I had boxed before and done a bit of karate when I was younger, so have had some experience of self defence instruction, and have been an active registered coach for football and rugby over the last 12 years.
I have never come across any instructor with the level of teaching skill, and ability that Mike has. He was able to get the best from all three of us, and teach to our own particular skills and abilities, which varied across the group.
The system is brutal, and the physical exertion in 5 hours a day was significant, but throughout Mike was patient, knowledgeable, and fantastic at motivating us (without the cheezy, American-style insincerity that the verb suggests). The additional nutritional advice thrown in for free was fantastic.
As a criminal lawyer for the last 25 years, I am only too aware of the arbitrariness of violence. I hope that my kids never, ever need to use what they were taught, but I would rather they have the knowledge and not need it, than need it and not have it. I cannot think that there is anybody else who could have done a better job than Mike did, and I cannot thank him enough.