A Solihull martial arts instructor who was left for dead after suffering a brutal stabbing attack has made a worldwide career out of teaching other people how to defend themselves.
Eddie Quinn was stabbed multiple times in the attack by a gang of thugs who turned on him after he intervened to help someone he spotted being mugged 30 years ago.
After recovering from the stabbing, which left him covered with scars, Eddie decided to learn martial arts.
He now runs a successful self-defence business called The Approach, which has received national and international acclaim.
Eddie said: “I made my mind up it was never going to happen to me again. I have been a martial arts enthusiast ever since.
“Bullies are cowards, and if they think, or discover, that someone is capable of looking after themselves, then they are far less likely to push their luck.
“I teach people the essentials in a simple and easy-to-learn way that is easy to retain.”
Eddie is regularly invited overseas to train up instructors to pass on the methods of The Approach, which he devised after years studying and practising a variety of martial arts and self defence techniques.
Solihull has become a regular destination for people eager for Eddie to teach them his methods. The latest visitors to the West Midlands, last weekend, included eager students from all over Europe – including a senior police officer from Norway, and a representative of a security company in Poland.
“It’s incredibly satisfying and flattering that people from so many countries around the world want to learn the methods of The Approach,” said Eddie, who has been running self defence courses in Solihull for 20 years. “It’s lovely to travel abroad and spread the word, but it’s just as exciting to welcome visitors to my home town.”
Eddie’s self defence courses, for ages four and over, run throughout Solihull. Contact him on 07702307822 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org