James Boyle is the former WSKA World Kickboxing Champion, an undefeated Amateur Boxer and NBL British Sport Karate Champion. At the point at which KFM Corporation Ltd. ceased to trade in August 2012, he held the rank of Keysi Fighting Method Elite Chief Instructor Year 12 along with the prestigious title of KFM UK Manager and National Ambassador.
He is now a member of Andy Norman’s “Team Storm”, part of the official Defence Lab Board of Examiners, and operates Defence Lab franchises in Kidderminster, Droitwich, Bromsgrove and Sutton Coldfield.
James first began training with Defence Lab’s Founder Andy Norman back in 1999, after almost 20 years of previous martial arts experience, including Judo, Ju Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, Traditional and Sport Karate. In 2004 he opened the first of his KFM Worcestershire schools in Kidderminster and Droitwich after retiring from the competitive side of sport martial arts. So strong was his belief in the Keysi Fighting Method that he relinquished his WSKA Light Heavyweight World Kickboxing Title in order to follow his dream of becoming a professional KFM Instructor; a dream which came to fruition in 2005 when due to the success of his Kidderminster and Droitwich based academies he was able to resign from his full time employment (working in Birmingham as the Ibanez guitar product specialist for Headstock Distribution) and dedicate all of his time to his passion for teaching, learning and training with Andy.
In 2005 James was invited into the world famous KFM Team, and in 2006 he was promoted to Assistant Ambassador for the UK and awarded the silver KFM Family Ring. This catapulted James to a new level within the ranks of KFM, allowing him to work closely with the Founders on program development, Instructor training, Stunt Team training and assisting on many international seminars.
After being promoted to the position of UK National Ambassador in 2007, James worked extensively on the development of the KFM “SD KEP” children’s self defence program and in 2009 was involved in filming for the KFM Online University’s Urban X Home Study Program and Bravo TV’s “Alex Reid: The Fight of his Life”. He also worked closely on projects with the British Military, the UK Police Force and legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) World Champion Braulio Estima. He took on the role of KFM UK Manager in 2011, a position which gave him the responsibility for organising and teaching all of the KFM UK Professional Instructor Development Programs alongside Andy Norman and the amazing Paul Strauther, aswell as touring the country with his own KFM UK Open Seminars.
Since the cessation of trading of KFM Corporation Ltd. James has remained very close with Andy Norman, following and supporting him fully on his new venture with Defence Lab.
Upon the launch of Defence Lab in November 2012, James resumed his work on the education and self defence training of children, pioneering and developing the Defence Lab Kids “ESP Children’s Martial Arts” programs and the “Super Sparks” program to allow younger children to take their first steps into the martial arts world. James now works on the training and development of all of the UK DL Kids Instructors, and is proud to share his experience and expertise in the field of children’s martial arts education.
Kidderminster born James now lives in Wychbold near Droitwich in Worcestershire with his wife Heidi and their two children Leila Rose (aged 12) and Marcus (aged 5). His dream is to continue on his journey of growth within the martial arts and to further grow his schools, his students and his team of Instructors, aswell as continuing to work on the Defence Lab Kids programmes and the worldwide development and expansion of Defence Lab.