I’m currently working at City Therapy in Manchester and out of Next Generation MMA in Liverpool. To book an appointment, or for more information, I can be contacted by email. More information about my work with combat sports athletes is on my Combat Sports Clinic website.
My interest in osteopathy began with a back injury in 1999 that just wouldn’t go away. On the advice of my judo coach, I went to see an osteopath he recommended. I was impressed with his knowledge and skill, and decided then that that was something I wanted to be able to do. At the time I was doing a PhD, and the idea of another 5 years of university didn’t immediately appeal. Several years later, though, the chance came along and I decided to take it. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.
I first became interested in MMA in 2000 after seeing a documentary on TV. Prior to that, I trained in various martial arts including Taekwon-do, Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. My first fight was in 2002, and since then I’ve fought for various organizations, including Cagewarriors, Bellator, EliteXC and BodogFight. My current record is 13-2 and I’ve been consistently ranked in the top 3 in the world at 125 lbs. My focus at the moment is leaning more towards grappling, and I plan to do more of this in 2013.
I’m currently training out of the Next Generation gym in Liverpool. I am sponsored by PhD Nutrition, Scramble, London Fight Store and Funkygums mouthguards. I do my strength and conditioning work at Strength and Performance Gym in Stockport; and Tim Budd from Global Therapies has the unenviable task of keeping me in one piece.
I’ve retained a few souvenirs from my previous life in academia. I have a maths degree from Cambridge University and a PhD in theoretical computer science from Manchester. If you need some bedtime reading, you can download my PhD and MSc theses here. Or they might make good wrapping paper if you have a mathematician friend. Oh, and I used to be a classical musician. I keep believing, despite all evidence to the contrary, that one day I will have enough free time to get back to playing the piano again.
I have a son, Luis, who is seven and likes to tell everyone that his Mum is a “cagefighter”. Apparently his friends think this is cool.
My blog is a random assortment of journal entries, ideas, opinions and rants. They reflect my thinking at the time of writing, but I reserve the right to change any of my views without notice.
I have written for various MMA and martial arts magazines, including Fighters Only, Train Hard Fight Easy and Martial Arts Illustrated. I’m available as a freelance writer.
I can be reached by email, or facebook. I have a twitter account and I occasionally post videos and training clips on my Youtube channel. I’m managed by Intensiti Fighter Management. Any enquiries regarding fights, sponsorship or media should go to Ian Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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