South London Jiu Jitsu Club

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Sensei Gladstone Burke

Sensei Gladstone Burke

I started South East London Jiu Jitsu in 2002.

After watching my first Jiu Jitsu class I was immediately taken with the simplicities of the art and the friendly atmosphere of the club and started my training the following week with husband and wife instructors, 6th Dan Shihan Frank Ireland and his wife, 1st Dan Sensei Linda.

In 2000 I took my black belt grading and successfully passed and received my 1st Dan black belt, which gave me the distinction of holding the title of Sensei (Japanese for teacher).

I continue to study and improve my knowledge of not only Jiu Jitsu, but other styles of martial arts. As well as working towards my 2nd Dan grade, I am also studying for my 1st Dan in Seitei Iaido (the Japanese art of Swordsmanship) and the Japanese massage technique known as Shiatsu.

Sensei Norman Hall

Sensei Norman Hall

I started my journey into martial arts with Karate. I found it interesting, maybe it was my lack of understanding of the art, but I thought there was something missing in it for me.

A friend asked me to go with him to watch a martial arts class which he was thinking of joining. This was my introduction to Jiu Jitsu. This style of martial arts was a revelation to me. Not only was there punching and kicking, but, throws, takedowns, locks and strangles. I was hooked and joined not long after.

That first club was under the instruction of Shihan Frank Ireland, a 6th Dan and Sensei Linda Ireland 1st Dan. It was both these teachers who encouraged my learning of the martial arts.

I am now under the direction of Kyoshi Olu Bamgbose, an 8th Dan whose instruction demonstrates to me how much more I have to learn.

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