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Watch My Back: The Geoff Thompson Story Paperback – September 15, 2001

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"Lennie McLean had the brawn, Dave Courtney had the charm, but Geoff Thompson is in a class of his own... FHM; A brilliant insight! Reggie Kray; This man is very, very hard. Buy his book if you know what's good for you. Maxim; This is as real as it gets. Dave Courtney; The psycheouts, the stabbings, glassings, incidents involving the camaraderie of the door... Thompson's 300 fights - never losing, not once - are recorded in this excellent book. Loaded; A compelling insight into the world of bouncing, its problems and frequent brutalities, but also the complex psychology of those men who stand at the door. Arena"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers (September 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840241896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840241891
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Until the age of thirty Geoff Thompson had worked through a plethora of menial jobs, from glass collector to floor sweeper; he even spent a decade working as a nightclub bouncer.

Convinced that there must be more to life than this, Geoff decided to become a martial arts instructor (polled as the number one self defence instructor in the world by Black Belt magazine USA) then followed this by living out his dream of becoming a writer.

He is now the author of thirty-four books published in 15 languages, five multi-award-winning films (one BAFTA nominated, one BAFTA winning), three stage plays and hundreds of published articles.

Geoff's autobiography, Watch My Back, has been adapted into a major motion picture, Clubbed.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John on October 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is about Mr. Thompson's life as a bouncer in Britain. It is very interesting, and pretty humorous at times, as well. As they say, reality is weirder than fiction. I kept saying "oh my god", when I read this book. The book basically contains one story after another of real bar fights and confrontations that that author had. It provides both a window into the male psyche (or should I say "psycho") and also what works and what doesn't, in terms of de-escalation and actual combat. It provides an interesting look at modern British society, too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck on August 25, 2008
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Geoff Thompson is a martial arts expert. A 6th Dan at Karate and 1st Dan at Judo as well as studying many other styles. However buying this on the basis that you might learn something about martial arts would be a mistake.

The story basically covers his life as a doorman with small periods covered before and after these years. Its a violent true story and the tales he tells are compelling reading. Working in Coventry in the 1980's, he dealt with some of the nastiest hoods and nutcakes around. As a Doorman Thompsons main tactic was to initially try and sort the problem out without resorting to violence. However when it came to the crunch and a troublemaker had to be dealt with - "BANG" he would nail them with a knock-out punch (to the side of the jaw I guess) before they could do anything. Invariably one punch was enough, however sometimes if the mood took him he would roundhouse kick their head as they fell to the floor!

There is one particularly unpleasant incident, which Geoff Thompson was not involved in, that he recounts that I found hard to read. Partly this is because I knew he was describing something that was a true story. So if you are easily upset by descriptions of acts of violence this not a book to buy.

Geoff Thompson has gone on to write, appear on TV, and produce a huge amount of material on martial arts and the psychology of fighting and self-defence. Everything I have read of his so far has been of interest. You will probably only read this one once (I did in 3 days) but its well worth getting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Thompson on January 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an enormously compelling book. You have a series of exciting, brutal bar-room brawls. But if that were all this book offered it would go nowhere. Thompson weaves his story of being a bouncer in some of Britain's toughest pubs into a larger picture of martial arts, self-defense, and finally spirituality.

I was poised to enjoy this book as a practicing Buddhist and jiu-jitsu novice. But, I think there is a compelling immediacy to Geoff Thompson's voice that would draw in and captivate readers who are not spiritually inclined or even interested in martial arts. This is a story about a man who has entertained, trained, and questioned his own instincts, and put his revelations up against finding that reading human nature is the bigger battle than simply knowing combat techniques.

It's not a feel good story, but it's not a brutal pandering to bar-fight vouyeurs either. It's both and more. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danny E Atwater on May 31, 2013
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I like the down to earth and brutal reality of his writing depicting the writer's real life experiences as a bouncer in some of the toughest clubs in the UK. Not a job for the faint of heart. He gave some real practical advise on the art of fighting also. It could really come in handy some day and maybe save your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pekka Rajanen on February 26, 2013
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Geoff Thompson is a lively writer who can describe violent situations very precise but yet in readable form. I highly recoment for all who are intrested in psychology of violence.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ringo on August 17, 2013
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The book arrived from overseas quickly and I was quick to start reading it, it was nearly 600 pages long and I finished it in 3 days of spare time.
I must say that after reading this book I came to dislike Geoff Thompson and all Doormen/Bouncers in general. Apparently this guy needs a great deal of therapy to deal with his issues, he is arrogant and fearful, he deals with his fear by beating up drunks and young punks, he's had over 300 fights and never lost???? I don't believe that, but he brags about it often enough, like I said, his reputation was built on drunks and young punks, I bet your average UFC fighter could whoop his ass sideways.
I do admire the way he admits he is fearful before a fight and his knees shake, if you have ever been in a real fight you know he speaks the truth, other than that Freud would have a field day with this guy, knocking peoples teeth out for a living is not my idea of a real job.
A decent one time read if you have the time.
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