Our Instructors

Meet our instructor team!

Master Instructors

Nigel Glossop Senior Master – 7th Dan

President – Pil Sung Do Martial Arts International

Senior Master Nigel Glossop has been training in Martial Arts for over 30 years and has successfully run schools for over 20 years, in which time he has rewardingly taught thousands of men, women and children to defend themselves, gain confidence, and keep fit!

Senior Master Glossop took up Martial Arts at the age of 7 when he enrolled in Wado Ryu Karate under the guidance of Robin Walker and Grandmaster Professor Tatsuo Suzuki (8th Dan).

Four years later Master Glossop moved on to Jujitsu and Jujitsu Kobudo (weapons training). In 1987 Master Glossop started training with Grand Master Stephen Hammouda in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Korean Kickboxing, Choi Kwang Do and Pil Sung Do.

Whilst attending University in 1992 Master Glossop furthered his development in Martial Arts by training in Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, Judo and Hapkido. One of his proudest achievements is winning the gold medal in the Student National Tae Kwon Do Championships plus over 20 other national semi and full contact competitions.

Once he completed his studies Master Glossop returned to training in Choi Kwang Do, Aikido and Krav Maga and currently holds Black Belt Dan Ranks in Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Jujitsu, plus senior Dan ranks in Choi Kwang Do and Mastership in Pil Sung Do.

Nigel Glossop Senior Master

Mark Grufferty Senior Master – 7th Dan

Technical Director – Pil Sung Do Martial Arts International

Master Mark Grufferty took up martial arts at the age of eight, starting with Tae Kwon-do under the supervision Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha.

After three years of Tae Kwon-do Master Grufferty changed disciplines and started training in Pil Sung Do under the tuition of Grandmaster Hammouda.

Master Grufferty was head of United Kingdon Pil Sung Do Federation (UKPF) global demonstration team and remains undefeated UKPF Grand Champion from when the UKPF ran competitions.

Currently still training and teaching Pil Sung Do, Master Grufferty is known for his ability to grasp advanced martial arts techniques with amazing speed. For this reason he has been coached over the past ten years by Grandmaster Hammouda to become Technical Director of Pil Sung Do Martial Arts International (formally the UKPF).

Master Grufferty also trained with Master Toddy and Master A in Thai Boxing and with Mauricio Motta Gomes in Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu developing formidable skills in MMA.

For the last 14 years Master Grufferty has been developing the grappling syllabus for Pil Sung Do Black Belts.

Mark Grufferty Senior Master

Assistant Instructors

Nadine Ashworth

Nadine Ashworth

I am an artist, both martial and graphic, so when I’m not training I’m usually working on various designs and artwork. This does of course mean a lot of sitting behind a computer, so finding something active to do was very important! Starting Pil Sung Do was a big turning point for me; I’d never really been one for sports since my asthma made them very stressful, but Pil Sung Do was something I could join in with, take at my own pace and actually enjoy doing.

It has quickly improved my fitness and confidence and become a passion of mine, and I now love spending time practicing or helping other students progress. Teaching is a great way to share this enthusiasm and hopefully inspire others, especially with the kids and their seemingly boundless energy!

Christopher Billingham

Christopher Billingham

When I decided to start training martial arts, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, but I did know I wanted a challenge. I wanted a school that would push me both physically and mentally. After spending a very short time at Pil Sung Do, I knew I had found my school. The classes are challenging but lots of fun. Every class offers me something new to learn.

I feel incredibly confident in my skill and carry that confidence out of the class and into every aspect of my life. The best thing Pil Sung Do Martial Arts isn’t the training, it’s the people. I’ve become friends with many of my fellow students and love the camaraderie.

The hard work and effort that the instructors put into each class make it an enjoyable experience and you are left wanting more at the end of each training session. The instructors care about each student and are there to help everyone get the most out of the learning experience.

I would highly recommend Pil Sung Do Martial Arts to anyone, as this is a truly impressive martial art to learn!

Paul Callaghan

Paul Callaghan

I got into martial arts relatively late in life. As a child I did judo for approximately three years but apart from that I’d never done any other form of self-defence. In 2002 I joined Choi Kwang Do which gave me a basic introduction into Martial Arts. Over the next five years I worked my way up the grades to black belt and helped to take the classes as an assistant instructor.

When I heard about Pil Sung Do I was very interested because it’s theory seemed to massively improve on the bio-mechanics that my previous martial arts had taught me, it covered more of the close-range and weapons-training which I enjoyed, as well as offering me the chance to learn ground work which I had always had an interest in.

Pil Sung Do has not only dramatically improved my kicking and punching techniques, but I now have a much wider arsenal of close-range and weapons-related skills. My fitness and flexibility has improved tremendously and I find every class both physically and mentally challenging. Senior Master Glossop has been inspirational to me and I have now qualified as a chief instructor.

My wife and two children also now attend classes and have introduced their friends to Pil Sung Do. In the future I hope to be open my own school and pass my knowledge on to as many people as possible.

I can’t recommend Pil Sung Do highly enough. No matter what age, background or fitness level you are, you will find Pil Sung Do beneficial to your health and most importantly to your confidence in everyday life.

Steven Collins

Steven Collins

I’m 38 years old and joined the Pil Sung Do family in September 2009.

Before moving to Surrey I lived in London and used to train in WTF taekwondo. Where I achieved red belt status over 4 year period. I enjoyed my time learning taekwondo and met many people and experienced competitions which was a confidence booster. I left taekwondo due to injury and leaving London to live in Surrey where I live with my wife Lynsay. After a 3-4 year break from training I came home one day to find a leaflet on the doormat advertising Pil Sung Do in Frimley. I felt like a tourist and thought I must go along and see what it’s all about. I made my mind up within 15 minutes of attending the induction class that I would sign up and join the family.

Since joining I have changed jobs which now allows me to train more often. So much so I was asked by Senior Master Glossop if I was interested in becoming an assistant instructor to which I instantly said yes and enrolled on the course and successfully completed the course in September 2010. I became an Assistant Instructor as I want to further my training within the Pil Sung Do family and also I would like to help others who in time will benefit from the training I receive from been inspired by Senior Masters Glossop and Grufferty and also by Grandmaster Hammouda.

In my view an excellent teacher is not just someone who explains, not someone who just demonstrates, an excellent teacher is someone who inspires. An excellent teacher is someone who goes the extra mile. They can take any individual and make them truly believe in their hopes and dreams are within reach.An excellent teacher will not let a student walk away until every question is fully explained and completely understood no matter how long it may take. Senior Masters Glossop is an excellent teacher and makes the training class a fun place to train and I have been lucky to meet and make friends with dedicated members of the Pil Sung Do Family.

Scott Hanney

Scott Hanney

Jamie Hayward

Jamie Hayward

I have been training in Pil Sung Do since 2009 and previously I trained in traditional Kung Fu for 5 years. I’m interested in all aspects of martial arts including self defence, conditioning and fitness. However, it’s not just the physical side that fascinates me, as I’m also interested in the psychology behind attacks and how people think and act in the build-up to and during a attack.

I think that Pil Sung Do is a fantastic martial art. Having done martial arts before it’s great to find a school that has a really friendly atmosphere and where they focus on all aspects of self-defence. For example Pil Sung Do covers long range, short range and grappling/ground work along with how to apply the techniques in a real world situation if you ever need to use it. I find being Assistant Instructor very rewarding and I hope that my skills and enthusiasm help encourage others to not just reach their own personal goals but realise they can also exceed them.

Zoe Johnson

Zoe Johnson

I have been doing Martial Arts for nearly 3 years now. I have always been interested in martial arts and joined a Karate class when I was younger but did not continue, so I have always wanted to get back into it again.

Since joining Pil Sung Do I feel I have achieved more self confidence and fitness, I am a beauty therapist and enjoy my work but I really enjoy teaching and helping in class as I feel martial arts is always something a child/adult will remember as self defence and as a knowing development in their life. In Martial arts I feel that expression is merely the realization of what lies in our innermost selves.

Gianpaul Lui

Gianpaul Lui

I first went to a Pil Sung Do class because it was local and I wanted to encourage it for my son. He was getting slightly bullied at school and before it got worse, I thought a martial art would not only help his general fitness but also give him some desperately needed self-confidence. Not wanting to force him to go, I thought it would be a good idea if we did it as a father-son type activity. When my daughter heard of the plan, she didn’t want to be left out, so insisted to join with us.

After going to a few classes, I began to realise that I finally stumbled upon a martial art that was perfect for me as well: a “real world” martial art. One that uses the whole body for defence, one that teaches realistic moves that allow you to get out of a bad situation cleanly and effectively. I had finally found the martial art I was looking for! The classes have also helped my general endurance and fitness level significantly!

One thing that keeps me coming back is the support the instructors give. It is always positive and the instructors make sure students stay at a healthy pace for the individual.

Indeed, the friendly and encouraging family atmosphere is another aspect that not only makes each class fun to attend, but also has me looking forward to the next. All in all, I love being part of this martial art and look forward to refining my skills over the coming years.

My reasons for wanting to be an assistant instructor are really rather simple: I not only wanted to further my understanding of Pil Sung Do, but I also felt that as an Assistant Instructor, I could better contribute to the encouraging family atmosphere that I myself so enjoy.