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Sensei Gibson Ariza, Meiji Martial Arts Instructor

Sensei Gibson Ariza

Black Belt

My martial arts journey began in the Philippines when I was 9, for about 3 and a half years. After taking a break to focus on my studies, I began training in boxing and Brazilian jujitsu, and had 2 successful competitions. Then my mother moved us to Blackpool, UK in 2011 for a better life.

It was a new beginning. I discovered a different passion when I became a break-dancer with Freefly crew for 7 years. But although my dancing career took me to many places, martial arts was still my greatest passion. I tried taekwondo but I wanted to integrate my boxing skills, and this led me eventually to kickboxing

Seeking better opportunities, I moved to London where I became Sensei Denise's student. This steered my career as a junior instructor, and with diligent hard work I achieved my Black belt in 2018. I have been privileged to work alongside Sensei Denise and my kickboxing family ever since.

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