David Brough, Philip Rhodes, Andy Smith and Darry McNamara

FREE POSTER: The History of Bushido and British Ju Jitsu – Part V: Back to the Future by Sensei Dave Brough

So have we finished? Is the syllabus fully developed? Will things change again? If there is one thing I have learned from researching this history, it is that change is both inevitable and necessary. From the beginning we see Jigoro Kano developing Judo from the best bits of different Ju Jitsu styles, and other martial …

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Senior Senseis (from left to right) James Pape, Paul Geoghegan, Eric Marshall, Bob Ashworth.

The History of Bushido & British Ju Jitsu – Part IV: In to the Mix by Sensei Dave Brough

The information for much of the next part of the story comes largely from a conversation I had with Sensei’s James Pape, Eric Marshall, and Bob Ashworth, at the Bushido course (28/04/2018), and Sensei Paul Geoghegan subsequently. In the 1960s Bob Clark was a student of Jack Britten’s and took his early grades there, maybe …

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The History of Bushido and British Ju Jitsu – Part III: Hit the Road Jack by Sensei Dave Brough

Jack Britten was making a living in the boxing booths around London and challenged Tani to a fight, which he lost. After losing to Tani, Britten decided to learn Ju Jitsu and he joined Tani’s Ju Jitsu school in London (1). He trained with distinction, though for how long it is hard to tell. He …

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The History of Bushido & British Ju Jitsu – Part II: The Man from Japan by Sensei Dave Brough

At this point in the story, we return to the UK, and London where we meet Edward William Barton-Wright (1860 – 1951). Barton-Wright spent several years (c 1895 – 1898) working in Japan where he studied Ju-Jitsu of the Shinden Fudo Ryū and Kodokan Judo (1). Upon his return to England, Barton-Wright combined the Ju …

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