I am Richard ‘Bat’ Brewster, but online I go by Batjutsu. My passions are martial arts, role-playing (RPG: tabletop, LARP, PBM, CRPG, narrative wargaming), reading (factual and fiction), and writing.
Years ago I worked at a games company as a designer, writer, and games master running large play-by-mail games (PBM); PBM is like tabletop role-play, except you’re not in the same room, and it can involve hundreds of players in a single game. I left to work on my own designs, improve my writing, and to keep researching; I completed a degree in Psychology and Creative Writing at UCLan.
I have had Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) in both arms since 1999; I mostly have background pain for, but sometimes severe pain for months. My life since has been an up and down struggle to manage my wrist usage, to minimise severe RSI attacks.
Despite my long-term health problems, I have practiced a variety of martial arts. I have mostly focused on Jujitsu, be it Japanese Jujutsu, Judo, or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). My main teacher is Gary Savage, a black belt in BJJ, (of Team Sukata). Since 2015 I’ve been slowly recovering from problems, trying to remain optimistic that I can return to training.
I have also studied Kickboxing (Rob Campbell), Wado Ryu Karate (Shirley Clarke), Hung Gar Kung Fu, and Tai Chi. I feel blessed to have attended several Wado seminars taught by the late Professor Tatsuo Suzuki, and a seminar by Toby Threadgill in Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin kai.
Contact: Batjutsu at hotmail.com