Our Sensei Meet our incredible sensei

What is a Sensei?

Sensei is often mis-translated as ‘teacher’ or ‘instructor’, though this is generally accepted as being right, it actually has a much deeper meaning. Sen translates to ‘before’, and sei loosely translates to lived, or birth. So sensei actually means someone who has more experience than you, someone who has lived before you.

Our sensei, live and breath this, and love to pass on there experiences to our students, and continue to learn from their peers. Our Sensei are great sources of inspiration, who will expect your respect, but also respect you in return. Our Sensei allow our students to discover their strengths and weaknesses so they may grow and flourish in the art of Jiu Jitsu and also in life.

Our Sensei

Meet our very hard working sensei, each one of them have their strengths and weaknesses and as a team offer you, as a student, the best possible experience.

Neville Kershaw 7th Dan

Sports Leader Level 1, Principle Coach of the IJJO with over 30 years experience

I have been t…

Claire Kershaw 5th Dan

Sports Leader Level 1, Company Secretary of the Independent Jiu-Jitsu Organisation

I fell into…

David Hodgson 7th Dan

Sports Leader Level 1, with over 25 years experience.

Sensei David, although currently retired…

Angela Tarkenter 7th Dan

Sports Leader Level 1, with over 20 years experience

I got into Jiu-jitsu when in 1986 I decid…

Karen Taylor 6th Dan

Sports Leader Level 1

I met Sensei Neville and his team whilst particip…

Joseph Saldanha 6th Dan

Sports Leader Level 1.

I began my Jiu-Jitsu journey in 1983 (I was very, very young!) taking m…

Pamela Kershaw 4th Dan

Sports Leader Level 1

Laz Lukoczki 4th Dan

Sports Leader Level 1

I started Jiu-Jitsu, and have attended regularly, since 2009. There are …

James Ellis 3rd Dan

Sports Leader Level 1

I started training at Rushcroft Jiu-Jitsu Club in 1993 aged 8 and after …

Samantha Owens 3rd Dan

Sports Leader Level 1

Andy Rawlings 3rd Dan

Sports Leader Level 1

I started Jiu-Jitsu after watching my children doing lessons and my daug…

Tricia North 2nd Dan

Sports Leader Level 1

I achieved my Black belt in Jiu-Jitsu in November 2012 and I’m currently…

Andy Blyth 2nd Dan

After an extended break Andy has returned to the world of Jiu Jitsu, working hard to refresh his …