Cheshire martial arts guru scoops prestigious award

Crewe bodyguard, Damian Glasheen, inducted into Black Belt Hall of Fame

Former bodyguard to Jermaine Jackson, Damian Glasheen - who also runs a martial arts academy in Crewe - has scooped a top award in the most prestigious martial arts ceremony in the UK.

The owner of Cheshire’s TGA Martial Arts Academy has been inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame, awarded by one of the biggest martial arts publication in the world, Martial Arts Illustrated magazine.

Previous martial artists recognised by Martial Arts Illustrated include Bruce Lee and Jean Claude Van Damme, so Damian is in good company!

Being inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame is a national recognition of work and commitment in the field of martial arts.

Over the last five years, Damian has grown his business into a thriving fitness academy in Cheshire, alongside raising his daughter as a single parent.

He says he was humbled to receive the award at the ceremony, held in Staffordshire in front of an audience of around 500 martial artists from around the UK.

He commented: “This is an absolute honor in the world of martial arts to be recognised and inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame.

“I’ve dreamt all of my life about being inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame. As a school owner, you know it’s a success to get into the Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine, so to win an award is taking it much further! It’s a real honor.”

Damian has been practising martial arts for over 30 years, teaching for 12 years before setting up his first martial arts school back in 2001.

Bob Sykes, editor of Martial Arts Illustrated magazine, said: “Damian absolutely deserves this award. He is a well established martial artist and should be recognised for this and his ongoing contribution to society through his teaching over the last 15 years.

“Damian works tirelessly to increase participation of marital arts across Cheshire and in doing so, genuinely increases the confidence and safety of the people within the community in which he works.

“I am thrilled and honored to present Damian with the Black Belt Hall of Fame award.”

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