James became fascinated with Karate after watching The Karate Kid as a young boy and so joined the Federation of Shotokan Karate when he was barely eight-years-old. Six years later, he was awarded his black belt at the age of 14 by FSK Chief Instructor, Sensei Aidan Trimble.
After being selected to represent England for Team FSK at 17, he attended his first all-styles World Karate Championships a year later, in Milan in 2007. In the immediate years that followed, he actively competed both domestically and oversees.
As a senior athlete, he became a two-time world Bronze medalist - in 2013 and 2015 - whilst representing England at the World Cup and US Open tournaments in Las Vegas. Closer to home, he was also runner-up at the 2015 UK Open.
What has made his success at the highest level so remarkable is achieving it as a two-time cancer survivor. After battling Leukaemia for two years between 2010 and 2011, he was told by doctors he might never be fit to fight again, such was the damage to his heart and lungs.
Renowned for being a doggedly determined fighter, James never gave up. He demonstrated great courage, determination and perseverance to defy the odds and battle back to peak fitness, winning silverware consistently between 2012 and 2017. And so he is proud most of all - even before his exploits as an athlete, fighter and coach - to call himself a survivor.
As an instructor, he demonstrated natural coaching ability from a young age and learned from the best in the business; assisting Sensei Trimble himself from the age of 16.
Since being encouraged to start a club of his own more than a decade ago in 2009, he hasn't looked back and since establishing Martial Arts Inspired has overseen the development of a number of national champions and international competitors... Crowned ‘Instructor Of The Year 2016’ James is a nationally renowned coach of high regard.
Also a keen mixed martial artist, with a particular interest in Boxing and Kickboxing, he attributes his Karate background as the foundation for further coaching success. As Martial Arts Inspired Head Coach, he personally offers a variety of options and services to men, women and children alike. His Close Quarter Combat and Fight Craft sessions are highly technical, whilst his Self-Defence classes are popular among women and a huge hit in the corporate sector.