At the age of seven I started my incredible journey into Martial Arts and fell in love with the never ending quest for the most effective combat techniques and continuous self improvement.
In those early days there was no such thing as MMA so my early accomplishments were within traditional Martial Arts like Tae Kwon Do and Karate. By the age of nineteen I opened my first school in West London and a group of us began to move in a more progressive direction, challenging the notion of what realistic combat was actually about and pushing the boundaries of Martial Art techniques and tactics.
Eventually we formed the organisation that we named ‘Progressive Martial Art Initiatives’ or PRO MAI where I took up the position of Development Director and helped to pioneer MMA in the UK.
20 years on and I’ve had the privilege of helping hundreds of people reach a variety goals inside and outside of the cage and witness them transform their lives through the pursuit of Mixed Martial Arts.
I hold a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 5th degree Black Belt in Pro Mai and I’ve been training as a mixed martial artist for over fifteen years.
Matt played both Football and Rugby at a very high level until breaking his leg in 2009. Not being able to play after the injury, he pursued his love of strength and conditioning.
Building on his Sport and Exercises Science degree, he began attaining more qualifications and coaching clients in a true strength and conditioning fashion.
He is now a British Weightlifting Level 2 coach, UKSCA coach, CrossFit Level 1 coach, and has attended some of the most respected and renowned certifications.
After attending a few MMA sessions with Lee at Pro Mai, some casual discussions led to the opening of CrossFit Ivy and the Pro Mai MMA Academy.
Matt is the owner and head coach of CrossFit Ivy, the best strength and conditioning facility in the West London and Middlesex area.
Mike Dolce is a strength and conditioning coach, weight-cut coach, author, nutrition and fitness expert, motivational speaker and mixed martial artist.
Dolce is best known for managing the weight-cuts of UFC athletes such as Johny Hendricks, Ronda Rousey and Thiago Alves. He was voted as the 2013 and 2014 World MMA Trainer of the Year.