“I can’t tell you how many compliments we get from our friends in LA when we wear the Black and Blue gear. The line really is world class both in quality and design.” Richard Norton
Actor and Martial Artist, Richard Norton has been associated with Black and Blue for more than 18 years.
Richard began a lifelong study of Martial Arts at the age of 14 and has trained in many aspects of the martial arts including Judo, Karate, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Thai boxing and several Japanese weapons systems.
He co-created the hybrid martial art Zen Do Kai with fellow security guard Bob Jones. He has a 5th-degree Shihan rank Black Belt in Goju Ryu, 5th-degree Masters rank in Chun Kuk Do (Chuck Norris system), 4th-degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and an 8th-degree Black Belt in Zen Do Kai Karate.
Richard has trained extensively with such Martial Arts legends as Tino Ceberano, Tadashi Yamashita, Fumio Demura, Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace, Pete “Sugar Foot” Cunningham, the Machado brothers and Chuck Norris. He holds seminars world-wide covering topics such as street defense, martial arts weapons drills, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts.
His work as a Personal Body Guard for some of Rock and Roll’s greats including The Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, David Bowie, ABBA, John Belushi, Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks finds Richard in demand for teaching the realities of real life street defense, focusing on aspects such as adrenal dump, stress control and pre-emptive strikes.
Richard is known for his appearances in Hong Kong action films. He has faced off with many top martial arts action stars, including Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yasuaki Kurata, kick fighter Benny “the Jet” Urquidez, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, and Cynthia Rothrock.
Richard’s wife Judy Green was a “Sale of a Century” model based in Melbourne. Judy crossed paths with Black and Blue during the time that she was competing in figure bodybuilding in the early 90s. Since then Judy has modelled for Black and Blue and has been an excellent ambassador for the women’s range.
“Judy and I have known Elly, Gary and Angie for many years and we consider them amongst our closest friends. They have always passionately supported us and for that we are sincerely thankful,” Richard said.
“Their Black and Blue clothing has been simply fantastic for us. The beautiful designs and bright colours of their sportswear mean that we always feel comfortable knowing we have a great outfit for almost any event.
“We are always so eager to support Black and Blue because of the thought that Gary puts into the sportswear that gives us the confidence in knowing that, whether we are at a sporting event or a casual outing, we will always look and feel our best. I can’t tell you how many compliments we get from our friends in LA when we wear the Black and Blue gear.
“The line really is world class both in quality and design. We sincerely look forward to many more years of support and association with Black and Blue, not just because of the friendship, but because we genuinely love the product.”