Tom Dawkins: Movement Profile
For over 20 years, Tom has been perfecting his martial arts & fight skills. Originally gaining his first black belt in Karate at the age of 15, today he rank as one of the worlds most original & creative Professional Wrestlers. From Jujitsu, Aikido & Muay Thai, to MMA, Shoot & Professional Wrestling – he has an immense embodied knowledge of fight patterns & is quite literally a professional ‘play fight’ master – performing incredible fight stunts on stage for audiences up & down the country up to four nights a week.
From 1995 - 2006 Tom trained with John Richards in Ren-Shin-Kai Karate at the Hornchurch Karate club, gaining his first black belt in 2004 at the age of 17. Training included rigorous annual gradings lasting up to 2 1/2 hours, with assessment of strikes, kicks, bag kicks, heavy conditioning, carters - including blind folded carters & carters performed in reverse, sparing, mental focus & written Japanese. As well as traditional Ren-Shin-Kai Karate, training at the Hornchurch club also included 'take down' karate, joint manipulation, nerve holds & ipon fight sequence construction using moves taken from aikido, jujitsu submission fighting & choke holds. Learning Karate in such a regimented style taught him discipline, body control, co-ordination & balance - and inspired him to explore & remain curious about a variety of fighting styles beyond Karate.
DANCE & DRAMA
From 1999 - 2005 Tom was a member of the Rhodes Theatre Company, partnered with the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Training included, dance, drama and singing, regular full-scale productions and classes in modern, ballet and contemporary dance. During this time, Tom appeared regularly as a background performer in a variety of films and TV programmes - including Harry Potter (The Philospher’s Stone & The Chamber of Secrets), About a Boy, the BBC’s Gormenghast and ITV’s Good Bye Mr Chips, Longitude, Midsummer Murders, The Bill.
From 1997 - 2003 Tom played Rugby Union for the U18’s 1st Team at Upminster Rugby Club. Continuing his enjoyment for the sport, from 2006 - 2010 Tom played social Rugby Union for De Montfort University 1st Team. As a wing / Centre, he used his speed & physicality to make his presence felt on the pitch. Twice weekly training included speed, power, strength & cardio vascular fitness training & annual games included matches against the RAF, Leicester University varsity series & BUCS Leagues & Cups. While his interest in Rugby Union was as much about the off pitch as on pitch play - his four years of training gave him a great grounding in functional strength and power techniques that he now incorporates into my personal fitness routines & has used ever since.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
From 2003 - 2009 Tom continued to develop his passion and knowledge for fight forms attending a number of schools in London to learn Muay Thai, No-Gi Jujitsu, Aikido, Shoot Wrestling and MMA. More specifically, from 2003 - 2006 at the age of 16, Tom began attending the Galaxy gym in Seven Kings, initially training three times per week in Muay Thai kick boxing, leading him to take part in amateur under 20 sparring fights. Additionally, in 2004 at the age of 17, Tom also added extra weekly classes in No-Gi Jujitsu and MMA to his training schedule, culminating in amateur under 20 MMA fights. Once at university, Tom continued to add to his repertoire of fight form knowledge, training from 2006- 2009 with the De Montfort University Shoot Wrestling Club.
From 2010 - 2013 Tom began training in the art of Professional Wrestling. Combining his original martial arts training with his love of performance and theatre he undertook his initial apprenership with an independent promotion in Essex. This 3-year introduction to the performance art gave him a grounding in the fundamentals of wrestling, both shoot & professional, and gave him an opportunity to work all over the UK wrestling British World of Sport legends including Danny Boy Collins, Johnny Kidd, Carl Kramer, Johnny Kincade & Mal Sanders. At this time he also met & wrestled contemporaries Pete Dunne & Will Osprey and mastered many of the essentials of shoot wrestling and British Technical wrestling.
From 2013 - 2015 he went on to train with the famous Knight wrestling family at their training base in Norwich. With knowledge & traditions handed down through the family, he was drilled again in British Tech Style as well as Japanese Tech & Strong Style. Wrestling with the likes of Klondyke Kate, Doug Williams, Johnny Storm, Jody Fleisch and Julia & Roy Knight, allowed him to build his knowledge and confidence in the performance of wrestling and taught him the importance of well placed hard-hitting strikes and drilled him in complex set piece sequences full of creative detail.
At the same time, he also began wrestling at the London School of Lucha Libre & worked for promtions including Lucha Britannia, RCWA, XWA, FPW, IPW, Lucha Libre World, Vamos Fesitvals, Wahaka Festival, NWA Fight Nation, Riptide, Rev Pro, Hope Wrestling, Clash, Chaos, Wrestling Resurgence, WAW, 4GW, North Wrestling and Lucha Forever.
As a well known Professional Wrestler on the UK indie scene - Tom now regularly performs alongside top-flight international wrestlers up to 4 nights per week & has been featured in a variety of publications, adverts & TV shows including Men's Health & the Comedy Central TV show in the U.S.
Recent notable opponents have included; Paul Robinson, Marti Scurll, Will Osprey, Jimmy Havoc, Timothy Thatcher, Speed Ball Mike Bailey, Ophidian, Cassandro El Exotico, Diva, Santo Junior, Magnifco, Zumbi, Joseph Conners, Carl O'Riely, Kota Ibushi, Gota Ihashi, Simon Gotch, Billy Gunn and Paul London.
Currently Tom’s Professional Wrestling career continues to go from strength to strength. You can find our more about his wrestling appearances on Instagram