Author Paul Wellard has been involved in fighting for most of his life. Growing up in a northern sea port renowned for tough dockers he soon learned to defend himself in a variety of street wise ways. However, after sailing rather close to the authorities one time too many he decided to clean up his act by joining the services. Unfortunately all the army did was to make him even more effective at damaging people and instil in him an urge to travel. He left after a short while to fulfil some of his other ambitions.
Since then Paul has travelled extensively in the Orient, where his initial interest in the Martial Arts was developed and the Arab world where his knife fighting techniques were honed. He learned to knife throw with the Berber Tribesmen although he would never advocate parting with a good weapon in a real fight.
In addition to being one of Europe's top night-dub 'bouncers' Paul teaches self-defence and writes extensively and realistically on the subject under the heading of "Self-Defence for Real People". Paul realises that many self-defence courses lull their participants into a false sense of security by teaching defence methods which are not practical. He has taken the best of street fighting and the more usable sections from the arts to create his own brand of street fighting. For attack or defence it is suitable for smaller framed people. This book aims to separate fighting facts from fighting fantasy. It starts from the standpoint of the novice and leads you step by step towards advanced level defence.
I recall that when I first met Paul he was a scoundrel. It was obvious from his physique that he was a fighter, albeit a small one. Time, however, has tempered both of us and brought with it new concepts.
Some years ago when Paul first approached me with his idea of practical street defence, I was interested. Although more involved in teaching the purer Arts I did realise that these were only really available to the devoted disciple.
Although Paul's ideas seemed to almost clash with the purity of my craft they did appeal to the humanist in me. Over the years Paul has taught these defences to hundreds of students of all ages, sexes and disabilities. The system has been tested and proven.
It was Paul's idea to write this book and now I am glad it has been produced. From his years of study he has produced a manual which takes you from a novice non puncher to being able to defend yourself. The world is becoming a more violent place and you should know your rights and how to defend yourself
I send you my best wishes
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