I first became interested in ju-jitsu in 1994 after Sensei Les Mansfield introduced me to Sensei Bill Griffiths. Initially I thought ju-jitsu may help me to recuperate after quite a serious motorcycle accident. However I soon found myself totally drawn in by how full the art of ju-jitsu is. Having previously trained in karate/judo/kendo and kung fu I found this particular art seemed to suit me the best. I have travelled up and down the country being Uke to Sensei Bill Griffiths 7th Dan at numerous seminars. I have made some great friends from all over the world in all different styles of martial arts.
I was introduced to Bushi kempo Ju Jitsu and the Blurton Club by Drew Longson. I wanted to get fit but was bored of gyms and the repetitive nature of exercise. Drew asked me to go to a session (it was actually 6 months of sustained badgering, for which am truly grateful to him for his persistence! ) from the very first lesson I was hooked. Not only was I improving my physical fitness and stamina(which you can do in any gym or exercise class ), I was also learning a practical skill at the same time (self defence). Other benefits of note are an increase in my confidence, self discipline, balance, co-ordination and flexibility. As a Shodan I take great pride in our club and the fantastic members we have and every session I still something new. In fact you could say that my true learning is just beginning.