Neil’s martial journey began studying wing chun in 1998 and following years of intensive training as an indoor student of Wing Chun Dynamics’ founder Master Dave Taylor, Neil was given the opportunity to study the Chen Jin Iron Shirt Training method in 2010. Shortly after this training began, Master Taylor introduced the art of Golden Bell Chi Kung in order for Neil to gain a wider understanding of using energy rather than physical strength in both his kung-fu and every day life, this training still continues.
In 2012 Neil took the decision to become a full-time Wing Chun Dynamics instructor having studied intensively with Master Taylor in both private and club environments. Since qualifying as an instructor Neil has held clubs and taught in various locations around the country, helping Neil’s skill and understanding develop from his experiences in teaching people from a wide cross-section of society.
To compliment his kung-fu teaching and to further develop his own expertise, Neil began using the knowledge and skills gained from his kung-fu training to offer corporate clients assistance and training development in areas ranging from confidence and focus to stress management and personal progression. As a result of his work in this area and in recognition for continued work in this field, Neil was awarded a fellowship at the Institute for Personal Development.
Having studied Wing Chun Dynamics under Neil’s tutelage and guidance, a number of his students are now seeing the benefits of their dedication to the art. Through diligent training and applying all that they have been taught, these advanced students have progressed through the syllabus and Neil is proud to have seen them develop throughout their training; with one of his longest serving students, Nigel Soole, attaining his black sash in Wing Chun Dynamics at the end of 2019. As well as continuing to study the art under Neil’s tutelage, Nigel also acts as the Assistant Instructor at the Ludlow branch of Wing Chun Dynamics.
In 2019, Neil became a partner and share holder in Wing Chun Dynamics while also launching Concentrated Mind Ltd as a vehicle to promote his various training methods and experiences to his clients. This has enabled Neil to expand his client base and provide tailored guidance and advice to a wide variety of clients from many different sectors, both public and private.
When he’s not teaching or training Kung-fu, Neil can usually be found enjoying one of his many artistic outlets. A successful graphic designer and illustrator before his career in Kung-Fu, Neil still loves to put pen to paper and return to his graphic novel roots. A devoted turntablist, Neil has a pretty eclectic music taste though his first love is hip-hop and the music that inspired it- he can often be found digging through crates of dusty old records, searching for that forgotten slice of vinyl.
Ultimately, to master kung-fu is to master oneself through discipline, dedication and training. Kung-fu teaches the individual to understand themselves and strengthen both the body and the mind. Training to discover and master the self allows the individual to cultivate a positive attitude in an increasingly negative world; this, above all else is what Neil aims to pass on to his students.