New SAS Who Dares Wins chief says he became ‘warrior’ by fighting bullies in kid’s home


The new SAS Who Dares Wins chief instructor Rudy Reyes, 50, has taken up the helm left by axed Ant Middleton on Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins

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Pete Dadds/Channel 4SAS Who Dares Wins chief instructor Rudy Reyes

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THE new SAS Who Dares Wins chief instructor says he had to become a “warrior” at age six to fight bullies in his children’s home.

US special forces veteran Rudy Reyes, 50, took over from axed Ant Middleton in last night’s series opener on Channel 4.

And the ex-Recon Marine says his “hard-ass” approach will create men and women willing to “fight to the death”.

“You can tell the in­­structor and warrior blood in me that began in the Omaha Home for Boys,” Rudy said.

“It started when I was six and two brothers attacked my little brother – he was five and we had to fight them.

“The older brother that I was fighting had glasses on, and we were tussling on the ground, and I had to punch him in the face.

“I punched him in the face and broke his glasses. And I got his brother off my brother, and I was crying for hitting him. I felt for them.”

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He continued: “I grew up having to fight, and fight for the good, but it still takes a piece out of you.

“Through martial arts, and recon and combat, I’m an expert at honing that tough love to make superior fighters and warriors. When we need to create men and women that will run towards the gunfire, and fight to the death, out of love, I am a hard-ass.”

His sidekick, DS Foxy, meanwhile claims conditions for the show’s staff are worse than those for contestants.

He said: “We have less space, for a start. In Jordan our accommodation was open-sided, so we were exposed to the wind and sand – while the recruits had tented accommodation.”

SAS Who Dares Wins continues Sundays on Channel 4 at 9pm.

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