News

Craig's the dan for martial arts

Craig Larsen of Warlord Martial Arts and Self Defense – achieved probationary 7th dan in Zen do Kao Freestyle.
Craig Larsen of Warlord Martial Arts and Self Defense – achieved probationary 7th dan in Zen do Kao Freestyle. Adam Hourigan

FOR CRAIG Larsen the Bruce Lee-inspired karate phase of the '70s was much more than just a fad.

It inspired Craig to take up martial arts, a move that has in many ways defined his life.

Today Craig said he can't imagine life without it.

"For me training is as much a part of my life as breathing," he said.

Craig's journey into the world of martial arts really took off when he met the founder of the Zen Do Kai discipline and martial arts ledgend, Bob Jones. In the '70s, Craig decided to live and work with Bob full time.

The training he gained over a number of years made him one of the country's most prized security personnel and best martial artists.

Working as a body guard for celebrities including Michael Hutchence, David Copperfield and Jimmy Barnes, Craig has travelled the world.

"Taking up martial arts is the best decision I have ever made," Craig said.

"I wouldn't have been the places I've been or done the things I've done if it weren't for martial arts."

However life on the road could not continue forever and Craig's two young children eventually drew him back to Grafton.

These days for Craig martial arts is as much about being able to pass on what he knows both to his students and children as it is about improving and staying in shape.

On the wall of Craig's Do Jo (place of learning) in Villiers Street a sign reads: "Brothers and sisters by choice, not chance".

"It's not just about learning to defend yourself and walk down the street feeling safe and confident.

"It's also not easy; you have to be dedicated but.

"From discipline, to the strong bonds you form with the people that you sweat with."

 

Stats

Height: 6 ft 3 inches

Weight: 94kg

Years of martial arts training: 31

Highest number of planks punched through: "Why bother, as B. Lee said; boards don't punch back."

Topics:  martial arts




Forman's work with Whiddon Group recognised

HONOUR: Karen, Gabriella and Frances Forman in the new wing of The Whiddon Group's Grafton facility, named after Graham Forman for his work and commitment to The Whiddon Group's Grafton aged care home.

Community work was no sacrifice for Graham Forman

Daffodil Day work emergency puts Kylie in charge

FAMILY VALUES: Kylie Cameron and her mum and dad, Karen and John Cameron, at the Daffodil Day stall at Bunnings, South Grafton, on Friday.

Family bands together to keep Daffodil Day booth going.

Defiant Gulaptis dumped after speaking out on greyhound ban

Chris Gulaptis  Photo Contributed

Gulaptis dumped for speaking out on greyhounds

Latest deals and offers

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

John Krasinski has better sex now he's in good shape

John Krasinski says there's at least one good reason to get jacked

Kanye West gets 'free reign' at VMAs

Kanye West has been let off the leash for the VMAs

Robbie Williams sings at manager's funeral

Robbie Williams and Lamar sang at the funeral of their manager

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

Kate McKinnon 'destitute' before SNL

Kate McKinnon says she can't do anything but act

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m