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Posted by Jay on September 4, 2017 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

You know sometimes in life you have to stop, take pause and look at where you are to see exactly how far you have come! 

Take this picture - here we have a scared and skinny, pasty kid from Manchester (who once quit karate because he was knocked out) all grown up and in the company of two of the BEST martial artists on the face of the planet - Grandmaster Darren Tibon of Angels Disciples and Professor James Hundon of UMAA......It's humbling and a little awe inspiring to be around such men, but to actually be classed as their friend and brother?

Mind = Blown

Martial Arts has been such a massive part of helping me overcome my fears, my doubts and my demons and my journey is not even close to being over. I guess when you are facing the right way all you have to do is keep moving forward! When I attend seminars or when I get to hang out with men of this calibre I learn SO much from them, but I am often told that they learn from me too. This is not to brag, but more to say that if the BEST can learn from someone else then you certainly can!

The phrase "I have always wanted to.." should never have "but" attached as a qualifier. If you want to do something you will find a way; if not you will find an excuse. So many people put off starting their journey in martial arts with the usual excuses - "too old", "Too unfit", "too busy" - in fact there are as many reasons as arts, and every single one of them is absolute hogwash! Get out there and do it!

Then you too can be the "grinning eedjit" stood next to the worlds best!

"Living on the Edge" - Knife defense seminar

Posted by Jay on June 16, 2017 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)



The tragic number of high-profile knife attacks at home and abroad recently have led to a plethora of Mcdojo artists with no actual experience shamelessly cashing in on people's fear and there is so much nonsense- and dangerous nonsense at that - currently being propogated as "self defense against a knife". I have to try and show people what REAL edged weapon defense, so I am doing what I said I never would - teach a knife defense seminar

I cannot teach you to easily defeat a knife wielding assailant...anyone saying they can is full of shit. But what I CAN do is increase you chances of surviving such an encounter

Seminar will cover.....

*Knife & edged weapon efficiacy

*Common attacks

*Ambush attacks

*Concealment of weapons

*sensitivity drills to maximize attributes

*"Battle Proven" knife tactics

*Legal and moral implications

This is NOT just another seminar on weapons - it will be real, it will be gritty and at times it will be downright terrifying. Knives are a genuine danger and threat to ANYONE facing them - pretending otherwise helps no one and gives false confidence...the worst confidence of all. I offer no promises, no nonsense and no unicorns and rainbows - what I DO offer is legitimate training for one of the scariest encounters you may face

No Class Tonight - 14 June 2016

Posted by Jay on June 14, 2017 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone!

No class tonight die to illness - normal schedule resumes tomorrow!




Posted by Jay on May 23, 2017 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Good morning War Dogs!

The more observant among you may have noticed some changes in the layout and look of the website. This is long overdue, but for various reason it kept getting delayed. It is very much a "work in progress" but I think the new sleek, clean look is much better to browse.

There will be more content added over the coming weeks, including access to the Online Academy for those who wish to subscribe!

Please make sure you register with the site to gain access to the member forums, where you can chat and debate with War Dogs from around the globe.

Have a great day and stay tuned!

Cry HAVOC!!! And let slip the Dogs of War!

Aftermath: Part 3 - May 27th 2017!

Posted by Jay on May 18, 2017 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Esteem is proud to present "The Hound" Sifu Jay Cooper who is teaching the third of his "Aftermath" seminars - this will be over four hours of articulation, legal concerns and "combat awareness". Anyone claiming they teach self-defense without this piece is misleading you. This is NOT just another "self defense" course; it is a systematic approach to conflict in the real world based on ACTUAL experience in the physical and legal world

Topics the course will cover include -

Legal concerns and rights

Environmental awareness

Line-ups and fences


Adrenal Loading


Threat Identification

Key phrasing in written & verbal accounts

and much more!


The course will offer opportunities to apply the tactics you have learned over the years in scenario based encounters

Experience is NOT required, as all attendees will receive certification in "Aftermath" with a view to progression through subsequent seminars

If you are an Instructor this information is indispensable for any classes you teach; if you are a student this will put any training you currently do in context. You simply CANNOT miss this if you have even a passing interest in Self-Protection

The cost $60 in advance or $70 on the day. Esteem is VERY excited to be presenting this material to the public, much of which is rarely seen outside of Specialised Training Centres.

Cry HAVOC!!!! And let slip the Dogs of War!