About Us

Who are we?

The Activ8Spain team all have a love of martial arts, fitness and good health habits.

Gary Standaloft, Activ8 Spain martial arts holidays

 Gary Standaloft, owner Activ8Spain and Activ8 Self Defence

Gary is a martial arts and self defence expert with 30 years’ experience in Kung fu, Jujitsu, Krav Maga, Kickboxing and more, plus very specific expertise in defending against guns, knives and other weapons. He is also a Reiki master, Swedish massage therapist and qualified to teach meditation.

Gary also runs Activ8 Self Defence, a large successful martial arts training club in the UK with 10 highly qualified black belt instructors, some of whom with be working with you on your Activ8Spain holiday.


 Jo Kitchener, Senior Instructor:

Jo has been teaching jujitsu for 10 years and is also the General Manager at Activ8 Self Defence. Jo is passionate that women and children should be able to defend themselves effectively and have the skills needed to de-escalate potential hostile situations. She has developed and run a number of courses for women who have suffered from domestic violence. These courses are designed to empower women and give them back their confidence.

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 Bobbie Stoddon, Senior Instructor:

A Black Belt in both Jujitsu and Kickboxing, Bobbie was previously a licensee in a busy town centre pub, so has experienced first-hand the dangers and violence potentially faced in the pub environment.  Activ8 teaches adults to defend against these dangers in its self defence training.

Bobbie also has several teaching qualifications, having worked for a number of years in a Primary School, specialising in the area Special Educational Needs. Bobbie is passionate about empowering all children and adults with confidence and building self esteem.

Bobbie is also a qualified Reflexology and Indian Head Massage Practitioner and is currently training in Swedish Massage and studying for a Diploma in Crystal Healing Therapy. She believes you should look at the body holistically and work on the mind,spirit and physical to generate health and happiness.



Ryan Standaloft, Senior Instructor:

Ryan has studied Jujitsu for around 8 years and is a Black Belt.

He is currently studying BA Hons Primary Education Degree with advanced specialisation in Physical Education.

His other qualifications include: Diploma in Sports Therapy, Foundation Degree in Sports Development and an NVQ Level 2 Activity Leadership.

Ryan has worked in the United States for the past five summers as a Counsellor/Unit Leader for the Camp America Programme. From this he has developed a strong belief in the consultative approach to teaching, in that the student should have as much responsibility for their teaching as the teacher. He is passionate about teaching adults and children to have confidence to defend themselves and to be respectful to others.


Mark Bruffell, Senior Instructor:

Mark is a senior black belt jujitsu instructor who comes from a military background, having served his country in troubled areas across the globe.

Mark is a big man with a big heart and has a very approachable demeanour, with a personality that students quickly warm to. He is a firm believer in discipline and believes respect has to be earned through a lot of hard work and practising what you preach. His life experiences have led him to believe that a quiet word of encouragement does much to bring a student to the conviction of self-belief. Mark is able to bring this knowledge to bear from his military background and with coaching students of all age groups over a number of years in various sports and martial arts.



Immy, Yoga Expert:

 Immy trained at Grass Valley, California in the Sivananda method of yoga; a form of Classical Hatha Yoga which focuses equal importance on breathing, the physical exercises "asanas" and mindful relaxation and meditation - a total mind, body and soul experience.

Immy also completed a training course at Sunyoga UK in 2006, specialising in yoga for children and has had a great deal of experience with her very popular 'teenyoga' classes in London.  You'll find you'll want to incorporate yoga more and more into your life as you reap the benefits both physically and mentally.

Immy offers classes locally in the 'old schoolhouse' and in her beautiful Zen garden at home, as well as on the mountainside in the warmer weather. Yoga outside in nature is a beautiful experience which she is looking forward to sharing with you.

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