Augustus' Story

Augustus John Roe is an author, linguist and instructor of traditional Vietnamese martial arts. For more than a decade, he has lived and trained in Asia. During this time Augustus has worked on numerous television shows, books, magazines and academic projects documenting local cultures and martial arts practices.

Augustus has a passion for language; he writes fiction, non-fiction and works as an editor. He holds a Masters degree in Martial Arts Studies and is a qualified professional educator.

Alongside traditional Vietnamese martial arts, Augustus had trained in numerous styles from an early age. These include Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Arnis, Muay Thai, Boxing, and White Crane Kung Fu. He is a firm believer in testing the efficacy of martial arts through competition and has fought at local and national levels under a variety of different rulesets and institutions.

Augustus continues to train, teach and write in Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, where he lives with his wife and children.


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Upcoming Works

Augustus is currently working on a number of projects. Some of which are:

  • A series of instructional books featuring a core of functional techniques that can be used within traditional martial arts, self-defence scenarios and combat sports.
  • A narrative non-fiction (travel) book detailing his experiences as an expatriate in Asia.
  • Further academic research into Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian fighting systems.

Pre-orders for all of the above as well as several other exciting projects will be announced later in the year, so watch this space!

Besides writing,  Augustus is working as an editor on a number of projects as well as continuing with his own studies as a martial artist and educator.


Fight Highlights

Vietnamese Wrestling - Episode Trailer

"Vietnamese Wrestling" published in "Word Magazine"
"Expat Corner" published in "Vietnam News"
"Body & Soul - Martial Arts Culture" published in "The Guide Magazine"