Head Instructor / Owner - Matthew Teasdale
Matthew Teasdale has been studying the martial arts for more than 15 years. He began his training in 1992 studying ITF Taekwondo under Ho Chee Park. In 1994 he began training in JKD/Jun fan, Thai/kick boxing, Kuntao Silat, Kali, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Shoot wrestling, and Brazilian Jui jitsu under Brad Murphy at BSM martial arts academy.
In 1995 Matthew began training full time and assisted teaching at BSM academy. Also in 1994 Matthew Teasdale started training with his primary instructor and largest influence Guro Ron Balicki. In 1997 Matt Teasdale became the co-owner/ instructor of Ballistic Combat Academy in Edmonton, Canada, where he taught JKD/Jun Fan, Kick/ Thai Boxing, Filipino martial arts and Extreme Grappling.
In 1998 Matthew Teasdale moved to England and continued to teach both in Hexham and Newcastle. In 1999 Matthew Teasdale established and taught Premier Martial arts curriculum. Matthew began teaching at Phoenix Martial arts academy in 2002 and took on the role of Head instructor/ Manager in 2004.
Matthew Teasdale has studied a number of different Martial arts including: Taekwondo, Kickboxing, Western Boxing, Thai boxing, Northern Shaolin kung fu, Wing chun kung fu, Shoot wrestling, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Indonesian martial arts, Filipino martial arts, JKD/Jun Fan.
Matt Teasdale has trained in seminars and privately with such notable instructors as: Dan Inosanto, Paul Vunak, Royce Gracie, Richard Bustillo, Danny Guba, Andy Gibney, Mo Teague, Ollie Batts, Dave Green, Larry Hartsell, Louie Lindo, Tony Blauer, Master Choprawee, Eric Paulson, Ron Kasikowski, Karl Tanswell.
Matthews Main Instructors are:
Ron Balicki – Inosanto Kali, Lameco Eskrima, Jun Fan/JKD, Shoot Wrestling, Maphilindo Silat, Savate, Muay Thai, Combative Whip
Johan Skalberg – IKAEF, Kali Sikaran, Suntakan Stick Fighting
Jeff Espinous – IKAEF, Kali Sikaran, Tapak Succi Silat, Savate
Paul Pearson – Muay Thai, Muay Boran, Krabi Krabong
Matthews Achievements include:
-Apprentice instructor level 2 in Jun Fan/ JKD under Sifu Ron Balicki
-Apprentice instructor Level 2 in Filipino Kali and Lameco Eskrima under Guro Ron Balicki
-Black Belt in Martial Art Research Systems under Guro Ron Balicki
-Black Ring Level in Muay Thai under the United World Muay Thai Council and Kru Ron Balicki
-United Kingdom Representative for Martial Arts Research Systems and Ron Balicki
-Madunong Guro (Assosiate Instructor) with the International Kali Arnis Eskrima Federation under Punong Guro Johan Skalberg and Punong Guro Jeff Espinous
-United Kingdom Co-ordinator for the International Kali Arnis Eskrima Federation
Matthew Teasdale has been featured in a wide variety of media, including newspapers, video documentaries and Martial arts illustrated magazine.
Matt Teasdale has a record of 4-2 in full contact kickboxing and 9-3 in submission wrestling. Matt worked as a door supervisor for 6 years both in the UK and Canada. Matt has provided close protection for celebrities such as: Foxy Brown, Trevor Nelson, Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, and Paul and Jade from Big Brother.
Iain Brownlee - Full Instructor MMA
Brian Barber - Full Instructor Jui Jitsu
Sharon Spencer Mullins - Assistant Instructor Kickboxing
John Hodgson - Assistant Instructor Kickboxing
John Hendry - Assistant Instructor Kickboxing
Dave Holiday - Assistant Instructor Kickboxing
Maz Barrett - Apprentice Instructor Muay Thai
Sharon Roundtree - Apprentice Instructor Jui Jitsu