Coverack Ju Jitsu trains with Killer Bees

jujitsuclub and killerbees

This evening we welcomed Gareth and Co from Cornwall’s Taekwon-do club the Killer Bees, to our dojo.

Both the junior and senior classes were led by Killer Bees instructor Gareth Smith, and the students really embraced the opportunity to train with an excellent, experienced instructor.

As a club our ethos is all about development and growth. We’re always keen to work with other genres of martial art and have built a great relationship with the Killer Bees. Taekwon-do and ju jitsu work well together and that really showed this evening in our training.

I’m pretty sure our students will be aching tomorrow!!

Thanks Gareth!

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Master Roberts joins the Martial Arts Hall of Fame

It was a couple of months ago now that I had the honour of going up to a special dinner and presentation evening, where I collected my Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame Top Instructor award.

Surrounded by loads of brilliant people from the world of martial arts, I got to go up on stage and receive my award from top kickboxer Steve Babbs.

A brilliant experience and a real honour.


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What will you be doing this winter?

Winter may be here but Coverack Ju Jitsu Club is here to fill one of your dark evenings!

If you fancy learning a non aggressive form of self defence, getting fit and meeting some new people, come and give our classes a go. We always offer the first two sessions free to new members, so come along and see if it’s for you – what have you got to lose?!

Junior and senior class times (and prices) are here.

As well as our own weekly classes at the Lambeage Hall in Coverack, we will also soon be offering self defence short courses to businesses, groups and other clubs. These unique sessions will cover not only the basics of ju jitsu, but also the legal side of using a martial art. At the end of the course you will be awarded with a certificate of achievement.

More information will be available soon (so watch this space!) but if you’re interested in the meantime please get in touch.

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Strength in numbers, strong in ability

Once upon a time martial arts were practised in isolation – people chose a martial art and stuck with that one, rarely crossing over into other disciplines. At the time, such frivolity would have been frowned on.

Thankfully, times have changed. Most martial artists are now free to develop their experience across the arts to make their skills as rounded as possible.

As a practitioner of martial arts, and as Master of Coverack Ju Jitsu Club, I have always been a strong believer in feeling free to try out other disciplines. I was lucky to have begun my training with a forward thinking instructor in Grand Master Den Butler, and thanks to his openness to my training across disciplines, I’ve been able to experience a huge range of different martial arts, which has influenced my approach today. Not only have I always offered to share our art with other clubs, but we also actively encourage our own students to enjoy training in other disciplines too.

Over the years, we’ve always worked closely with the Killer Bees, sharing our mutual knowledge and experience to broaden our individual skills. We’d love to expand on this and share with other clubs too.  If you’re part of a club that shares this way of thinking, why not get in touch.


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Summer camp 2014 roundup

It’s been a while since I last posted, but it’s still been all go for Coverack Ju Jitsu Club.

We’ve just got back from a brilliant week at our annual summer camp, joint hosted by the Killer Bees and our club.

Held at Perran Sands Holiday Park up on the north coast of Cornwall, our third summer camp saw 5 days of activities and martial arts with some of the UK’s most respected peers across the arts, including myself and Gareth

Trevor Roberts, Cornwall
Black belt in shoto-kan karate, judo and 5th dan in Japanese Ju-Jitsu.

Gareth Smith, Cornwall
3rd dan Tae KwonDo.

along with…

Raphael Dos Santos, Cornwall
Black belt second degree in Brazilian Ju Jitsu and Judo, head coach of Cornwall BJJ-UK.

Mark Weir, Gloucester
A highly experienced mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, ranked no.1 in the country since 1999 and described as being ‘the most experienced active fighter in the UK’.

Frances Miller, Somerset
5th dan black belt in Taekwon-Do. Competed in the TAGB 9th World Championships and the PUMA World Championships winning bronze and silver medals.

Clive Harrison, Gloucester
Master Clive Harrison 8th Dan is one of the most experienced professional tae kwon do instructors in the country, with over 41 years experience in martial arts.

Bob Sykes, Huddersfield
7th Dan black belt with 36 years active involvement in a huge array of martial arts, Karate and Kickboxing. Editor of the UK’s leading martial arts magazine ‘Martial Arts Illustrated’. Bob trains with many of the world’s leading authorities in the martial arts and has established himself amongst the world’s elite practitioners.

A typical day at summer camp consisted of a 7am start with a run to the beach, a spot of training and a swim.  Back for breakfast, then onto various organised activities, including walking, cycling on the Camel Trail and surf lessons on Fistral beach, Newquay. At 6pm each evening we had a two hour seminar with one of the experts listed above.

While I was hosting my seminar on the Tuesday evening, as we reached the end, Bob Sykes presented me with a letter which, much to my amazement entered me into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This great honour has put me alongside some of the people I’ve looked up to and admired for many years, great people who are at the top of their respective fields. I am very much looking forward to going up to the ceremony in Staffordshire next month to receive my award.

Finally, I am really looking forward to seeing the next issue of Martial Arts Illustrated magazine, which will have a big feature on summer camp. This is due out on 9th October – grab your copy!



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After the long winter break….

Its been a nice, restful, long break from it all, but…….time for that to change!

1st session back will be Thursday 10th January – 6 pm for the juniors, 7.15 pm for the senoirs, at the Lambeage Hall in Coverack.  Can’t wait to see you all there ready and raring to go – and remember we are always pleased to see new people if you fancy coming along to the next traning session.

We will be working hard over the next few weeks towards our first grading.  Onwards and upwards!

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First Class Success

The first of the regular weekly classes was held last Thursday, 13th September.

It was a great success, with 28 juniors and 12 seniors taking part.

I am pleased to say that Seacore have donated some money, and I have purchased more mats, to fill the floor area.  I’d like to say a huge thank you to Seacore for this.   Hopefully the new mats will arrive in time for the next class, on Thursday 20th September.

More mats = more room for new students, so come along and fill it up.  


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Update for Jujitsu Classes

Only a few days left until regular classes start!
The first is Thursday 13th September at the Lambeage Hall in Coverack.  Details for junior and senior classes as follows:

Junior Classes:
6 pm – 7.15 pm.

Good news for all of you who would like their younger ones to start learing this martial art.
We can take children from 5 years old up to 14 in the junior class.  Older ones who show progress can be moved to the senior class as appropriate.  Children aged 5 – 7 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
The first two lessons will be free of charge, and after that £3.50 per session. 
Don’t worry if you haven’t got a gi. Please come dressed in jogging trousers or leggings, and a t-shirt.  We can help with sourcing the correct gi a little later on.

Senoir Classes:

7.15 pm – 9 pm
14 years and up
£5 per session
Same thing applies to clothing as with the juniors. Don’t worry if you’ve not got a gi, just wear suitable clothing to start with and we can help you to source to correct gi a little later on.

Classes will be on Thursday evenings.

Licences and insurance:
For the juniors a years insurance will cost £25.  The licence fee and licence book will be included in this price.
Seniors insurance will be £30 for the year, and again the licence fee and licence book is included.
Any questions at all, please ask
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Sunday 26th August – Come on!

This Sunday, the 26th, we are holding the final drop-in style Ju-jitsu session in Coverack before the classes start in September.

Come along to the Lambeage Hall in Coverack on Sunday afternoon, between 1.30 and 5.30 to get on the mats and have a go!

Master Trevor Roberts will be taking the session.  See you all there.

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Pictures, as promised.

The first of the photographs taken at the Ju-jitsu taster session last Saturday.

Photographs taken by Donna Sharpe

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