An unexpected surprise – Sensei Adam awarded ‘Nidan’ (2nd Dan)!

Hi guys, Sensei Adam here.

You may remember back in October of last year I travelled up to World Ju-Jitsu Federation headquaters in Liverpool to do my 2nd dan (Nidan) grading, where I came close to passing but fell short.

Immediately after hearing the news, Kyōshi Robert Howes (7th Dan) offered to let me re-try my grading at a later date at one of his classes in Norwich, including ‘volunteering’ the services of one of his club coaches, Sensei Jack Stapleton (4th Dan), to uke for me. In case you forgot, Kyōshi Howes is the sensei who has visited us to adjudicate our club gradings in the past, and whom I trained under last summer.

After our last club gradings back in November, we decided that the best plan was for me to join them at their next club gradings which was set for Saturday 21st March 2020, but then that pesky Coronavirus meant all their classes and the grading got postponed.

You might now be wondering, why would I bring this up now?

This morning I received a surprise package from Kyōshi Robert Howes, containing a letter, a Nidan belt and my certificate.

Yes, I have officially been awarded my 2nd Dan black belt! I was not expecting this and was still waiting for when I could re-try my grading. At this point I don’t really know what to say, other than to thank everyone from Kyōshi Robert Howes, Kancho Robert Hart and of course our Sensei Julia! There are probably other people I need to thank too so if I’ve missed you, thank you!

Roll on October 2023 when I should eligible to attempt my Sandan (3rd dan) grading!

WJJF Garden Kata Challenge!

We’ve been challenged!

The World Ju-Jitsu Federation have challenged the members of all WJJF clubs to record themselves performing any kata in their garden (or anywhere you have enough space) and to send the video of it in to your club!

Just pick whichever kata you like, record it, and send it to us. We’ll share your entries on our Facebook page and it may even be shared to the WJJF page as well!

Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, no need to wear your uniform, it’s all just for fun!

If you want to send us a video, you can either:

#WJJF #GETINVOLVED #WJJFGARDENKATA’S #stayhomesavelives

Not a 2nd Dan quite yet

If you’re reading this you probably want to know how I got on at yesterdays grading. In short, I’m not a 2nd Dan quite yet.

The World Ju-Jitsu Federation holds a high and exacting standard for all of it’s gradings, to which no one is exempt. On this occasion I fell just short of the passing grade.

Now to clarify I have not failed, but I haven’t passed either. I have been deferred, which to most of means “resit the exam” so at some point I will have to attempt it again.
I won’t have to travel back up to the HQ in Liverpool but I will still do it in front of senior coaches, and at the moment the current plan sounds like I will travel to Norwich to do it at Haya-Ashi Ju-Jutsu who I trained with over the summer.

In the mean time I have been given excellent feedback on what I did well at and where I didn’t, which was given to me by 2 of the 3 senseis who sat on my adjudicating panel, namely Kyōshi Russ Walsh (7th Dan) and Shihan Simon Jones (7th Dan). I was also fortunate in that my Uke for the day was Sensei Paul Daley (6th Dan) who also gave his own advice.

On that note, I would like to thank all of the sensei’s mentioned above again, as well as Kyōshi Robert Howes (7th Dan), Sensei David Howard (5th Dan) and Kanchō Robert Hart (7th Dan), who had unpleasant job of breaking the news to me. Everyone I spoke to agreed that I can do it, it just needed more polish than I presented yesterday.

I never walked in expecting to pass. I knew I had to earn it and knew the standards were high, so also I knew there was a chance I could have failed. When it unfortunately happened, it wasn’t a crushing defeat. I don’t even consider it a setback because I haven’t lost anything that I need to regain.

People say you learn more from failure than success, and I plan to use myself as an example for our students. Sure you can train hard and still fail. But you take some time to assess what went wrong, work on those issues and you try again.

I’ll close out this post with a quote that’s served me well in the past and served me well yesterday:

If you’re not prepared to fail, you’re not prepared at all.

I will earn my 2nd Dan, it just hasn’t been quite yet.

Haya-ashi Ju-Jutsu, Summer 2019

For the last 6 weeks of the summer holidays, I’ve been travelling to Norwich to join the Haya-ashi Ju-Jutsu club twice a week for some extra weapons practice ahead of my 2nd Dan grading in October.

I would like give my thanks to Kyōshi Robert Howes (7th Dan), Senseis Jack Stapleton (3rd Dan), Martyn Webster (3rd Dan) and Jason King (2nd Dan), as well as everyone else at the club who took the time to help me and make me feel welcome at the club.

At the start of the summer I had ear-marked 6 dates I would be attending, in the end though it I attended 11 classes back to back! Even though I was just a visitor, by the end I didn’t feel like one, more a home away from home.

They are of course more than welcome to join in at our classes in Aylesbury should they ever be in the area!

Also finally, good luck to Steven Newson who is going for his 1st Dan black belt on the same day I’ll be doing my 2nd. Chances are one of us will end up playing Uke for the other at some point!

International Martial Arts Seminar (3rd August 2019)

New seminar announced!

Hanshi John Greenhalgh, the highest ranked person in the WJJF, at the mightily impressive rank of Jūdan (10th Dan!), will be hosting a seminar in Manchester on Saturday 3rd August 2019.

To book, Hanshi Greenhalgh has asked that people message him privately though Facebook.
EDIT: This is now a past event, please not not message Hanshi Greenhalgh.

The seminar is being held at:
Worsley Leisure Centre
Bridgewater Road
Walkden
Greater Manchester
M28 3AB

To get directions via Google Maps, click here.

Accidental Social Media Hiatus

Hi, Adam here.

You might have noticed a lack of any posts from us on both our Facebook page or our Twitter account this week.The reason for this was because my computer died during the week.

What I usually do is write and schedule the posts on a Sunday for the following week or two so that they will automatically get posted while I’m at work. The problem arose last week when I sat down to write this weeks posts and my computer did not want to cooperate with me. In the end I spent most of my afternoon trying to get my computer to work and ended up forgetting about what I had wanted to use my computer for in the first place.

Hence the lack of updates this week. My fault, sorry about that.

I have now set up the all the posts and reminders for the usual times, going all the way up to and including half term.

As a future note, if we do miss a post for whatever reason, you can always message Julia or myself directly if you ever need to know if a class is on or not.