Luke James - head coach and founder of Eclectic Self Protection and a certified YMCA Reps Level 3 Personal Trainer with a 2:1 Bsc Hons Sport and Exercise Science. Training since 1997 and with a wealth of knowledge in different martial arts and competition success, Luke has diversifed from the traditional and hybrid styles into reality self defence and practical martial arts based training, and now collectively teaches under the banner of Eclectic Self Protection.
Luke currently a 4th Dan Black Belt and Advanced Self Defence Instructor is fully qualified to offer certified training in an eclectic streamlined style integrating the most effective techniques from Sakiado, Taekwondo, Combat Kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Practical Combatives and Rapid Assault Tactics for personal defence & combat.
With twenty years training in martial arts, Luke has gained his knowledge by working with a selection of accredited instructors within the UK. In addition, Luke has been coaching from 2002 teaching martial arts and self defence classes, and was previously sponsored by ‘Nike’ to deliver fitness and sports activities.
The enjoyment of studying new training methods in the fitness and martial arts industry furthers not only Luke’s own knowledge, but provides ESP students with effective up to date training methods. Luke’s understanding of correct sports science in biomechnaics, physiology, psychology and anatomy is what sets ESP apart from other martial arts and self defence classses.
“Luke is an intelligent and personable instructor with a great deal of both knowledge and technical skills and abilities. who I have great respect for. He is deeply keen to attain high standards in the ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ skills of martial arts, teaching and practicing effective methods ensuring a wide skill base. His approach is very professional, and he always ensures he presents an inspirational role model for his students.”
(Soke Turton, UK Self Defence Expert & 10th Dan Grand Master, All Styles Martial Arts Association)
“A dark, talented and very enthusiastic individual with a natural hunger and passion for martial arts. He is positively infectious with his training and delivers excellence inside and outside of the dojo.”
(Master Baines, Chief Instructor & Founder, World Sakiado Association)
“Luke has high quality skills and knowledge in martial arts and self defence. He makes an excellent self defence instructor as he is very articulate presenting information well in depth. All in all very capable martial artist, teacher and all round nice guy”
(Sifu Clive Whitworth, Head Instructor ITG Rapid Assault Tactics)
“I have been training and instructing with Luke for a number of years. His approach to training is motivational and enthusiastic, and he makes a very skillfull all-rounded coach and instructor.”
(Minh Lee, Club Instructor, World Sakiado Association)
"A fantastic and amicable instructor who creates a pleasant and vibrant atmosphere with a discilpined outset. I recommend him highly"
(Becka, Academy Of Sport & Well Being)
"I have known Luke for 10 years as a martial artist and friend. He trains hard and strives to improve developing mentally and physically. He is a true example of an indomitable spirit and dedicated disciplined warrior who always practices techniques to perfection. Luke is a very innovative individual who will always endeavor to steer his clients and students in the right direction.”
(Christian Uham, Senior Dan Graded Instructor In Sakiado & Kickboxing, And Ex Door Supervisor)