Martial Arts ( Ju-Jitsu )
Audley born Martial Arts instructor Deb Forster-Sharples started training in 1980 and passed her Black belt in 1985 . She gained her 2nd Dan in 1991 , 3rd Dan in 1994 , 4th Dan in 2007 and 5th Dan in 2017 proudly becoming the highest graded woman in the WJJF at the present time . She is a member of the WJJF Management Team , WJJF Technical Officer , Level 3 Area Senior Coach and has a NVQ Level 2 City & Guilds in Sports & Recreation with First Aid and continues to train at the WJJF Headquarters in Liverpool towards her 6th Dan .
She opened her own club in 1994 at The Boughey Arms Hall in Audley which went from strength to strength and so needed a bigger room and moved to the newly built premises of Audley Community Centre in 1996 . She now runs 3 WJJF clubs ( Staffs , Congleton & OSSMA ) with the help of her mum Pam Forster ( admin ) and son Cameron . She also provides Introduction to Ju-Jitsu Courses for Bee Active .
Students are taught a wide range of self-defence techniques, katas, blocks, kicks and strikes and are graded every 6 months when the new WJJF managing director Robert Hart visits WJJF (Staffs) to grade their students with their next belt and a certificate in order to work towards the prestigious Black belt. The syllabus is divided into 9 Kyu-Grades (white, yellow, orange, green, blue-white, blue, purple, brown-white & brown) leading to Black Belt. From then on there is a separate Gold Tab for the juniors and Dan Grade syllabus for the seniors. The syllabus was devised by Soke Robert Clark and follows a logical and safe progression through the belts to the coveted black belt and beyond. All of WJJF (Staffs) club coaches are highly experienced in the art of Ju-Jitsu are DBS (CRB) checked and first aid qualified. They are also proud members of the World Martial Arts Council (WMAC) .
It was a very special time when in September 2014 they celebrated their club being open in Audley for 20 years and Sensei Deb Forster-Sharples was presented with a replica porcelain figure by her students to commemorate the occasion and a surprise party held at The Boughey Arms Hall was to follow .
Founder, Soke Robert Clark (1946-2012), was a leading authority on Ju-Jitsu and set up the WJJF in 1976 in Liverpool and has now become one of the world’s largest Ju-Jitsu organisations, with thousands of students training throughout the world. The WJJF is a progressive and forward thinking martial arts organisation with the ever-changing dynamics of the world they recognize the history and practice of traditional martial arts, but have developed the style for a modern ever-evolving society .
Sensei Deb would like to invite everyone to come and join them at their club
Juniors (Age 5yrs +) 6 to 7 pm
Higer Grades 7.30pm to 8.30pm
Adults (Age 14yrs+) 8 to 9 pm
Contact Deb 785791 or Pam 721577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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More information available – www.wjjf.co.uk