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DIESEL TEAM

Meet our world class coaching team.

Kru Cliff Bura

Founder/Owner

Cliff founded Diesel Gym in 2008 and has overseen its development in to the internationally recognised institution it is today. He has been involved in martial arts for 40 years, and first started coaching over 30 years ago. He has studied a wide selection of disciplines from around the world. His study of Muay Thai has taken him to many camps in many countries, however his key influence is the world-renowned Master Sken Kaewpundang. It is with Master Sken’s blessing and guidance that the London Sitnarong Camp (later to become the Diesel Muay Thai Team) was first opened in 2003. Cliff is always happy to teach Muay Thai to anyone who shows respect for the art and the camp. He trains students at all levels, from people who are interested in general fitness to those to wish to train at a competitive level. He is responsible for all aspects of Diesel Gym and takes an active role in ensuring that the quality of its coaching is maintained to the highest standards. Contact Cliff: 07765 243012 or email: cliff@dieselgym.co.uk

Jamie Scott

Gym Manager & Head 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu coach

Jamie Scott was born and raised in East London. He is a lifelong martial artist, having dabbled in boxing and karate as a kid. During his preparation for a professional MMA bout, Jamie experimented with the rubber guard, which led him to the 10th Planet system. After winning the contest, Jamie sought out Eddie Bravo, the creator, and head of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, based in Los Angeles. In February 2014, Jamie was granted his Blue Belt by Eddie Bravo and was given permission to open up 10th Planet London, the first and only 10th Planet school in the capital. Since then, Jamie has been tirelessly building the UK's premiere no-gi team, in addition to hosting the only free open mat in London, which takes place every Saturday morning. Jamie was promoted to the rank of Brown Belt in May 2016 by Geo and Richie Martinez, on behalf of Eddie Bravo. He is also active as a competitor, having featured on the Newaza Challenge and Polaris. In addition to his heavy pressure passing and catch wrestling-esque style of grappling, Jamie strongly endorses the submission-only movement and is also one of the most experienced and technically proficient leg-lock experts in the UK.

Tom Wincott

Head MMA Coach

Hailing from Hackney, East London, Tom Wincott made the transition from amateur boxing to MMA under Diesel Gym and Jamie Scott. Now a well-rounded fighter, Tom holds a 6-1 professional MMA record. Renowned for his heavy hands and potent guillotine choke, which has given him most of his victories, Tom is a skilled fighter and coach. He greets each person with a friendly attitude and sense of humour, making learning from him easy and enjoyable. In addition to teaching MMA, Tom also handles Diesel’s famous ‘Iron Beast Circuit’ where fighter and hobbyist alike can really test and build their athleticism by being pushed to their absolute limit. With a good understanding of both fighting and strength and conditioning, Tom is one of the best people to learn under. Tom Wincott’s Accolades and Achievements: • UCMMA Welterweight Champion • WFC Welterweight Champion • Purple Belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

Simon Batty

Senior Muay Thai Coach

Kru Simon Batty is a veteran in the UK Muay Thai scene, having coached at numerous successful gyms and numerous successful fighters. “My philosophy is that all Diesel MT Students “Nak Muay” (Thai Boxer) should acquire a sound knowledge, skill and technical ability in all areas of striking under my tutelage. Students will become adaptable, confident and competent in all areas of striking and in challenging any opponent from any style of Martial Art. Not only is The Diesel MT Striking System’s emphasis on competition and self-defence. It is a life-long road to learning, building positive mental attitudes, forging friendships, building confidence, and discipline and health maintenance for people of all walks of life.” Kru Simon Batty Accolades & Achievements: • Senior Muay Thai Instructor (Diesel Gym London) • Qualified Muay Thai Instructor - E.M.F. (England Muay Thai Federation) • 4th Dan - W.K.A. (World Kickboxing Association) • 4th Dan - B.I.K.M.A. Representative (British International Kick & Martial Arts Association) • Founder of E.L.M.T.O. (East London Muay Thai Organisation) • Trained & Cornered Numerous Fighter’s (World, European, British, Sothern Area & National Champions)

Jenny Claff

Muay Thai Coach

Jennie began an interest in fitness at a young age leading her to become a qualified fitness instructor. At that time she discovered martial arts, in particular Muay Thai. Over the course of her 15 years training, she has been fortunate enough to train with Grand Master Woody and Master A (the first pioneers to bring Muay Thai to Europe). She has also had the opportunity to train at several gyms in Bangkok. As one of the original members of Diesel Gym, Jennie continues to train regularly, having spent the last few years competing in both amateur and professional fights. Her passion for Thai Boxing has led her to specialise in martial arts based fitness. Having received a degree in Teaching, Jennie spent time in America teaching martial arts based fitness to young adults from disadvantaged and dysfunctional backgrounds. Jennie now teaches the Ladies Muay Thai class which focuses on resistance training, cardio work and Muay Thai technique.

Leon Markham-Lee

Muay Thai Coach

Leon Markham-Lee has been with Diesel for nearly as long ad Diesel has been running. In addition to being well and truly part of the furniture, Leon gives private training and takes our under 16's Muay Thai class. Leon is able to give good technical knowledge to Diesel's youngest team members in a way that is fun, but still practical and applicable to real Muay Thai and self defence.

Jack Tyley

10th Planet Coach

Salih Kulucan

MMA Coach

Sean Harper

10th Planet Coach

Christian Meramo

Muay Thai Coach
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