Woman sues self-defense school after hamstring was ‘ripped off bone’ by ‘aggressive’ trainer

Fiona Hayes was in a “light sparring session” with her trainer Marcel Oladeinde-Adeyemi, a Muay Thai champion, when she says he “aggressively” pulled on her leg, causing her knee to “pop”.

Personal trainer Fiona Hayes is suing her self-defense school for £40,000
Personal trainer Fiona Hayes is suing her self-defense school for £40,000

A woman is suing her self-defense school for £40,000, claiming an ‘aggressive’ instructor caused her hamstring to be ripped from her bones.

Fitness trainer Fiona Hayes, 47, had to undergo major surgery to repair “a complete rupture of the three thigh tendons” after the incident – but the academy says the trainer carried out the “routine technique” in a “controlled manner”.

The injury happened in November 2019 during a Muay Thai self-defense course at the Dynamic Self Defense Academy in Hendon, north-west London.

The personal trainer claims she was in a “light sparring session” with her trainer Marcel Oladeinde-Adeyemi, a champion Muay Thai, when he “aggressively” yanked her leg and “popped” her knee.

A pull is a serious injury in which the hamstring tears away from the bone, sometimes taking a piece of broken bone with it.

She claims her instructor used a “dangerous and reckless” maneuver that resulted in her having to undergo major surgery on her hamstrings


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Fiona says she was in a “light sparring session” with her trainer Marcel Oladeinde-Adeyem


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Surgeons must retract the hamstring muscles to their normal attachment, and any scar tissue from the hamstring tendon is then trimmed away. The tendon is then reattached to the bone with staples or stitches.

Ms Hayes, from Golders Green, north London, is suing self-defense academy Proguard Armor Ltd, of St Albans, Herts, for over £40,000 in compensation for her injury.

Michelle Marnham, her attorney, said in court documents: “During the sparring, the plaintiff kicked her right leg and Marcel Oladeinde-Adeyemi grabbed it and locked the right leg under his elbow.

“He then aggressively pulled the right leg towards himself and as he pulled the right leg the complainant felt a pop from the right leg. He then swept away the applicant’s left leg.

“The purpose of grabbing the opponent’s leg with this technique is to upset their balance to maximize the effect of the leg swing on the supporting leg,” she said.

“To achieve this, hardly any force is required. Had Mr. Oladeinde-Adeyemi exercised reasonable care and skill in executing the technique, he would not have pulled the leg as aggressively as the plaintiff describes.”

Her attorney said: “While the plaintiff accepts that there is some risk, the nature and severity of the injury suffered is not one that would occur if reasonable care and skill were exercised.”

However, Proguard lawyer Gideon Hajiof denies any guilt, saying: “In the circumstances of a Muay Thai course where physical contact between participants is accepted, the trainer acted with reasonable skill and care.

“The defendant’s trainer did not perform any dangerous or reckless maneuver.”

He insists Mr Oladeinde-Adeyemi performed the ‘routine technique’ ‘in a controlled manner’, adding that ‘he did not intentionally hurt the plaintiff’.

“It is expressly denied that any such contact was intentional or malicious.

“The plaintiff is ordered to provide stern evidence that the defendant’s coach used aggressive force.

“It is denied that such an injury provides prima facie evidence that the defendant’s trainer used excessive force.

“No force was used to sweep the complainant and lead him to the ground, which he did in a controlled manner.”

The case came before the court for a brief pre-trial hearing and will go before the court again at a later date.

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