Taking it from there I found a local unit to rent and carried on teaching out of there instead I has my own place. All I had was a piece of carpet and four punch bags to use in the lock up, two of my students followed me from the gym and I set out on my own teaching MMA. I called the club “Citus”, which means rapid in Latin (for me this meant rapid learning and rapid striking). I advertised my club but hardly any one came.
On a Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday mornings, nobody would turn up except my two initial students, and there were many classes where nobody at all turned up. I realised I needed two things to make Citus succeed, I needed money to do the academy up, and I needed to keep on learning Grappling and MMA to build my profile. I got a job at a local factory where I worked full time, I then joined AVMA in 2012. I worked all day in the factory, I then would travel to my classes at Citus MMA and then I would drive all the way to Keighley three times a week to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Chinese kick boxing and MMA at AVMA.
Slowly but surely from then on I did the academy up, invested in training mats, and worked my way up to a far better standard in MMA. After two years of this I had to leave my day job, I was burning the candle from both ends and it started to take its toll. At this period of time I was promoted to blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (2014), I was competing in BJJ and also entering students into BJJ tournaments and starting to get a name for myself as a good coach. From this point on the academy went from strength to strength rapidly, I carried on at AVMA and was promoted to BJJ purple belt in 2016, I was promoted under the world renowned, four time world champion Leo Negao and two time British champion Duane Harper.
Around this time I also competed at amateur and semi pro level MMA. After this I concentrated on BJJ tournaments and collected over 15 medals at purple belt defeating many well-known high level grapplers and MMA fighters. I was also starting to put my students into MMA fights and higher level grappling tournaments and they were doing really well wining by submissions and knock outs in the cage! I went to Los Angeles to train at Tenth Planet Jiu Jitsu, and I took wrestling privates with the head coach of Manchester wrestling club to expand my grappling skills set.