Hatfield self-defence expert’s Hollywood ambitions

PUBLISHED: 09:45 08 October 2011

Colin Berry. Credit: Timeless Photography Studios

Colin Berry. Credit: Timeless Photography Studios

Timeless Photography Studios

A SELF-DEFENCE and personal instructor, whose clientele lists celebs Jamie and Louise Redknapp, is on the way to taking his unique armament methods to Hollywood.

Colin Berry launched his one-off self-protection system, Street Defence, as a business back in 2009.

The Hatfield man’s method blends a series of martial arts techniques and get-fit procedures to help average Joes learn potentially life-saving moves from choke escapes, hand gun disarming, knife and punch defending, ground attack survivals, dealing with surprise attacks and headlock escapes.

And now the former silver medal winner at the British Championship’s heavyweight sparring category is hoping to take his firm to the next level – the big screen.

He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that since starting up, the business has gone from strength to strength, but he is now in training to become a fight choreographer, as he aims to take his career to the next level.

"“Since starting training with Colin, not only do I feel a lot fitter and stronger, I feel that I am in the best shape of my life.” "

Jamie Redknapp

“I have watched and loved films all my life, particularly action movies,” he said.

“Along with my passion for martial arts, I have always been interested in the fight scenes and how they are put together.

“I will always analyse what is good and bad about fight scenes within films.

“Using my knowledge in martial arts and self defence I know that I can make a difference in fight scenes within the industry and create scenes that have never been seen before.”

Colin, who said he would like to work on films with the likes of Jason Statham, Jet Li and Jackie Chan, added: “The film training is intense and not only is it a matter of training in armed and unarmed combat, it is also learning how not to strike the opponent but make it look like you have.

“This can be a hard part of training as I am so used to striking in all the combat training I’ve done in the past – Krav Maga, Tae Kwon Do sparring etc.

“The training is done in small groups to full battle scenes but by the end of all the training [early next year] I hope to be up with the elite in this field of movie making.”

While in training, Colin is continuing with his personal sessions and says there is a growing interest to learn his methods and is looking at starting up boot camps across Hertfordshire.

“Ever since the riots the other month, I have been inundated with people wanting to learn self defence as people did start to feel very vulnerable when the attacks were moving closer to home,” he added.

“I am adding a lot of fitness work into my sessions as I feel you need to be fit to fight.

“If you can get away from an attack then do so.

“If you are not fit enough, you have to stand and fight. Therefore your chances of survival have dropped.”

For more information or to book a session with Colin, who screens every client/participant before allowing them to attend classes to make sure they are not joining up for the wrong reasons, call 07919 350290.

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