THE INSTRUCTORS


The coaches at the McLeod Academy are Neil and Rachael McLeod. Both are Instructors under Bruce Lee's protege Sifu/Guro Dan Inosanto. They have British, European and World titles between them in a variety of disciplines. Neil has travelled all over the world to train in many martial arts styles and has taken the most effective training methods and techniques to pass on to you under one roof. Neil teaches all of the adult classes at the McLeod Academy. Rachael has studied intensively in all aspects of combat and has Black Belt credentials in many styles. Rachael is the senior coach for our childrens' and ladies' programmes.



Neil McLeod


Neil McLeod Overview

About Your Coach
Your Chief Coach at The McLeod Academy is Neil McLeod. He has nearly 30 years experience in martial arts with 20 years training in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, Muay Thai and Submission Wrestling under the amazing Bob Breen and his team of Instructors at The Bob Breen Academy, London. Through Bob Breen, Neil was exposed to some of the world’s top martial artists and coaches including Bruce Lee’s best friend and protégé Dan Inosanto and top MMA coach Erik Paulson. This exposure enabled him to be at the cutting edge of training methods and the now legendary martial arts evolution of the early 1990’s after the first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). 


Neil has trained and fought all over Europe and as far as Los Angeles, USA and the Philippines. He has coached many champions in both Full Contact Stick Fighting (Eskrima) and Mixed Martial Arts competition. He is himself a World Champion in Eskrima and also one of a handful of people to have held the British, European and World Eskrima titles at the same time. Neil is also a British Champion in Mixed Martial Arts, winning the Bantamweight Extreme Brawl Title in 2002. Known globally for his training methods, Neil continues to coach, train and provide a healthy environment where athletes can train and grow together.


Instructor Credentials
Associate Level 3 Instructor in JKD/Kali International under Guro Bob Breen
3rd degree Black Belt in JKD/Kali under Guro Bob Breen
Instructor in Integrated Arts under Sifu/Guro Terry Barnett
Senior Associate Instructor in Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan Gung Fu under Sifu Dan Inosanto
Senior Associate Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto
Instructor in Maphilindo Silat/Majapahit Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto
Instructor in Combat Submission Wrestling (MMA) under Sensei Erik Paulson
Instructor in JKD/Kali under Sifu/Guro Rick Faye
Instructor in Muay Thai under Gordon McAdam
Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Kevin Capel

Achievements
British Extreme Brawl Bantamweight MMA Champion (2002 record 9-6-1)
World WEKAF Single Stick Fighting Champion (1996)
World WEKAF Single Stick Fighting Silver Medalist (1998)
World WEKAF Open Single Stick Fighting Bronze Medalist (1994)
World WEKAF Invitational Single Stick Fighting Bronze Medalist (1994)
European WEKAF Single Stick Fighting Champion 3 times (1997, 1999, 2007)
European WEKAF Double Stick Fighting Champion (2007)
British WEKAF Stick Fighting Champion 22 times (1994-2011)
British WEKAF Single Stick Fighting Silver Medalist (1993)
British Low Armour Single Stick Fighting Champion 2 times (2006, 2010)

 


Rachael McLeod


Rachael McLeod Overview

About Your Coach
Rachael McLeod has been studying Martial Arts for nearly 15 years and has achieved Black Belt status in many disciplines. She has been trained in Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan Gung Fu, Filipino Martial Arts, Silat, Muay Thai and Submission Wrestling. Rachael is an avid competitor and has won 7 British titles and a European title as well as winning Best Female Fighter of the Day many times. Rachael's martial arts skills are known worldwide with Bruce Lee's protege, Dan Inosanto and numerous UK Instructors ranking Rachael among the very best. She is skilled in all aspects of combat and is an inspiration for others to follow her example. Rachael has highly developed skills in coaching kids and is the senior coach of all our children's programmes.

Instructor Credentials 
Apprentice Instructor in Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan Gung Fu under Sifu Dan Inosanto
Apprentice Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto
Instructor in Integrated Arts under Sifu/Guro Terry Barnett
Instructor in JKD/Kali under Sifu/Guro Rick Faye
Instructor in JKD/Jun Fan Gung Fu under Neil McLeod
Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts under Neil McLeod
Instructor in Muay Thai under Neil McLeod
Instructor in Submission Wrestling under Neil McLeod
Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Kevin Capel

Achievements 
British Amateur UKMMA League Champion
The First Female British Low Armour Single Stick Fighting Champion (2006)
British WEKAF Single Stick Fighting Champion 3 times (Nov 2006, 2007, Nov 2010)
British WEKAF Double Stick Fighting Champion 2 times (Nov 2006, Nov 2010)
British WEKAF Double Stick Fighting Silver Medalist 2 times (Jan 2006, 2007)
European WEKAF Double Stick Fighting Champion (2007)