Health and Safety

Schools and event organisers may be concerned about the H&S issues surrounding:

1. Covid-19

2. Samurai sword display

3. Public Liability Insurance


The following measures are in place for live events (where necessary):

  1. Young Samurai event – any student involvement will be at ‘sword’s length’ (1+m)
  2. Bodyguard event – the show has been adapted to reduce student interaction
  3. Audience members can be seated one seat apart
  4. Alcohol hand-cleanser will be used prior and during performance.
  5. Books can be ordered and signed in advance.

Samurai Sword Display

  1. All displays are strictly controlled and no weapons are used by or with students.
  2. The techniques demonstrated are suitable for the age range.
  3. Chris is a graded black belt martial artist with over 20 years experience.
  4. Ideally a performance area of 5m by 5m, with a 2m ceiling clearance.
  5. Verbal warnings are given throughout the event.
  6. School staff must supervise all sessions and be responsible for discipline.
  7. The samurai sword remains with the author at all times.
  8. The author is covered by £5 million public liability insurance.

Bodyguard display: 

  1. The self-defence techniques demonstrated are suitable for the age range.
  2. All participants are given clear safety instructions.
  3. Relevant health checks are made prior to any martial arts demonstration.
  4. For the 'One Inch Push', a protective pad is used and a crash mat/two standard gym mats are required in the occurence the participant falls over.
  5. Any techniques are demonstrated at less than a fifth power.
  6. Participants in the 'bulletcatcher test' are required to wear safety glasses as provided by the author.

Public Liability Insurance

I am covered for any author related activities and demonstrations up to £5million.

My public liability is with Blake Insurance Services, 46 & 48 North St, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3PN. Tel: 01278 453345. email:

Risk Assessment

Click here to download a completed risk assessment.

The Law & Samurai Swords

Regarding the law in relation to samurai swords, please visit the below government website which clarifies the allowable use of samurai swords for historical re-enactments and sport purposes:

Logistical Requirements

Projector, screen and speakers into which a Mac laptop can be connected.
(VGA connector provided)

Ideally a head or body mic for sound

Performance area for Samurai Sword Display: 13 feet by 16 feet with a ceiling clearance of at least 7 feet. This is a guide - most halls have more that this space given over to the staging areas.

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