One of the most famous marital arts instructors in Milton Keynes has been charged with assaulting a woman.
Tyrone McCormack appeared before city magistrates on Monday facing a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm to a female.
The 48-year-old Kung Fu master set up Bletchley’s Guardian Academy, which teaches martial arts to children and adults.
He is due to star in a television documentary about his life. Called White Swan, it is set to appear on ITV early next year.
Tyrone has already received the equivalent of an OBE in the world of martial arts – an induction into the official Hall of Fame for experts.
His name stands alongside those of Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan.
At the time Tyrone said: “It is a recognition of 30 years in the industry and all I’ve put into the martial arts world I fought for world titles; I’ve fought for England. It’s a great achievement.”
Tyrone was arrested last year for the alleged offence. The charge read out in court was assault occasioning actual bodily harm to a female last September in MK.
His case was adjourned until later this month and it is not yet know whether he intends to plead guilty or not guilty.
Tyrone, who lives on Hodge Lea, is not currently teaching at the academy.
He says he is “taking a break” after his partner had a baby.
In a Citizen interview within 2014, he encouraged more women and children to take up martial arts.
He said: “It teaches respect. If you’re getting bullied, it teaches you to understand people can get hurt.”