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  • Lloyd Lewis

My martial arts journey

I started martial arts at the age of 17. I was incredibly skinny, I had severe asthma (which resulted in many stays in hospital) I was bullied severely. I started martial arts simply to get stronger and control my asthma. Little did I know that it would become such a massive part of my life.

I still remember walking onto the gym and meeting my trainer (the legendary Graham Brockway ( The first class was really tough and I struggled throughout and didn't complete most things. There were so many people there and they were all so good. Above all though I loved it. My trainer will tell everyone that when I walked through the door he thought I would last two weeks, this year I am celebrating 30 years involved in martial arts.

I came back for the next class and really enjoyed pushing myself, there were many times when I couldn't walk without my legs shaking. I had my first fight within three months andI won my first title within five fights.

In total I won two world titles, a European title, an intercontinental title, a British title and a Welsh title. I also twice won the WUMA European and World games, I am currently a black belt 4th Dan and I have been inducted into the WUMA Hall of Fame twice ( and I have also been inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame (

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