Chief Instructor and Founder Aaron Bannister has been involved in Martial Arts since the age of 6years old, training with some of the countries most renowned instructors including Grand Master Trevor Nicholls – 9th Degree TaeKwonDo (UKITF), and Kwan Jang Nim Ken Pankiewicz – 6th Dan Kovar Satori Blend, 4th Dan Tae Kwon-Do (Kickfit Martial Arts), Sabum Nim Stuart Anslow 5th Degree TaeKwonDo (Rayners Lane TKD) and most recently Master Lee Hollingsworth 7th Degree (HTKD)
In 2019, Mr Bannister represented England at the ITFU World Championships in Sardinia where in category of 20+ competitors from around the world, he was the only person to successful break any boards with a Knifehand Strik (Bakaero Sonkal Taerigi) in the Adult Mens Breaking Division. Therefore earning a Gold medal and becoming a World Champion.
Shortly after, in December 2019, Mr Bannister was successfully promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt in ITF Taekwon-Do under Master Hollingsworth
He holds grades in various styles: 3rd Degree Black Belt in TaeKwon-Do, 1st Degree Black Belt in FreeStyle Martial Arts, Blue Belt in Jujitsu, Blue Belt in Budokan Karate and has studied Kickboxing for Several years, he is also a qualified fitness & gym instructor.
Aaron has competed at various national events earning places in Point Stop & Continuous Sparring as well as Traditional & Creative Musical Forms.
He has a wealth of teaching experience which has been shown to many students in the 15plus years that he has been an instructor, he has helped develop Black Belts at other schools he has trained/taught at as well as promoting students to Black Belt here at FreeStyle School of Martial Arts.
Aaron believes that all children have a champion inside them and through the martial arts this can be unleashed. He genuinely wants to give young students who are less confident or struggle with discipline the core values that have helped him progress where he is today. He knows through helping children of today gain true respect for themselves and others and installing the discipline, commitment and determination needed to succeed; they can reach heights that they didn’t think were possible.
4th Degree Black Belt - ITF TaeKwon-Do
1st Degree Black Belt - FreeStyle Martial Arts
Blue Belt - Ju Jitsu
Double Blue Belt - Budokan
ITF Union World Champion 2019 - Destruction