The club has 2 full time instructors and boasts guest instructors on a regular basis.

Left: Alan Murphy - Sensei 6th Dan, Jujitsu
Right: John Plumbridge - Sensei 6th Dan, Jujitsu Senior Instructor

Alan Murphy my Martial Arts journey

I started my martial arts training in Jujitsu in Oct 1986 at a small dojo in Fraser Colorado , my boss invited me to train so I went and was thrown around the mats marvelling at the ease that others did this to me . After that one lesson I was hooked thank you to Bill Carver my old boss and friend . I trained under Michael Hite Sensei for almost 2 years achieving my brown belt along with my good friend Mike Pollitz. Mike P. and I then travelled and spent a summer training in Black Rose Kenpo in Cleveland Ohio whilst continuing our jujitsu practice . My travels then took me back to my roots in Ireland where I tried Kenpo and Wing Chun for a while but settled into training in Wado Ryu karate for about 6 months.

My next move took me to London where I trained in WJJF with Tony Siong Sensei attaining my blue belt in that discipline. I then met and trained with Dale Moore Sensei for about 13 years which saw us both moving though the political landscape of martial arts / jujitsu from the WJJf to Spirit combat to Kensekai jujitsu. We dabbled in kick boxing, aikido, weapons and even tried bojutsu all the time learning and enjoying our travels through the martial arts. In November 1993 I finally passed my black belt grading and was last one standing on the mats after a right good beasting , the result of 8 years of training which involved its fair share of blood, sweat and effort. I continued to train with Dale in Brentford where we continued to improve our skills and technique whilst looking to find new skills for ourselves and our students. Due to outside issues Dale asked me to continue with the club while he took a sabbatical. I continued to teach and train getting graded to 2nd Dan in 1995, 3rd Dan in 1998 , 4th Dan in 2002 and 5th Dan in 2005.

Dale started a new club and we all moved across to train with him at Imber Court allowing me to train and not teach as much which suited my mindset at the time. In 2004 Dale moved away to Hampshire and I got together with John Plumbridge Sensei and Jerry Sparry Sensei setting up a new club in Staines which is the result of many years training and experimentation called Staines Mushin Bushikan Jujitsu club. The syllabus is a modernised and augmented version of the original Jujitsu I learnt in Colorado in the 80’s. It is a street orientated art heavily based in judo technique and training principals with the accumulated experiences of Johns 50 years and my 24 years of training being passed on to the next generations of martial artists.

Keep smiling!

* News update! On February 20th Sensei Alan was suprised by a visit from Shihan Griffiths and senior instructors from the Mushin Budo Association, including Nigel Townsend, Barry Harte, and Phillip Nowlan. Andy Magill 10th Dan Kempo was also in attendance, as was a number of former students who we had not seen in quite a while. The visit was not without design and in recognition for his massive contribution to the martial arts Sensei Alan was awarded his 6th.

Alan Murphy
6th Dan Sensei

John A Plumbridge and my Martial Arts journey

I always wanted to practice Judo when I was a young kid but living in a semi-rural agricultural village, the nearest club was two long bus rides away and the family was too poor to have a car, and my dad didn’t drive, so it could only ever be a dream for me at that time. Fact, they say, is stranger than fiction. After school I did a green grocery round for a local greengrocer for the high sum of 15 shillings (about 75p in today’s money) a week, in all weathers. The bike was big, the boxes large and heavy and I was small for my ages. I hated Fridays – didn’t finish until 5:30 and Saturdays was 9 o clock to 1 o clock.

Out of my pay, one week in the October of 1958, aged 14 years and eleven months, I purchased the seventh reprint of ‘Judo’ by E.J.Harrison 3rd Dan (the price was 3 shillings). At that time he was the first Englishman to be awarded the black belt at the Kodokan in Tokyo. I had begun to live that dream.

At that time I was a member of the junior training corp. (J.T.C), the junior part of the church lads brigade, and one night our officer did not turn up and we didn’t know to do, so I said I have been practicing Judo for a month or so. “Where?”, “When?”, “At which club?” and “Who’s your teacher?” they all asked, as there were no clubs in the local area. I replied, “At home in front of the mirror, as often as I can and I have been teaching myself from a book”. “Yeah?” they asked, “Show us something if you can!”. Out came some pre-war coconut mats (not recommended to practice on) and I demonstrated/taught Tsurikomi-Ashi (drawing ankle throw). That was my first instruction class, and thereafter on the Friday night when the officer didn’t turn up, the half-dozen of us practiced Judo, such as it was. No Gis, no breakfall practice and it hurt on those coconut mats. No ‘Elf and Safety’ in them days! But we all survived with no harm done and we all enjoyed it. In the end, the J.T.C folded because we had no permanent officer and we all went on to other things. Mine was that I was now starting my apprenticeship but even then I still didn’t have enough money for those two buses to reach that far off dojo. But I still had that dream and one day it would become a reality.

Some eighteen plus months later in the January of 1961 I walked into the Dojo and onto the cold Tatami with my new very rough and heavy Gi, which cost about £2-10s (£2.50) and paid £2.00 for the quarters fees, which left me just about enough money for the bus fare home. I was now broke, but living that dream. To say that over my many years in martial arts , Judo in particular, has changed my life is an understatement. I owe so much to the many very good conscientious Senseis that I have had the privilege to be instructed by, and trained with, and no words can ever explain how I feel about the talent that I was around in those days, when I was a young student.

The dream is still alive today, but runs now in another direction in that I am now a Sensei and passing on my knowledge, I hope in the same tradition as my Senseis taught me in the past. I am still learning  and now I understand what a very senior Sensei meant, when after four years of having achieved my first dan, he told me, “Now you start to learn!”!

* News update - On February 12th of this year the club and friends gathered at the Sushi Nara restuarant in Staines to celebrate Sensei John's 50th year on the mats. Unbeknownst to all but a select few there was something particularly special planned for our senior instructor. In recognition for his massive contribution to the martial arts over the last half a century and the unrivalled proficiency he has cultivated on the mats Sensei John was awarded his Rokudan (6th dan) by the head of the Mushiin Budo Association, Shihan Griffiths (7th dan).

John A Plumbridge

6th Dan Jujitsu, 2nd Dan Judo

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