Saturday, April 04, 2009

Terrence Bridgeman and Colin Pestell - SAVATE masters from Australia

Terrence Bridgeman

Inducted into the A.M.A.H.O.F.(Inc) for 2003

Inducted into the W.K.U.H.O.F. for 2003 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – SAVATE
Terence Bridgeman was born and educated in Perth, Western Australia. He is a widower with an adult daughter Janel and a son Nigel who is also an expert in Savate. He enjoys discussing the martial arts and is an avid cyclist.
He commenced teaching in 1969 and is world renown for his knowledge and skills in Savate and its associated disciplines. He has taught a large cross section of society from the disabled to counter terrorist professionals. The ‘Federation Francaise de Savate Boxe Francaise’ recognises that he is one of an elite specialised few who is able to instruct Savate as a holistic discipline.
Introduced into Chausson/Savate as a personal combat discipline he has investigated and assessed the methods of some of the great 20th century masters whose lineage dates back to the 19th century. From these varied experiences he has evaluated and integrated a multifaceted modular syllabus comprising elements of classical and contemporary Chausson, Savate and associated weaponry.
Apart from operating his own school and formulating anti rape courses for women he had conducted classes for the YMCA for 13 years and the University of WA for 12 years. He has organised and/or has been involved in a large number of demonstrations and seminars in Australia and overseas.
Over the years he has been in many newspaper articles, telethon and several television current affairs shows. He has written numerous articles that have been published in Martial Art magazines in Australia, New Zealand and with notations in a number of articles around the world.
In 2002 the ‘Federation Francaise de Savate Boxe Francaise’ invited him and his top instructors Colin Pestell, Roland Armarego and Nigel Bridgeman to a fully funded visit to Paris. They were given access to all the top training facilities. They attended special seminars by the ‘Comite National Canne de Combat et Baton’, ‘INSEP’- the French Institute of Sport, Savate Defence, RAID a semi-secret training facility for an elite Police anti-terrorist unit and met several legendary Savate masters.
This broad exposure helped reinforce the value of the Bridgeman syllabus for its historical content and present day applications. ‘Bridgeman Savate’ has now established itself as an exclusive group in this specialised multifaceted field.

Colin Pestell

Inducted into the A.M.A.H.O.F.(Inc) for 2003

Inducted into the W.K.U.H.O.F. for 2003

Colin Pestell was born in Perth Western Australia. After completing his schooling he went on to graduate from the University of WA with a Bachelor Degree in Human Movement and Anatomy and a Diploma in Education. Since then Colin has worked for the Education Department as a Physical Education and Language specialist.
He spent several years working in conjunction with Children’s Hospitals with children who suffered from severe emotional, psychological and social problems. Colin now works with disabled students across several sites and has a particular focus on boys who are experiencing difficulties in school.
Colin commenced his Savate training under the eminent Terence Bridgeman in 1986.
Quickly impressed by the arts holistic nature and combat effectiveness he has began a life long commitment to Savate. His martial arts career has progressed from student to instructor, filled with both hard work and enjoyment and provided him with great satisfaction and opportunities to meet many exceptional people.
In 1987 Colin was the founding president of the University of Western Australia’s Savate club, which has provided many great students. His training under tutelage of Mr Bridgeman has continued and has acquired friends in many different combat styles. Colin’s role as an assistant instructor expanded when in 1997 he took over the majority of the teaching responsibilities of the Bridgeman Savate club in Perth Western Australia. He still enjoys a busy training schedule, running classes at UWA and at Wesley College.
In 2000 the Perth based Savateurs formed the Bridgeman Savate Association, with the aim of promoting and developing the Bridgeman syllabus in Australia and internationally. Colin gladly accepted a role on the management committee as Secretary and has assisted the group establish itself as an exclusive and elite group in this specialised multi-faceted field.
Colin has been able to combine his love of Savate with travel and has trained throughout Australia, North America, England, France, Holland, Portugal, Spain and North Africa. After a highly successful visit to Australia by high-ranking members of the ‘Federation Francaise Savate de Boxe Francaise’ his international training was highlighted by a fully funded invitation to visit Paris.
In February 2002 Colin was a part of a four-man delegation consisting of Roland Annarego, Nigel Bridgeman and Terence Bridgeman promoting the personal combat and weaponry disciplines of Savate. The ‘Federation Francaise Savate de Boxe Francaise’ gave the Australians generous access and exposure to Savate. The delegation freely exchanged ideas and visions for the future with their French counterparts and Colin returned to Australia with an increased respect for the history and content of his art.
Colin lives and works in Perth with his longterm partner Lindsey-Marie. They both enjoy an active lifestyle, with frequent visits to England and Europe. Savate has become a constant in his life and he looks forward to continuing his passion into graceful old age!

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