My first steps into fiction with a horror short story

After more than ten years of writing non-fiction, I just published some fiction. It’s a short story titled “Deadly Sin #3” and is part of a series I’m calling “Horrible Endings. You can guess why…

If you like that genre, you can buy the book here.

Click the image to get the book.

Click the image to get the book.


For the long explanation, here’s a video with some background information. Watch out for the spoilers though:


And this is a video with some details about Deadly Sin #3. Again, spoilers!


To clearly answer the question that I’ve been asked repeatedly since this story went live:

Will I stop writing about martial arts and self-defense?

No, not at all.

I have three MA/SD books going right now and plans for many more. I only write fiction when I’m temporarily stuck with those books and when I need to occupy my mind with something totally different. Then I write some fiction and it helps me get back to the non-fiction with a clearer head.

Also, it’ fun. I enjoy it. I had so much fun writing those stories, it should be illegal.

So there it is. No worries, plenty more to come both in fiction as in non-fiction.

The newsletter is live

It took a lot longer than I wanted (life got in the way..), but my newsletter is finally live. If you want to sign up, scroll down this page and fill in the big-ass form with the “SIGN UP NOW!” button. You really can’t miss it… I’ll explain the freebie you get with it, along with what the newsletter is about, in a minute.

First, how to subscribe:

Just fill in your name and email address in the form and click the button.

One important thing: right after signing up, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link you have to click. Otherwise, you won’t get the newsletter.

This confirmation is necessary to avoid abuse by those with bad intentions.

newsletter freebie

Next, what’s the freebie you get?

I show you the two resources I use every day, both in my own training and with my clients.

The first one is something I created and fine-tuned over the last 20 years. The other is the perfect companion to it. Together, they help you make continuous progress in your training, regardless if it’s for martial arts, self-defense, combat sports or even firearms training. It works everywhere.

How’s that for a teaser?


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Contest winner: Combat Sanshou Tiger and Snake Video

Just a quick update to let you know who the winner from last month’s contest is:

Congratulations to Tomas Folke on winning the contest!

He just sent me this picture of receiving his prize, my latest instructional video, Combat Sanshou Tiger and Snake.

If you want to enter future contests, stay tuned and watch this space, like my page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. I always announce them all over the place, so you won’t miss it then.

combat sanshou, tiger and snake video

Congrats Tomas!




Reminder: self-defense seminar in the UK

Just a quick reminder about my self-defense seminar in Sheffield, UK next week.

If you hurry, you can still get the early booking discount by contacting Garry right away.

If you are curious about what we’ll cover, here’s more information.

Looking forward to it!

Facebook Contest Winner

Just a quick post to announce the winner of the Facebook contest I ran a while ago.

Congrats to Stuart O-Reilly from HX Taekwon-Do on winning my Fighter’s Guide to Hard-Core Heavy Bag Training book!

Here’s a pic of Stuart with his prize.

Contest winner

For those of you who don’t know this yet:

I regularly run giveaway contests both on my blog and on my Facebook Page. Usually, you just have to leave a comment to enter, so nothing too difficult there.

One caveat though:

I just got an email from somebody who was upset that they didn’t know about the contest, they hadn’t seen it on Facebook until it was too late. The reason this happens is simple: Facebook by default doesn’t show all my page updates in your “News Feed”.

They used to do this but recently, they changed the way it works. Now, only about 30% of the people who like a Facebook page (mine or anybody else’s) will see the updates in their News Feed. If I, as the page owner, want to make sure everybody sees that update, I have to “promote” it. Meaning: pay for it.

That’s a clever way of Facebook to make some cash for what used to be a free service. Given as they are now a publicly traded company, I get why they need to find new revenue streams. However, I’m not planning on paying for every update I make there. I’d be broke real fast…

So if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on these contests, check my Facebook page regularly.

If you hate Facebook, you can subscribe to my blog via RSS or enter your email address in the orange box in the right column to receive every blog post via email. That way you will never miss an update, contest or otherwise.

I hope this helps.

Good luck with the upcoming contests!