From Bullied to Black Belt; a true story by Simon Morrell. Review by Nick Engelen.
Nick says “I wish there were more books like this when I was between 12 and 18. It is knowing you aren’t alone.”
He goes on to review:
This is the autobiographic story of Simon Morrell, now a British high ranking martial artist and writer whose book, this book, is developed into a movie at the moment.
However as we will learn from the pages of this book Simon hasn’t always been this highly successful martial artist.
The book starts with a foreword by world famous martial artist and self-defense instructor Geoff Thompson followed by a prologue.
Then Simon’s story starts at the playground of a school where he gets bullied for the first time. The first chapters describe stories of Simon being tormented by some of the worst case bullying. It’s hard not to feel taken on an emotional journey reading this especially if you have been subjected to bullying yourself.
Then he finds salvation in the martial arts. However when depression and phobia’s kick in he has to fight another kind of bully. Reminding a bit of the rocky quote about nobody being able to hit as hard as life itself. The quote continues that it will knock you down and keep you there permanently if you let it. Simon however decided to not let life keep him down there and fought back.
This is where he found inspiration from Geoff Thompson’s books and connects to the man himself who gives him inspiration and help.
With this support of his wife and friends like Geoff he goes for his black belt.
This is followed by another story, another adventure and victory for Simon.
It’s the story of how a man who is struggling finds inspiration from discovering how his hero, the guy he looks up to very much went through the same thing. This is modern mythology where we read a story and the story provides an answer, or example to follow. This book should be read by everyone who is bullied, is coping with depression, phobia’s and fear. I hope this book will inspire others to take their own leap of faith like Geoff’s books Watch My Back inspired Simon!
To close of I would like to share a quote by the mythologist Joseph Campbell:
“Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have one before us, the labyrinth is fully known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a God; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.”
From Bullied to Black Belt is available here