“When I was a kid, I was never very good at sport or any kind of fitness, I was always the last to be picked for the football team, I didn’t really enjoy PE that much, I got shoved to the back a lot and got less attention. Therefore, I didn’t really have a very good relationship with physical exercise back then. When I was about 12 years old, I got into skateboarding, I had quite an obsessive personality, so I did it a lot, quite religiously, also watching it on TV. I then saw something called Free Running, which I had never seen before – they were jumping over fences, doing somersaults on the pavement, I thought it wasn’t possible, the sort of stuff you only get in video games or movies.
I really wanted to be able to do it myself, and at that stage I had just started some personal responsibility with my own fitness, so I put more of a focus in being able to do it. I started to learn some gymnastics, I taught myself how to do cartwheels and handstands, I did some martial arts too and really rode that for a few years. I grew up with that into my late teenage life and the more and more I got into it, the more I learnt. I learned about the stunt register, which is a guild of stuntmen, it handles the insurance side and the credibility etc, so I started to pursue that. They have six skills you have to achieve, out of about twelve; things like rock climbing, horse riding and scuba diving. Once you achieve those skills and they trust you, they put you on the board and you get recognized for some big jobs. I started working more towards that and originally was just working on gymnastics and martial arts, I thought - it’s all you need to do, be like Jackie Chan! Several years later, I realised I had been wasting my time, so I picked up things like rock climbing and scuba diving to build up my portfolio, spent more time with people who were also trying to become a stuntman and really pursued that goal. One of the reasons why I liked the idea was because it brought real structure to my physical training, having a clear pattern for fighting and gymnastics gave me a real structure. In 2014, I became officially accredited and I started working on some movies – my first movie was Dracula, I also did the Star Wars movie. I had a bucket list of three things – work on Star Wars, work on a Marvel film and work with Jackie Chan and I achieved one of those within two months of being a stuntman. I was very pleased with that! I also worked on Game of Thrones, so it was a good start. My most memorable stunt was doing the splits between two trains in the new Paddington film, just like Jean Claude-Van Damme!
But it was tough, hard to build your income and your sustainability, so I re-opened the business side of things. My biggest asset was my flexibility, so it seemed like the obvious direction to take – I got asked a lot, how I did the splits, how did I get so flexible and how I could help others get flexible too, so I’d give them tips and after a while, I decided to make it more of a business. I Pursued some business coaching and learned how to coach people face to face, so the business and the stunts grew themselves organically and now it’s like a tango between two different passions. I used the things that I learnt in being an elite athlete and a stuntman to pass on to others. Now that the stunts are going so well, I can run my business in a very relaxed way, I can coach people that I love coaching and do things I really enjoy, like helping people. At the same time, I can completely leave all of that, go into a different world by being a Zombie in a movie, which is completely different. I really enjoy it.”