Books - 'Martial Arts: Applications in Higher Education' and 'All You Ever Wanted To Know About Goat Keeping' and 'Anthology Of Poetry' (Both written by Charles's Mother, Pat North, and updated by Charles) - CLICK HERE
Charles Spring is the programmes leader for BA (Hons) Martial Arts Theory and Practice and he is a senior lecturer in sport for the various sports related programmes that are run at the University of Derby. He also heads his own martial arts group Ronin Budo with clubs in Derbyshire and the West Midlands.
His Martial Arts career has spanned over 40 years that has included participation in competition to international level. His first Chief Instructor was Sensei Phil Milner through the International Budo Association and other instructors have included Sensei’s Suzuki and Shiomitsu when practicing Wado Ryu and when Charles changed to Shukokai, Sensei’s Coral Coulson and John Horan. He gained his Shodan in Shukokai Karate in 1993.
He has instructor grades in Karate, Kickboxing and Krav Maga and regularly teaches in all three disciplines. The joint honours martial arts degree at the University of Derby was the first accredited by an academic institution in Europe, the BA (Hons) Martial Arts Theory and Practice is a continuation of that. Through his work at the University and the running of his clubs he has taught in Finland, China and Japan as well as at camps for people with visual impairments. He is a trustee for the Disability Martial Arts Association and Founder Fellow of the Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences.
Over the years, Charles has had the honour of training with a number of instructors in other disciplines including Wing Chun, Kendo, Aikido, and Jujitsu, all of whom have helped shape his approach to martial arts.
Previously he worked in the Leisure Industry as a gym manager, personal trainer, martial arts instructor and coached in various other sports in and around Birmingham. His first degree was in Leisure Management and his Masters degree is in Tourism Business Administration. His other research interests outside of martial arts are the sociological impacts of sports and leisure on communities and how through sports communities may benefit directly.