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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




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