MAC Lineage

Our team of martial arts experts

Meet our instructors & learn our philosophy

We’re serious about the service we provide at MAC which is why we have a dedicated, fully trained team of certified instructors to guide you through your martial arts journey.We travel regularly to seminars in the UK and the US to update and improve our martial arts skills with the world's best instructors. We’re open and friendly and have all travelled the same road on our martial arts journey as you. We’re here to help when you need support or a bit of extra tuition. Every member of our instructor and coaching team has been CRB checked. MAC has also been professionally SEAL accredited by Chartered Psychologist, Dr Ged Lombard, and both Sandwell MBC and Dudley MBC.

Paul Kelly – MAC Founder

Paul is the Principle Chief Instructor for MAC academies and has been involved in martial arts for almost 30 years. Paul has studied under a number of world-class trainers including Guro Dan Inosanto and Sifu Rick Young in Jeet Kune Do, Jun Fan Gung Fu and Filipino Martial Arts; as well as Tommy Thomson in western Boxing. Paul is an instructor under two-times World Light Heavyweight Shoot Fighting Champion, Erik Paulson, and also a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Braulio Estima. Paul regularly hosts seminars held by his instructors for academy students and strives to offer similar first class training and facilities at MAC.

Team MAC

Every member of our expert instructor team has graduated through MAC AIT and CIT programmes.

Alex Williams - Halesowen Chief Instructor

Alex is the Chief Instructor at our Halesowen academy. Alex has been a student at MAC since we opened. A graduate in Sports Science and a qualified gym instructor, Alex is also an excellent martial artist.

Steve Jones - Dudley Chief Instructor

Steve is a Jeet Kune Do Concepts instructor at MAC and has been training martial arts for over 13 years. He is a full-time team member and also the Chief Instructor at our Dudley academy.

Mat Tolley - Stourbridge Chief Instructor

Mat is the chief instructor at the Stourbridge academy. He has been training in the Martial Arts for over 15 years. He holds qualifications to teach Jeet Kune Do, Western Boxing, Thai Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW), Kali (Weaponry, including knives) and Ground Fighting Skills. Mat is a senior Jeet Kune Do instructor under Paul Kelly, the highest qualified JKD instructor in England. He is a private student of Mr Kelly and has access to his wealth of the knowledge that he possesses in the Martial Arts, including Silat, Judo, BJJ and Karate, He also holds a level one qualification in CODE Red scenario real world self protection skills, which enables him to be able to teach self protection techniques, simple and effective moves that work, not something that looks good but does not. Mat has also trained in Los Angeles with legendary Martial Artist and student of Bruce Lee, Guru Dan Inosanto, as well as privately with the late Sifu Larry Hartsill, founder of the Jun Fan grappling arts. He has also trained in Edinburgh with Sifu Rick Young, widely regarded as Europe’s Premier Martial Artist. He has also trained in closed door seminars with Sensi  Erik Paulson, the two times light heavyweight Shooto champion. Like all of the instructors at MAC, the range of the arts that he is qualified to teach in means that he is able to link them all together, from stand up to ground fighting and more importantly how you flow from one to the other. All the instructors at MAC are first aid trained and are DBS checked for your safety and protection.

Richard Wardle - Instructor

Richard Wardle is a Jeet Kune Do Concepts Instructor and has been training in the martial arts for over 15 years. Richard has studied many different martial arts and has a brown belt in sport kickboxing. He has also studied Tae Kwon Do for three years and Wado Ru Karate for two years.

Our trainers’ trainers

Guru Dan Inosanto

Guro Dan Inosanto is a modern day legend in the martial arts world and was the protégé of the great Bruce Lee, the creator of Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do. As well as being a black belt under Ed Parker, the father of American Karate, Guro Inosanto is the only person authorised by Bruce Lee to teach JKD. Guro Inosanto is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the Machado brothers and is well known for his Filipino martial arts of Kali, Escrima and Silat. MAC Founder, Paul Kelly, is an instructor under Guro Inosanto, which is a rare privilege granted to only a small number of martial artists worldwide. Paul regularly travels to train with Guro Inosanto both in the UK and at his academy in Los Angeles, California. "We are all climbing different paths through the mountain of life, and we have all experienced much hardship and strife. There are many paths through the mountain of life, and some climbs can be felt like the point of a knife. “Some paths are short and others are long, who can say which path is right or wrong? The beauty of truth is that each path has its own song, and if you listen closely you will find where you belong. So climb your own path true and strong, but respect all other truths for your way for them could be wrong."-Dan Inosanto

Sifu Rick Young

Rick Young was the first senior full instructor in Europe under Guro Inosanto in JKD, Jun Fan Gung Fu and the Filipino martial arts. Rick has been World Gold Medallist Champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and also holds black belts in Judo and Karate. He is an instructor in Wing Chun and has boxed to a high level, running his own academy in Edinburgh and spending a lot of time teaching his unique brand of martial arts around the world, even training S.W.A.T teams in America. Rick is accredited under Larry Hartsell, Paul Vunak, Rick Faye, Erik Paulson and Mauricio Gomes (Gracie Barra). He is also a Senior Coach at the British Combat Association and one of the most respected instructors in the UK. Paul Kelly is one of the few instructors in the country under Sifu Rick in Jeet Kune Do, Jun Fan Gung Fu and the Filipino martial arts. Sifu Rick is also Paul's supervising instructor under Guro Inosanto.

Braulio Estima

Braulio is ranked in the top three Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors in the world and has been for many years. He is a multiple world champion and Pan-American champion, and now lives and teaches in the UK. Braulio is a member of the world famous Gracie Barra Competition Team and gained his black belt under Carlos Gracie Jnr. He currently teaches seminars all over Europe, spreading the word about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as only a Brazilian world champion can. Paul Kelly is one of a select few BJJ black belts under Braulio and a private student since Prof. Estima arrived in the UK

Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson is the only Senior ABA boxing Coach in Nottingham and has been involved in the art of boxing for nearly 30 years and almost 70 fights. Tommy has coached some of the great British boxers and been involved with World Champions including Prince Naseem Hamed, Johnny Nelson, Nigel Benn, Tony Sibson, Ricky Hatton and many others. Tommy concentrates on teaching martial artists the art of boxing and is a regular writer in martial arts magazines. He teaches boxing across the UK to many high level martial artists. Paul Kelly is the only martial artist to be a fully accredited boxing coach under Tommy and regularly accompanies him on his boxing seminars as his assistant.

Erik Paulson

Sensei Erik Paulson is a two times World Light Heavyweight Shoot Fighting Champion, as well as one of Guro Inosanto's leading instructors. Erik a prolific background in martial arts and is the founder of Combat Submission Wrestling. He is a popular coach worldwide for his excellence in martial arts and his devastating array of body weapons. He currently coaches his own stable of fighters for the Ultimate Fighting Competition (UFC) and includes Ken Shamrock as one of his students. Paul Kelly is an instructor under Erik in CSW and has trained with him for many years.

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