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  • Debbie Lysaght, Laurence Sandum's Black Belt Martial Arts Academy Testimonials

    When I first started training at the Laurence Sandum’s Black Belt Martial Arts Acadamy in September 2009 I had no idea of the huge impact it was going to have on my life.

    I initially started by doing personal training sessions with Robin French as I didn’t feel confident enough to join the group classes but I soon realised that the instructors and students were so good, friendly and welcoming that I joined in with the classes.

    Initially I focused on Kickboxing but very quickly became interested in the other arts on offer. I am proud to say I have now achieved black belt status in Kickboxing and Kali, and hope to achieve it in Muay Thai early next year.

    I am also progressing through the belts in Jun Fan Gung Fu and more recently have started Gracie Jiu Jitsu, an art I really didn’t think I’d enjoy because of the close contact aspect, but have found that like all the other arts I love it and am completely hooked.

    Aside from my own training I have also joined the certified instructor training programme and can regularly be found helping in the junior classes, allowing me to give back some of what I have learnt.

    Additional benefits for me are weight loss, improved self-confidence and a fantastic new group of friends.

    I can honestly say that martial arts is no longer a hobby but a complete new way of life.

    Debbie Lysaght
    Academy Student and Instructor
    22nd November 2013

    Debbie Lysaght
  • Guro Dan Inosanto, Laurence Sandum's Black Belt Martial Arts Academy Testimonials

    Laurence Sandum has been a student of mine since 1997 and a certified instructor under me since 2002. He is certified to teach Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu and Jeet Kune Do, The Filipino Martial Arts, and Maphilindo Silat & Madjapahit Martial Arts. I highly recommend anyone wishing to study these arts to seek out his instruction.

    Guro Dan Inosanto

    Guro Dan Inosanto
  • Katharine Sewell, Laurence Sandum's Black Belt Martial Arts Academy Testimonials

    I started training at Laurence Sandum’s Black Belt Martial Arts Academy on a bit of a whim in May 2011, joining the Jun Fan Gung Fu and Kali classes, and later Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

    Initially my goals were to learn some self defence techniques and lose a bit of weight but, while I achieved both of these things, the more I trained the more I realised the real rewards of training; improved physical dexterity and speed, better strength and conditioning – I’m still working on mastering control!

    My self confidence has come a long way, from someone who was uncomfortable in new situations and with strangers to a more outgoing person happy to roll on the mats! And improving my discipline and focus has also had side effect of helping me lose over 15kg this year.

    Moving up through the belts has continued to teach me about martial arts and myself. The enthusiasm and expertise of the instructors has made this more than just a hobby for me, and the support and friendship of the other students has helped me achieve blue belt in Jun Fan and purple belt in Kali. In the past 6 months I’ve also taken up Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and was very proud to receive my first stripe in this recently.

    I would highly recommend martial arts training and particularly Laurence Sandum’s Black Belt Martial Arts Academy to anyone, any age, any fitness level, who wants to be the best they can.

    Katharine Sewell
    Academy Student
    13th November 2013

    Katharine Sewell
  • Kieron Clifford, Laurence Sandum's Black Belt Martial Arts Academy Testimonials

    The academy has done a huge amount for me personally. I joined in November 2012; starting in the Muay Thai classes, and more recently in Gracie Jiu Jitsu as well.

    I’ve always had a fascination with martial arts, but fat loss was a huge goal I also wanted to achieve with my training. I was 15.5 stone when I started and now exactly a year on, with the help from the highly skilled and knowledgeable instructors who I consider great friends now, I weigh 11st 10lbs. And it’s still dropping!

    My younger brother has his own personal problems too; he’s not good in groups, can’t mix well with new people and hates being out of his comfort zone. So we introduced him to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the academy and it’s had such a positive impact on him! All of us at home have really noticed it and he loves it.

    We both look forward to the many years of training ahead!

    Kieron Clifford

    Academy Student

    18th November 2013

    Kieron Clifford
  • Martyn Rackham, Laurence Sandum's Black Belt Martial Arts Academy Testimonials

    I started training at Laurence Sandum’s Black Belt Martial Arts Academy in April 2011, joining the Gracie Jiu Jitsu class after attending a trial class with one of my close friends was already training GJJ. Within minutes it became clear that this was exactly what I needed to compliment my existing skill set, having spent several years training in Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Despite having trained in martial arts for years I had little or no grappling experience and felt that my self defence was not as good as it should be.

    My goals were to learn some more self defence techniques and especially to improve my grappling, I am now over two years into my membership and loving every minute of it! Not only have I improved my knowledge and competency in self defence and grappling but I’ve also helped friends and family to do the same and a number of these are now also club members. The lifestyle that is encouraged from training Gracie Jiu Jitsu has helped improve all aspects of my life, helpling me to become a more confident, healthier and happier person who is safer and better able to defend his loved ones more than ever.

    The quality of the instruction I have received from the instructors has been second to none and the attitude of the other students genuinely has turned strangers into some of my closest friends and this just makes training at the club even more enjoyable and productive.

    I was very pleased to receive my 4th stripe earlier this year from Professor Mike Diaz a 2nd degree Pedro Sauer Black Belt at one of the many excellent seminars that are also on offer at the club, Laurence really does seem determined to bring the best in the world to train with us in Chelmsford!

    I would highly recommend training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu or any other art at Laurence Sandum’s Black Belt Martial Arts Academy to anyone, I hope to see you on the mat soon

    Martyn Rackham
    Academy Student
    18th December 2013

    Martyn Rackham
  • Michael Powell, Laurence Sandum's Black Belt Martial Arts Academy Testimonials

    I have known Laurence Sandum for nearly 30 years. His centre and association is run with the utmost professionalism and dedication with instructors who have been with him well over a decade.

    This is a testament in Laurence’s skill and ability to not only attract and develop students, but to keep and lead his trainees towards excellence with the added potential to give back by becoming instructors and teachers themselves – the natural cycle.

    With almost 30 years consistent training as a long term professional instructor Laurence could easily rest on his past achievements and just maintain a standard, but he continues to train with development in mind and have private lessons with some of the most accomplished professionals in their fields. He travels the world training on specialist courses as well as bringing world class teachers to his academy to refine his skills and learn any new innovations. I therefore have no reservations in recommending Laurence and Laurence Sandum’s Black Belt Martial Arts Academy for a wide selection of Martial Arts and Self Defence and for all levels of fitness development.

    Michael Powell
    6th dan Okinawan Te and Karate | Master Shiatsu Tutor | Teacher of Fitness Training | Founder of Yoga Aeroba
    17th May 2011

    Michael Powell
  • Mike Allen, Laurence Sandum's Black Belt Martial Arts Academy Testimonials

    Laurence Sandum is a very dedicated martial artist and teacher who is rightfully earning a fine reputation in the martial arts field. He continually seeks to develop himself and his staff to improve business, teaching and technical training skills. He and his staff attend every EFC Meeting including the famous EFC International Summit in the USA. He travels frequently to the USA visiting top school owners and martial arts teachers seeking out the very best business and teaching practice.

    I have visited Laurence’s school and was honoured to be invited to one of his Graduation Ceremonies and I was very impressed by both. I particularly noticed the mutual respect that students and staff had for each other and the enthusiasm that permeates throughout the school. Laurence has created a centre for excellence for both personal development and technical martial arts skills, where the EFC core principles of Trustworthiness, Dependability and Rock Solid Integrity are truly applied.

    Mike Allen
    EFC UK General Manager
    26th May 2011

    Mike Allen
  • Laurence Sandum is my most senior representative in the South East of England and continues to run the most professional martial arts academy I have seen in Britain since 1999.

    [His] professionalism, integrity and commitment to the martial arts are second to none. The WUMA fully supports and recognises his certified instructor training programmes and the formation of the United Kingdom Martial Arts Self Defence Association which he continues to run in the same professional manner he does his Academy and clubs

    Richard DD Hopkins
    W.U.M.A. Founder and Head instructor
    25th October 2009

    Richard Hopkins


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