“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”
Nathan Ritson – Green belt
I wanted my children to learn respect and discipline, gain confidence and fitness. So this club was just perfect. Then it occurred to me that I shouldn’t asked of them what I’m not willing to do myself. So here we are, all three of us attending as often as possible. It’s been an incredible journey and we have all enjoyed it. A great feeling of accomplishment, we have all learned so much from the highly experienced yet patient mentors we share the dojo with.
I encourage anyone to give it a go. I guarantee you won’t regret it !
Sensei Adam Hocking
3rd Dan Fudoshin Jujitsu – Coat of arms: colour – red, animal -Jackal
I have always been interested in martial arts; I blame my 90’s exposure to the Karate Kid and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But it wasn’t until I went to University in London that I got the opportunity to start.
I tried Kung Fu, Capoiera (I quickly discovered I had no rhythm), Karate and Kickboxing before settling on the University’s Jujitsu club, which was affiliated to the Jitsu Foundation.
I choose jujitsu because it suited me, the way I moved, the way I fight and I was instantly in awe of how broad a martial art it was; it also came across as being immensely practical and everyone was really friendly. I progressed through to Green belt whilst at University, but sadly when I left there were no Jujitsu Foundation Clubs where I moved to and I focused on my career. I did dabble in Karate for a bit.
I stumbled across the Dorchester Fudoshin Jujitsu Club in 2010, following a move to Dorset, and I decided to pick up Jujitsu.
I started in the New Year of 2011, I was nervous on the first Monday I attended, with a room full of students and Black Belts, but I was made to feel extremely welcome. The warm up left me realising just how out of shape I had become. Again I was amazed at the breadth of the British Fudoshin Syllabus which also encompassed other martial arts and weapons. The knowledge and skill of Shihan Kevin King was evident. I have not looked back and I continue to train and to develop my own style.
My two children have also started jujitsu- with the eldest now at Brown belt.