OLDER AND BOLDER
Hi Pat here welcome to UK BARTITSU helping to bring the OLD SCHOOL VICTORIAN SELF DEFENCE to a modern time.
My story started in the swinging 60's in the North of England, as a school kid I was bullied every day for being a chunky monkey so I was introduced to traditional Judo, in the early 60,s training was hard and quite brutal so you learned quick, Judo at the time was the only eastern art being taught my area, you could do traditional boxing but at the time I wasn't interested, so I stuck with it and gained a purple belt.
At the age of 16 I joined the British Army as a Junior Soldier i was introduced to Boxing and Karate the later blew me away
( I WAS BRUCE LEE )
I did 18 months in the Army and then transferred to the Royal Navy and continued my training as best I could finding like minded crew mates who would train and spar in very tight compartments ( which did come in handy in real life adventures ) in many a foreign port. While in the Navy I found WEIGHT TRAINING and FITTNESS and I loved it and this stayed with me throughout my life.
On leaving the Navy after 10 years I decided to join HM PRISON SERVICE, this was another brilliant phase in my life, never a dull day and met some great guy's officers and some inmates. During my long career i used some times daily CONTROL AND RESTRAINT
and defensive techniques, which i can say saved my skin many a time against fist and multi different weapons, I also trained as a riot officer and hostage negotiator. Using the past skills learned I began moonlighting as a doorman ( BOUNCER ) in nightclubs and pubs around town and earned a good reputation as a firm but firm person to deal with only using force if needed to protect myself and others.
After retirement from HMP I owned a pub and once again human nature didn't let me down and now and again I had to eject a ruffian or two from my establishment, I realized after a few years I was getting older and rolling around the floor with drunk youngsters was getting harder so decided to sell up and move on. I now work part time for a high profile person as part of security team and I'm very happy.
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