Some of you might have heard this already, but Tim Larkin was blocked from going to England last week. Different sources have different takes on what and why it all happened, but this comes from the Daily Telegraph, which is an U.K. publication.
US self-defence guru Tim Larkin barred from Britain
Tim Larkin, a US self-defence instructor who teaches pupils to “inflict crippling pain from injury to easily damaged body parts” has been barred from Britain where he was due to give seminars in areas hit by last year’s riots.
Tim Larkin, who runs Target Focus Training and has been accused of promoting vigilantism, was turned back at the airport in Las Vegas on Tuesday with notice that he had been denied entry by British interior minister Theresa May.
He had been due to speak at the Martial Arts Show in Birmingham and give classes in areas including Tottenham in north London, where a rioting and looting broke out last August.
Mr. Larkin’s website says the core of Target Focus’ philosophy is that “violence is rarely the answer, but when it is, it’s the only answer”.
It claims he has been teaching “elite military and law enforcement agencies in 58 countries” for 20 years.
In a statement, the Home Office said: “We can confirm that the individual in question is subject to an exclusion order.
“The Home Secretary will seek to exclude an individual if she considers that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.”
Mr. Larkin, told the BBC: “I think it’s a gross overreaction, especially with some of the people that are allowed to come in and out of the UK.”
He blamed his exclusion on negative press coverage and his call for changes to British law on self-defence, saying people were reluctant to fight back against criminals because “they’re afraid of being prosecuted”.
“You have an awful lot of self-defence being taught there that gives no instruction on trauma to the human body,” he added.
Police have arrested more than 4,000 people and charged more than 2,500 over the explosion of unrest in English cities last summer.
The riots flared in London following the death of a man in a police shooting on August 4, and quickly spread to Birmingham, Manchester and other towns and cities.
First of all, I like how the British spell defense. Talk about giving my spell check a fit.
Secondly, Britain has been dealing with civil unrest recently and the economy is having serious issues. There have been riots, and the area in which Mr. Larkin was going to train was in these areas.
Now, I am curious as to why the British government feels so threatened by this training. I can see how the case might be made that this training will be used by those who are causing the civil unrest and inadvertently, Mr. Larkin would be undermining the government’s ability to enforce policy and security measures.
Most likely though, the government does not want people to be better trained to defend themselves from all sorts of attacks. We can read material on what to do all day long and without training and understanding how to put it into practice, it does us no good. Mr. Larkin gives people knowledge and helps them make it practical and put it into practice. The people he trains become dangerous, to those who want to harm them.
I am curious as to how much longer it will be before we see something like this in the States. It is harder to control those who do not need your protection and security. California is experiencing a huge deficit of something like 16 billion dollars. It is scary to think, but the state of California has the world’s 9th largest economy. Greece is only 40th and look at the unrest that is going on there. The UK is facing similar issues and they are facing civil unrest there. One solution that the governor is looking at is serious cut to law enforcement in the state. How long do you think it will be before you see civil unrest in California? How long before it spills into other parts of the U.S.?
Tim Larkin does people a great service by teaching and equipping people to not be victims. His website is here and I make nothing from pointing you in the direction. Consider not being a victim and see what he says.