I have known Lee Banda since we first sat together in our first year at Infant School in 1971 and we have been friends ever since. I left our home town to join the Army when I was 17 and kept in touch with Lee sharing time together during my periods of leave. In his early days as an instructor, Lee gave me some useful advice and fighting and grappling techniques prior to my first operational deployment which supported the Krav Maga training I had been given. I watched Lee’s journey over the years and his time in the far east which ultimately led to him becoming a world champion. As a commissioned officer in the army I value certain personal traits which I demanded from my soldiers; discipline, courage, professionalism, pride, fairness, integrity and commitment; these are the principles which were first described by Field Marshall Slim and still form the basis of Officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Special Forces selection. I see all of those qualities in Lee and I have total admiration for all that he has achieved and his lifetime of commitment.