KICKBOXING CHAMPION AND LAWYER
Ben Rose’s life is surely an American TV miniseries waiting to happen (suggested tagline: “He fights injustice by day – and fights people at night!”), if only he could find time to write the script As it is, he juggles a career as a criminal defense lawyer with family life, heading up his own charity (Youth At Risk) and being the reigning British Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion.
“It was quite an achievement” he admits. “Sometimes I have to slap myself round the face because I don’t really believe it’s me.”
Now 38, Ben commits himself to a daunting schedule. He fits in at least three sessions per week at London’s Seymour Martial Arts club and does other exercise (weights, running, yoga or tennis) on top of that. But his full-on career means he hasn’t yet decided whether to attend the forthcoming World Championships.
“I can’t rank the different things in my life they’re equally important I wouldn’t like to be without the physical and spiritual discipline that martial arts provide or the intellectual and business discipline that being a lawyer gives me.
‘The World Championships are soon and I have a massive trial coming up. It wouldn’t be professional for me to compromise my client’s chances at trial by short-changing him in any way. But if I can go, I’ll be in phone contact and if my client’s content with it then I’ll get to do both! The fact that it’s my own firm makes it easier but I’ve still got a responsibility to my partners and my clients. And if I couldn’t find the time to be with my wife and family, I wouldn’t do it”
In the meantime, it’s other aspects of his life that have to give. “I’m usually up at 7.30am and by the time I’ve driven back from Bisham Abbey it’s about 11pm and I have some food and go to bed. No, I haven’t got a girlfriend at the moment.. I wonder why!”
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Possibly to the disappointment of American TV executives, however; his kickboxing skills have never spilled over into his professional life.
“I would feel I’d failed if I ever had to use them. It’s come close a few times, but I’ve never thrown a punch and I hope I never have to. Although we had a party for my firm’s 10th anniversary just after the National Championships – and there I was wandering around with the great and the good of the legal profession, sporting a huge black eye!” TIP ‘The deal I have with my family is that basically, most mornings they…don’t get because I’ve left for work de fowns up. So I have a very long working, ktay Wing up about 5.30am and doing a session in the dojo after work to get home around 6pm. I get to be with my wife and kids in the early evening, and then I do about an hour’s work at the back end of the evening to make up. It works out as a long day but I manage to get in all the things that matter to me.” CONTACT Raf Nieto, Seymour Martial Arts, Seymour Place, W1 (020 7723 0206).