NLP Practitioner Course  With Society of NLP Trainer Bob Spour

18-22/9/08 Course review by Lee Morrison:

After several years of arduous study and immersion into the subject of Neural Linguistic Programming and Neural based learning technologies I finally decided to take the plunge and get myself qualified as an NLP practitioner. I have been fascinated by NLP for quite some time, particularly in relation to the Psychology of violence and accelerated learning for the installation of various skill-sets as an instructor. My first exposure to NLP came from one of my main Combative instructor’s Dennis Martin via his excellent instructional enhancement program. Since then I have read scores of the commercially available texts and studied the conclusions of NLP applied to Self-Protection, from people like Marcus Wynne, Darren Laur, Tony Blauer, Bob Spour and Richard Grannon in particular. I have absorbed, adapted and applied such information with huge success and now finally, I managed to hook up with not only one of the best martial artist’s and Combative instructors that Britain has produced but also one of the most adept and significant Master NLP Trainers ever to come out of the Richard Bandler camp; Bob Spour. Bob should need absolutely no introduction here; ex-SAS trooper, Thai boxing instructor, boxing coach, top martial artist, leading Self-Protection instructor, actor, comedian, bike builder (: and NLP therapist extraordinaire, fuck me I don’t think there is anything this man has not turned his hand to and if he does any of those things to the level of competence that Bob employs the concepts of NLP, then he truly is “a force to be reckoned with.” I absolutely clicked with Bob from the moment we met and consider him one of my most positively influential instructors on my journey as a student so far. I embarked upon a five day instructional NLP Practitioners course with Bob in Birmingham along with a fantastic bunch of people, two of whom will be most familiar to our SD forum readers; Tony Terranova and Alan Peasland.


Both of these guys are just bursting from the seams with inspiration and gems of information relating to all areas of life. Being sat with Alan Peasland (although he is of course, a unique individual) was like sitting through an early inspirational Geoff Thompson book signing by that I mean it’s easy to see the great influence Geoff has had on Alan as both as a martial artist and as a person. Tony Terranova has to be one of the most “clued up people” I have met, a man of immense intelligence incorporating lessons learned from his many worldly travels. Tony’s philosophy on life, training and well being should be explored and absorbed. In just two ten minute chats in the car park Tony gave me some fantastic training ideas, incorporating various training equipment, many of which are unique to him, that I have since incorporated into my own training and teaching.



Martial arts/SP instructors Tony Terranova and Alan Peasland

Over the course of the next five days, which, incidentally went so quickly it felt more like two days everybody just soaked up the information, sharing and feeding off each others enthusiasm with demonsratable results. The course itself covered all of the fundamental principles of NLP; geared around rapport, sensory acuity, behavioral flexibility and desired outcome. Bob’s method of teaching was both brilliant and unique. Focused around immediate installation from example and demonstration Bob made the whole event fun and easy to learn, nothing dry or academic here.To be honest, Although I had plenty of opportunity to take this course with any of the many NLP trainers closer to home, I purposely waited for the opportunity to take my NLP Practitioner exam with Bob due to his martial background figuring that he would be able to give me the perspective I was looking for from a Self-Protection perspective, in view of the fact that we both share this field.


On hindsight I can see that I was a little closed minded, probably not realizing that there is so much more to be gained from this course that is totally applicable to all areas of life and personal development, saying that I am truly glad that I took the course with Bob due to the fact that his teaching method is both brave and unique.


There is no sizzle, its all meat it’s not a question of “bums on seats love” this man truly wants to better your life with the knowledge he installs. Without going into the nuts and bolts of the course itself, I will give you the dynamics and encourage all reading this to read, learn, research and immerse yourself into the headings I will give you, in fact better than that get yourself on the next course with Bob and take it on board for yourself.


We started with everyone taking five minutes to chat and introduce themselves then as an ice breaker we each took a couple of minutes to introduce the person next to us to the rest of the group. From here Bob went on to give us an introduction into NLP, looking at its early development along with a look at the main contributing figures to its development.

Part of the of the NLP Practitioner group.


For those of you who are still unfamiliar with NLP here is a brief description; Neuro-Linguistic-Programming or NLP is now widely recognised as a powerful strategy, designed for maximising your potential in any field of endeavor. NLP focuses on the workings of the mind (Neuro) and how it represents the world around us via our five senses; both internally to ourselves and externally, to others. It also refers to how we communicate our experiences (Linguistics) again internally and externally, along with the patterns (Programs) that we employ, that in turn govern the ways we form and operate within our individual worlds.


NLP can enhance the way you feel and act in all areas of your life, business, social, emotional, physical and spiritual. NLP is a way of thinking about how the world works and analyzing how excellence can be achieved in any field. It’s about finding the difference that makes a difference. NLP was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the early 1970’s as the two of them set out to identify the patterns used by outstanding therapists, who had achieved excellent results with their clients within certain specific fields.


What they discovered was a number of processes and commonalities, which they then fitted into an accessible model in order to enhance effective communication, personal change and personal development. Through their study they began to understand how such great people actually achieved such levels of excellence and in addition to that, how they could reproduce their skills for others to learn. Bandler and Grinder used their path of discovery as a way of showing others how to achieve similar success by modeling similar excellence. NLP has grown in popularity since mid-1970. It now has many applications in the field of communication, commerce, personal development and psychotherapy and is ever evolving. Neuro-Linguistic Programming provides a model that enhances our understanding of;

²     Neuro;

Your thinking processes, the way you use your senses of sight, hearing, feeling, taste and smell to understand what is happening around you.


²     Linguistic;

Your words, body language and communication skills, along with the way you use language and how it influences you internally and those around you externally.


²     Programming;

Your behavior and the way you organize your ideas and actions, which in turn produce expected and unexpected results.



The main ways in which we can use NLP come from enhancing our communication skills in order to achieve certain outcomes, also from modeling the excellent achievements of others in any field, in order to develop a template to achieve similar results. This can lead into the area of accelerated learning by installing a physical or emotional skill-set to a level of great competence, very quickly. The scope for which NLP can change the quality of our lives is limitless.


It is my suggestion that you look further into the basic fundamentals of NLP and Neuro based learning, by further reading and perhaps consider taking a basic NLP study course just to get a deeper grasp of the basics in general. Without going into the specifics of the five day course, I will give you an overview of some of the topics that we covered along with the terms employed, now to the laymen the jargon can seem a little distracting and of course if you are unfamiliar with the subject it will make little sense to you, hence the reason I am encouraging further research and study on the part of the reader. The best quote that summed up NLP for me was when Bob said “it is like a workshop manual for your brain” Study of this subject will enlighten you!

The core elements lay around the 4 pillars of NLP these are as follows:


1.    RAPPORT: Establish rapport with yourself and others.

2.    KNOW WHAT YOU WANT: Define your goal or outcome.

3.    SENSORY ACUITY: Using your senses, or your internal representational systems to guide.

4.    BEHAVORIAL FLEXIBILITY: Keep changing what you do, until you get the result you want.


The above concept was employed and applied in depth in addition to other great NLP goodies such as Submodalities, anchors, eye accessing cues, chaining of states, the swish pattern, the Meta Model, time lines, trance induction, use of metaphors, phobic cures, Meta programs and much, much more. Like I said read up and/or do a course to get a handle on the jargon.




For the entire duration of the course, we were presented with these conceptual ideas and shown how they work both, by previous case history examples and student demonstration and then we split up into pairs or groups of three and made it work for ourselves, great stuff. What I wasn’t aware of was the frequent use of trance induction, pretty much for everything we practiced. We were encouraged to enter a state of complete relaxation or trance; this is more like focused fixation on the given moment, enhancing your subconscious susceptibility to suggestion, or in this case the installation of the NLP technique. This is how we learned everything, from demonsratable experience. From here we’d pair up or get into groups of three and implement the skills immediately.


The following pictures depict scenes of demonsratable change, allowing each of us to realise the potential that this information can make available to anyone. We all pretty much agreed that each day kind of left us brain boggled or over-loaded if you like, I remember Marcus Wynne telling me that it is at night when you sleep that any information will bed itself into your sub-conscious allowing you to make sense of what you’ve learned and its true, each day I came in like an optimistic sponge, confident that I would start to make sense of it all in the weeks to follow.

True enough, within one week after the course I had started to organize the ways in which I would employ this knowledge for the betterment of myself and those I care about. Since then I have used it on several occasions to change state in others, from a previously negative outlook to a happy go lucky attitude.


Induced trance to a visualized state which is then anchored kinesthetically.


I have worked pretty effectively with a friend towards breaking a phobia and have improved my own ability to visualize success and manage state, immensely.

Al works a trance induction with Tony.


Bob working with Alan employing a trance technique, leading into positive suggestion.

All in all I have to say that this course was all and more, that I’d hoped it would be and whole heartedly recommend it to anyone. I would like to add that the NLP practitioner’s course is a great introduction and overview into how Neuro Linguistic Programming can change many facets of your life in general and for the better.


Here Bob takes me through a powerful sequence of trance induction, leading to a positive… affirmation and visualized state. I was told that all the resources I need to create the outcome I desire, were in the palm of my hand…



And the moment that my hand was drawn toward my face via my sub-conscious, that I would feel a state of total confident well-being.  This I have to add, felt really good although I was aware of what was going on, I felt that there was no place I’d rather be at that moment and felt almost compelled to comply….  The next thing I know I was asleep and woke feeling powerfully confident and in control…weird.

If you are interested in Neuro based learning for Self-Protection and/or enhanced Combative efficiency, specifically then I would still recommend this course, but in addition to more specific study of those NLP practitioner’s who have already applied NLP to this specific topic. Bob Spour’s course “No Doubt, No Fear” applies NLP specifically to this field, as does “the Psychology of Violence” and “Supra States” audio series by Richard Grannon available from  all of which are excellent and highly recommended by me. In final addition to the above, I recommend you check out my own Combative Psychology DVD series and look out for the forth-coming book of the same name “coming soon!” sorry for my own blatant plug but it well be well worth a read I promise. In closing I can’t say enough about this experience; it was highly enjoyable, enlightening and optimistically fun, once again highly recommended so check it out for your own personal development. Peace….LM


The NLP Practitioner group… Bob and Tony….

Bob and Alan… Lee, Bob Tony and Alan…


Lee and Bob… Al and Lee…

Day five; all successful NLP Practitioner graduates…