Coventry born, London bred personal trainer and martial
artist Patrick Hutchinson has been motivating people and uplifting his
community long before he became a national hero.
Raised by a Jamaican single mother from the Windrush generation who did all she could for her son and daughter which included going without at times to ensure her children were happy. On his fathers side he is one of nine children, 5 girls and 4 boys.
On a steady path to superseding his dreams, he became a father at age 19 and has 4 wonderful children, 1 boy his eldest and 3 girls. Patrick raised his son as a single parent with the help of his mother and younger sister whilst working in the city in the field of IT. He frequently travelled to Thailand to endure brutal Muay Thai training camps where he honed his Thai boxing skills and still does till this day. He accredits a lot of his mental fortitude to those times training in his beloved Thailand and owes a lot to his various Kru’s (Instructors). Patricks earliest martial arts memories came from watching chinese kung fu movies. He then started in the art of Tae Kwon do at the age of 12. His latest martial arts love affair is with Brazilian jiu jitsu which he has been doing for 3 years and is still a white belt.
Back in London, he flexed his fitness prowess and innate abilities as a leader to elevate any and everyone he trained with. Then as an athletics coach, continued to pass on his wisdom to a host of young rising sprinters.
More than his phenomenal skills, Patrick's a loyal friend, uncle and grandfather. He's as resilient, protective and furiously passionate about his own future as he is about the future of those around him.
And because of that, on Saturday, June 13th, Patrick made a move that would change the course of history. Protesters from all over the world took to the streets to call for justice after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police. As fathers, Patrick and his friends Jamaine Facey, Pierre Noah, Chris Otokito, and Lee Russell were propelled to attend and protect any who were not met with peace.
However, they were met with violent aggression among a sea of hooligans with opposing views that had reached a boiling point. They found one of the far-right protestors heavily intoxicated, slightly concussed and slumped on some stairs in the middle of an almighty melè between Waterloo station and the embankment. Patrick picked him up while the others shielded him and carried him to safety. Humbly retracing their steps, Patrick says "Some of the protesters were trying to protect him, while others trying to harm him”. As I was carrying him, he was still receiving blows. It didn't cross my mind that he might be a counter-protester or hold prejudices, my instinct was just to get him out of there."
Actions speak louder than words, and the most striking element of Patrick didn't require any subtext: it was a black man taking a white man that day out of danger. Luckily, Patrick's heroic play among chaos was captured on camera and in a matter of hours the likes of CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The BBC started calling.
By morning the photo of Patrick and his friends graced the cover of newspapers worldwide, and they've collectively been in constant demand since. Among many things, they've landed features in Men's Health and were invited by Lord Dr Michael Hastings to the Houses of Parliament. Off the back of the hype and trajectory of the seminal moment, they've launched their own initiative called United To Change and Inspire.
Embracing the power of his new platform and how he's moving forward, Patrick reflects "I knew I was going to get a bit of attention, but this is probably 1000 times more than I thought it would be. I can't say that the man I am now is the man I was 20 years ago. But as a 50-year-old man with children and grandchildren, I'm trying to be a peacemaker and making sure that people don't get hurt. These things come with age.