Sensei Steve Cole
I had a number of amateur boxing bouts at shows at various locations around the south of England in the late seventies and early eighties with levels of success varying from good wins to some very painful defeats.
It was during training in boxing that I met a friend who convinced me to join the Royal Marines Reserve, and it was there that I found an interest in self defence techniques during practice for the display teams.
On leaving the RMR I took up Judo at Swindon Judo Club, the first instructor I met there was Dave Gadd, who obviously made a great impression on me as we are still training regularly together to this day, although now of course in Ju Jitsu rather than Judo.
During an enforced break from Judo due to an injury, a work colleague of mine persuaded me to have a go at Ju Jitsu, and I have been hooked ever since.
At the club I met my very close friend Baj Bharj, and we have been running Swindon Ju Jitsu Club together now for many years.
Baj and I have graded through the Jikishin syllabus together over the years, we are currently both 5th dan which we progressed to in May 2012.
It has been and still is a privilege to be part of Jikishin Ju Jitsu Association. Over the years I have met so many great friends, also excellent martial artists, and received so much help and support, especially from Senseiís Terry and Janet Parker, Sensei Brian Herbert and so many others too numerous to mention by name here.
I feel the atmosphere at our club is relaxed and friendly but also disciplined, determined and spirited. We concentrate on the Jikishin Association syllabus (www.jikishin.com) but also regularly practice Ko-budo weapon work, and free practice groundwork and sparring.
We have some superb students at the club, I would like to thank them all for their continued support and friendship.
New members are of course always more than welcome.
Sensei Baj Bharj
At 18 I went to Hatfield Polytechnic to study and was away from home for 3 years and did no training apart from eating, drinking and chatting up birds. At 21 I returned to Swindon and wanted to start Martial arts again but this time I was determined to train seriously and achieve a black belt. I looked around at many different clubs and styles and was very impressed with Ju-jitsu it was physical, practical and most important enjoyable. I started training at 22 years of age and now after 27 years, aged 49 am still training seriously in the same art. I met up with Steve Cole whom I partnered and we have graded together from white to 5th Dan, a regular, reliable partner is very important in any martial art and is one of the key success factors.
Our Instructor left the UK when we were both purple belts at which time we took over the running of the club, we use to travel up to London to learn our next syllabus. Sensei Terry Parker our Instructor has been very helpful and supportive and without him and his senior members Steve and I would not have progressed to the grade we are today.
Partnership is the key to all success, Steve and I have no ego between ourselves, we trust each other with our lives which is one of the major contributions towards the success of Swindon Ju-jitsu club.
8 years ago I was made redundant and could not source a job with the UK so decided to become an Expatriate in Saudi Arabia, I worked out there for 2.5 years and taught ju-jitsu out there to a wide range of different nationalities it was great fun. Early this year I return to the UK and could not find a job in Swindon so moved to Shrewsbury and am currently working there. I teach at Fitness first once a week and weight train twice a week. The key thing for me is where ever I go I always make sure I continue with ju-jitsu training as I enjoy it so much it has become a part of my life and I will never give it up. Although I have not trained with my partner Steve Cole continuously for the past 8 years at Swindon Ju-jitsu club we have kept in touch and train whenever it is feasibly possible.
Any martial art is a life time study, itís a journey of 100 miles by foot and I believe at 5th Dan, training for 27 years I have only taken a couple of steps into the 100 mile journey. There is so much to learn itís unbelievable.
Sensei Dave Gadd
It is essential to obtain an all round knowledge of every discipline encountered in Jujitsu to become successful, but being on the small side my preference is ground fighting. I also prefer the throwing techniques best suited to my stature.
After many years enjoying martial arts, I learnt many Japanese words and phrases which prompted me to study the Japanese language at Swindon college . This in turn inspired me to visit Japan and have been lucky enough to travel extensively around that interesting country. I visited three times with my wife, mostly backpacking and as I worked for Rover I also spent 1 month on a work related visit to a Honda factory.
I naturally took my gi each time and have had the experience of fighting on the hallowed tatami at the Kodokan in Tokyo. I also visited a judo club in Kawagoe and practised with Sensei Takeda 6th Dan. I have also practised judo in Singapore where my son lives.
I, like all Jikishin members enjoy the comradeship and atmosphere associated with Jujitsu and attend as many courses as I can. I am a level 3 coach (club instructor) level 4 at Kobudo (weapons) , a Competition Assistant, up to date First Aid certificated and as a pre requisite for all BJJAGB coaches I have CRB enhanced clearance essential for all instructors enabling them to teach children and vulnerable persons.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new members.
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