Tom Leake has been a student of martial arts for some time. He has studied 2 systems of karate and Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) and it's related systems.

From 1980 - 1985 / 2004 - present, Tom has studied Shudokan / Mountain Storm Karate. From a novice student in 1980 to black belt, Tom studied under Master Peter Rose, Shihan Dave Shaw and Shihan Dianne Boria. Tom is now a 3rd degree black belt and head instructor for Mountain Storm Karate. Mountain Storm is an eclectic karate system oriented toward self defense based on Japanese karate and Jiu-Jitsu.

Tom and his son began studying Okinawa Shorin-ryu Matusmura Seito Karate and Kobudo in 2002. After rising to the rank of 3rd degree black belt, Tom took over the program in Kittery, ME. Shortly after, he was promoted to 4th degree black belt. Tom retired from OSMKKF in 2016. Matusmura Seito Karate is a system rooted in preserving traditional Okinawan karate and kobudo stressing traditional karate and weapons training as handed down directly from Bushi Matsumura

The Sig Sauer Academy in NH offers a hand to hand combat class that covers empty hand techniques and defense against edged weapons. After taking this class in 2014, Tom searched the internet for the source of some of the material presented in the course. After finding Michael D. Janich's MBC system, he started learning techniques with a co-worker. After attending a seminar in Virginia Beach, VA and training directly with Michael Janich, Tom Leake and Jason Child got together to train in Kittery, ME. Training started with the goal of becoming an Associate Instructor in Martial Blade Concepts. Tom and Jason met weekly from 2014 through August, 2015 when Tom tested for Associate Instructor in Keystone, CO. Tom and Jason incorporated
Defend ME, LLC and started teaching MBC to several students twice a week. Defend ME also offers multi-day and 1/2 day training sessions in introduction to knife self defense and unarmed self defense. Since starting Defend ME, LLC, Tom and Jason have attend several camps a year with Michael Janich, continuing to broaden their knowledge and hone their skills in MBC.