Years of hard training have paid off for three members of Bradley Stoke Jiu Jitsu Club who recently became the first in their club to pass their black belt 1st Dan grading.
Chris Wills, Matt Brunt and Peter Williams all started as beginners at the club and are trained by chief instructor, Renshi Trevor King 5th Dan.
Bradley Stoke Jiu Jitsu Club train in Jukoshin Ryu – a style with an emphasis on practical, realistic self defence – taught in 55 countries worldwide. The style incorporates a variety of techniques including throws, locks, pressure points, kicks, grappling and weapons. Through membership of the WEBBS martial arts organisation, club members have participated in many events, including club trips to Poland, Portugal and Spain.
“The guys have trained hard, twice a week for five years, and I am delighted that they have reached this important milestone. This bodes very well for the club as their commitment is a great example for our up-and-coming younger members.”
The club runs thriving children’s classes and an active adult class at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. Adult classes take place on Wednesdays (7pm-9pm) and Friday (8pm-9.30pm), with children’s classes on Fridays (under-10s: 6pm-7pm; age 10+: 7pm-8pm).
Photo (l-r): Black belt achievers Chris Wills, Matt Brunt and Peter Williams.
This article originally appeared in the January 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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