Founder of the Aisle O'var Backswording Clubbe and its combined
TE-MA fighting style
Experience - Over 30 years training in martial arts
Traditional English Swordsmanship
Free style Karate
Lau Gar Kung Fu
Tae Kwon Do
AOBC UK English Country Backswording Champion 2008
BFHS Glorianna Cup UK Backsword Champion 2008
Wales AOBC Backsword Champion 2010
UK Leading TE-MA instructor
Internationally Qualified Personal Trainer
Qualified Fitness instructor
Licensed AMA coach
Free style Karate Black belt
Child protection certified
First Aid certified
Peter Holland began training as a child being taught wrestling by his father Pat
'Dutchy' Holland who himself had been a wrestler for Dale Martin Promotions and
the art of pugilism and single stick by his grandfather Harold 'Jack' Prime, the
son of late 19th century Hertfordshire bare knuckle fighter and single stick player
James Prime. Peter’s Grandfather was also Hertfordshire police boxing champion and
trainer to the 1940's heavy weight champion Charlie Collett. While always continuing
to practice and learn from his fathers and grandfathers tuition Peter took up Eastern
martial arts in his early teens when he took up free style karate and Lau Gar Kung
Fu training with instructors such as Kevin Brewerton world kick boxing champion and
enjoying competing in regional and national tournaments. However at the age of 25
work and marriage meant a move away from where he was training and without the same
style clubs nearby Peter took up Tae Kwon Do as well as continuing to train in the
mixed styles he already new and others such as Wing Chun.
After continuing to train regularly, in 1998 Peter suffered a serious back injury
at work, rupturing 2 discs in his lower back. Being unable to walk without the aid
of sticks for 6 months and being told he was facing major back surgery this put an
end to all his martial and sports activities for the moment.
Not wishing to let this get the better of him Peter spent the next couple of years
studying European fighting culture from historical records and treatise while he
underwent treatment for his injury.
By the luck of the gods Peter avoided the threatened back surgery and by applying
his knowledge of sports exercise proceeded to make an almost full recovery from the
Desperate to get back in to some kind of martial combat Peter decided to go down
the road of historical sword play and after contacting Paul McDonald the founder
of the British Federation for Historical Swordplay the wheels were set in motion.
In the year 2000 Peter along with his wife Tina began training in the use of the
English single handed backsword. Together they also enrolled in to a London theatrical
fight school to gain a BADC (British Academy for Dramatic Combat) qualification to
aid with film and TV work they were involved with.
10 years on Peter is teaching the TE-MA fighting style at 2 regular clubs in Bedfordshire
and a study group in Lincolnshire. He also runs workshops and tournaments throughout
Pete is also an internationally qualified Personal trainer and fitness instructor
and is currently working on his up coming book TE-MA a Complete Course Volume
1 – The Principles of the True Fight.
He has also signed up to the Team Beds & Luton Sports development and gained the
AOBC its MOS mark in 2010 and is looking to progress the AOBC toward getting a Sports
Mark accreditation form Sports UK.