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Iain talks to Peter Consterdine 9th dan!

In this podcast I talk to Peter Consterdine 9th dan! Peter is undoubtedly one on the most influential martial artists of the modern age. I can’t think of anyone who has done more for practical karate and practical self-protection than Peter.

Along with Geoff Thompson, Peter kick-started the “reality revolution” in the UK in the early 1990s and therefore provided the platform for people like myself to get our voices heard. Peter is also one of my most influential sensei and it was Peter who graded me to 6th dan.

Peter holds a 9th dan in karate. He was completed in both points karate (British team) and full contact (national champion). Peter has been a police trainer, a bodyguard, a trainer of bodyguards, a doorman, an expert witness in use of force cases, he has authored police training manuals, undergone military training, has successfully competed with firearms, and he runs a security company providing risk assessments and security all over the globe for many high-profile businesses and individuals. Peter is also the vice-president of the English Karate Federation.

I can’t think of anyone else who has such in-depth knowledge and experience across such a wide range of areas. This “big picture” vantage point gives Peter a unique voice when it comes to violence in all its guises.

In the podcast we talk about a wide range of subjects including working as a bouncer, pre-emption, kata bunkai, police training, the law, tradition vs progress, power generation, the formation of the BCA (and latterly the WCA), drawing concepts and methods from other systems, chaining techniques effectively, the importance of context, overcoming fear of consequence in self-protection, the dogma of styles, and loads more!

This is a very information heavy podcast that you’ll want to listen to many times.

All the best,


Peter Consterdine 9th dan
Iain Abernethy
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