Michael Nelson-Cole; Martial Arts Instructor & Personal Trainer, London, UK
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About Michael Nelson-Cole (aka The Peoples Mantis)


I am a 66th Generation Disciple of the Tien Shan Pai Family which is a form of northern Kung Fu.

I started training in martial arts in my teens doing Tae Kwon Do, Judo & general self defence. In 1998 I decided to concentrate primarily on training in Kung Fu.

In 2001 I began competing at a national level and by 2004 I was competing internationally in Shuai Jiao (Chinese wrestling) and Northern Traditional Kung Fu forms such as; Mantis Kung Fu, Lo Han Boxing and Little Mayflower.

At competition level, I am probably more well-known for my Traditional Northern Forms, where I have held National and European titles at BCCMA (British Council for Chinese Martial Arts) Competitions and European Kuoshu Tournaments.

Aside from taking part in Forms the highlight for me, in competition terms, must be in Shuai Jiao, where I retired undefeated in the UK in 2005; as well as coming 4th at a World Tournament held in Italy in the same year.

I am currently training (since 2003) in Tien Shan Pai under Master Robert Simpson (65th Generation) and I am a member of The Chinese Kuoshu Institute which is a U.K based Kung Fu organisation. I have also been practicing Shuai Jiao for the last 5 years and am a Black Belt 1st Degree in Bao Ding Shuai Jiao.

In addition to Tien Shan Pai, I have been lucky enough to train in many other martial arts systems. I have studied (and am still studying) Corja Shantung Kung Fu (Mantis style) under the guidance of my instructor Shifu Alim. I have also taken various judo and karate classes to give myself a grounding in different disciplines.

In recent years I have qualified as a Personal Trainer and am currently working freelance; please enquire about how I can help you!

As both a Kung Fu Instructor and Personal Trainer, my main goal is to help enable people of all walks of life to reach their full potential.

Michael Nelson-Cole; London based personal trainer & martial arts instructor

Qualifications & Experience

Tien Shan Pai Kung Fu Instructor (insured under the Kuosho Institute & BCCMA)

2nd Level Instructor in Corja Shangtung Kung Fu (insured under the Kuosho Institute & BCCMA)

British Shaui Jiao Team Coach

9th Deng in Bao Ding Shuai Jiao (Awarded by Chinese Martials Arts Shuai Jiao Association)

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (REPS approved qualification consisting of Level 2 Certificate in Gym & Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training Instruction)

First Aid Certificate


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