Caston Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, January 2015

Anniversary Dinner 25 years

Anniversary Dinner 25 years

Welcome back! Everyone seems back into the swing of things and working off those mince pies!! Good to see Semapi Lou and Sempai Tom travelling from London and Milton Keynes to join us for training at the Ishin Ryu headquarters in Caston. This is the year that Tom is hoping to re-attempt his Shodan (Black Belt) so every training session counts.

January was full of celebrations with the beginning of the New Year and significantly the realisation of 25 years of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu on January 9th. From the first night in Borehamwood with just seven students on the mat, to the now, internationally known club we are today. Congratulations to the founder Soke Keven Pell. The event was celebrated, with everyone going back to the roots in Borehamwood, by way of a massive party with two hundred guests. A fantastic achievement, looking forward to the next 25 years. Also in attendance were some special guests from the charity “Hounds for Heroes” this is Ishin Ryus chosen charity this year – we will be collecting throughout the year to present them with monies next January- we have already raised in excess of £6000 which was presented to the founder Allen Parton and a couple of his canine friends. If you have weird and wonderful ways to raise money for this worthy cause let us know.

Also this month saw a few students making the most of the hospitality of the local public house The Wagon and Horses, as they hosted their yearly Burns night celebrations, including a tartan clad piper and Haggis with all the trimming’s. Sadly (for me) some of us were working/training/teaching and were unable to attend, but we intend to make sure we are there next year!

Infants practicing their breakfalls

Infants practicing their breakfalls

First night back

First night back

Children doing casualty drags

Children doing casualty drags

Burns night

Burns night

4 Comments on Caston Ju Jitsu Club
Monthly Report, January 2015

  1. Osu Soke,
    I am sure you will be receiving many positive messages regarding the 25th Anniversary Dinner which was a huge success. Your plan to have an event that would have a more party style atmosphere to celebrate the 25 years was more than achieved The atmosphere was outstanding with everyone enjoying the party. The band was, as anticipated also outstanding. The company of the Ishin Ryu family was again, as always equally outstanding. It was great to see everyone again including some that I hadn’t seen for a few tears. It is safe to say that the Military Dojo personnel all had a great night and I would like to thank you, Teresa and all involved in the planning of the dinner on behalf of all of us from your Military Dojo’s.

    Of course the evening was for me topped off with your presentation of my Yondan, I am sure you picked up on my surprise, let alone the emotion. Your kind words and award were gratefully received. Timing of the award too at the 25th Anniversary Dinner makes it all the more special to me. I know you do not take these awards lightly and I am honoured that you believe me worthy. Thank you.

    Thank you again for Sensei Huss’s Nidan. He is a great guy who is a pleasure to work and train with and a good ambassador for Ishin Ryu at Brize Norton.

    I will ring you through the week once the dust has settled a little for us all, to discus some plans for the expansion of our Military Dojo’s.

    Once again, many thanks for yet another great night, my Yondan and being able to celebrate a quarter of a century of Ishin Ryu in style. Here’s to many more years to come.

    With honour and respect,
    Paul
    Paul Rudd Sensei MIMAS
    Ishin Ryu Director Military Dojo’s

  2. Sheila Eglen // March 18, 2015 at 8:25 pm // Reply

    Finally got around to it:-
    Just wanted to say what a wonderful evening it was on Saturday. Such a great atmosphere. It was good to see so many old faces coming together and celebrating such a significant event.
    Congratulations on an amazing achievement, you deserve all the accolades.
    I am proud and honoured to be part of such a great organisation (and like I said, without Ishin Ryu there would be no Mr & Mrs!!)
    Much Love
    Sheila
    xx

  3. Jack O'Brien // March 4, 2015 at 4:32 pm // Reply

    Osu Sensei,great report. Good to see Honbu doing well.

  4. A fantastic photo of the 200 students celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu, what a great evening and a huge thank you again to all those that made it such a special occasion…

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