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Florida Instructor Is Sole Female Author in New U.K. Combat Book

A three time International Women's Jousting champion and martial artist, Cynthia Morrison, is the sole female contributor inside a new book released out of the U.K.

"A Professionals' Guide to 24 Urban Self-Defence and Close Quarter Combat Systems" published by Robin Barratt, includes twenty-one professional male combat instructors alongside Morrison.

Cynthia is no stranger on being a lone female in a man's world as she is noted as the first woman to compete in the Highland Games heavy athletics in Scotland during 1994 - 1995. The Oscar Heidenstam Foundation of London England bestowed the "Ambassador Award" for sport to her in 2000 for her overseas efforts. She has also been recognized locally by Proclamation and Citation from Palm Beach county commissioners and former Mayor Nancy Graham.

In 2001 Morrison founded Palm Beach Jousting to share her skill and knowledge in teaching the medieval equestrian sport. She acted as official advisor for the 2005 US Open Polo championships training their players for an intermission display on medieval mounted techniques. She has published a novelette, "Adelia of the Coliseum", a story about a woman Gladiator in ancient Rome. The book won its category from the Great Southeast Book festival as well as the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award during 2017.

Morrison, trained in Karado Karate, is also a graduate of the Burt Reynolds Institute in Jupiter Florida. She shares stage combat methods with actors and has worked as fight director on local independent film projects.

From the publisher: "Not looking so much at traditional martial arts, but at the more urban and lesser known specific combat systems and styles, written by sensei and professional instructors around the world"

A Professionals' Guide to 24 Urban Self-Defence and Close Quarter Combat Systems" compiled by Robin Barratt (UK) can be found on Amazon.

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