World Ju-Jitsu Federation Audley , Blurton & Congleton ( WJJF ABC )


Audley  born Sensei Deb Forster-Sharples joined the BJJA / WJJF in 1980 ,where she met her long term uke ( partner ) Jason Holford at local clubs in Chesterton and Kidsgrove where they trained together until 1984 . They joined the WJJF in Congleton to continue training towards their Black Belt  which  Jason  passed  in  May  and  Deb  in  Dec  1985  .  They  created  the  Kyusho-Tai Junior Demonstration Team  doing displays for the police , Hospitals , M.P’s , Councillors , Town Mayors and several   local schools whilst raising money for local charities , ambulance services and clubs . Eventually  taking  over  the  running  of WJJF  Congleton  in  2002  they  both became  fully  qualified Martial  Arts  Instructors  in  1986  having  completed  several refresher  courses  including  First Aid   . Jason became a Level 2 and Deb   Level 3 coach as wellas   continuing   through   five Dan gradings to reach the 5th Master Grade of Godan in 2017 .

Deb opened her first World Ju-Jitsu Federation club in The Boughey Arms Hall in Audley in1994 moving to Audley Community Centre in 1996 The club has grown from strength tostrength bringing local families together as they train with students from ages 5 to 65 yrs .In 2016 she became a full-time Martial Arts Instructor and has strived to open the world of Ju-Jitsuto everyone from 4yrs upwards . From this time she has owned 3 WJJF clubs ; Audley , Blurton &Congleton with over 100 students whilst becoming a NVQ Level 2 City & Guilds in Sports &Recreation , WJJF Senior Technical Officer and a Member of The WJJF Management Team .Sensei Deb continues to host several demonstrations and Throw-A-Thons at local village fetes toraise money for local charities such as Audley in Purple & Becca’s Wish to Walk . Over the past 4decades Sensei Deb has put on several Self-defence Courses for Youth & Community Services ,Newcastle College , Staffordshire Aid Cadets , Bee Active and Stoke-on-Trent Council . Alongwith the Merit Award Scheme that allows the kids to earn weaponry badges to sew on their gi’s .There has also been Birthday , Halloween and Christmas parties held at the club over the years .The club is also extremely proud to announcethat in October 2019 six of their studentspassed their Junior Black belt & AboveGradings and the following day 7 more oftheir students travelled up to WJJF HQ inLiverpool to complete their coachingcourses . WJJF ABC now has 10Assistant Junior Coaches , 1 JuniorCoach and 4 Adult Coaches .The other kyu-grade students ( under Black belt )went on to do theirgrades in Dec 2019 .Recently at WJJF Staffordshire , a celebration cake was shared with all thosewho have helped and supported her over the last 25 years and making sucha roaring success . Thanks were given to long term supporters includingSensei Katia Robinson-Tillotson who began training at Audley in 1997 &Sensei Patrick Greenhalgh in 2005 and of course Sensei Jason Holford .Special heartfelt thanks were given to Deb’s mum ( Sensei Nana Pam ) forher 40 years of support and administration for club and son Cameron whostarted Ju-Jitsu when he was 6 years old and is still helping out now some 12years later .Chief Instructor Sensei Deb Forster-Sharples said ‘ Well what can I say ? 25 years at Audley and 35years at Congleton! . After passing my 3rd Dan Black Belt in 1994 I was determined to set up my ownclub and pass on my knowledge to others . I have met so many people through the WJJF who haveremained friends for 30 odd years . I feel really old when my original students bring their children( and sometime grandchildren ) to train at our club . 2019 has been really busy for us , so we wantedto take the chance to highlight the amazing work of all our students and instructors over the past year .2020 is a even more special for both Jase and I as we have been training together for 40 years ; thereare so many people that have helped us that we cannot mention them all , but we would like to thankour parents and family who got us started in the first place and our intial instructors Sensei DaveGriffin & Derek Sproston and of course Prof Robert Clark ( RIP ). We would also like to thank all theparents and relatives who have always supported us . Here’s to another 40 years !

Students are taught a wide range of self-defence techniques, katas, blocks, kicks and strikes and are graded every 6 months when the new


Juniors (Age 5yrs +)   6 to 7 pm

Intermediate Grades  7 to 8pm 

Higer Grades 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Adults (Age 14yrs+) 8 to 9 pm

Contact Deb 07840570781 or email

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( Photo taken Sept 2017 during Audley Purple Week )

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