My name is Andras Millward and I’m a UK-based martial arts and self defence practitioner and instructor. I’m a cross-trainer by instinct, but always like to train hard in the individual systems I have taken up.
I currently study the Wong Shun Leung method of Wing Chun, as taught by David Peterson, as a coach-in-training under the supervision and regular tuition of Ged Kennerk of the Stockport Ving Tsun Academy, who is David Peterson’s senior representative in the UK.
I am indebted to Jason Gowan of WSL Ving Tsun London Combat Science for his own coaching and unstinting support of my transition to this Wing Chun Family, and to my fellow coach-in-training Steve Maidens of Mendip Wing Chun Kuen, for his tireless support and friendship.
I started Wing Chun training under the Kamon Martial Art Federation in 1998, gaining my first degree black sash in 2008 from Sifu Kevin Chan, leaving Kamon in May 2012. I have run a Wing Chun club in Southville, Bristol since September 2005 with a fellow instructor.
I was introduced to FAST – Fear Adrenaline Stress Training – in 2007 and quickly realised that this was the missing link I’d been looking for between the martial arts and real fighting. Qualifying as a FAST Combatives Instructor in April 2010, I graduated as a Full FAST Defence Level 1 Instructor in November 2010, finally qualifying as an armoured Level 1 instructor in the Predator Armour™ in November 2011.
Contact me for further information, group, workshop or seminar training.
Combat Jujitsu (Kevin O’Hagan)
Since attending an edged weapon seminar run by Kevin O’Hagan in 2008 I have been highly impressed and inspired by Kevin’s teaching, practice and depth of knowledge. For me, his Combat Jujitsu style, based on battlefield jujitsu but enriched by decades of practice of other styles and substantial real-life application, bridged the gap between the high percentage adrenal stress of FAST Defence and the technical approach of Wing Chun to combat. I have continued to attend his seminars since 2008 and since the beginning of 2011 have taken periodic private lessons with him (although as of September 2012 I have reluctantly had to reduce the latter simply due to the time pressures of increased WSL Ving Tsun training required for now).
Vagabond Warriors is not a fighting system nor a martial art, but an intelligent, skeptical cross-training approach to martial arts, self-defence and combat systems, devised by Jamie Clubb. This undersells it somewhat, as the Vagabond Warriors approach of “Clarification, Scepticism and Individuality” has transformed my approach to my own training and teaching and has had a permanent and transformational effect on how I view the martial arts.
(where you can read more of my views on Vagabond Warriors!)
I train in boxing, more occasionally these days, with an ABAE coach and I have been a British Combat Association Associate Instructor since 2011.
My first martial art – other than the requisite schoolboy judo – was Shotokan Karate under the Karate Union of Great Britain. I studied this from 1988 to 1995 and was awarded my first dan black belt by Sensei Andy Sherry in 1993. I finally moved away from karate due to what I perceived as the excessive emphasis on the sporting aspect.
1 year Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2010 – 2011
About 2 years’, non-continuous kickboxing between 1988 and 1997
Aikido with the Aikido Society of Wales/BAB/MAC to green belt, 1989 – 1991
Notable ones, other than those run by my current teachers and coaches, included those hosted by Ged Kennerk, Ernie Barrios, David Peterson, Kev Bell, Alan Gibson, Bob Breen, Morio Higaonna and Terry O’Neill.
In another life …
… I have been a published author, journalist, television and radio presenter and administration manager. I continue to be available for writing work and administration management consultancy.
I also used to play guitar and sing, after a fashion, in punk, garage and doom bands. Less said about that the better, perhaps.