His career has also diversified into Television appearances, and subsequently into feature film. Martial Artist Sensei Lucio Marino Coming from an athletic sports family background, Lucio always displayed an aptitude for athletic pursuits, starting to learn Karate in 1979 through his father, a Sensei. Zara could compete with the best in fighting, forms and weapons — a rare talent with expertise in sich diverse aspects of the Martial Artistry. With 11 years of teaching experience, Cecily has formed , drawing upon principles and techniques from both styles. . He also teaches Street Self-Protection, which influenced by the Total Combat Fight System, as well as ever evolving methods for gun and knife disarming.
They have performed at venues all over the world, including an exclusive performance in the Royal Palace in Dubai. Sensei Zara Phythian was recently nominated as Young Businesswoman Of The Year 2010. She specialised in the very rare and beautiful Silat Melayu Royal Sword form and combat method, and soon achieved the title of Sword Master. At the age of 16, she was already teaching professionally as a much loved full-time instructor at the School of Champions in Nottingham, which she also managed.
She took to Shotokan Karate as her first introduction in the arts. Cecily also studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Sword Master Cecily Fay then became the Senior Instructor of Seni Silat Haqq Melayu and began teaching in 1999. Showing promise from a very early age, Cecily became a child star by the age of 11, dancing in a series of major roles with the English National Ballet. At the age of 13, Zara began her cross training in Martial Arts, studying up to 7 days a week in Tae Kwon Do, Shaolin Wu Shu, Kickboxing and Freestyle Karate.
This included both national and international tours, appearing at such highly-respected venues as The New York Metropolitan Opera House and The Kennedy Centre Washington; The Royal Festival Hall and The London Coliseum, Cecily received considerable personal critical acclaim both here and in the American for her performances. Her unique and successful training systems have helped train new generations of Black Belts, and her academy is known as a Centre of Excellence. Her martial art performances with Babes With Blades have generated legions of fans nationally and internationally. Today, Lucio is a 5th dan Karate Master, a specialist in Shotokan and Shito styles, 2 times World Champion and 7 times European Champion in Kata Team speciality.
Still a young woman, Zara went on to win many world titles in all forms of Martial Arts competition she took part in — a true all-rounder, such a rarity in Martial Artists. She then went on to study the Indonesian style Wali Songo Silat, becoming an instructor in that style too in 2005. Ibu Cecily Fay began studying the Malay and Indonesian martial art Silat in 1995, and soon rose to become the European Champion in the form, winning two gold medals. Since then, he has featured in almost 20 productions. Choreographed and directed by Cecily, the show is designed to promote dynamic female physicality through a new vision of martial arts. She also began competing on the national and international point fighting circuits at the same time, winning awards including various British and European point fighting titles.
Zara found her real passions lie as a traditional Martial Artist — and she expanded her sports fighting talents with Katas and Weapons Training, in which she also excelled, soon competing at the highest level. Cecily is now recognised as the foremost performer and instructor in Europe, Cecily has performed at prestigious venues all over Europe including the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. She is also in great demand for her Lady Dragon Martial Arts seminars and workshops. In 1997, Cecily teamed up with hit record producer Jon X and formed The Morrighan.
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