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In 1973 I started learning the martial arts at the age of 17 and after a period of 6 years I opened up my own classes. The following information is just a simplified profile of what I have done since that time.
Founder and managing director of Dragonwriter (UK) from 2004 to 2013. Founder of the Aftershock Awareness Project in October 2012.
Awarded the 7th Degree Black Sash, (Masters Degree), in Northern Shaolin Chin Lum Kung Fu, (Jin Loong Chuan Fa), in 2001.
Practitioner and teacher of the martial arts since 1973 - now retired.
Awarded - Martial Arts Illustrated HALL of FAME 2012.
Awarded - Truwaza Martial Arts Times HALL of FAME 'Writer Of The Year' 2012.
Founder, chief instructor and chief grade examiner of the original Dragon Martial Arts School in 1979 - renamed the Tai Wai Martial Arts School in 1997.
Featured in, and feature writer for, various local newspapers and magazines.
Feature writer/columnist for Combat Magazine, Totally Taekwondo Magazine, Truwaza Martial Arts Times, Martial Arts Pulse Magazine, Tamworth Herald news paper, Tamworth Times news paper, Osu Magazine and various other publications over a period of more than 30 years.
Honorary chief instructor and technical advisor to various clubs, groups and associations including teaching the combat arts at Keele University.
Instructor to more than 4000 men, women and children in the Tamworth, (UK) region from 1979 to 2009. Members included the police, prison officers and security personnel.
Involved in many charity fundraising events including the Tamworth Lions Carnival the Birmingham Children's Hospital, I. T. V's Telethon and many local events.
Awarded 'Tamworth Herald Martial Arts Sporting Personality of the Year' in 1999 and voted Tamworth's top martial arts instructor by the Tamworth Times in 1995.
A former founder member of the Martial Arts Commission, (M.A.C.)
Recognised by the Gan Hong Moon Kung Fu Association of China in 1988.
Practitioner of the various martial arts including karate and aikido.
Awarded Brown Sash in classical Wing Chun Kung Fu in 1975.
A 2nd British generation practitioner of the Chin Lum style of Chinese boxing.
Honorary recognition by various martial art groups.
Featured on regional television and local radio.
Featured in Martial News and various other publications and journals.
A former freelance independent ghost-writer for various groups and business organisations including the tourist and entertainment industry.
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For more than 30 years I have written articles on a number of subjects that have ranged from the martial arts, due to my martial art background, to serious and fun, non martial art related, topics for news papers and journals.
In 2004 this also included being a ghost-writer for various individuals and business groups on a regular basis when I set up my own freelance writing service under the trading name of Dragonwriter (UK)
Over the years when asked what do I do for a living, by people who do not know me that well, and I tell them I am a ghost-writer their initial reaction is one of surprise as they tend to think that I write about ghosts or about the spirit world.
This of course is often to do with not having heard about such a thing before or the nature of the work involved.
If you would like to find out more about what a ghost-writer does then follow this link -
Dave J Lomas