Using Mixed Martial Arts and education for bettering the lives of disabled and non-disabled individuals

We Are MMARAP

Our Mission

MMARAP’s vision is to be Britain's Champion academy for bettering the lives of individuals
in the community by integrating sports and education for disabled and non-disabled people.


Our Vision

  • Mobilise disabled and non-disabled people to become leaders and have control – in their own lives and society

  •  Provide advice to achieve independent living

  • Break the association between disability and inactivity

  • Put disability, equality and human rights into practice across society

Our society

Our society will provide you with discipline for all aspects of your life and will guide you to the next level of the sport.

We will reform the lives of ex-offenders, those not in education, employment or training (NEETs) and guide you down the right path.

MMARAP will insist on the progression of the disabled who feel ostracised to lead with confidence and feel very much part of society.  


MEET THE TEAM


Nathan

Winch

STATE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Nathan is a project manager in the public sector and has worked in policy areas such as education, children and young people, and health. Nathan is also a big combat sports fan and has been fascinated with MMA since the early days of the UFC and PRIDE.

Contact Nathan at Nathan@mmarap.co.uk

 
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Lyssiemay Annoh

PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING DIRECTOR

Lyssiemay Annoh is a highly experienced professional who has a passion for youth development. 

Lyssiemay spent many years of her working life managing the busy lives of high net worth individuals, ambassadors, ministers, top corporate decision-makers, and diplomats. 

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Jermaine Harley

STRATEGIC LEADER

As well as being a keen footballer, Jermaine has FA accredited coaching badges and is a qualified football referee. Due to his interests on community issues, Jermaine has previously worked with other charitable organisations.

He has a passion in learning and developing others and his experience as a GCSE Mathematics tutor, an associate CIPD member in Learning and Development and  ITOL Training and Development highlights this. Currently he works in the civil service as an internal management and leadership coach.

Contact: Jermaine@mmarap.co.uk

 
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Stephen

Riley

YOUTH PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

I am a qualified Youth worker I have been for over 30 years also a sports coach.

As a youth worker I managed a small team which helped in organising of the everyday running of the centre, this also consists of residential, day trips and outreach work.

My Sports coaching is varied and has a big age range. I’ve been given the privilege to work in schools and the local community of Islington, where I’ve seen an improvement on the young people.

I also manage youth football teams and have a team of coaches. We play in our local league. I currently hold Level 2 Football Coach, qualified badminton coach, short tennis and table tennis where my other interests are roller skating, reading and swimming

My involvement and passion for MMARAP proves that it has a great vision in the compass for helping and empowering the young people. Knowing they show diversity and equality, especially for those with disabilities which is the main target

Contact: Stephen@mmarap.co.uk

 
 
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Ali Amer

Marketer/Content Writer

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Caroline Montgomery

Deaf/ Disabled Coordinator

Ali Amer is a freelance marketer and content writer. He is profoundly deaf and wearer of bilateral cochlear implants.

He has a passion for MMA and supports MMARAP by assisting marketing operations and showing the world that deaf/disabled/blind people are capable of achieving great things.

I am a deaf mother of a hearing teenage daughter and part-time support worker for deaf woman with learning difficulties. I am also involved in networking in business.

I have worked as a Youth Worker for Deaf Youth and Carer for Sense who provide specialist residential care for deaf and blind people as part of empowerment. I like keeping fit in the MMA sessions and help those to overcome the barriers of their disabilities they face in their everyday life.

My interests are self-defence, swimming, manual scooting, jogging and reading.

 

Jonathan Buffong

CEO / FOUNDER

 
 

Jonathan has a background as a semi-professional footballer as well as being an avid fan and participant in mixed martial arts for a number of years.

Jonathan is more than aware of the importance of having nurturing and positive community projects for young people in today's current climate.

Contact: Jonathan@mmarap.co.uk

 

OUR COACHES & TRAINERS


CARL

FISHER

JIU JITSU COACH

Carl has trained with the best BJJ competitors and instructors on the planet. In addition to competing, Carl is a BJJ/MMA reporter and has contributed to magazines and internet sites all around the world, Carl is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu referee and referee for the United Martial Alliance (UMA).

Carl lived for extended periods in Los Angeles, Scandinavia, Rio, Phuket, Jordan and Abu Dhabi, training and teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has competed in Judo, Sambo, MMA, BJJ and No Gi competitions worldwide and ran a very succesful competition team with Combat Base Bolton up to 2014, before relocating to London.

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MOBS ADESHOYE

JIU JITSU COACH

Mobs started training in mixed martial arts at London Shoot Fighters. London Shoot Fighters is an elite gym that has had fighters from UFC, Bellator, Pride and many more of the top mixed martial arts organisations training at their base. Mobs has also competed across Europe ever since he started to train at LSF in 2009. He has won many of the competitions he partakes in, receiving medals. At the British Open No Gi, as well as English Open No Gi, Grappler Quest in Amsterdam and many more, he has received gold medals.

Prior to training in MMA, Mobs graduated from Kingston University with a degree in Television and Video technology. In order to train, learn new things and compete, Mobs travels around the world. He strives to learn and teach new techniques to better his own martial arts skills and those of his students.

 
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SIMEON KYURCHIEV

KARATE COACH

Simeon is a highly accomplished fighter and 1st degree black belt holder in Kyokushin Karate. He also has more than 10 years experience in teaching full contact Karate (6 years at London Shootfighters – one of the best MMA GYMS in the world) where he worked with students from no experience at all to top level professional athletes!

While part of the national team for his country for 5 years i took part in training camps where he had the honour to train together with some of the greatest fighters on the planet like Valeri Dimitrov who is 3 times world champion and 16 times European champion. He also participated in camps with Kenji Midori, Tsukamoto and many more. Aside from full contact karate he has more than 10 years of combined experience in kickboxing, K1, and amateur boxing, fighting at different promotional show and taking part in amateur boxing competitions.

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SONIA PIRES

JIU JITSU COACH

Sonia has always been a sports enthusiast since a young age. It was at the age of 23 years that she discovered Jiu Jitsu back in Portugal by the beach after a surf session. The mind/body connection in this form of Martial Art kept her engaged and passionate since the beginning.

Soon after moving to the UK and learning the basics, Sonia felt the call to start teaching. Starting with kids and adult beginners. Currently training with Cesar Lima, black belt under Roger Gracie.

Sonia has a Personal Training certificate, Brown belt in BJJ – A keen interest in helping people adopting a healthier lifestyle, meditation, personal development, nature, skateboarding and surfing

 
 
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CARL GUICHARD

BOXING COACH

 
 

Carl is an experienced professional boxing coach and also an amateur assistant coach with 17 years experience, which includes international. He has trained and coached worldwide at some of the top boxing clubs, including: Islington, Finchley and Battersea boxing clubs in London; Rafael Trejo boxing gym in Cuba and Tigers boxing gym in Trinidad.

Carl is ABA qualified and professionally qualified with the British Board of Boxing Control. He is also an insured qualified fitness professional, qualified first aider and is bilingual, able to coach in Spanish.

 

Testimonials

“MMARAP ran sessions with year 6 pupils at the Islington Year 6 Summer Sports Festival held at City Sport in May 2019. The sessions were ran professionally and were fun and engaging. All of the children enjoyed the mixed martial arts and left the sessions with a smile on their face and a spring in their step! Their teachers were impressed by the sessions and at how actively engaged and happy their pupils were. All in all, the sessions were a great success!”

— Denise Lake —

Health Improvement Officer: Physical Activity
School Sports Team
Islington Council

“Caxton’s partnership with MMARAP has made a tremendous difference to our youth work with disabled young people. They really look forward to the sessions and engage better in all projects as a result. I wish we’d come across MMARAP sooner!”

— Rachel Akehurst —

Chief Executive Officer. Caxton Youth Org

 

“Fantastic MMARAP taster session for children with additional needs: Jonathan engaged and involved all of the children and young people who sampled his sessions. He tailored his approach to the needs of his participants perfectly, including taking their physical disabilities, learning disabilities and behavioural difficulties into account and involving parents and carers. His activities were motivating and fun whilst teaching functional self-defence skills for children of all abilities. Thank you Jonathan!”

— Kirsty Jones —

HIT squad part of Short Breaks. Hackney Ark

 

“We have just formed a new working relationship with MMARAP and have just finished our first block of sessions. Both my jobs roles involve working with females to empower them to be confident and strong individuals, and with the current struggles we are facing in our community such as hate crime and violence towards females because they are weaker targets I have been working with MMARAP to help our women defend themselves and be confident and not have to live in fear of being attacked and not being able to respond. 

The Instructors at MMARAP are dedicated towards the same goal as us here at BADR and we have noticed a massive change amongst the women who have participated in the classes so far. 

We are very pleased to work with MMARAP and this is the beginning of something amazing because the self defence that MMARAP teach is very much relevant and can be used practically in a real life setting if someone was to be attacked. 

We always get amazing feedback after sessions and we would like to thank Jonathan and his team for their excellent service.”

— Zahra Qadir, Social Media Officer. Active Change Foundation

 

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