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Dennis Martin
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3 Nov 2008
One night in the early 70s, three young bouncers worked together at a Liverpool nightclub. Terry O'Neill went on to become the greatest karate expert Britain has ever produced, Gary Spiers was the deadliest streetfighter alive and Dennis Martin is now the country's leading expert on close protection and bodyguarding. This is the story of these three martial arts masters and how they transformed both the practice of personal combat and the security industry. It follows in vivid detail the dangerous, violent path they walked and the many characters they met on the way.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Milo Books (3 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903854792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903854792
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dennis Martin started training in Karate in 1965. In 1970 he started working with Terry O'Neill on the door of a Liverpool nightclub. In 1973 he went to Japan and Okinawa to train in Goju-ryu Karate for 6 months. On returning to England in October 73 he was asked to be a bodyguard at the Miss World Contest, specifically providing protection for Miss Israel. This led him to further training and work in the field of VIP Protection. He has worked as a team leader and operator on VIP protection tasks for several Royal families and Diplomatic entities. In 1985 he formed CQB Services, a training company, and offered the first ever commercial close-protection training course in the UK. Together with Lofty Wiseman, he trained bodyguards from Europe, Australia, USA and Africa.
Based on the methods taught to the bodyguards, he started teaching Close Quarter Battle [CQB] techniques to security, police and civilian personnel. For self-protection, rather than the traditional martial art of Karate, he developed an efficient, practical curriculum of Combatives based on his experience on Liverpool nightclub doors. According to Geoff Thompson "Dennis Martin is the most credible instructor of real self-defence in the world today"

His book "Working with Warriors" was published in 2008.

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'Dennis Martin is the most credible instructor of real self-defence in the world today.' --Geoff Thompson, author of 'Watch My Back'


'The story of three of the world's hardest streetfighters.' (Daily Sport)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 10 Dec 2008
This book was recommended to me by a friend and i am pleased i took his advice.
Being from Liverpool made it all the more interesting knowing that these real life storys happened in my home town.
The three men concerned,Dennis Martin,Gary Spiers and Terry O'Niel where definitely cut from a different cloth.They put all their hard work and training out there and pressure tested it,threw away what didnt work and was left with a potent force of self protection which evolves even today.

It is very honest in its opinion on martial arts ie,what works in real life and what is ineffective,thats not to say it is disrespectful to these martial arts,all mentioned are judged on merits and pitfalls.

For anyone who has read Geoff Thompsons work then you will really enjoy this book,(Geoff Thompson endorses this book).

Overall,this book is an empirical observation of real life situations by very experienced individuals.

Buy it today :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 26 Nov 2008
This book is truly excellent. It's well written, engaging, funny and describes brilliantly the physical apsects of the tales within!

The most eye opening thing is that all of the tales are true! A brilliant book about interesting and frightening situations experienced by people at the top of their game.

Dennis Martin is the british equivalent of Kelly McCann with similar experience and in my opinion, better skills!

This book is worth treble the cover price and is worth reading even up to the very last word, which will leave you laughing.

Well done and I can't wait for the next book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time 24 Nov 2008
Well it's about time that Dennis Martin wrote and book and the first does not disappoint. A nice bit of history one that I found hard to put down. There are some great stories of Dennis working with Terry O'Neil, Gary Spiers and Tommy Mac to mention just a few. Also interesting is the beginnings of Close Protection work outside of the Police and Military. Dennis Martin is certainly an accomplished person in the world of CP and security more so than a lot of Military and Police personal I know.

Looking forward to the next installment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Working with warriors 23 Feb 2014
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Brilliant book from and about obviously very experienced martial artists. I enjoyed every page of this, it was very well written with larger than life characters. Awesome read well done and respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Martin's Working with Warriors 18 Feb 2014
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An awesome read for all true martial artists, real martial arts by genuine practitioners. and having known one of them very well for many years I still stand in awe of the man!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 16 Feb 2014
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Nice to read a well written book by Dennis, I was always a huge admirer of Terry O'Neill from my early days and saw him at Crystal Palace in the 70s.
I'm proud of the scouse lineage, being one myself.
Many years afterwards in my career I have been surprised how that era is still talked about by the most surprising people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin, Spiers and O'Neil - karate legends 29 Jan 2014
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Not a seamless work by any means, a series of anecdotes about Dennis Martin, Gary Spiers and Terry O'Neil all famous in the world of karate and in their time equally famous for dealing with the worse of the worse on the doors of many clubs in Liverpool and the North. Not any easy read if you have not been in that sort of business and easy to decry them as men of violence and little more but I would recommend this book to any karate man who wants to do more than march up and down a dojo in a white suit. Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 11 Oct 2013
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Awesome read especially if you're from the area. Terry O'Neill still working doors in the wirral today. Always a gentleman
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots to enjoy in this book
As a martial artist of some 35 years, I have probably read many hundreds of books, most were forgetable at best. Once in a while I find a really good this one. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. HILTON
5.0 out of 5 stars HUGELY ENTERTAINING
I have just finished reading this book and found it hugely entertaining, great anecdotes throughout about Dennis Gary and Terry. Read more
Published 10 months ago by shodan777
1.0 out of 5 stars Snoooooze
I have to say this is the most boring book i have ever read, i can normally read a decent book in a few days, this has taken me over a month, as i struggle to pick it up and read... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anth
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
just get it you know you won't it. very good read. This man is the real deal. I attended a seminar Dennis did about 5yrs ago, he knows his stuff & is a true gent
Published 11 months ago by dragon
5.0 out of 5 stars good book!
Very interesting read, as a martial artist of 20 years I agree totally with all that's said about there being a 'big' difference between what works in the safety of the dojo, and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jason Millman
5.0 out of 5 stars Real World Experience
I found Dennis Martin's book to be an excellent insight into violence experienced in the real world. Read more
Published 14 months ago by I. Hasanie
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent In_Depth Read
These guys are (were) warriors! Almost unbelievable stories if not for the sincerity of the author. A throw back to the good ole days!!
Published 14 months ago by Nicholas Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is highly recommended to every combatives enthusiast,...
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