Double triumph for Portstewart Ju Jitsu Club

Ben Regan-Bryant with Sensei William Watson at the National Grading. (S)

Ben Regan-Bryant with Sensei William Watson at the National Grading. (S)

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Congratulations to Ben Regan-Bryant for achieving his senior black belt at the National Grading in The Dojo, Ballymena on Saturday 22nd November.

At 16 years old Ben was the youngest member attempting the first dan (shodan) grading on Saturday but he worked very hard during the tough and rigorous grading and that effort has paid off for him now that is for sure.

Ben, a sixth year pupil at Dominican College, is the first member of the Portstewart Club to be awarded a black belt and at the adult level it is an even more impressive feat to achieve.

Portstewart Ju Jitsu Club was founded in September 2009 and since joining the club four years ago Ben has rarely missed a training session.

The day was a huge success with members from Ju Jitsu clubs from all over Northern Ireland participating throughout the grading.

Double celebrations were in order for the Portstewart club as not only did the club achieve its first black belt member but club coach, Sensei William Watson, achieved the highly respectable fifth dan (godan) at the same grading, becoming a master in the art.

Speaking after the formal presentations, Master William Watson expressed his pride in Ben’s achievements commenting on the commitment and effort shown by him to reach these very high standards.

William also congratulated, Paul Dunlop from Lisnakea Ju Jitsu club, who regularly trains at the Portstewart Club during term time, in achieving his 2nd Dan (Nidan).

After expressing his joy at obtaining fifth dan himself he thanked Assistance Club Coach, Gaby Northover, for her help and dedication to the club.

If you would like to develop self defence skills, get fit, build confidence and meet new people come and try Ju Jitsu. Beginners are welcome and your first class is free!

Portstewart Ju Jitsu Club always welcomes new members to come along and take part.

Training takes place every Tuesday Evening in Portstewart Town Hall (Minor Hall):

Junior Beginner (5yrs+) 6pm-7pm

Junior Advanced (5yrs +) 7pm-8pm

Seniors (15+) 8pm -9.30pm

Ju Jitsu is a Japanese martial art which uses a combination of strikes, blocks, holds locks, and throws to overcome an opponent.

Portstewart Ju Jitsu Club is a member of World Ju Jitsu Federation Ireland and is run by Senior Club /Coach Master William Watson 5th Dan.

World Ju Jitsu Federation is committed to teaching the art of Ju Jitsu to anyone willing to learn. Clubs welcome children from 5 years but anyone from children and teenagers to adults can join.

Ju Jitsu can help you increase your level of fitness, learn effective self defence and improve your confidence.