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Martial Arts

Masters of Martial Arts – Kevin Pell


Why did you start martial arts?
My father who was at the time a serving police officer and an active member of the police Judo club took me to my first Judo club at the age of 8 as a possible outlet for my excess energy and disruptive behaviour.

What do you think is the greatest benefit they offer?

Discipline, Health and fitness, social understanding and of course the self defence element.

What is your greatest achievement?

My induction in October 2001 to combat magazine’s Black Belt Hall of Fame

Can martial arts be a guiding light for society?

Yes, most definitely in many respects. In particular, giving people a sense of direction, confidence and responsibility.

What’s your favourite technique?

This is a difficult one as I have many, but I guess any pistol or knife disarm technique.

What’s your favourite pattern?
Once again, this is a difficult one as I have never personally liked or subscribed to patterns within the martial arts.

What’s the funniest moment you can think of?

Watching two of my senior students, whilst attempting their Dan grade, falling through a set of fire doors into the street during a particularly lively bout of milling.

What’s the worst injury you’ve suffered?

Broken ribs and the inevitable dislodged tooth.

Where would you like to see martial arts in 25 years?

I would like to see the martial arts receiving considerably more television coverage and many of our very talented instructors in this country receiving just recognition for their skill, coaching ability and dedication to their chosen art.

How would you like to be remembered?

Once again, this is a very difficult one, but I guess I would like to be remembered most as someone who did everything humanly possible to remove the political cancer from within his own international organisation in an effort to encourage others to follow suit.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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