Carl has been training in martial arts for almost 30 years. Carl started out under the guidance of Mick Nicholls and Ricky O’Brien in Freestyle Combat, and graded up to 2nd degree black belt under their instruction. Whilst training under Mick, Carl was exposed to many great and varied martial arts and martial arts masters such as Guru Dan Inosanto, Larry Hartsell, Erik Paulson, Tony Blaurer and Nino Pillar.
Carl was first exposed to MuayThai when, in the late 1980s, Mick Nicholls returned from a training trip to Thailand and began to instruct the art here in Melbourne. In 1994, Carl made his way to Thailand to train and fight for the World Muay Thai Council (WMC) and its General Secretary, Mr Stephan Fox (Contender Asia mentor). Carl moved to London, England, in 1999 where he spent three years teaching at the revered Peacock Gym in Canning Town, whilst returning to Thailand on numerous occasions both train and fight.
In 2002, Carl relocated to Thailand to work directly for the WMC in Bangkok; running its international office, coordinating multiple IFMA World Championships and overseeing the WMC camp in Koh Samui. Training with such legends as Nokweed Davy, Paul Slowinksi (The Sting), Bruce MacFie (The Preacher) and Alex Dally, Carl forged strong relationships with many world-class fighters and trainers.
After three years in Thailand, Carl returned to Melbourne to rebuild the Hangar4 gym (originally based in Essendon). Carl is now the Muay Thai head coach and owner of Hangar 4 MMA in Reservoir, one of Victoria’s best MMA facilities. The Hangar is now proudly producing some fantastic young, up-and-coming Muay Thai and MMA fighters and has three current WMC Champions under its roof.