Building Warriors

The Life Skill Training of a Dedicated Martial Arts Instructor

by Graham Wardle

A powerful and passionate look at the perils and pitfalls of the modern world, and the mental skills and strengths required to navigate it successfully
In a society that is increasingly demanding and potentially treacherous for young minds, the development of a strong mentality and the ability to manage one’s perspective has never been more important. In Building Warriors Graham Wardle walks us through the mental and philosophical training he has developed over his career as a martial arts instructor, to help his young students develop the psychological skills necessary not just to survive, but to thrive in a fast-paced and unforgiving world. As any adult knows, you never know what’s around the corner; but equipped with the empowering perspectives and mental skills described in this book, you can develop the robust mentality necessary to navigate the unpredictable ups and downs of adulthood and create an enjoyable and exciting life of purpose and fulfilment.
Building Warriors is structured as a series of monthly life development skills, broken down into weekly examples, analysis and practical application, which allows teachers and instructors of all kinds to adopt this training for their own students. But anyone, young or old, can read and learn valuable lessons from this book, and its ingenious format allows each reader to make his or her own choice as to whether to follow the monthly structure, or simply develop their skills as they see fit, using the book as a guide.
Building Warriors is packed with life-changing information that will benefit anyone who reads it, whether they be young or old, instructor, teacher, parent, or adolescent. Graham has been an obsessively passionate student of both self-development and philosophy for most of his adult life, and has developed an unquenchable hunger to pass that knowledge on to both his students and anyone who wishes to listen. Graham’s students and their parents have already seen the remarkable effect the skills he teaches can have: this book is your opportunity to develop the same powerful mentality.
Graham’s understanding of life skills and how they fit into everyday life is second to none.

Graham Wardle

Graham Wardle is the co-founder and Chief Instructor at Valley Martial Arts. Before opening Valley Martial Arts in January 2014, he spent 10 years of his life training at the highly respected Castle Martial Arts Academy in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, one of the top Academy’s in the country, where he achieved the rank of 3rd degree Black belt.

It didn’t take long for Graham to realise that Martial Arts was so much more than just fitness and self-defence. Not only had his own fitness and Martial Arts ability increased to levels he had no idea he was capable of, but his confidence and self-belief had sky rocketed. He also noticed the incredibly positive impact it was having on so many different people, from children as young as 5 years old to men and women in their sixties and seventies.

In late 2006 the opportunity came along to study for a CIT qualification (Certified Instructor Training). A 2 year intensive Instructor training programme teaching all the aspects of not only Martial Arts training and instructing, but also how to get the best out of the students and how to help the students get the best out of themselves.

In January 2009 he was taken on by Castle Martial Arts as an Instructor and began dedicating himself to his craft full time. In December 2011 he was promoted to Chief Instructor. It was in this role where Graham became excellent in helping his students gain confidence and self-belief as well as becoming fit, strong, healthy and physically robust top level Martial Artists.

When Graham opened Valley Martial Arts in 2014 he placed a great emphasis on helping his students and their families learn together in a warm and encouraging atmosphere. His passion for martial arts is a strong now as it was when he started and Valley Martial Arts is already the premier martial arts school in Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley.