A MARTIAL arts instructor is kicking down the door to the world of entertainment after landing a series of screen roles.
Jay Kirk, of Haig Road, Hillingdon, teaches 'Kick-Jitsu' classes three times a week at Hayes Rugby Club, in Kingshill Avenue, and in the last six months he has found his feet in the world of film and television, bagging acting parts and fight choreography work.
Mr Kirk's first foray into film came with a small part in the critically acclaimed Bulgarian gangster flick, Mission: London, released in April. Since then, things have snowballed.
He said: "I fell into the business really. I know a lot of people from my time at the Professional Kickboxing Association, and it has been friends who have suggested me or put me forward for certain things.
"I met a lot of people during the filming for Mission: London who have helped me along the way, and things have been coming at me thick and fast ever since."
Recent projects include a role in a music video for teen pop-rockers Twenty Twenty, and a Sky series with mixed martial arts fighter Hayden Critchfield, which is in the latter stages of development.
Mr Kirk already has a number of bit parts in British films under his belt, and he has just finished filming for Jack Falls, lining up alongside established British actors such as Jason Flemyng and Danny Dyer.
Mr Kirk said he has worked hard to get where he is.
"It's great to be working with all these great actors, and it's where I need to be if my career is to progress.
"I am also getting to work with qualified stuntmen who are teaching me a lot, and who are where I want to be in a few years' time."
Mr Kirk, a first dan black belt in kickboxing, took up the sport 15 years ago.
"I started kickboxing quite late in life - I was 26 - but I really took to it and it's been a big part of my life ever since.
"I've been running my own class for just over a year now, and they've gone from strength to strength.
"I have a good bunch at my adult classes, and the kids' session is just going through the roof - most of the mums and dads I teach end up bringing their kids along and they love it.
"At the moment I am very busy and there are a few things in the pipeline which I am excited about but I love teaching the classes.
"All my students have been really supportive and when I can't make a session because of a shoot or something, everyone is really understanding, but I will usually try and reschedule.