Books and Profile
Martial Arts: Applications in Higher Education
Books by Pat North, Charles's mother (deceased).
Anthology Of Poetry
All You Ever Wanted To Know About Goat Keeping
Pat North was an experienced goat breeder when she wrote ‘All you ever wanted to know about goats’. Her wealth of experience is shown in this book but aimed at the novice goat keeper or someone who wants to know how to look after a goat as a pet.
Charles Spring is a senior lecturer in leisure related management subjects for the University of Derby. He developed a BA (Hons) Martial Arts Theory and Practice and has experience of running various sports related programmes over the last 22 years. He also heads his own martial arts group Ronin Budo with clubs in Derbyshire and the West Midlands.
His Martial Arts career has spanned over 45 years that has included participation in competition to international level.
His first Chief Instructor was Sensei Phil Milner through the International Budo Association and other instructors have included Sensei’s Suzuki and Shiomitsu when practicing Wado Ryu and when Charles changed to Shukokai, Sensei’s Coral Coulson and John Horan. He gained his Shodan in Shukokai Karate in 1993.He has instructor grades in Karate, Kickboxing and Krav Maga and regularly teaches in all three disciplines.
The joint honours martial arts degree at the University of Derby was the first accredited by an academic institution in Europe, the BA (Hons) Martial Arts Theory and Practice was a continuation of that. Through his work at the University and the running of his clubs he has taught in Finland, China and Japan as well as at camps for people with visual impairments. He is a Founder Fellow of the Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences and is currently their education officer.
Over the years, Charles has had the honour of training with a number of instructors in other disciplines including Wing Chun, Kendo, Aikido, and Jujitsu, all of whom have helped shape his approach to martial arts.
Previously he worked in the Leisure Industry as a gym manager, personal trainer, martial arts instructor and coached in various other sports in and around Birmingham.
His first degree was in Leisure Management and his Masters degree is in Tourism Business Administration. He has a Doctorate in Education and his theses was titled ‘Professionalisation of Martial Arts: the perspectives of experts on the concept of an independently awarded teaching qualification’. Other research interests outside of martial arts are the sociological impacts of sports and leisure on communities and how through sports communities may benefit directly.