Peter has over 20 years of experience in martial arts and combat sports, beginning at the age of 11 when his Dad took him to a local Karate Club. Peter went on to achieve his 1st Dan by the age of 16 and as a Junior was a double National Bronze Medallist and competed on the Junior England Team where he won Silver Medal in International competition. Peter also trained in Kobudo (Japanese weapons) as well as other Karate styles with instructors around the country.
At the age of 18, while training at a friend’s gym, Peter was introduced to Neil & Stephen Walton at a grappling seminar, he went on to train with them at Darlington Boxing & Martial Arts Academy where he met Paul Hamilton. Under the tuition of Neil, Stephen and Paul he competed in some Amateur MMA contests before a trip to Thailand in 2004 opened his eyes properly to Muay Thai. Peter went on to train and compete in Muay Thai, competing internationally on 2 occasions. From 2009 onwards Peter stopped competing but continued to train at DBMA, mainly in boxing and went on to develop an accomplished style of holding pads for boxers and Thai boxers over the years.
In 2015 became head coach of the Albert Hill ABC part of Team DBMA. He has gone on to form a good relationship with the boxers and he and Michael continue to develop Albert Hill ABC along with DBMA. Peter also coaches fitness and Thai boxing sessions.
Shannon is the newest member to the team since she started an apprenticeship with us in September 2016, Shannon has trained with us at DBMA for a number of years now and has competed in a number of junior contests and national tournaments. Shannon has a bright future both as a competitor and as a coach at DBMA.
Simon is a long-time member and friend of DBMA, having trained in Muay Thai for over 10 years. He stays in the background a lot of the time as he also works in London, he does however play a big part behind the scenes in the running of the gym and shows and events.