Chief instructor Jon “Dragonfoot” Green started training in martial arts at around 11yrs old. Firstly in Tae Kwon Do, then traditional Shotokan Karate.
These styles were not suited to Jon so he ventured into Boxing which the level of contact was much more to Jon’s liking.
Although Jon always loved the idea of being able to kick, Boxing although loved by Jon was 2nd nature whereas kicking required much more hard work and dedication.
The challenge of mastering kicking is what attracted Jon back into martial arts, a local freestyle kickboxing club opened in Wath-upon-dearne under the instruction of Marc Cordingly.
Red lion Freestyle was to turn Jon’s life around.
Jon started in the open competitions his first competition was EMA British Championships which Jon won!
Following on from this Jon won YKC Grand champion, EMA English, British & Grand Championships, FSK grand championships, WKA Championships, WAKO British Championships, Combat International, Combat World open, Heyashi World open, MAI International,
As a result Jon began to stand out from the crowd and his talent was spotted by world renowned coach Bryan Beck. Jon was then enlisted by Bryan to All Stars Team representing England across various continents with the same success nationally and internationally.
Jon won the highly acclaimed Irish open, Battle of Europe in Holland & African open in South Africa to name but a few while being a part of the All Stars Team throughout the late 90’s.
As a competitor Jon would more often than not be fighting every weekend with a have gum shield will travel motto!
Like any fighter Jon was always looking for the next challenge Jon by chance on a night out bumped into a true legend of Full Contact Kickboxing World Champion Arthur “Locky” O’loughlin.
This was the biggest turning point in Jon’s Martial Arts career already a World Champion what could Locky offer!
Jon says “I hold all my previous instructors in the highest of regard, but Arthur truly polished me off to be the fighter I am today”
Jon trained in Full contact kickboxing under Arthur O’loughlin and carried on his success winning further National, International and World Championships.
Arthur chose to call it a day and offered the B.A.C.K school to both Sean Cassidy & Jon, As Jon was still very actively fighting Sean took over the Academy whilst Jon full filled his goals.
In 1999 Jon and Sister Bridie Murphy opened the Combat Freestyle Kickboxing Academy, CFKA was born!
From 1999 to 2001 Team CFKA also had much success under the instruction of Jon Green winning many National championships.
2001 Jon Green turned pro winning Pro British titles, through having regular medicals for pro fights, one doctor noticed something was not right with one of Jon’s eyes.
Jon sought out further medical advice to which doctors suspected Jon may have cancer of the eye.
Jon underwent surgery to remove the growth off of his eye which thankfully turned out not to be cancerous, but would have over time meant the loss of his sight in that eye.
The healing period of this took over 12 months, which saw Jon cease from fighting, Jon turned his 100% focus into Team CFKA taking his team of fighters to new levels.
Team CFKA had fighters both Pro & Amateur fighting nationally and internationally winning respect along with titles.
In 2002 when supporting professional shows CFKA fighters being announced to ringside used to be a mouthful for the MC’s.
Dragonfoot Gym was born! Since 2002 Dragonfoot Gym carried on the successes that Team CFKA had winning many National & International events and titles.
Dragonfoot Gym travelled the world fighting every one they could, wanting to fight in their own back yard in 2006 Dragonfoot Promotions was born.
Since 2006 Dragonfoot Promotions has been promoting World class professional shows flying in the best fighters available.
Dragonfoot promotions motto is “to be the Best you have to beat the Best!
2006-2012 saw Jon come out of retirement fighting anyone anywhere anytime!
Jon returned back to Boxing and fought most weekends sometime twice a week as Jon says “runners run, swimmers swim… Fighters Fight!”
Jon as a fighter never had a perfect record having a mixture of wins and losses, Jon says…
”losses only made my determination stronger, at one point winning became normal a loss soon shook things up!
Losing is an important part of anyone’s developments winning is the overall goal but unless you have lost, how will you know why you must win.
To date Dragonfoot Gym has fighters representing the camp in Boxing and Martial Arts, Under Chief Instructor Jon “Dragonfoot” Green 5th Dan.
“Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered,
Those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid.
Thus the wise win before the fight, while the ignorant fight to win”
Train Hard….Fight Easy!