Having had John do a number of seminars for me I can say that he is thorough, considered and pragmatic in his approach, detailed in his explanations and also extremely knowledgeable on legal aspects of Self Defence training. I would recommend him to anyone.
If you want to make your Karate a practical tool for self defence then look no further. John has a wealth of knowledge on his subject, and is open and friendly in his approach and you will learn skills that will stand you in good stead should you ever need them (plus, it’s just plain good fun!).
Even as a Third Dan with long experience of Karate (Shotokan and Goju Ryu), plus Aikido and MMA, it was John’s books that fundamentally transformed my understanding of kata, karate and self-defence. Drilling the book series through, against habitual acts of violence, really gave me the insight to unlock the full genius of the katas; the multiplicity of applications and how to flow them together fluidly and dynamically. After 20+ years, it wasn’t until I put this series of books into practice and drilled them through that I really got it. Each book is about the cost of two karate lessons and I guarantee you that the insights gained in each will impact you much much more.
I have been training in Shotokan Karate for around 30 years and came across John after attending one of his scenario days (which I would highly recommend). Chatting with John after the scenario day I decided to try out one of his classes. Since the start of 2016 I’m at the High Wycombe dojo once a month making the 2hr round trip to train with John. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to make their karate work in modern day situations.
Excellent book, John’s methodical approach to Kata application is amazing. I can highly recommend this work to every Karateka that is searching for meaningful, useful and no nonsense info on subject of Bunkai.
This course (Simulation Day) is a must do for any serious student to park their ego and examine their skills and train under a true pressured environment.