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The Martial Artist.
My first step on the martial arts path occurred back in the mid 70’s when I attended a small Kyokushinkia Karate club based in Chiswick west London. I remember that the training was hard but I seemed to have had a natural aptitude for Karate especially for the knock down fighting, and for many years I put a great deal of effort into trying to turn myself into a human weapon.
After a while I moved on and began training with Sensei Frank Perry, the lessons with him were great and for the first time I began to see and understand how Karate techniques could be used and applied in real situations, the training was extremely arduous and I stayed at that club for many years.
However, around the time I started to work on the doors I decided to go my own way and I built my own gym/dojo in my back garden where I still train today. I've always trained hard and have developed a tough circuit training schedule which includes weight training, aerobic exercises and loads of punching and kicking on the heavy bag, and always include a little session of un-armed combat.
I believe that it takes a certain kind of person to work the doors, bouncing can be a dangerous game and is certainly not for the faint of heart, two of my compatriots have been murdered and a good friend was hospitalized and for a while was on the brink of death. I never really got hurt on the doors, well no injuries to speak of that is. After a while you begin to learn which punters will respond to conflict management dialogue and body language and conversely who will not. Once I’d made the decision that talking was going to be a waste of time I’d very quickly deal with the situation.
I never took any chances and every time I worked on the door I was always totally switched on and I always had a plan B. I think it was safe to say that I took the job very seriously. I have worked with some really good professional guys over the years and have also worked with some right characters and sadly some real lunatics and they were everything that I hated about the job.
Their unprofessional attitudes and actions had brought much unnecessary stress and violence down upon us. However, strangely it was these experiences that led me to the path of writing.
I always took a small diary with me when working at the clubs and pubs, and at the end of the night with the events still fresh in my mind I would find a quiet corner and make entries into it which enabled me to write my first book Show No Fear. It is safe to say that without these harsh experiences I doubt if I would have ever thought about writing books.
I’m glad to say that something positive was created from something that was so negative. After four years I decided to hang up my stab proof vest and retire from the dangerous world of the bouncer. One Saturday afternoon I sat down at my computer with the small diary at my side and I set about writing my first book. It took me about a year to complete it and in 2005 ‘Show No Fear’ was published in paperback by a small independent book publisher. I have now written a total of seven books.