Fenland Ju-Jitsu Academy

Site Owned and operated by Aloda Ltd Registered Office : , Low Cottage, 10 Low Cross, Whittlesey, Peterborough, PE7 1HW.


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Tel: 07980874671

Instructors

Sensei Martin Hunnable (Head Coach)

Name and grade?

Martin Hunnable – Godan (5th Dan)

When did you start training with Fenland Ju-Jitsu?

I started learning the Jikishin Ju-Jitsu syllabus in 1994 & Set up Fenland Ju-Jitsu Academy in September 2003 when I moved to the Fens

Why did you choose Ju-Jitsu?

I have been training the the Martial Arts since i was 6 years old and finally setteled on Ju-Jitsu as for me it was the most complete Martial Art I had ever tried

Did you do any other sports before Ju-Jitsu?

I have participated in the following: –

  • Judo
  • Aikido
  • Tang Soo Doo
  • Football
  • Weight training ( in my younger days)
  • High Board Diving (at county level)

Tell us about your first class.

My first class with in Ju-Jitsu was great i was hooked right from the start

Was it easy to fit in?

Yes,

Was it difficult to learn?

No not really, some aspects are more difficult than others but everybody finds that certain things are easier than others but I firmly believe that anything worthwhile takes effort and Ju-Jitsu is no exception.

Why do you like Ju-Jitsu?

Because it is a practical, effective self-defence system as well as being good exercise and a good way to make new friends

Ever had to use Ju-Jitsu for real?

Unfortunatly Yes (not something I am proud of) but I felt controlled enough to defuse the situation quickly and escape.

Do you enter competitions?

Not anymore but I had some success in my younger days and have represented the UK overseas on many occasions

Has Ju-Jitsu changed your life?

I should say so in my house it is a case of “Ju-Jitsu is my life”.

How much time does training require?

It is up to the individual but personally I teach 4 nights a week, travel down to London at least once a fortnight to train with my Instructors and try to never miss a course (usually about 6-8 per year).

Sensei James Cottee

James Cottee – Godan (5th Dan)

When did you start training with Fenland Ju-Jitsu ?
March 2004?

Why did you choose Ju-Jitsu?

Ju-Jitsu has been part of my life for the last 20 years

Did you do any other sports before Ju-Jitsu?

I have participated in the following: –

  • Judo
  • Aikido
  • Football – 5 & 11-a-side
  • Squash
  • Weight training
  • Rugby

Tell us about your first class.

My first class with fenland Ju-Jitsu was well taught, professional as well as being fun.

Was it easy to fit in?

Yes, it was very easy to fit in and I was made to feel welcome from the start.

Was it difficult to learn?

Ju-Jitsu is not difficult to learn especially when it is taught well.

Why do you like Ju-Jitsu?

It is a practical, effective self-defence with the tradition and history of the noble Samurai.

Ever had to use Ju-Jitsu for real?

Not yet.

Do you enter competitions?

No

Has Ju-Jitsu changed your life?

As previously mentioned, I have been doing Ju-jitsu for 20 years and it forms a major part of my life, on a social basis as well as a Martial art.

How much time does training require?

As much as you are capable of giving it – and then a bit more so that you REALLY get the most from it.

Sensei Claire Hooke

Claire Hooke – Sandan (3rd Dan)

When did you start training with Fenland Ju-Jitsu ?
May 2009

Why did you choose Ju-Jitsu?

To learn self-defence 

Did you do any other sports before Ju-Jitsu?

I have participated in the following: –

  • Eventing
  • Netball
  • Cross Country Running
  • Hockey

Tell us about your first class.

My first class with fenland Ju-Jitsu I was
amazingly nervous everyone was so friendly I soon settled into the class and enjoyed the new experience.

Was it easy to fit in?

Yes, everyone was exceptional friendly and
helpful.  I was made to feel part of the
club from the start.

Was it difficult to learn?

Not at all, Sensei Martin is an exceptional
teacher and has the capable to adapt his teaching method to the
individual.
  Which he has also taught his
coach’s.

 

Why do you like Ju-Jitsu?

I love the contact sport and the fact Ju-Jitsu
is effective yet a graceful art.

Ever had to use Ju-Jitsu for real?

Not yet.

Do you enter competitions?

No – I am a qualified Ref.

Has Ju-Jitsu changed your life?

Ju-Jitsu has massively changed my life it is
fantastic to be part of a huge family. 
Ju-Jitsu has benefited by health by helping to keep me active and fit.

How much time does training require?

As much as you want to give depends completely on your goals – but it is very addictive!

Sensei Chris Ward

Chris Ward – Yondan (4th Dan)

When did you start training with Fenland Ju-Jitsu ?
September 2007

Why did you choose Ju-Jitsu?

Before ju-jitsu I practiced both judo and aikido
but unfortunately the clubs were not as good in this area after I moved or
closed down.  There was a ju-jitsu club
just opened up in Whittlesey so I went along and have been training ever since.

Did you do any other sports before Ju-Jitsu?

I have participated in the following: –

    • Judo
    • Aikido
    • Football – 5-a-side
    • Squash
    • Weight training
    • Swimming

Tell us about your first class.

I was a bit nervous beforehand as I hadn’t
trained for quite a while, but everyone was very friendly and the teaching was
brilliant

Was it easy to fit in?

Yes, everyone was very friendly and had the opportunity
to train at their own pace

Was it difficult to learn?

Ju-Jitsu is not difficult to learn especially
when it is taught well and you give it 100% effort.

Why do you like Ju-Jitsu?

I have met a lot of different people and have
made many friends through ju-jitsu, not just at the club, but all over the
country and internationally.  It is a
very effective method of self-defence, but also has a very traditional side
that goes back to the Samurai several centuries ago

Ever had to use Ju-Jitsu for real?

Not yet, although I have found that I am more
aware of situations going on around me and have more confidence in either
avoiding them or to deal with them before it has been necessary.

Do you enter competitions?

I used to compete at the National Championships
and the International Course and Competition that Kokorokai Ju-Jitsu and
Wakarishin Ju-Jitsu organise every year in Southend.  However over the last couple of years i have
moved into the refereeing side of things and I have officiated at both of these
championships and others held by other associations.

Has Ju-Jitsu changed your life?

It totally has, I am much fitter than when I started
and I have embraced all of the opportunities that I have been offered by
attending courses and competitions all over the country and training with some
excellent instructors both at home and elsewhere.  It has led me to qualify as a Level 3 Coach with
the BJJAGB and a Referee/Official.  I
still enjoy it as much now as when I started.

How much time does training require?

As much as you are able to give to it .Attitude and effort are possibly just as or more important, make the most of every training session and all the opportunities for courses etc that come your way.