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Eddie Quinn – A Life Changing Attack, Martial Arts And The Approach (#46)

How martial arts can change your life with Eddie Quinn!

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Introduction to guest:

After a brutal stabbing at the age of 18, that nearly took his life, Eddie Quinn found martial arts.

Now, with 35 years of martial arts experience, Eddie is an internationally renowned self defence specialist teaching his award winning self defence system, “The Approach,” which he has taught to everyone from law enforcement officers, security professionals and military personnel to businesspeople, martial artists, and children.

In this podcast we get into how Eddie bounced back from his life changing experience, principles behind “The Approach” system and his wisdom from 35 years training.

Contacting Eddie:


Facebook: @Eddie Quinn

Instagram: @eddie_quinn

Key quotes and takeaways from the show:

“Martial arts was the vehicle to rebuild me.”

“A smile goes a long way as a teacher.”

Self perfection or self preservation?

Take action!

“Attack the attack. Even the word ‘defend’ sounds passive.”

When defending yourself, you will use gross motor skills.

There are 3 fights in every encounter!

Educate, Entertain, Inspire.

“The legs are the first thing to go on a horse!”

“May every day be a happy one.”

Question of the day:

“What are the key lessons you’ve learned in your life and are there any principles you live by?”

Questions from listeners:

I got my son into martial arts for exactly the reasons you are talking about in your experience – being attacked. I was concerned with all the knife crime, etc. we read about now I didn’t want him out without being able to look after himself. He got to brown with half his black and walked away through a bad experience with his trainer just 3 months from his black belt grading. He’s now 13 but I can’t seem to get him back into it so do you have any advice to talk him around or do I just give it time?

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Related episode:

If you are interested in martial arts you will love our related podcast with Mikey Wright, who coincidentally shares the same teacher as Eddie.

We delve deeper into different martial arts during that podcast as well as how to strike hard.

It’s a podcast that perfectly supplements our discussion with Eddie.

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Show notes:

  • 00:34 – Eddie failing “Sober October.”
  • 01:44 – Eddie’s story and how times were different in the 1980’s.
  • 05:06 – Martial arts as a form of mental and physical rehab.
  • 07:37 – Eddie’s vivid recollection of his attackers and the event.
  • 10:15 – Eddie’s second chance and his perspective following the attack.
  • 14:38 – Martial arts as a male role-model in Eddie’s life.
  • 15:18 – Would Eddie approach the incident any differently now?
  • 18:08 – The best things that have ever happened to Eddie.
  • 19:37 – Eddie’s martial arts career and how it saved his life.
  • 23:57 – Eddie’s biggest regret.
  • 26:24 – Eddie’s fascination with training different martial arts.
  • 29:54 – Eddie’s fear of knives and facing his fears.
  • 34:14 – Why did Eddie become interested in Silat?
  • 38:32 – What training in Thailand is like.
  • 41:25 – What Muay Thai gives you as a martial art.
  • 42:09 – What a usual training day in Thailand looks like.
  • 43:15 – Identifying your reason for training.
  • 44:09 – Stories of Rick Young and Geoff Thompson training.
  • 48:30 – Eddie’s drive to become the ultimate martial artist.
  • 51:30 – How The Eddie Quinn Approach was established.
  • 57:03 – The principles behind The Eddie Quinn Approach.
  • 57:56 – The major benefits of The Approach.
  • 01:00:21 – Attacking the attack.
  • 01:02:24 – How Eddie teaches The Approach.
  • 01:05:03 – Would Eddie promote pre-emptive striking if in danger?
  • 01:08:25 – The 3 fights of a confrontation.
  • 01:10:03 – Who Eddie has taught over the years.
  • 01:13:12 – Being humble enough to take advice.
  • 01:13:52 – Why Eddie got into teaching martial arts.
  • 01:16:32 – Eddies thoughts on what makes a good teacher/coach.
  • 01:17:32 – What a normal day/week looks like for Eddie.
  • 01:20:14 – Two pieces of advice from the world’s best martial artist.
  • 01:21:17 – Eddie’s advice on making your martial arts career last longer (longevity of training).
  • 01:24:20 – Key lessons Eddie has learned in his life and principles that he lives by.
  • 01:25:27 – Eddies recommended resources.
  • 01:28:32 – Gaz and Eddie reminiscing on old combat and martial arts magazines.
  • 01:29:57 – Whether or not you should push your child into martial arts after a bad experience.
  • 01:32:09 – Eddies final words and where to find him.
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