Former Legionnaire Now World Class Martial Artist

May 03, 2016, 07:51 AM

A former Legionnaire is now one of the UK's top martial arts instructors.

Norman Smithers holds a 15th dan in the Bujinkan - a system that dates back over 900 years to feudal times in the far east.

The ex-infantryman tells Chris Kaye about the grueling training in the Legion, how eating snails was a catalyst for joining the French military unit, and the unique weapons he studies in his ancient Japanese art.

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