I've read this whole thread with a smile on my face, as I am one of his so called (former) disciples. I trained every week with Terry in Wanstead, East London, for a number of years. he taught me jujitsu and karate. I respect the man and what he teaches. I may not be a Judan or a master, with the knowledge that some of you have, but I've trained in many different MAs with more instructors than I can ever remember and he is the best I have ever trained with. Including the late, great Vernon Bell. Who incidentally hurt me much more than Terry ever did. Make no mistake about it, his sessions are not for the feint hearted and after a few hours on the mat with him. You will without doubt think of him as a complete *******. He does not teach sport or nice pat pat techniques. What he teaches is koryu and it hurts more than you could ever imagine. However, in all the years I trained with him (and Len Davies) the worst injuries we had in the dojo were a couple of dislocated shoulders. Yes Terry goes in hard and he hurts you, while smiling and repeating his demonic 'no pain no gain' catchphrase. But although the pain is debilitating while he is applying whatever technique he is demonstrating, he vary rarely causes injury. That is because he doesn't go big on atemi. If he does employ an atemi into the technique, it's almost always used as a 'weakener' to obtain a position where a technique can be applied. What he teaches is an aki-jitsu based, daito-ryu syllabus. There are lots of locks, pinches and nerve holds. The reason why it hurts so much is that he will grab a handful of nerve endings and manipulate them. The result of his manipulations is a temporary switching off of the brain. How is this done, by a massive sensory overload, due to the pain. However, this is short lived and all you have to show for a level of pain that no smashed nose, broken jaw etc could ever come close to producing, is a little bruise on your bicep, inner arm, between your toes, on your neck etc. The funny thing for me, is that I watch Terry's youtube videos and think to myself, that looks fake. However, unless you have been his uke, you cannot appreciate how painful his techniques are. It may look to those who have never trained with him, that the uke is putting it on, but the reality is that when he gets his hands on you, all you want to do is scream. It's not put on and it's not fake. You have to experience it to believe it. Take it from me, at 6 -2 and over 20 stones, with a very high pain threshold, I was one of his favourite ukes (I don't suppose I helped my cause, as a teenager, by referring to myself as 'The Guvnor' in the dojo). We'd be in a class with say 100 people and he's look around for me. Lol, I used to hide but was always happy to be his uke, as the guy is a master (think of it like this. If you play tennis and Roger Federer needed a partner to have a hit with, you'd jump at the chance). I once got fed up of him demonstrating long hair techniques on me, so I had my hair cut into a number 1 skinhead. The next session, I came in, he called me up and demonstrated the same techniques, using my ears as leverage, instead of my hair. What you guys who have not trained with him, week in week out, don't get, is that he is a very professional and sensible instructor. I still have the book (anatomy and physiology by Ross & Wilson) that he requested all of his regular students buy. We used to study physiology with him, as he said you cannot hurt the body if you don't know what it's strengths and weaknesses are. He didn't just teach us how to hurt (let's be honest, that's why all of us do martial arts. As we can't learn self defence unless what we have learned, hurts our assailant), he also taught us how to repair the human body. Many a time in the dojo, he used his wealth of experience to revive a downed man, injured by his training partner. Whether that be from a kick in the balls, a punch on the jaw, winded opponent. Realigning dislocated shoulders etc. Another favourite saying of his is 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness'. What this meant is that if you came into the dojo in a dirty gi. You wouldn't be allowed to train. Not would you if you stank or had B O. He respected all of his students and fostered an atmosphere where fellow students respected each other as well. At the end of each session, he'd also take us through meditation, during which, he would often explain that although a technique we'd been practicing could potentially leave a man in a wheelchair or kill him. We should consider our actions. He'd ask us how we'd feel if we paralysed a man who had attacked us. How would we feel if our actions lead to a family break up. A child forced into care, as the man couldn't work. This is the side of him you don't see on the videos. You see a bully, whereas I remember an instructor who told us the best form of self defence, is to run from trouble as fast as you can. Only using what he had taught us, as a last resort. This is the man these youtube videos don't show. Trust me. In all the years I trained with him. He never maliciously knocked a man out. He may have gone in harder on the senior grades but that's to be expected and I guess it's true of all dojos worldwide. He would never punch a low grade student but he would walk up behind you and apply a nerve point while you were drilling with your partner. You'd spin around and have the raging bollock ache with him. But after a while, you develop a second sense to your surroundings and not focus 100% on the person you're grappling with. One day he told us that's why he does it. Saying it's no good beating a man if his mate can walk up behind you and attack you. His constant prods and pinches were designed to make you be aware of your surroundings. Something that I have never forgotten. However, without the awful pain from his pinches etc, I would have never remembered this lesson. You may not believe what you see on youtube. And those of you who have never met him, may not respect him, after hearing people talk about him. However, for your own development. Just attend one of his seminars or training sessions. Meet the man. See how he trains and find out a bit more about him. Notwithstanding his undoubted knowledge and ability. I can almost guarantee that after a few sessions, you'll wonder where the bullying comments came from. Terry is many things (good and bad) but he is not vindictive, nor is he a bully.