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Manny "OG" Ogolo

Manny is a Software Developer & QA Analyst by profession, and the COO of Total Urban Survival. He also is an experienced Executive Protection Specialist, bouncer, an expert in Edged-Weapons & Close-Quarter Combat. Manny is also a qualified Conflict Management, Risk Assessment & Management, and Physical Intervention specialist.


With background and experience in Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Shotokan, Krav Maga, Wing Chun, Silat Sharaf and PCK Silat spanning over 19 years, Manny has dedicated himself to the martial arts and still working tirelessly to improve himself and his students through continual martial education and research. He currently creates online content for Total Urban Survival, an e-learning platform for Silat streetsmart self defence.


He frequently holds seminars mostly for women & corporate groups & anti-bullying for kids. He also teaches Physical Restraint Tactics, Self-Defence, Personal Safety & Security to private security professionals. He also volunteers at youth centres teaching the youth on personal security and self-defence.

"I can't recommend Manny enough. He's a thoughtful, skilled and effective trainer. Wish we had more like him around. He's one of the most focused, hardworking, and effective trainers I've ever seen. His skills are strong and he's a lifelong friend you can count on in good times and bad."

 Hussein Udom (CEO, TotalUrban, Founder & Head Coach, Pencak Silat Sharaf)



"Manny you are a confidence builder and a great teacher! Thank you". Joanne C.

"Absolutely fantastic class, I would recommend it to everyone, self defence at its best". Claire S.

"I highly recommend OG Academy. Manny is very focused, enthusiastic & encourages me on every step of my journey.

Due to work commitments, I have been unable to attend class so I'm doing PT sessions and he is extremely accommodating for the hours I work from early morning training to evening sessions. My only regret is not starting sooner". Sarah M.

"After only 2 classes I was able to floor a man last night that didn't understand the word STOP! Gave him warnings as you showed me in but he wouldn't give up. So I embarrassed him. I can't get enough of these classes. Thank you!". Danielle C.

"My daughter Joined this class only a few weeks ago with no confidence or skills to defend herself... After only a few lessons she was able to defend herself using the moves and skills she has been taught. So glad she started these classes and I hope she carries on enjoying learning life skills as much as she is now".  Donna Donz

"Everyone needs this in their life. Extremely hardcore but worth every second". Vikki M.

"Absolutely fantastic class. It's tough but great fun. Instructor is great too!". Nikita G.

"Silat Sharaf is one of the most realistic forms of self-protection I have found in the North East of England. I have tried many different martial arts over the last 8 years however I learned more usable skills in the last 3 private classes than I have ever learned in my 8 years of training. If you live in the North East and you are looking for a simple but effective system to learn very quickly which will help you protect yourself and your family this is 100% for you". Phil Dancer


"Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn self defence ! Very hardcore but so rewarding in giving people self-confidence and awareness! Thanx manny". Janice S.


"This has many benefits. Not only do you learn to defend yourself but it's a great way to get fit. I always leave class feeling energised and positive and at ease as I know I have a fighting chance if I was ever in a bad situation". Lisa A.

"I had never heard of silat Sharaf until my friend booked me onto the self defence course. I have done 2 sessions now and I absolutely love it. It's hard work but so much fun and totally worth aching the next day 😂  I would recommend this to anyone thinking of taking a self defence class. Manny is lovely and makes you feel really welcome". Emma Lockett

"Brilliant. A realistic approach to real-life self defense working with real people who have their own limitations. As they say- the best form of defense is attack. Fully recommended this style and this instructor. Thank you so much!." Caz D.

"This morning's workshop was so good and integral. It was a beautiful combination of physical self defence for women along with emotional self defence. Very important in these times. Thank you Manny OG 🙏". Nicola B.

"Amazing. OG Combat Academy is a welcoming group for anyone regardless of abilities. The instructor Manny is patient and guides you through everything you are unsure of. Felt comfortable straight away in a safe setting. I did self defence class and would highly recommend it". Chloe Rutherford

"Excellent teacher, can't recommend enough. After only a few sessions I already feel like I've learned a lot, and this is just the start. Feels good to learn this wonderful art. Thanks Manny". Roberta R.

"The mixture of fitness building and also the arts and techniques taught/learned and the self defence training provided within these sessions is fantastic. Really puts you through your paces and pushes you through barriers that once held you back. I’ve been training for a few months now with manny and it’s become a very good focus in my life and something I really look forward to continuing even further into the future for a long time. Excellent classes and PT sessions too. Highly recommend. Thanks again OG". Joe R.

"Manny trains you holistically. He keeps you on form and helps you push past your limits but gives you advice on your physical AND mental wellbeing that stays with you. He's a very talented, dedicated trainer and can give tough love whilst still being patient and advising you on healthy living between sessions however that may be as he caters to each person as an individual. He's a determined man who makes you want to do and be better!" Jessica L.

"Manny's teaching is both Traditional and Practical, ideal for anyone interested in Studying Silat or Self Defence. You are made to feel welcome as a Student and I would recommend to people of all ages and abilities". Calvin P.

"My son has been training with OG Combat Academy for 6 months. he has grown in confidence and in strength, in such a short amount of time. I would recommend OG Combat to all I know". Joanne W.

"I highly recommend OG Combat Academy!

I thoroughly enjoyed The workshop and looking forward to attending more classes!

A dedicated and knowledgeable coach with the patience of a saint!". Jeanette J.

"The teaching of authentic, effective Pencak Silat, and the vast experience of, and honorable close association of its Founder and instructor with Silat Masters worldwide!". Daryll Motely

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