‘One-Eyed Baz’ is the life story to date of Barrington Patterson that has received critical acclaim. After an accident when he was six, he was blinded in one eye. This did not stop Barrington going on to do what he wanted to in life. He doesn’t regard it as a disability that holds him back. He’s colourful larger than life character and a top martial artist who has fought on the world stage against world champions and won world belts.
The world according to Mick is different. He sees things in a different way, as a more humorous, valued place and this eloquent individual has a unique way of explaining his perception and perspective.
Interviewing Mick is quite hard for me as the rules in the interviewing guide say I shouldn’t bring personal bias into it. But that’s difficult when I’ve known the fella since we both had hair. That’s a long time ago. What you can hear in our conversation is two mates talking about martial arts, the good the bad and the ugly in the world and his recent appearance on TV game show, ‘The Chaser.’ Not forgetting how he won a British BJJ title in 2013. We chatted on both days of the TMAX show and both conversations are here. If you enjoy this interview half as much as I did doing it, you’re in for a real treat.
Steve Rowe is head of “Shikon Martial Arts” based in Chattam, Kent. Well versed in Wado ryu Karate, Iaido ( Japanese sword ) and a practitioner of Yang family Tai Chi. With over 40 years of Martial arts under his belt, he is one of the most influential Western martial artists in Europe.
Six years ago he had a double knee replacement that injured his legs, a further 14 surgeries, it’s now 20 months since attempted and failed rebuilds to connect the 6 severed and atrophied quadriceps muscles in his legs and tying the kneecaps in place, 10 months since they identified MRSA infection that nearly killed him Continue reading…
“Don’t be bound by anything, the truth is always outside any fixed patterns.” Martial arts legend, Tim Tackett’s final words to me resounded not just for the field of martial arts but also for a whole worldview.
Tim has had 3 love affairs in his life. His wife who he met after High School, his love of teaching Drama and as a world renowned martial arts teacher. Continue reading…