Following the shodan grading, the candidates and a host  of visiting students – also braving the inclement weather – were treated to a 2.5 h seminar on the finer points of applied Japanese Jiujitsu.

Three of the OJA Expert panel – Sensei’s Honey, Yanke and Knispel – put participants through their paces with complementary  techniques. Students were enthralled by the technical expertise demonstrated and challenged to adapt to the demands.

They left with a gi-bag full of technical tools  – plus inspiration to continue pushing forward in training. And… they clearly had fun!      

“There is no end to learning in jiujitsu'” opined Sensei Knispel, “That is one of the many satisfying aspects of jiujitsu training. It is a lifestyle which sustains  both  mind and body.”