Phil is Head Coach and founder of Private Boxing Lessons.
"As a professional boxer, with more than 40 fights under my
belt, I have gathered a wide range of experience and have
held a boxing trainer's licence since 1986. As a trainer,
I have worked with many boxers, both amateur and professional,
as well as a number of top-rated athletes.
My desire to enable athletes to recover more quickly from
the effects of boxing led me to successfully complete a Diploma
in Massage and Physical Culture.
As well as teaching the physical aspects of boxing, I always
strive to share avoidance and awareness skills. Having worked
as a doorperson, it has been crucial to use such skills to
diffuse potentially dangerous situations. My personal attitude
towards any kind of violence is to avoid confrontations
at all costs. Unfortunately, in the world in which we live,
this is not always an option. However, being able to rely
upon controlled boxing skills can substantially minimise the
risk of injury and harm.
I am also an advocate of other forms of self defence. I am
experienced in the field of kick-boxing, having fought competitively
for a number of years. My interest in this area, and my quest
to develop my skills, has led me to investigate the art of
grappling. This is a basic form of wrestling, but requires
the athlete to apply a series of carefully executed locks.
Grappling is a long established skill, which when delivered
correctly, should be non-aggressive and designed only to diffuse
I believe that the sporting art forms I have studied help
to improve the mechanics of the body and the mind. They enable
participants not only to keep fit, but to develop a heightened
sense of personal awareness - surely invaluable skills in
the climate in which we live today."