Senior Coach

Our Coaches

Mixing great knowledge and technique, with a fun and friendly teaching style. We Believe we have the best Martial Art team in Plymouth

Andy WU

Head coach of Mythic Taekwondo, Founder and Owner of Plymouth Martial Arts Centre

Andy started his Taekwondo training when he was 11 years old with World Champion(1996) Mr. Zhenyu Li from Korea in China. With 18 yrs training and over 10 years instructing experience, he is well-placed to pass his knowledge in a fun, safe and effective way. He also has 5 years experience in Break Dancing and Tricking which is a mixture of gymnastics and kicks. Andy not only focuses on the traditional aspects of Taekwondo but also developing his knowledge into kickboxing. He treats students individual and set up different goals for each student then help them achieve it.

  • 5th Dan Degree Kukkiwon Taekwondo under Korea Coach Mr. Zhenyu Li
  • 3nd Dan Degree in Kickboxing
  • Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 
  • British Open Champion 2011-Extreme Weapon
  • 2nd Place in Cimac Superleague world cup men -75kg 2018.
  • First Place in Bristol Open Point Fight -79kg 2018
  • Over 20 stage performance experiences in China and UK
  • Ba(Hons) Finance and Accounting

Michael Grandpierre

Head Instructor of Mythic Kickboxing Programme, Founder of Plymouth Martial Arts Centre

Mike has been training martial arts for over 10 years and has gained 5 years of teaching experience. With his hard work and commitment, he achieved his black belt in 2013. Nowadays, he is not only coaching but also developing himself by attending Karate class and practicing on a regular basis.

With his experience and passion for teaching, he is able to develop the students to their full potential, all while maintaining a very high standard of instruction.

Mike has a professional manner, an excellent rapport with children, and fantastic communication with parents. He is the lead instructor for the Junior Kickboxing Program.

• 2nd Degree Black Belt – KTX Kickboxing System
• Brown Belt – Shotokan Karate
• 3rd Place Kata, 16+ yrs 6th-4th Kyu, JKA England National Championships 2017
• Ba(Hons) Digital Art

Riccardo Catindig-Stagg

Head Instructor & Owner of Rice Champ Martial Arts, Founder of Plymouth Martial Arts Centre

Coach Riccardo started training martial arts when he was 13 and hasn’t taken a break since. 

Wanting to spread all things martial arts Riccardo found himself in assistant coaching and full coaching roles from the beginning. 

Although having many years experience in self defence based martial arts, passion for all aspects of training has led Riccardo to compete continuously since his first karate tournament at age 13. Competing in a variety of combat sports from Eskrima to BJJ as well as MMA. 

If there is one message coach Riccardo would like to share it is that Martial Arts are for everyone. It is always beneficial to train your body and your mind to be healthier. 


  • 3rd Degree Blackbelt KTX Kickboxing
  • 2nd Degree Blackbelt Cacoy Canete Doce Pares Eskrima
  • 2nd Degree Blackbelt San Miguel Eskrima
  • Blue Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • 4x World Champion Stickfighter
  • 3-0 K1 record
  • 1-0 Amateur MMA record
  • Has won or reached the podium in every tournament entered

Ian Harrop

Head Instructor & Owner of Checkmat BJJ, Founder of Plymouth Martial Arts Centre

Ian has been training in many arts from a young age but then found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2007 and pursued this. He competes and trains all over the UK, Europe and the U.S. Ian is the lead Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor at Checkmat Plymouth under his Black belt coach Marco Canha (Head of Fight Zone London). He has over 5 years experience coaching BJJ to adults, juniors and kids. He has also worked as a Strength and Conditioning coach at Plymouth Performance Gym.

Ian’s Achievements:

  • Began training martial arts as a child Started to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2007
  • Awarded Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2016
  • BSc Strength Conditioning and Sports Coaching
  • Plymouth BJJ open Silver medallist
  • Bristol BJJ open Bronze medallist