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26th Nov 2011

Posted: November 28, 2011 by alansmurf in grading, jujitsu

John Sensei returned from his travels and set about making up for lost time .


Tonight there was a club grading (those who missed out dont despair there will be opportunities to grade very soon )


A big well done to all who were successful was a pleasure to see you all switch on and display your skills to the level required.


Ian ========== Blue belt

James Harvey ===Go Kyu (orange belt}

Mikey ======== Go Kyu (orange belt}

Chris =========Go Kyu (orange belt}

Milan =========Go Kyu (orange belt}

Marek ========Go Kyu (orange belt}


Martin H.  ======Red Belt

Dan S =========Red Belt


Onwards and upwards folks




24th extra class

Posted: May 24, 2011 by alansmurf in grading, jujitsu

Dan is working towards his black belt and Gary kindly offered to train with him at my dojo ..

alternating throws followed by Go Kyu and Yon Kyu syllabus , then a reaction drill to cool down …

Both did extremly well


50 years on the mats

Posted: February 13, 2011 by alansmurf in grading, jujitsu

John Plumbridge has been 50 years on the tatami…..

An awesome feat and he still wants to randori and roll !!!!

Last night we had a little celebration in a Japanese reastaurant in Staines  which was really well attended thank you to all who came especially those who travelled from Dartford

John received his 6th Dan a much deserved ranking and a few other gifts from grateful students .

I would just like to say thankyou to him for his inspiration and commitment to martial arts and particlary to our club over the past 10 years he is a pleasure to train with and a great friend to me .


Shodan grading

Congratulations to Dmitry and Jamie who achieved their Shodan (Black Belts) today the 13th Dec 2009. They were two of the better candidates on the mat ( unbiased opinion of course!!!) and thoroughly deserve their rank. The panel consisted of Shihan Griffiths 8th Dan, Sensei Townsend 6th Dan, Sensei Plumbridge 5th Dan, Sensei Murphy 5th Dan and Sensei Harte 5th Dan.

Also congrats to Fraser and Gary who unwittingly showed up on the day and were awarded GoKyu (Orange belt) by Shihan Griffiths who was impressed with their techniques and skills on the mat.

The club will be closing on the 21st Dc until the 4th Jan to allow for the Christmas season.

A happy Christmas and brilliant New Year to you all.


Alan Murphy 5th Dan

Yellow belts

Congratulations to Gary, Simon, Fraser, Simon, Ian, David, Mikey and of course Mel who all successfully graded to Yellow belt tonight. I was delighted with everyones enthusiasm, hard work, techniques and the sense of comraderie you all displayed.

Keep at it there is much to learn but you are all well capable of exceeding your teachers.


Early May Bank Holiday

There will be no club training on Monday 4th May.

Happy Easter to one and all ..

There will be no club training on the Thursday 9th April or the Monday 13th April to allow for the Easter break.

Great news! Mel, Tony and Simon all passed red belt grading this week .. Well done folks.

After 2 months of calf injury I am pleased to be back on the mats and training. Thanks to John Sensei for keeping the club going during this time.

Please find new photos in the Gallery.

Take care


Happy New year to one and all ..

The club has been lucky to have several students go for their grading to Rokyu (Red Belt) on the 12th Jan 2009. Katherine , Ed , Jeri and David all were successful in this their first grading within the club and a well earned congratulautions to each of them. The first steps have been made on your journey.

On the 22 Jan 2009 Dmitriy and Jamie were put to the test and passed with flying colours to achieve their Sankyu grade (Brown Belt) . Both these guys have worked extreemly hard on their techniques and assisted with helping the lower grades to progress over the past year. They are both accomplished and capable brown belt students who both John Sensei and I agree will easily progress further through the gradings in time.

Other news:

John and Alan have been invited to teach a 2 hour seminar on the 22nd of February 2009 at 10:00 at the following venue:


1A The Precinct
High Street
Egham, Surrey
TW20 9HN

All are welcome to attend the techniques will be primarily stand up defences designed for those who have not yet learned to break fall.

I will update you with any costs etc. closer to the date.

A new year that has started extreemly well and looks to be the best one yet for all associated with the club ..

Alan Murphy Sensei