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MEET THE COACH
Emmanuel "Manny" Ogolo
Manny 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, and Wing Chun, Silat Sharaf and PCK Silat spanning 16 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 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 (Founder & Head Coach, Pencak Silat Sharaf)
"Manny you are a confidence builder and a great teacher! Thank you". Joanne Christian
"Absolutely fantastic class, I would recommend it to everyone, self defence at its best". Claire Savage
"I highly recommend OG Academy. Manny is very focused, enthuastic & 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 McFarlane
"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 Crone
"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 Mason
"Absolutely fantastic class. It's tough but great fun. Instructor is great too!". Nikita Gilbert-Ovens
"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 Stewart
"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 Atkinson
"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. 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 instrutor. Thank you so much!." Caz Dennic