Meet the Sensei

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Jamie Wilkin

Chief instructor – 4th Dan

Over 30 years of Martial Arts experience. Jamie started competing in Judo in 1990 and won medals in UK competitions during the 90’s, then took up JuJitsu in the early 2000’s. He is currently studying Karate.  Sensei Jamie Wilkin is currently 4th Dan at Ju Jitsu awared by Sensei Andy Wilshaw – 7th Dan – of the NTK.

Ask the Sensei, Jujitsu Q&A

Q: How long have you been training Jujitsu?

A: Since June 1999

Q: Did you train in other martial arts before Jujitsu?

A: I trained in competitive judo in the early 90’s achieving 1st Kyu brown belt. I have also trained in Tae Kwondo and Kick Boxing and Karate over the years.

Q: What attracted you to Jujitsu?

A: Ju Jitsu seemed a great complement to my Judo training as Judo was derived from Ju Jitsu.  I also wanted to learn more practical self defence.

Q: What do you think are the main reasons to train Jujitsu versus the other martial arts you have experience with?

A: Ju Jitsu gives your a very comprehensive set of skills which can be applied in any street situation.  Rather than perhaps other martial arts focusing on elements, Ju Jitsu seems to have it all!!

Q: What do you get out of training Jujitsu?

A: Ju Jitsu training keeps me supple and fit. I enjoy the fun we have as well as progression.

Q: What is your favourite throw/technique and why?

A:There are so many techniques that it’s impossible to pick out one. But I do like a great Hane Goshi!

Q: What is your next jujitsu goal?

A: My next goal is to achieve 5th Dan which is Master grade and to continue to learn and master new techniques

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Dan Fitt

Chief Instructor – 2nd Dan

Dan started his JuJitsu career with the renowned Jikishin Association and was recently awarded 2nd Dan by sensei Andy Wilshaw (7th Dan)

of the NTK.

Ask the Sensei, Jujitsu Q&A

Q: How long have you been training Jujitsu?

A: I started in 2003 with Jikishin JuJitsu and then moved to the AMA/NTK Jujitsu in 2010

Q: Did you train in other martial arts before Jujitsu?

A: I dabbled in a few things before I started Jujitsu but have trained in Tae-Kwon Do and Shotokan Karate alongside my Jujitsu training

Q: What attracted you to Jujitsu?

A: I like the practicality of Jujitsu and the no-nonsense self-defence elements that are at the heart of it but I also love the history and tradition that accompany the training

Q: What do you think are the main reasons to train Jujitsu versus the other martial arts you have experience with?

A: I think every martial art has it’s own strong points, but for me, Jujitsu provides a really good grounding in practical self-defence and teaches techniques that can be applied to everyday situations. There is also a lot of variety in the Jujitsu styles that I have trained in which means that it doesn’t get boring!

Q: What do you get out of training Jujitsu?

A: I love learning the wide variety of locks, throws and strikes which are part of Jujitsu. It’s also a fantastic way of keeping fit – nothing gets a sweat up like a couple of hours of throwing people about (and getting the same in return!). There is also a great sense of self-confidence that comes with training any martial art but because Jujitsu equips students to deal with a large variety of situations, I think it’s particularly the case with this style.

Q: What is your favourite throw/technique and why?

A: I love the simple, fast and effective throws like “O Goshi” (Hip Throw) and it’s variations

Q: What is your next jujitsu goal?

A: Work has taken me away from the dojo for the last few months so I’m looking forward to getting back in to regular training and then going for my 3rd Dan hopefully next year

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Andy De’Ath

2nd Dan and Club Secretary

Ask the Sensei, Jujitsu Q&A

Q: How long have you been training Jujitsu?

A: Since June 2006

Q: Did you train in other martial arts before Jujitsu?

A: Judo and Shotokan Karate in my younger days and, prior to Jujitsu, 25 years of Kuk Sool Won where I attained 4th Dan.

Q: What attracted you to Jujitsu?

A: I wanted to concentrate on the more practical, self-defence side of martial arts.

Q: What do you think are the main reasons to train Jujitsu versus the other martial arts you have experience with?

A: Much friendlier than many larger clubs and instructors who are not in it for glory or money!

Q: What do you get out of training Jujitsu?

A: Confidence and fitness plus, hopefully, slowing down the ageing process!

Q: What is your favourite throw/technique and why?

A: No real favourite but overall prefer more simple techniques as, in a real life situation, they are the ones that will work.

Q: What is your next jujitsu goal?

A: Approaching age 70, I aim to continue to train for as long as I am still able!

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James Woodburn

1st Dan

Ask the Sensei, Jujitsu Q&A

Q: How long have you been training Jujitsu?

A: I have been training Jujitsu since 2013, it’s taken me five and a half years to get my black belt, but it’s been well worth it.

Q: Did you train in other martial arts before Jujitsu?

A: I have been training in martial arts since 2006, I started with Karate, however I moved on to other martial arts, such as Judo and Tai Chi. I have graded at both Shotokan and Goju Ryu. I have also competed in both Judo and Karate.

Q: What attracted you to Jujitsu?

A: I was really fascinated by the softer martial arts of Japan and I had heard a lot about Jujitsu, so I naturally wanted to see for myself. I was impressed with subtlety and effectiveness of the movements and also their power. I found it an impressive system which had a bit of everything.

Q: What do you think are the main reasons to train Jujitsu versus the other martial arts you have experience with?

A: I think Jujitsu is a very broad system and that has kept me interested. The fact it has so much to teach is a testament to its sophistication. The depth of it has meant it has kept both my mind and body agile. There is always a new level to it and also importantly, it keeps evolving to suit the modern age.

Q: What do you get out of training Jujitsu?

A:  I think it’s helped me stay focused and given me discipline, helping me to see what I can do with my body and mind. It is also very dynamic and the fitness element has challenged me and developed my well being.

Q: What is your favourite throw/technique and why?

A: A difficult question to answer I think I like them all. However I really like Randori (free sparring), and ground fighting in particular as you can learn a lot about yourself from it; it is also very humbling when you get beaten and has taught me to think about my own techniques and strategies.

Q: What is your next jujitsu goal?

A: To reach second dan and to explore the art further, to keep training and passing on what I have learnt and also to keep helping others.

Affiliations

NTK

Nippon Traditional Kobudo

We are affiliated to the recognised Nippon Traditional Kobudo (NTK) association where all our licence and insurances are obtained.

Sensei Andy Wilshaw is a full time Martial Arts Instructor and the director of NTK Martial Arts. Sensei Andy started training the Martial Arts in 1979 when he started Karate and moved on to Jujitsu in 1980, Sensei Andy holds a 7th Dan in Jujitsu, 2nd Dan in Karate, 1st Dan in Judo,and 1st Dan in Kobudo. Along the way Sensei Andy has practiced and studied different forms of Martial Arts with a passion and travels around the country and different parts of the world to Instruct other Martial Artists and extend his own knowledge as much as possible. Sensei Andy has trained with Professor D.Hodgson (7th Dan Jujitsu), Professor Robert Clarke(9th Dan Jujitsu),Professor D. Stretton (7th Dan Jujitsu,7th Dan Fudoshin Weapons),Master Soke Tanaka, Soke Inoue, Soke Yamanaka,  Soke-Professor Yamaue, Grand Master Jack Hogan (10th Dan), Grand Master Bruce Chui (Modern Arnis).

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