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The Fence by Geoff Thompson a review

Updated on February 17, 2012

A Review of The Fence by Geoff Thompson

Published by Summersdale

ISBN 1840240849

I am a 1st Dan Black Belt in Kick boxing and am a fully qualified instructor and both train and assist the British Karate and Kickboxing association run by Dave Cartawick and also the British Combat Academy run by Peter Lakin, a long time student of Peter Consterdine, I have trained in kickboxing since 1999 and have also cross trained in various other styles mainly mixed martial arts, karate and Ju-jitsu.


The Author

Geoff Thompson is a well-known writer and martial artist he has written a wealth of books, instructional DVD’s screen plays and had his book Watch My Back turned into a feature film Clubbed. 

He holds an ABA boxing instructor certificate and high level coaching awards for wrestling.  He is also a 1st Dan in Judo, and 6th Dan in Shotokan Karate.  Geoff is also Co-Chief instructor of the British Combat Association




User friendly and with well named chapters this book runs through the fence and its applications.

The fact that in an encounter you have exhausted other options (talking your way out, running for it etc) and it looks very likely to get physical leads to.

Premise, the first chapter

Partly psychological Geoff goes into how to disengage your attacker with a question and also use this as a trigger for action.

Action trigger Brain Engagement chapter two.

The Knock Out the name speaks for itself.

All different styles of using and attacking off the fence giving the reader plenty of scope to choose one suitable for themselves, as detailed in the next few chapters

Attacking off the Fence

The Mr R method

The Mr H Method

The Mr G method

The Thompson Method

The Mr Briggs method

The Mr T Method

The Mr Anderson Method

Kicking off the fence

Choking off the Fence


My Opinion

An excellent book and one of the only ones of its kind to go into detail about the technique Geoff calls the fence, although Geoff didnt invent it he certainly created plenty of interest in it. As a concept in self-defence the fence must rank quite highly as one of the better tools, Geoff’s description of the technique is excellent as are the descriptions of some of the other techniques used in conjunction such as action triggers and brain engagement. There are also a number of variations so the readers can adopt a fence more suitable for themselves. All in all an excellent book and I would recommend it as a must have for anyone serious about self protection

Marks out 9 of 10





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