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I have been training since childhood in various Martial Arts and Fighting systems ranging from Judo, Boxing, Karate, Muay Thai, Karate to reality based systems. In essence I was always a “searcher” and to cap this between 1991 and 2000 I was fortunate to live in China and trained in various Chinese systems.


My core system was and always will be Goju Ryu Karate where I last graded to Sandan (3rd Dan) in 1994 with the Japan Karate Federation. For several years I wrote columns / articles for a variety of Martial Arts Magazines including Traditional Karate, Combat and the prestigious Fighting Arts International.


During my time in China I was involved in a severe altercation where two soldiers from one of the embassies in Beijing (not Chinese) attacked me on the dance floor of a restaurant/club. This was a life changing moment for me for although they both were “dealt with” I almost got a bottle in the back of my head and two very specific traditional techniques I had drilled literally thousands of times were ineffective. This wasn’t my only altercation by any means but the differentiator was it was the first time I had faced two trained soldiers with sharp weapons.


After this situation and a period of serious reflection I stopped teaching and spent the next decade learning from reality based systems that emphasised techniques and strategies specifically for the reality of real self protection. This included not only the physical techniques but the psychological parameters related to real life confrontations and violence. A key accomplishment was qualifying as a Krav Maga Tactical Combat Instructor.


In 2013 I began teaching again but with focus on providing individuals in small groups (maximum 12 at a time) skills that will enable them defend themselves and survive if faced with a violent and or potentially life threatening situation.


What I now predominantly teach is a direct result of this period and I would like to recognise the following people who I either trained with or researched, Gerry Nolan, Itay Gil, Steve Morris (I will be eternally grateful to Steve for teaching me amongst many other things a simple eye sight drill that saved me from getting a broken bottle in the back of my head and a potential fatal or paralysing injury), Stewart McGill, Lee Morrison, Rory Miller, Branimir Tudjan, Kelly McCann (AKA-Jim Grover), Freddy Kleinschwärzer, Geoff Thompson and Al Peasland. Finally my son Brian who actually in his late teens started looking at this type of information ahead of me and has always questioned the effectiveness of anything we work on.


Colin Whitehead
“It is better to avoid than to run; better to run than to de-escalate; better to de-escalate than to fight; better to fight than to die. The very essence of self-defense is a thin list of things that might get you out alive when you are already screwed”.
From, “Meditations on Violence”
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