Sensei David Brough
David Brough started training in martial arts aged 14 when he started Shotokan Karate. Four years later in 1994 he received his black belt in Karate from Sensei Dave Hazard (7th Dan) while training with Sensei Ronnie Ross (6th Dan) of the HKA.
David trained on and off with several Shotokan karate clubs through his University education, training in Aberdeen, Manchester, and Wilmslow. During this time David had the opportunity to train with many great Karateka (e.g. Senseis Kanazawa (10th Dan), Kato (9th Dan), Kagawa (8th Dan) and others).
In 2006 David started training Ju Jitsu with Sensei Andy Smith (2nd Dan) in Wilmslow. David competed at national and international competitions winning medals in all categories. He received his black belt in October 2011 graded by Senseis Pape (10th Dan), Goeghegan (9th Dan), and Rhodes (6th Dan). In August 2015 David was awarded 2nd Dan graded by Senseis Pape (10th Dan), Idle (7th Dan), and Asbery (7th Dan). In July 2018 David was awarded 3rd Dan graded by Senseis Pape (10th Dan), Asbery (7th Dan), and Pryce (6th Dan). David is a qualified Level 3 Coach (BJJAGB).
Sempai Philip Malkin
Philip Malkin started training Ju Jitsu with Sensei Andy Smith in Wilmslow at around the same time as David Brough. Philip progressed through the Kyu grades achieving 1st Kyu (brown belt) and is now working towards his black belt. Philip has participated in national and international level competition as a competitor and as an official. Philip is a level 2 assistant coach (BJJAGB) and has a wealth of experience teaching students in both Wilmslow and Knutsford. Philip is also the club secretary of the Knutsford club.
In the early part of 2016, David and Philip started discussing the possibility of opening a new club for the Knutsford area. David had moved to Mobberley and both David and Philip relished the challenge of opening a new club and offering the people of Knutsford the opportunity to learn the martial art that they had gained so much from. The launch date was the first Thursday in the November of 2016. From that evening the club has gone from strength to strength.