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Paul O'Brien

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Registration date : 2007-10-29

PostSubject: Looking forward to getting to know you.   Thu 29 Nov 2007, 21:17

Hi Everyone,

John and Dennis invited me to join the forum when I had the pleasure of attending their fantastic seminar in Ireland a few months back. Looking forward to making some contributions on the site and I thought Iíd give a bit of background as to who I am and where Iím coming from.

My name is Paul, aged 26 and Iím a reality based practitioner, but it didnít start that way. Usual story of how I got into the martial arts Ė small kid, read books and was able to form my own opinions, so I was a natural target for bullies, and of course I wanted to learn self defense. So I took started to study Shotokan Karate. I even took a year out of school to train full time.

Trained in Shotokan for 15 years and several others arts including; Kobudo and Nunchaku-do for 10 years, Aikido for 3, Jujitsu, Kendo, and Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu for about 2 years. I've trained briefly in a number of other styles as well, though not for long enough to be worth listing. The martial arts taught me everything, how to stand, how to walk tall, how to be confident and to stand up for what I believed, however Ė it didnít teach me self defense.

I discovered this in an unfortunate evening where I was attacked by a knife, and in another incident involving a firearm. 15 years of karate and I didnít have clue what to do Ė I really hadnít seen violence since a school yard, and the reality of the streets was a very far cry from the Dojo.

Luckily I survived those ordeals, but it did hammer home that all my martial arts training had perhaps left me worse off than knowing nothing of martial arts training. So I started researching the methods of combat used by people who actually had to fight for a living, military, police forces, doormen and security teams etc.

I found these guys werenít using complicated moves or combinations like I had trained in. They used simple straight to the point effectiveness. They used the techniques taught by Dennis Martin, Lee Morrison, John Brawn, Richard Demitri and Jim Wagner and others.

So for the last 5 years or so Iíve spent my time training in Combative systems, and trained with many of the best instructors. Iím currently a Level 3 instructor under Jim Wagner teaching Reality Based Personal Protection.

Other than Reality Based Self Defense, I work as a fitness instructor and developed Boru Fitness Personal Training and Iíve also recently established my own private medical practice, specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, though Iím also qualified as a Western Clinical Medic.

I look forward to getting to know all of you and learn about what makes you tick and what works for you, and perhaps jump in every now and then with some of the things Iíve discovered and what has worked for me.

- Paul.
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Registration date : 2007-06-27

PostSubject: Re: Looking forward to getting to know you.   Thu 29 Nov 2007, 22:35

Welcome Paul
It was great meeting you at the seminar at John Brawn's place.
Looking forward to your posts

Check Six,
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