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My Name is Andrew Holland and I am the founder of The Self Defence  This blog represents my feelings and views around self protection and self defence training in today’s society.  However I am sure you want to know a bit more about me. I am 32 years of age and considered by many to be a leading authority on self defence. The reason for this is my unique background in martial arts.

As a childhood victim of bullying I became fascinated with martial arts and would buy every book I could get my hands on and even then make notes of the various fighting systems. Due a limited number of local clubs I decided to start training in boxing. I did this for a number of years however I still spent my time researching fighting arts as even then as an 11 year old I realised there was not one martial arts system that was complete. All had gaps in their systems which made learning a complete self defence system able to provide me with the skills to deal with all ranges of combat virtually impossible.

At aged 16 I entered a professional field that would see me face violence regularly. This made my martial arts training take on new meaning as I was facing real life violence from people who were very dangerous and often stronger and bigger than myself. As a result of my continued research I began to train in numerous other arts along with my boxing. These arts included but were not limited to Judo, Jiu Jitsu both traditional and  Brazilian, wrestling, submission grappling, Keysi Fighting Method, Russian Sambo, Vale Tudo and its modern day variation Mixed Martial Arts. My studies have seen me train with world Champions and Olympic medallists. I have trained with UFC fighters, boxing champions and experts in self defence.  This has seen me learn  and refine what works when faced with the threat of real life aggression.

I now hold a Judo black belt, have won various boxing and Judo events and have appeared on radio, Martial Arts Illustrated and have been an Inspector for the British Boxing Board of Control. In addition I am also a qualified fitness instructor.

I am now looking to share the knowledge I have attained via my website The Self Defence  and this blog. I have so many projects on the go at the moment which will come to the publics eye in summer 2012. However if you enjoy the blog please follow and also visit the site and sign up for the newsletter which I will be able to send you a lot of free information.

Take care

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