicking range) to middle

distance (punching range) to close quarter (trapping & grappling range).



 

Kali (Filipino Martial Arts or FMA)

Kali or FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) is a highly sophisticated & comprehensive martial art system from the

Philipppines.  Kali is a weapon based art, but is also an empty hand system.  Kali has 12 main areas, including,

but not limited to Single Stick, Double Stick, Stick & Dagger, Double Dagger, Panatuken (Filipino Boxing),

Sikaran (Filipino Kicking Methods), Kuntao & Silat.


 


My journey in the Martial Arts began in 2000.  I was working in a factory up in Antrim and a few colleagues that I worked with at the time encouraged me to get into the Martial Arts as it would help me.  I decided to take up Tae Kwon Do.  At first it was just as a hobby and a way to keep fit even though I continued to smoke.  As time went on I got more into it, even giving up the smoking.  I also began to read up on the Arts.  I like a lot of people got really interested in Bruce Lee and his art Jun Fan Gung Fu and philosophy Jeet Kune Do or JKD.  I really wanted to learn JKD but there was nothing really here at this time in Northern Ireland.  Later in early 2001 while again working in a warehouse a few colleagues said to me that a guy that was a contractor for the company taught JKD.  I was introduced to Davey Weller who demonstrated basic trapping on me and I was hooked.  I began to train with Davey on a regular basis with a few friends but after a while they dropped away so every session was literally a private lesson which was great as I really progressed with the 1 to 1 training.  Davey who had trained in wing chun and had the privilege to train with Guru Bob Breen and Rick Young encouraged me to train with Rick Young at his academy over in Edinburgh as he felt that I would be able to grow more.  Davey played a big influence in my early training not just in JKD but also in Kali, Muay Thai and Kali.

In 2002 I Travelled over to Edinburgh to train with Rick Young, I had the privilege to travel over and train with Rick for the next 11 years.  Through Rick I have had the honour to train with the greats from the martial arts world such as Guru Dan Inosanto, Sifu Erik Paulson and Frank McConville.  On top of this Rick also is responsible for the Martial Artist I am today and he also got me interested in BJJ and MMA.

In 2010 I began my BJJ journey with Kyoujin under Peter Lavery and was awarded my Blue Belt through him and Andy Ryan in August 2012.  In 2015 I joined Core Combat Unlimited under Sifu Tylus Quan who is a student of Sifu Randy Williams and Guro Inosanto, made me an apprentice Instructor, This began my journey as an instructor and raised the bar for me as a Martial Artist.  In April 2018 I was graded by Sifu Quan and was awarded my Instructor Level 1 in JKD, FMA or Filipino Martial Arts and CCU Kickboxing.

In May 2018 I joined Sifu Tom Lamont as an affiliate Coach as I want to continually improve and continue to develop myself as a Martial Artist, alongside this I am also working towards my level 1 instructorship for MMA under the Ulster Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Association.  Some people think that as an Instructor you know everything but this could not be further from the truth, I feel that I am only just starting to learn about the arts which is great as you’re always learning and seeking to improve not just as a coach but as a Martial Artist as well.My own clubs ethos is Martial Arts for Everyone as I believe that martial arts with the right coach can literally change a person’s life for the better and I know this from personal experience as the arts have changed my life and have made me a stronger person.  During my High School years I was badly bullied even getting stabbed in the hand at one point.  When I left school I had zero confidence or belief in myself but through the Martial Arts I have been able to rebuild myself up.  As a coach I want to share this with other people and help other people to improve their lives through the Martial Arts.

Toro Martial Arts Academy is a member of the Ulster Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Association which Promotes and governs Amateur Mixed Martial Arts in Northern Ireland.

Toro's Linage & affilations

what we teach

Toro Martial Arts Academy or TMAA started in March 2015.  We are part of Core Combat Unlimited or CCU which has clubs around the world.  We are also affiliated to the CHUM SUT MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY under Sifu Tom Lamont and linked to the Ulster Ammateur Mixed Martial Arts Association and you can find us on "my next match".  Our main drive is to help people get involved in the Martial Arts and make it accessiable to everyone.  If your looking to take up Martial Arts for Self-Defence, Fitness or even Competition then we can help.  At TMAA we pride our selves in having a good team atmosphere, where we help each other to grow and improve.  Were not just another Martial Arts club and were not a Fight Club!  But a team where everyone grows together.  We are still a new club but we are continuing to grow and looking to create a team that can go on to compete in MMA, Kickboxing, No-Gi Grappling and Stick Fighting competitions as well as help people who just want to develop them selves through the Martial Arts.

Who We Are

As well as coaching I continue to develop and further my own knowledge within the Martial Arts by training and learning from some of the top coaches.  I am also a Qualified Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist.

Core Combat Unlimited (CCU) was formed in 2007 by Sifu Tylus Quan Do.  Sifu Quan is an Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto.  CCU is comprised of various arts such as Wing Chun, JKD, Kali, Silat, Muay Thai as well as Grappling arts such as Shooto & BJJ.  Sifu Quan travels globally teaching the CCU System as well as Yoga.  He visits Belfast at least once a year to teach a seminar and share his knowledge. 

Jonathan Watson

TORO MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY