Chris Bradford

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Chris Bradford lives an action packed life and is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie. He's thrown himself over Victoria Falls on a bungee cord, out of an airplane in New Zealand and off a French mountain on a paraglider, but he's always managed to land safely - something he learnt from his martial arts training...

Chris joined a Judo club aged seven and since then he has trained in karate, kickboxing, samurai swordsmanship and has earned his black belt in Tai-jutsu, the fighting art of the ninja. Chris is a student of Sensei Akemi Solloway, who is the eldest daughter of an old samurai family, descended from the Karo of Iwatsuki Castle, near Tokyo.

Young Samurai was inspired by Chris's passion for martial arts and a desire to share the positive influence it has had on his life, as well as his love of Japanese culture.

Before writing the Young Samurai series, Chris was a professional musician and songwriter. He's even performed for her HRH Queen Elisabeth II (but suspects she found his bad a bit noisy).

Chris lives on the South Downs with his wife and two cats called Tigger and Rhubarb.

Chris Bradford books reviewed


Young Samurai

  • The Way of the Warrior (2008)
    August 1611. Jack Fletcher is shipwrecked off the coast of Japan - his beloved father and the crew lie slaughtered by ninja pirates. Rescued by the legendary sword master Masamoto Takeshi, Jack's only hope is to become a samurai warrior. And so his training begins. But life at the samurai school is a constant fight for survival. Even with his friend Akiko by his side, Jack is singled out by bullies and treated as an outcast. With courage in his heart and his sword held high, can Jack prove himself and face his deadliest rival yet?
  • The Way of the Sword (2009)
  • The Way of the Dragon (2010)