Brian Fernie was born in Tayside in 1969. Whilst at school he played various sports representing his region at Basketball, xcountry and karate. Brian studied the traditional style of Goju Ryu obtaining his black belt at 15. After leaving school aged 15, he joined the British Army as a Junior Leader and became an Infantry soldier with the world’s most famous regiment The Black Watch.
Whilst serving with the battalion he was deployed on various operational tours worldwide and worked with USMC and American Rangers, serving in a multitude of roles including a stint as a Physical Training Instructor.
During his military career he studied Shotokan karate, Shukokai and Kyushinkai styles.
When he finally left the Army in 1996 Brian worked a security contractor before joining the Metropolitan Police Service where he predominantly served in plain clothes roles and Public order units, he served 5 years in London before transferring to Lothian and Borders in Edinburgh where he continued with the same roles.
During his police service Brian utilised his fitness qualifications and qualified in various fitness courses then set up his own Personal Training and Fitness consultancy.
Brian started in 2004 with British Military Fitness as a part-time instructor, quickly becoming the Operations Manager for Scotland, North East England and Northern Ireland, Brian left this role in 2011 and set up his own full time gym, and martial arts centre in Livingston West Lothian.
Brian is also considered as one the country’s leading Combat sports strength and conditioning coaches, and one of only a handful of level 2 coaches; he has trained fighters from all martial arts backgrounds from amateurs to world champions and has worked with a variety of teams and fighters. He trained under JC Santana of the Institute of Human Performance, Florida, who trains UFC teams such as American Top Team and various UFC and Strike Force champions.
Brian competed at Triathlon and ranked top fifteen nationally, his passion though has always been combat sports and whilst renewing his interest started studying Kickboxing.
His approach to training is simple, everything should be knowledge led, not necessarily scientifically proven. When teaching kids he says keep it simple, make it fun, challenging, achievable and rewarding the rest will come.
Brian’s personal training covers all aspects from weight training, endurance to S.A.I.D circuits and his motivation is always to lead by example.