Dead Rabbits ?

The name “Dead Rabbits” has a second meaning rooted in the Irish-American vernacular of 1857. The word “Rabbit” is a phonetic corruption of the Gaelic word ráibéad, meaning “man to be feared”. “Dead” is a slang intensifier meaning “very.” “Dead Ráibéad” thus means a man to be greatly feared.

My Story – Robert Johston

I have always been overweight, as far back as I can remember, and despite being blessed with natural physical ability, I lacked the confidence and self-esteem to stand up for myself. School was no playpark as a result of my weight problem, I got called names and was bullied frequently. I rarely stood up for myself, except for the few occasions I lost my temper playing football, which resulted in a couple of fist fights where all concerned walked away battered and bruised.

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At the age of 16 my parents divorced, which left me taking to the streets. Both my parents moved out and my older sister, who had a young baby, and I stayed on in the family home. It was a trying time in my life, I started going out with my friends, I was never home. Drinking and socialising leading to street fights in Edinburgh was a regular occurrence. I have to admit, looking back, I did enjoy elements of it. It was a release for me in many ways, and in one of these altercations, I was slashed with a Stanley knife on the arm and side. This was one of the turning points in my life, I started losing weight and realised it was time to constructively channel my fighting talents.

The Passion

My passion in combat sports was ignited after watching the first UFC fight on the 12th of November 1993. This led me to enroll in martial arts classes in Edinburgh under Rick Young. Rick has been studying martial arts since 1975, and has taught martial arts internationally. He quickly became a mentor and a positive role model in my life.

Through my training, I attended the Dan Inosanto martial arts seminars in 1999, 2000 and 2001. A my passion for martial arts grew I swapped my office career for one in the fitness industry.

Becoming a Trainer

I was appointed as gym supervisor at Edinburgh University Center for Sport and Exercise, where I worked for 10 years. During this time, I continued to train with Rick and was fortunate enough to start teaching kickboxing classes at his academy.

After spending a few years in Spain, I returned and resumed training and teaching martial arts at Rick Young’s Blackbelt Academy. I currently have my own successful personal training business and assist many of my clients in realising their fitness and training goals.

Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

I Believe

Nothing is more important in life than happiness, fitness and well-being. Anyone who has the will and commitment to work hard and consistently make positive life changes, no matter how small, will experience significant transformations.

My Style

You’re going to work hard with me and see results. As your personal trainer, I take my job seriously to ensure that you achieve your goals consistently, and seek out what motivates you the most. I like to keep my workout programs enjoyable, practical and constantly varied, yet effective. Every client and his / her goal are unique, and my emphasis is on helping my clients achieve their goals every step of the way.

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