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.
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.