Frequently Asked Questions
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Martial Arts & Training
What martial arts do you do?
I’ve trained in a lot of different styles over the years. In short, it’s a mixture of different KungFu styles, Karate, Aikido, Jujitsu, Hapkido, Silat and Arnis. To read more about this, be sure to check out the page here. I'm still learning, so I've cross trained in other disciplines also such as Boxing and Wrestling.
How long have you been training for?
27 years (depending on when you read this!). I started training in 1993.
Who trained you?
My father was my first teacher. I’ve trained with a lot of different martial artists over the years, though my master is a gentleman named Jerome, who was an SAS instructor.
I’m a beginner. What would you advise?
How do I do conditioning?
How do I increase my hand speed?
It's all about staying relaxed. You also have to practice retracting your punches, not just throwing them out. Another thing to take into account is economy of motion, so you don't waste anything when your arm is out. For instance, once your arm is out to block an attack, you may need to use that same arm to counter attack.
Does your size prevent you from moving fast?
How long do you train for?
Generally about 2-3 hours a day, but not in one go. One of my philosophies is to train when you don’t want to so that you can fight when you have to. This means my training can happen anywhere and anytime.
Are you and Master Wong friends?
Yes, we’ve known each other since 2007. Click here to see our videos together.
Who would win in a fight between you and Master Wong (or anyone else)?
If I'm completely honest, this isn't something I think about; I don’t have the kind of ego where I need to be better than anyone in a hypothetical fight that will never happen. Obviously, this is not a satisfying answer to most, so I’ll indulge slightly. If we’re talking about a fight in a controlled environment, then we would be in considerably different weight categories.
Are you ever going to write a book?
Why don’t you do online training videos?
I have to be very responsible and careful with the kind of things I would put online. I don't accept students I haven't met before. As such, I’m very selective of who I train; prospective students usually have to go through an informal interview process first before I take them on. I have to be responsible for the things I teach to those I teach.
Would you ever compete?
I used to many years ago in Karate, KungFu and Chinese Kickboxing tournaments. At the moment, it’s not on the cards but if the right offer came about, I would need to assess my priorities and responsibilities at the time to see if it was viable to do it. Though, I haven’t closed the door on competitions.
What do you think about MMA?
I love the concept of MMA because it is by its own definition, mixed. However, there is a world of martial arts out there; it would be ignorant for a practitioner not to try different styles. There are varying levels of practical skills, which become more accessible the more proficient you become. Many skills you are probably now able to do may have seemed impossible when you first started. Each style will have something of benefit; it’s up to you to learn it and make it practical. If you can’t, come back to it at a later date.
What is your opinion of traditional martial arts in MMA?
Have you ever been in a real fight?
Once or twice…!
Are you a bouncer?
I’ve worked as a door supervisor for clubs, bars and events. I still do it every now and again.
I have really bad anxiety. How do I stay calm under pressure?
How do I get big arms?
Usually I choose 5 bicep and tricep exercises and superset them. I’ll always do 4 sets of 15 repetitions. I also wouldn’t neglect the forearms either! Be sure to keep a high protein intake also and that you get sufficient rest.
Do you take steroids?
I get this a lot. The simple answer is absolutely not. Taking PEDs can change the course of events in the future of your health. I refuse to use anything of the sort. In fact, I don’t even use protein powder. I’ve been the same build since I was 17; any progress over the years has taken much in time, effort and recovery. For the most part though, I take it as a compliment that anyone would think that I have a physique that looks like it's on steroids...!
How do I meditate?
How many times a week do you train at the gym?
I usually train 3 times a week. I usually do an upper body day, lower day and an arm day. Each session lasts between 30-45 minutes.
How did you get into film?
Back in 2010, there was an open casting for a film, which my brother and I went to. It was for 47 Ronin, with Keanu Reeves. I auditioned and got a call back and that’s how it all started. Since then, I've had the privilege of working on a variety of mainstream and independent productions.
What would you advise an aspiring actor?
Get into it for the right reasons, don’t do it for the fame. It won’t happen overnight either. Do it for the love of it, so take opportunities, small and large. Never be ‘too good’ for low budget films either; experience is experience. Having worked on some of the highest grossing franchises, I still do student films and my attitude and behaviour will always be professional.
What’s Dwayne Johnson like?
He’s larger than life yet exceptionally professional and so down to earth. He was so kind to me on Hobbs and Shaw; he pulled me up after every take and gave me plenty of encouragement. I will never forget that.
Who do you look up to in film?
Who is your celebrity crush?
Ha! Kaley Cuoco.
What’s your next project?
It depends on when you’re reading this! Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and IMDb. Still working on my feature film, Way of the Warrior. We’ll make it happen!
Where is the Isle of Fernandos?
It’s in Tenerife!
Are you and Trudy still together?
We actually decided to be friends during the course of the filming. We’re still good friends to this day. Be sure to check out her business, Trudy’s Boutique!
Was that you who got shot in The Gentlemen?
That’s me alright #FatTony
Are you going to release a piano album?
Yes! Aethereality is now available on all major streaming platforms, such as Spotify, Google Play Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music and YouTube Music. It's also available on Instagram and Tiktok. Check it out here shop.
Who would you recommend for photos?
If you're in Oxfordshire, I would recommend:
What’s your professional background in?
I’ve a fairly diverse background in marketing, finance, information systems, web design, music, film, parapsychology, sport psychology, water treatment, security and counselling. I've taught business, IT, psychology, events management, public services, film, self defence and physical education. More recently, I have had some experience with Human Resources also.
Are you a medical doctor?
No, I'm not a medical doctor, though I have a PhD in Metaphysics and a PhD in Leadership and Coaching.
What are your scientific interests?
Subquantum physics, psychology, supernatural sciences, astrobiology and more recently, the applications and benefits of molecular hydrogen and water filtration.
What's the most rewarding job you ever worked at?
Probably working in education, in the various roles I worked in. Whether it be academic or pastoral support, seeing students do well and go on to leading successful careers is exceptionally rewarding for me. When I was working at a university, my main goal was to make sure that students left university as better and happier people as opposed to being broken by the pressures of their degrees. Working in education was never easy, just because you have a responsibility to take care of everyone and guide them through the obstacles they face, without becoming emotionally compromised yourself.
How do you stay motivated and productive at work?
I appreciate the workload as opposed to stressing over it; focusing on solutions as opposed to dwelling on the problems. Though, I guess that applies to most things in life.
Life / Misc
Are you religious?
I'm spiritual, not religious. I don't believe in anything; I either know or I don't know yet. I personally feel that religion is based on belief whereas spiritualism is based on experience.
Do ghosts and spirits exist?
Sure. There are bands of non-corporeal consciousness that exist beyond what we are able to perceive though in some cases, we are able to tune into other frequencies to have such perceptions. The possibilities are absolutely endless in an infinite universe. In addition to this, ghosts and spirits are also separate entities, though often used as synonyms. Maybe more on this another time.
How would you advise people through lockdown?
My main concern has been that panic would be more infectious than the virus itself; don't let it get the better of you. During lockdown, it's important to have a plan or an objective to achieve each day. If you are furloughed, then this will be free time you probably won't get again, so make good use of it. Now is the time to pick up new skills whilst refining old ones.
What are your favourite TV shows and movies?
TV Shows: Star Trek (mostly TNG, DS9), the Simpsons, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica
Do you have a personal philosophy you live by?
Yes. I live by 3 main principles:
Do you speak other languages?
English is my first language, though I am fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and conversational in French. I can sing in Russian, Spanish and Hindi though ;-)
Do you have Mongolian blood in you?
Not as far as I'm aware. Surprisingly, I get asked this a lot.