Matt Fiddes, Martial Artist & Michael Jackson’s Personal Bodyguard, On Success, Business, Mindset & Helping Others Achieve Their Goals
If you live in the US you may never have heard of Matt Fiddes, but if you’re anywhere else, he may just be a household name.
Matt Fiddes is one of the most respected experts in the international world of martial arts and fitness. Matt’s achievements have seen him honoured at the highest level, after being inducted into the UK Martial Arts Hall of Fame and presented with the prestigious ‘Martial Arts Superstar Award’.
He first discovered a talent for self-defense at seven after being bullied at school. Five years later he had already won his Black Belt with a determination and drive that was to mark him out as a special talent. Leaving school at sixteen with no qualifications he opened the first Matt Fiddes Martial Arts School in his hometown of Barnstaple, North Devon, with just £100.
Matt’s unique training programs are designed for both children and adults and have proved to be a massive success with over 600 training schools across the UK and Europe including Ireland, Germany, Holland, Australia and South Africa.
He is a 7th Degree Black Belt Master in Tae Kwon Do and holds Black Belts in Kickboxing and Kung Fu is now one of the most in-demand personal trainers thanks to front covers and interviews in newspapers and magazines worldwide. He has numerous celebrity clientele including actors, supermodels and singers. Undoubtedly Matt’s biggest client was superstar Michael Jackson. Introduced to Matt by his close friend Uri Geller, Matt was Michael’s personal UK bodyguard for over a decade before his tragic death in June 2009.
Today, he now runs a multi-million pound, international martial arts franchise which is the world’s biggest martial arts brand in the world. Matt sits on the board of advisors for the Worldwide Martial Arts Teachers Association (MATA) along with the industry’s most admired teachers. Matt is dedicated to building his martial arts schools where he can help improve the fitness and life skills of young people.
Matt is married to South African singer Moniqe Fiddes and they live in Wiltshire with their children.
I met Matt through social media. I think one of my facebook lives floated across his feed? I had no idea who he was or what he did, just knew he was a nice guy with a lot of positivity and a love for helping others reach their goals
So I’m excited to have him on the show and hope you enjoy hearing a little bit about Micheal Jackson and gain some insight into his personal life that you may not know.
I also really appreciate Matt’s take on success, growing his business, how he’s not afraid to pivot and try new things and of course, we had to talk about health and fitness!
I do want to let you know ahead of time, some of the audio is a little distorted due to our connection but it’s not too bad. We had a lot of fun chatting and connecting and we really hope you enjoy this episode!
Connect with Matt on IG: https://www.instagram.com/officialmattfiddes/
Find him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMattFiddes/
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