On Friday 7th July 2015 we were graced by the presence of Sensei Tom Starling of The International Budo Federation Jiu-Jitsu and Kobudo England. We were further graced by the presence of Sensei Tom Starling Snr and what a delightful double act they were.
Sensei Tom, 7th Dan Jiu Jitsu is a great instructor and a true gentleman, he is clearly following in the footsteps of his father Professor Tom Starling 8th Dan.
An evening of great teaching commenced and everyone trained hard with big smiles, I know this duo teaching at Ishin Ryus Headquaters has great meaning for Sensei Kevin Pell as Professor Tom was instrumental in Sensei Pells learning of martial arts as a child.
Despite Prof. Starlings tender years (I’m sure he won’t mind me disclosing it is 80+) he moved around the matt like a sprightly teenager, and threw, tripped and twisted Sensei Tom like he was a feather. Sensei Tom and Tom senior have clearly worked many a seminar together as a father and son team and their energy was both refreshing and a pleasure to be a part of.
Despite momentarily losing the Toms at the wrong public House, we followed up the great nights training with a wonderful meal and chatted away into the small hours.
A big thanks to Sensei Tom junior and senior – a great night had by all and we hope to see you back at Honbu again soon.