Martial arts has been part of my life from a very early age. When other kids wanted to play baseball or basketball, all I ever wanted to do was throw punches and kicks. Since then, I had the pleasure of being exposed to several styles in different places; from different forms of Karate (mainly Shito Ryo), Aikido, Kendo, Boxing, Brazilian Jujitsu, Eskrima, and Martial Blade Concepts, to more serious and dedicated training in Hapkido and Krav Maga.
So when the time came for me to write a novel, a thriller no less, I knew Martial Arts would have center stage. Film is the best medium to showcase a fighting style; writing action is tricky. If you get too technical, it reads like stage direction, but I wanted to give the reader a similar thrill one gets from a film without bogging down the story. If I can fault "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," it is that the fight scenes were handled poorly; especially when they were showcasing the Keysi Fighting Method, a little known self-defense system that should have gotten a better cinematic debut. My challenge was to write fights that were technically sound, real and the reader could follow; all of this without slowing down the pace or going off on unnecessary tangents.
Eric blends traditional Jujitsu, Eskrima and Krav Maga making him a very versatile fighter. I also wanted to show a progression from traditional martial arts –which generally are our introduction as children –to more pragmatic systems. This gives the knowing reader a perspective to understand part of Eric's formatting years. It also mirrors the character's life: Jujitsu shows the discipline and balance in his early years. Eskrima could be analogous with the aggression and danger-seeking nature of a teenager. And Krav Maga shows the no frills approach in his adult life and former military career.
Needless to say, a lot of care went into my book's fight scenes and self-defense situations. I hope my readers enjoy them as much as I did writing them. Keep on running!