4/ You also run combat TV, for anyone who does not know can you tell us about this?
Combat Sports Live TV is a partnership between Martial News, 10th Legion’s Alan Orr and Thomas Tailford of Chimp Media filming. It is a filming service that includes straight videoing or live streaming TV for the fight industry. It has been on the go for around six months and in that time has filmed and streamed some of the biggest shows in the UK. If the show meets the criteria it gets put forward to be shown on SKY Active Channel. It’s a new service but already thousands upon thousands of people from across the globe have tuned in from more than 20-odd countries.
5/ You have a couple of other martial art related companies. Can you tell us about them?
We run a group called DFM Martial Arts which includes MMA, Kickboxing and street combat clubs. Also we have a training company which runs first aid and health and safety courses As well as supplying medics to the fight industry. And shortly we will be launching a fight match up service with will go along side our security and cage hire services amongst other services we offer. As well as that we run a PR brand called Maverick Media and PR which undertakes PR for fight events as well as everyday businesses. We also have a couple of major projects in the pipeline but we cannot reveal these just yet…
6/ What has been your biggest story that has meant most to you?
There has been so many good stories to tell the truth. But one that sticks in my mind was the one on the fungus that was affecting Judo and Ju-jitsu clubs in Japan. It had seen lots of clubs going out of business across there and there were fears it would spread across the world to the UK. Basically it was a flesh eating organism that was quite nasty. The simple answer to it? Wash your training kit regularly! But other stories that I’ve enjoyed doing are those were a young girl/woman or even a man defends themselves against a would be attacker. You often have MMA guys slagging off traditional martial arts yet 90pc of those type of stories involve people defending themselves successfully using traditional arts such as Taekwondo, Karate and Judo…I guess the answer is the old adage about not judging book’s by their cover…
7/ Have you any plans to expand as I know you up till early hours as it is with your current work?
Yes, as I mentioned earlier with have a number of new projects coming up. We are very shortly about to launch a southern edition of Martial News. This will be small in scope to start with but eventually it will be the same as the northern edition. Then we will be looking to expand into the United States. We are also looking at developing mainstream media outlets but that won’t be until next year.
8/ Is there anyone in the world you have interviewed, that you would like to feature on Martial News? You can only choose one…
Oh this is a hard one…so many people I’d love to interview for Martial News…I did get to do one very recently which was Soke Brian Dossett, which I really enjoyed as he is such a character and a was seen as a maverick many moons ago when in truth he was just questioning assumptions. I admire him for the stand he took. However, the person I would love to interview is Hatsumi, the head of the Bujinkan. He is such an interesting character and has vast knowledge of martial arts.
9/ Apart from the Martial News what is your favorite MMA site?
Well obviously cageamateursuk.com otherwise I would not have wanted to partner up with you two guys. What I like about cage amateurs is its honesty and its freshness and it high standard of interviews. Also, it has laudable aims in that it tries to help those at the start of their career receive publicity. Another publication I think that is very well done is MMA Uncaged edited by Alan Orr. This is a very good high quality publication that I believe will go far. Alan is a business partner of ours and is a really good guy.
Thank you Phil for this great Interview