At 28 years old Matt Fiddes is a successful businessman and former bodyguard to popstar Michael Jackson as well as being the head of the Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Schools brand which comprises over 400 schools in the UK, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Schools is the largest chain of its kind in the world.
Bullied throughout his time at school in Swindon Matt became a black belt martial artist at the age of 11 and had opened his first martial arts school aged just of 17. He went on to own the largest Martial Arts school in the UK within just six months. His school in Barnstaple, Devon attracted 600 active members and was a sought after place to train and study. Because of his success Matt has been featured several times on the front covers of martial arts magazines around the world.
He is frequently billed by these magazines as the ‘UK’s most successful Instructor’.
Matt is a 6th Degree black belt master in
Tae Kwon Do and holds a Black Belt in Kickboxing
and Kung Fu. Matt sits on the board of advisors for
the Worldwide Martial Arts Teachers Association
along with the cream of the world’s best martial
In 2007 he developed an inspirational anti-bullying
programme – NOBULL for young people based on his
experience of educating young people in anti-bullying
and this has been supported by Jermaine Jackson and
Tito Jackson who is a co-authoring a book on the
subject with Matt.
The NOBULL launch received national and international
media coverage from ITV and Sky News through to
Indian Television and media outlets in the USA including
ABC News and Fox News.
Matt began working on personal security and safety with
media celebrity Danielle Lloyd after being recommended by
their mutual friend Jermaine Jackson. Matt and Danni formed
a strong bond and Matt has encouraged Danni to develop her
own martial arts skills under his tutelage.
This led to the two
developing the Matt Fiddes Ladies Only concept to provide
something unique for women who want to develop personal
safety skills, improve their fitness and meet new friends.
His martial arts schools continue to open up around the world at a rate of one new school per day.
Matt has featured in a wide range of national and international media ranging from UK and European TV news and magazine programmes to The Observer magazine, Closer and a range of national daily and Sunday newspapers.