Welcome to the British Martial Arts Mats blog, where our knowledgeable and passionate team of writers come together to share their experience, knowledge, and perspectives on the martial arts and combat sports. Our authors’ diverse backgrounds in MMA, boxing, kickboxing, Taekwondo, and sport karate give them a wealth of knowledge that they share with readers in the form of insightful guidance, practical suggestions, and entertaining tales.

Our blog is your go-to source for all the information you need to know about martial arts training, gear, and the community, whether you’re an experienced martial artist, a beginner just beginning your journey, or simply someone who appreciates the art of combat.

Glenn Chegwidden

Practicing various martial arts since 1986 and an interest in computing from a very young age. Started an ecommerce martial arts business in 2003 when studying for a Masters in Internet systems. What began as a hobby while working as an IT director for multi-billion-dollar multinational has since scaled to a business with multiple fulfilment centres across the UK and Ireland.

Interested in all martial arts but especially passionate about Chinese Martial arts and culture. Favourite weapon – Shaolin Steel Whip Chain, although I’m not too good at yet 😊

Dave Van Kooten

Dave is a freelance writer who specializes in articles focusing on athletic flooring and fitness. In the fitness articles that he’s written, Dave likes to highlight the unsung hero of any gym—gym flooring. Athletic flooring is the first form of personal protective equipment, cushioning falls and preventing injuries.

Dave has experience writing for environmental organizations, nonprofits, and has even done some sports journalism. But he’s most passionate about sharing tips and strategies for athletes to create a dream home gym so they can take their training to the next level.