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www.worldcombatassociation.com

The website of the World Combat Association. Iain Abernethy 6th Dan is the Chief International Coach for the WCA. Geoff Thompson 8th Dan and Peter Consterdine 9th Dan are the joint Chief Instructors. As the name suggests, the WCA has a worldwide membership and it is the organisation all pragmatically minded karateka should be members of!


www.geoffthompson.com

Geoff Thompson made violence his profession working as a doorman in some of Britain’s roughest nightclubs. He is one of the most recognised martial arts figures of this century with some twenty best-selling books on the contemporary role of martial arts to his name.


www.richardbarnes.com

Richard Barnes is a martial artist, web genius, blogger, fitness inspiration, motivational podcaster, teller of bad jokes and all round renaissance man! One of life’s true originals and we should all spend a little of our time on “Planet Richard”.


www.judowayoflife.com

Judo Way of Life is a collection of thoughts, views and philosophies of what it means to lead a Judo Way of Life.  We cover everything from training methods to nutrition and cooking techniques, whilst retaining our core principle that Judo is more than just an Olympic Sport or Martial Art, but rather a Way of Life.  David Groom, the founder of Judo Way of Life, started Judo at the age of nine, in 1997.  He has represented the Great Britain Team, domestically and internationally, since the age of twelve.  He is currently a 3rd Dan Black Belt and has trained and competed at an elite level for many years, giving him extensive knowledge and experience in various training techniques and nutritional advice.


www.peterconsterdine.com

Peter Consterdine, a 9th Dan Black Belt in karate, has over 40 years experience in the martial arts. A former Great Britain and England International, and a professional bodyguard, he is acknowledged as one of the country’s leading experts in self-protection.


www.bulletprooffitness.co.uk

Bulletproof Fitness is a personal training service operating in West Cumbria that offers functional fitness with strength and conditioning instruction. Alex is a qualified Level 1 CrossFit trainer and can help improve anyone's level of fitness for beginner to athlete. Visit the website for more information.


www.selfempowermentacademy.co.uk

Tony Somers and Paul Regan have opened a self empowerment centre in Coventry. They run programmes, groups, on line courses and do one to one sessions around self empowerment. Most people feel disempowered at some stage in their lives either through experiencing things like, anxiety, depression, procrastination, bereavement or lack of purpose.The self empowerment academy is a place where change takes place, it’s a place where people can realign themselves, get inspired, motivated or re-energised. People travel from all around the country to get to this place as Paul and Tony get great results, using their vast life skills as well as therapeutic tools such as CBT, NLP, Transactional Analysis and much more.


www.karate4life.org

The Karate for Life Foundation is a registered not-for-profit corporation whose aim is to promote life skills development and battle HIV/AIDS in Uganda and beyond through the mental and physical training inherent in the practice of the martial arts.


www.britishkarateassociation.co.uk

The British Karate Association was founded in 1964 and since that time it has maintained its place as a true multi-style association. Three key points make the BKA a popular choice for instructors of all styles; the absence of an overall chief instructor, whilst being able to offer high ranking 'Senior Instructors' in every style for guidance and help; 'No' bias toward any one particular style and the freedom of autonomy with the backup and help of the BKA if needed. We can offer our instructors all the help and guidance they may need in every style of martial arts from within our own set of high ranking instructors. We are able to offer a unique licensing system for our instructors, we hold a black belt grading every two months. We also offer insurance service enabling you to fill you obligations to your students and teach and train with peace of mind.


www.britishcombat.co.uk

The website of the British Combat Association. The BCA is the UK's leading multi-style association, with a specific slant towards close-quarter combat and self-protection. Peter Consterdine 8th Dan and Geoff Thompson 7th Dan are joint chief-instructors of this pioneering organisation.peace of mind.


www.practicalkarate.co.uk

This website is devoted to Practical Karate: the applied use of Karate techniques for the purpose of effective self protection, along with analyses of training methods and combative principles in support of this aim.  The site is intended as a hub for students searching for books, articles and ideas in the following fields: effective technique applications and kata bunkai, combat psychology and physiology, combative principles, training methods, sports science, combative drills and karate history. The site hosts articles by a number of well known martial arts writers and links to recommended books.


www.jissenryu.co.uk

The site for Jissen Ryu Shotokan club, based in Paisley, Renfrewshire. Chief instructor Colin Steel is a full instructor in applied karate under Iain Abernethy. The club offers practical training, returning to the original ideals of karate, as a civilian personal safety art. We don’t train for competition. The club is non political and welcomes visitors and students from all martial arts systems.


www.leetaylorkarate.co.uk

Lee Taylor is a full time professional karate instructor based in the county of Powys, Wales. He has a real passion for teaching and training in karate and endeavours to improve his skills, knowledge and understanding of karate. Lee teaches a strong traditional standard of karate, with a solid realism and furthers his training with the UK’s leading authorities on self protection and kata applications, Geoff Thompson, Iain Abernethy and Al Peasland.


www.kyokushinkan.org.uk

The official website for the United Kingdom Kyokushin-kan group and the Kyokushin-kan Lycuem based in Edinburgh. Kyokushin-kan is a full contact style of Karate with a heavy focus on self-defense skills. Check the website for upcoming events, training times and international clubs.


www.realcombatsystem.co.uk

Matty Evans and Tony Somers both 5th Dans with the BCA have launched The Real Combat System. This system is largely based around the teachings of the legendary Geoff Thompson. All of the techniques have been pressure tested in the reality arena. The aim of our teaching is to help you to grow and develop, physically, psychologically and spiritually. Through this syllabus we aim to take you on a journey of self-development that will eventually lead you to where ever you want to go. It is our aim to teach you the best self-protection techniques that are around today. We will do this in a safe and friendly environment. You will make life long friends. You will learn the art of fighting with out fighting. We also believe that although martial arts is the vehicle the real journey takes place in the mind and as such we will help you to develop a strong and unbreakable will, overcoming your fears and limiting beliefs along the way. The Real Combat System is closely affiliated to the British Combat System and as such you will be expected to become a member of the BCA.


www.mikeliptrot.com

Mike Liptrot is one of the UK's leading Judo coaches. Mike Liptrot started training in Judo at the age of 6, in 1969. From the age of 13 Mike began training under Tony Macconnell; who was the British team manager at the time. Mike was a member of the British team for 10 years and won medals all over Great Britain and Europe. In the 1980s Mike trained full time at the renowned Judo centre in Kendal and he now teaches full time at the new Kendal dojo. Iain Abernethy studies Judo under Mike Litrot and Iain highly recommends Mike to all those wishing to learn functional throwing and grappling.


www.chujo.org.uk

Chujo Karate Assocation is a Northern Ireland based group with clubs in Ballymena, Rasharkin, Portglenone, Ballymoney and Coleraine.  Chief Coach is Dan Redmond.  Wadoryu karate is the core art practised.  Branching out from the core art, the group also train in reality-based crossed training using complimentary self-protection skills to deal with modern day acts of aggression.  CKA maintains close ties with Iain Abernethy. Email chujo@hotmail.com  Tel 07976987696


www.jissenmag.com

Let me tell you about Jissen! As many of you will know, “Jissen” is Japanese for “actual combat” or “real fighting”. It's also the name of a FREE online magazine dedicated to serving all martial artists that approach the traditional martial arts from their original combative perspective. If that sounds like you, then you should enjoy what this publication has to offer! We bring you the very best in practical martial arts, no nonsense training methods, self-protection, kata application, physical conditioning, news and more! Jissen will be published quarterly and is completely free of charge! It exists entirely to facilitate the spread of information between pragmatic martial artists.


www.genjitsu.co.uk

The aim of the Genjitsu Karate Kai is to provide traditional karate training; not in a competition format but in the way it was originally intended - as a civilian self protection system. We aim to teach karate as a full art covering all ranges of combat. This, coupled with correct principals of zanshin (awareness), should equip our students to face the ever growing threats of violence in today’s society. Our Chief Instructor, Andi Kidd is one of the fe 'full instructors' with Iain Abernethy who said 'Andi is one of the most impressive bunkai teachers I have worked with....'


www.completeselfprotection.com

The website of Alan Peasland and CSP (Complete Self Protection). CSP was founded to bring a new dimension to the world of Martial Arts and Self Defence. Focusing on the latest self defence techniques and concepts, CSP provides a fun and efficient way of learning effective skills that can better equip you to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of a violent confrontation. More importantly, CSP training methods encourage self discovery and enable you to better understand how you manage stressful and fearful situations. Improved motivation and self awareness combined with increased self-discipline and self-control will give you the confidence to chase your dreams and turn them into successes.


www.danandersonkarate.com

Professor Anderson is the director and chief instructor of Dan Anderson Karate and has a 7th Degree Black Belt in Karate, a 6th Degree Black Belt (Senior Master) in Filipino Modern Arnis, and an 8th Degree Black Belt in MA-80. He is a 4 time national karate champion, having won over 70 Grand Titles! He has been honoured by inclusion into the Karate Living Legends, a lifetime achievement honour, being one of the 50 most influential martial artists in the 40 year history of tournament karate. Prof. Anderson has authored a number of books covering Karate sparring, Modern Arnis, disarming techniques, joint-locks, weaponless fighting techniques, etc. Professor Anderson's books are highly recommended!


www.johnskillen.com

John Skillen is one of the UK's leading martial artists and a legendary (ex-) streetfighter / doorman. John has trained extensively with Geoff Thompson, Peter Consterdine and a host of other world-renowned instructors. He has trained in the martial arts for over 30 years: Greco Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling, Black belt Kickboxing, Black Sash Kung Fu, Black belt Judo, A.B.A Coach, B.C.A full Coach, Former National Judo champion, Former Amateur Boxer, and over 20 years involvement with nightclub and venue security.


www.ronbreines.com

The official website of Kakuto-ryu Jujutsu founded by Kyoshi Ron Breines, a martial arts practitioner and student since 1968. KJJ is a combat / self defense oriented, organic melding of Okinawan Karate, Japanese Jujutsu, Krav Maga, Wing Chun, Brazilian Jiujitsu and Kodokan (classical) Judo. The KJJ curriculum is designed to change over time so that like waves on the shore, new ideas will flow in as obsolete ones flow into the vast sea of martial arts concepts to be whirled around and revitalized with the incoming tide. KJJ is a porous art continually bringing in elements of many arts with the equalizing force being kata bunkai.


www.black-eagle.co.uk

Black Eagle Karate Gi's are excellent! Teaching as many seminars as I do, I spend a lot of time in a Gi and hence I needed something comfortable and reliable. The quality of the custom embroidery is also superb and really looks the business! Black Eagle provide the Gi's I wear for seminars and they are highly recommended!


www.musashikarate.co.uk

We are a traditional karate club based in the south west of Scotland, a forward thinking club focusing on practical applied karate. Nonpolitical and not for profit. Chief Instructor Jamie Gray has been studying Martial arts for over 30 years, Shito-Ryu Karate, Judo, Aikido, Jutsu, Combat Kickboxing and ground fighting amongst others. Jamie is also a full instructor under Iain’s Bunkai-Jutsu System. Have a look at our website for more details.


www.goranpowell.com

Goran Powell is a martial arts writer and author of ‘Waking Dragons’. He holds the rank of 4th Dan in Goju Ryu and teaches and trains at Daigaku Karate Kai London. Check his website for details of forthcoming titles.


www.selbstverteidigung-kmoch.de

Self-defence and self-confidence for everyone. The aim is to help people saving their dignity, their health, their family and other people who need help. To turn people into "heroes" who stand by somebody in distress.


www.johnbrawn.com

John Brawn is Ireland's leading self defence and self protection instructor. His courses and his website have been featured on TV3, The Gerry Ryan Show, The Irish Times and on Channel 4. Almost every national daily and Sunday paper has covered John's work. John gives seminars and workshops in subjects from self defence and fitness to assertiveness and body language throughout Ireland and the UK. His work is highly recommended.


www.hardtargetselfdefence.com

Hard Target Self Defence Systems was founded by Aidan Carroll in 2005. The system is based on Aidan's real life experiences dealing with hostile people and situations. Aidan spent many years as a door supervisor in Dublin's night clubs and pubs. He combines these experiences with over 20 years of continuous training in various martial art and reality based systems. He provides regular classes throughout Ireland and delivers seminars and workshops worldwide.


www.nononsenseselfdefense.com

The website of Marc and Dianna McYoung. Superb website covering all aspects of no nonsense self-defence. Mr McYoung has extensive firsthand experience of what does and does not work for self-defence and his work is highly recommended.


www.fightingfit.gb.com

FFMA (fighting fit martial arts) is a striking martial arts system that provides students with practical self protection, fitness development and sense of well being. The system uses numerous pad drills, sparring and a combination of fitness and strength exercises to enhance the students overall capabilities, general health and confidence. Two of the key players behind FFMA are Tony Terranova and Alan McDonald. Iain has trained alongside both men and their approach is highly recommended.


www.goju-karate.co.uk

The website of Gavin Mulholland and the London branch of Daigaku Karate Kai.Gavin has travelled extensively throughout Asia; training in Japan , Thailand , Indonesia and China in a variety of martial arts. Gavin was awarded the rank of Godan in 2002 by the one time student of E'ichi Miyazato, Shihan Rick Woodhams of the Okinawan Martial Arts Association. Kyoshi Kim of the Sobo Bukai No Kai subsequently awarded Gavin the title of 'Shihan'. Gavin has made several TV and film appearances, published numerous articles on the Martial Arts, and is a regular instructor for Meido Ltd, a company specialising in Bodyguard, Close Protection and Door Supervisor courses throughout the UK.


www.tkentnelson.com

This is the official web site for Sensei / Guro T. Kent Nelson. Owner & head instructor of the Kai Shin Kan Dojo out of Lansing, MI. U.S.A. Nelson has over twenty years of experience in the martial arts, studying a multitude of disciplines from a wide range of cultures including Japanese & Okinawan, Thai, Indonesian, Filipino, Brazilian, Malaysian, Chinese, and Korean. He also studies very closely with those who tech the Military and Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics. Within the walls of his school he teaches his own personal approach to martial arts in an empty-hand system he calls "Kai-Shin" (Open Mind) and a weapon system he refers to as "Armas-Kali" (Weapon Hand Motion). A big believer in both traditional & modern forms training, Nelson's seminars have proved very popular.


www.lwcbooks.com

Loren Christensen is the prolific author of 31 books and hundreds of articles on the martial arts, self-defense, law enforcement, nutrition, prostitution, and post traumatic stress disorder. His book On Combat, which he co-authored with Lt .Col. Dave Grossman, is mandatory reading at the United States War College in Washington, DC. Loren began his martial arts training in 1965, earning 10 black belts over the years, 7 in karate, 2 in jujitsu, and 1 in arnis. He is a retired police officer with 29 years experience in military and civilian law enforcement, where he specialized in street gangs, defensive tactics, and dignitary protection. Loren's website has links to his books, videos, and a sampling of interesting articles.


www.westseattlekarate.com

Since 1993, West Seattle Karate Academy has been providing instruction in Gojo-Ryu Karate and the martial arts in the Seattle , WA area. Instructors at this club include Kris Wilder & Lawrence Kane: coauthors of the superb book "The Way of Kata". Kris Wilder is also the author of "Lessons from the Dojo Floor". (Xlibris 2003) He started practicing the martial arts at the age of fifteen. Over the years, he has earned black belt rankings in three styles, Goju-Ryu karate (4th dan), tae kwon do (2nd dan), and judo (1st dan), in which he has competed in senior national and international tournaments. Lawrence Kane is the author of "Martial Arts Instruction" (YMAA 2004) and Surviving Armed Assaults (YMAA 2006). Over the last 30 or so years, he has participated in a broad range of martial arts. He has also completed seminars in modern gun safety, marksmanship, handgun retention and knife combat techniques, and he has participated in slow-fire pistol and pin shooting competitions. Since 1985 Lawrence has supervised employees who provide security and oversee fan safety during college and professional football games at a Pac-10 stadium. This job has given him a unique opportunity to appreciate violence in a myriad of forms.


www.grovemartialarts.co.uk

We are a family run, non-profit making Karate club in Grove near Wantage, Oxfordshire. At Grove Martial Arts we teach traditional Goju Ryu Karate as the all-encompassing, practical, self-protection system it was originally designed to be. All techniques, principles and tactics are pressure tested through scenario training and realistic drills designed to teach the student how to cope with the stresses and realities of street confrontation. Great emphasis is placed on body conditioning and physical fitness but all training is tailored to the individual and is progressive. Train hard, fight easy!


www.d-a-r-t.org.uk

DART provides training in personal safety and confrontation management. DART is a physiology and psychology based training system designed to develop and enhance the necessary survival skills to negate, survive and escape violence. The DART training method is based upon combining practical fighting techniques with information gained from studies in physiology, psychology and violent crime. In addition to self protection courses DART is the home of Coach John Titchen's Heian Flow System method of training Karate bunkai and a resource for martial artists searching for articles on traditional and practical Karate training methods.


www.kenseiryu.wordpress.com

Kensei Ryu is a personal art in development. It emphasizes the aspect of Mushin no shin, and consists mainly of 2-partner core drills, stolen, developed and inspired by the Philippine, Chinese and Japanese traditional martial arts. Here you will find a brief overview of some of the branches which has inspired the collection of Kensei Ryu - also some of the worlds greatest personalities within the martial arts and the ones who have inspired the developer in the past, present and hopefully also will continue in the future.


www.mushinkarate.com

This website of Mushin Karate association and Eric Forsythe. They are a family orientated group who train in Wado Ryu karate, are dedicated to paragmatic and applied karate with emphasis on kata bunkai and self protection. Mushin Karate are proud members of the British Combat Association. I highly recommend Eric and Mushin Karate to all those wanting to experience the genuine nature of karate.


www.jun-gifts.com

The website of JUN Japanese Gifts & Souvenirs. On this great site you can find items that are uniquely Japanese and Oriental. From custom made hanko (name stamps), kimono, yukata, and folding fans to geta sandals and noren curtains. This Japanese gift shop has been designed in such a way that visitors to this site can not only shop for Japanese culture-related items but also get a glimpse of everyday life in Japan through their "Culture Pages". Don't forget to pick up your free gifts on your way out! Highly recommended.


www.fightingforms.net

"Fighting Forms" is the name of the book and website of Matthew Miller. Matthew has trained with me on a one-on-one basis numerous times and runs his own training sessions on kata application. To help his students internalise the applications he teaches for Kushanku (Kanku-Dai) Matthew developed a two-man drill which involves performing the entire kata - progressing from the start to the end - with a partner. The Fighting Forms book records this two man drill. On the website you can download free sample pages and read articles by Matthew.


www.eskk.co.uk

The Eikoku Satori Karate-Do Kyokai is a karate research group based on the edge of the Western Lake District, England. Their emphasis lies in the application of what they describe as 'Traditional Adaptable Karate' by seeking to uncover (in a pragmatic way) the functional aims of the art's original perceived intent and equating to the art's core principles and movements. Chris Denwood is the Chief Instructor of the E.S.K.K. The E.S.K.K attempts to help restore the malleability that the art originally held as a system to greatly improve self-protection skills, build a strong character and allow for greater personal expression. Iain regards Chris as one of the most thoughtful and analytical martial artists that he knows.


www.raynerslanetkd.com

The website of Rayners Lane Taekwon-do Academy and Stuart Anslow. Stuart and his school are well known in the martial arts (and Taekwon-do) world and this site features many videos, pictures and a wealth of unbiased information and articles on Taekwon-do and the art as it is meant to be. Stuart is also the author of "Ch'ang Hon Taekwon-do Hae Sul" and a "Combat Hall of Fame" awardee.


www.russellstutely.co.uk

Russell Stutely is a renowned authority on kata bunkai and the combative use of acupressure points in the martial arts. Russell is in constant demand on the seminar circuit, teaching his proven methods of combat and the correct use of pressure points in kata bunkai and street applicable self-defence. Russell has also been involved in teaching self-defence to UK police forces. Russell's no-nonsense approach to combat has been enthusiastically endorsed by such renowned martial artists as Peter Consterdine, Geoff Thompson and former boxing champion Herol 'Bomber' Graham. All those who want to understand kata, and all those interested in learning how to make pressure points work when it counts need to check out Russell's work.


www.clubbchimera.com

The website of Clubb Chimera Martial Arts and Jamie Chipperfield Clubb. Jamie has studied a wide variety of martial arts and his engaging and insightful writing is regularly featured in the UK 's leading martial arts magazines. Clubb Chimera Martial Arts covers practical modern self-defence before going onto exploring the various martial arts systems.


www.huddersfieldcobras.co.uk

The website of Huddersfield Cobras Freestyle Karate Club. The Cobras have been around since 1999. They are a small family club, and have produced many success stories around the Huddersfield and Holmfirth areas. The chief instructor of this group is Richard Hardy, who is a long time regular of Peter Consterdine's Thursday morning "Training Day" sessions. Iain and Richard regularly train together at these sessions and Iain highly recommends Richard to all those seeking martial instruction


www.carlowwadokai.com

Carlow Wadokai has been in existance since 1976. Sensei Keating has trained in the wado system since 1971 (Temple Karate Centre, Birmingham ), under Sensei's Sakagami, Takamizawa and P. Suzuki. Sensei Keating is known for his study and teaching of wado karate self defence and kata bunkai jutsu. His extensive knowledge is widely respected. He is also a registered Fitness Consultant and Instructor (NCEF). He produced Irelands first ever (and to date 'only') fitness/aerobics DVD in 2004, which has sold out on two occasions. He has worked in the security industry for over 15 years. His experience as a 'high risk' security officer in previous contracts, has brought much practical and logical information into his teaching and research of wado karate jutsu. He is a member of the International Bodyguard Association. When not working at classes he works as a doorman in the night club scene.


www.koryu-uchinadi.com

Patrick McCarthy is recognised world wide as one of the foremost authorities on the civil fighting traditions of Okinawa. At 7th Dan, Kyoshi, he is one of the highest-ranking Westerners in the Dai Nippon Butokukai, Japan’s prestigious traditional martial arts organisation. A well-known historical researcher, instructor, and former tournament champion, Mr McCarthy is also the author of many illuminating books.


www.bushido-kai.net

Tony Annesi, a martial artist since 1964, has earned dan-ranks in judo, aiki-ju-jutsu and karate. He is chief officer of Bushido-Kai Kenkyukai, an organisation dedicated to the development of traditional martial arts in the modern world. Shihan Annesi has produced a number of very interesting videos and books on kata and their application, aiki-ju-jutsu and sogo budo (integrated martial arts).


www.chojinkai.com

The website of the Chojinkai Karate Assocaition and its Chief Instructor, Sensei Doug James 7th Dan WKF. Sensei James started training in 1967 and is regarded as one of Britain 's Senior and Most Respected Professional Instructors. He is a former Senior World Referee with the WKF (The World Karate Federation) and a Board Director of the EKGB Ltd (The English Karate Governing Body).


www.bushi.org.uk

Bridgwater Bushi Karate Club has been in existence for over 23 years. They offer expert tuition in Karate and self defense. They have our own dojo that is complete with all the facilities required for safe and comfortable training. Their main focus is Wado Ryu Karate and Self Defense courses. Sensei Andrew Daly has been training for over twenty two years and has been lucky enough to train all over the world. He lived in mainland China for a year and trained in Kung Fu near Canton and a blend of Karate and Kung Fu in Hong Kong. He moved back to the UK in 1996 and trained for two years in Shotokan and Freestyle Karate in Yorkshire; this gave him a greater understanding of Karate, Kata Bunkai and Kumite. Iain Abernethy is a regular visitor to the dojo and highly recommends Andrew and his group.


www.shotokankaratedo.es

English: "shotokankaratedo.es is a Spanish website dedicated to study and research Shotokan Karate. It's author Víctor López Bondía is keen on both the practical and theoretical aspects of Karate, showing an special interest in its history and traditions. He also translates into Spanish many articles by renown teachers and writers, making interesting and useful information available to a Spanish audience. Iain Abernethy's name can be found among those authors. "

Spanish: "shotokankaratedo.es es una página web española dedicada al estudio e investigación del Karate Shotokan. Su autor, Víctor López Bondía, es entusiasta tanto de los aspectos prácticos como teóricos del Karate, mostrando un especial interés por su historia y tradiciones. También traduce al español muchos artículos de renombrados profesores y escritores, haciendo que información útil e interesante esté disponible para el público de habla hispana. El nombre de Iain Abernethy se encuentra entre dichos autores."


www.talkingcoms.net

Talking-Coms are the firm behind this website (all the good ideas are theirs!). I can't recommend them highly enough and endorse them without hesitation to anyone looking to set up a high quality website.