We are a friendly club with no time for egos, as we are all on a quest to continue improving in our abilities. We have gradings and so have students of various levels all training together.
Beginners are always welcome.
We are based in Chertsey and practise a wide range of arts, covering stand up and ground combat as well as weaponry, that we deem important for overall ability and to become a well-rounded martial artist.
We train in a variety of arts which are blended together into a system which enables you to be effective in any combat range.
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Some pictures of our regular practice as well as seminars we have hosted and attended.
My Martial Arts history started in 1979. I was 17 years old and attended the local Shotakan Karate club in Chertsey, Surrey. I trained hard and achieved my black belt 1st dan in 1984,and my 2nd dan in 1987, both awarded by the late great Sensie Enoeda.
While training for my 3rd dan I was becoming disillusioned, and attended some seminars in London with Dan Inosanto and Larry Hartsell. I was blown away and became hooked on the fantastic arts being taught under the banner of JKD Concepts, Kali, and Fillipino Arts.
At this stage i decided to walk away from Karate as I felt there was something missing and began training in JKD Concepts. Over the next several years I continued to train with Dan Inosanto, Larry Hartsell, Rick Faye, Paul Vunak, Cass Magda, and the rest of the JKD family when they came over from the USA, but most of my training was with Rick Young, Terry Barnett and Bob Breen from the UK.
I also had my own club running at this time. I became heavily involved with self defence / reality based training including VIP protection, along with traditional Ju-Jitsu, joint locking-control and restraining techniques.
In the late 90s an injury (non martial arts related), work and family commitments forced me to re-assess my priorities and I stopped training and teaching to concentrate of other things.
Around 2003, I returned to training in JKD with renewed commitment, soon restarting my club where many of my old students returned and the club continues to grow to this day.
I have trained in a great many systems, under many great instructors, too many to list here, and have been fortunate to be awarded:
My Black Belts in Shotokan Karate
Instructorship in Integrated Arts under Guru Terry Barnett
Black Belt and Associate 2 Instructorship under Guru Bob Breen
Instructorship under Guru Paul Vunak
Full Instructor under Guru John Koeshall in Thru-The Fire Association, where I co-teach our instructorship program
Associate Instructor under Guru Rick Faye of the Minnesota Kali Group
Associate Instructor in Jun Fan/JKD Concepts and Fillipino martial arts under Guru Dan Inosanto
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt under Instructor Dave Birkett and graded by Mark Walder
River Bourne Health Club, Heriot Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 9DR.
You'll find us in the seating area downstairs by reception before each class.
We have two training sessions per week at the moment, for all levels.
Tuesday 8:15 pm — 9:45 pm
Thursday 8:00 pm — 9:30 pm
First class is FREE!
After that, it'll be £10 per session or £50 for the month.
If you'd like any more information, please do get in touch.
River Bourne Health Club,
Heriot Road, Chertsey,
Surrey KT16 9DR