Julian Johnson is a 3rd-degree black belt in Martial Arts, with a BA (1st Hons) in Fine Arts, an M.A. from University of the Arts, London and a PGCE in further education from the University of Education in London. Previously he was the General Manager of a full-time martial arts studio and in 2014 he co-founded MA&Y, a Martial Arts and Yoga Centre in South West London with his partner Gaia Persico.

MA&Y has gone onto become an established business in the borough of Wandsworth, London; a Finalist in 2018 in Best New Business, Best Business for Marketing and Social Media, Best Business for Customer Service, it has grown year on year with almost 200 members.

Julian’s varied and diverse skills, his business acumen, insightful marketing strategies, eye for detail and artistic, aesthetic sensibilities mean he can offer a rounded and encompassing support to the trainees. He is passionate about bringing a more down to earth approach to the yoga world, navigating the realities of needing to be a yoga teacher and a business person at the same time, an aspect that is fundamental in a teacher training. 

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