Mohamed Hussain Anverdeen
My father was a police officer and my grandfather a politician. Instilling a strong sense of discipline and morals was a core part of my upbringing. This included enrolling me at the age of 8 to Budokan Karate. The art emphasises on strikes, blocks and powerful kicks. It also taught me life lessons in discipline and morals that my family had hoped for and is reflected in my teaching style. Learning the art of consistency enabled me to attain my First Dan black belt in Budokan Karate under Sensei Mana Tuhgea Parara.
Due to the civil war, I had to leave Sri Lanka at the age of 24. Leaving my home was an uncertain time in my life, but looking back on things it was the best thing to happen to me on my martial arts journey. I travelled throughout Asia and Europe and in each country, I studied different martial arts. Whilst living in Holland I trained in Thai Boxing for 2 years. When I moved to France, I learnt Judo and French Boxing.
When I moved to the UK, I met Sifu Michael Nembhard who encouraged me to broaden my thinking and develop an open mind to avoid becoming fixated with only a few arts. With Sifu Michael I trained in many other systems and also self-protection concepts including Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Silat and Panatukan. I have been very fortunate to train with exceptionally gifted instructors including Guru Dan Inosanto (training partner of the legendary Bruce Lee), Bob Breen, Rick Young, Terry Barnett and Eddie Quinn. I am a certified instructor in Eddie Quinn’s ‘The Approach, Self-Protection Method’.
With all the that I had learnt, I chose to proceed with reality-based self-protection and Close Quarter Combat. The focus of this training is to recognise potential life-threatening situations before they happen and follow a path of avoidance and de-escalation and as a final resort to do pre-emptive strikes. Geoff Thompson and Peter Consterdine are two of the world’s most acknowledged experts in this methodology. Having trained under them, I am also affiliated to their associations, the British Combat Association and World Combat Association.
I am a fully qualified trainer with full DBS clearance, Level 2 instructor of Modern Close Quarter Combat, I hold a SIA licence which is essential for anyone who offers private security.