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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



23 may 2011

Posted: May 23, 2011 by alansmurf in jujitsu

good old fashioned training , press ups , throws , press ups , strike circuit , press ups, locks and takedowns , press ups , crunches, more throws and then a reaction circle to finish ..

Hard work by a hardcore of students Nigel and myself


Bank Holiday Blues

Posted: April 25, 2011 by James Pipe in jujitsu

Well, seeing as right now we would be training, I thought I would upload some of the pictures that I have been taking over the last few weeks to try and fill the void…

Check out

Bring on Thursday (now I can turn my head again!)!


Monday 28th

Posted: March 1, 2011 by James Pipe in jujitsu

Good session! A nice bit of syllabus work to keep the red and yellow belts on their toes, plus some handing down of knowledge to the white belts.

I really enjoyed tonight. I miss one Thursday, and it feels like I’ve been away for ages!

See you all Thursday.


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 .


Better late than never…

Posted: February 12, 2011 by James Pipe in jujitsu

So, update from Thursday’s training seeing as Gary (uke number 1) was suffering from India’s revenge and was unable to attend! Hope you are feeling better by now?! No Ian (the real uke) still either, so it was more uke practise for James snr (the genuine uke) with a little help from me (trainee uke).

It all started with a promise of ground work…. It would have been a small class had it not been for some new starters that popped their head around the door to see what all the fuss was about. We had Mel, Milan, James Snr and myself in attendance with Sensei John in the driving seat. Joining us on the mats for the first time was Marick (spelling!), Penny and Manfred who decided to come along and have a go. It was nice to see some new faces and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves!

We started off with some warm ups and a little mat cleaning (aka pulling yourself along the mats on your front and then turning around and practising ground defenses on the way back) before covering the basics of breakfalling for the new guys. Then onto practising how to move your opponent by using their momentum from a push and how to wind up their arm into a nice shoulder lock. Moving on from this, we stepped up the pace and practised waki gatame and hara gatame from a lapel grab.

Once we had satisfied this, we introduced the new guys to what o soto gari looks like, and feels like (albeit quite gently!). After Sensei John’s examples, we were helping the new guys understand what these moves were all about, which proved to be a very effective way of learning ourselves – trying to break each move down and explain it to someone who hasn’t done it before is a really good way of analysing what you are doing – both right and wrong!

We finished the session with a some chokes and holds – namely okuri-eri-jime (I had to ask Sensei to write that one down as it wouldn’t stay in my head!) starting standing up, but also trying it out on the floor in various ways. I have to say, it was quite effective and I was still seeing stars for several seconds afterwards.

So, groundwork we were promised, and groundwork we got, but not before going back to cover some of the basics which proved to be quite refreshing and a good teaching/learning experience.

Good session! See you all soon.


It’s up there somewhere…

Posted: February 7, 2011 by alansmurf in jujitsu

Good session , I got thrown around the mat by Nigel Sensei
and Tom ..amongst others … A public apology to Gary and Linda for
my mistimed finish to the nether regions !! Lots of throws linked
into jabjab cross entry and a little free play Randori at the end
See you all later in the week Smurf