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Our Saru Ju Jitsu 'Hall Of Fame' is dedicated to people who have helped the Academy to be what it is today. Here's a bit about them....
Kelly says: "I started training in 1998 when I was 17 years old. In 1999, I established a Ju-Jitsu club at the YMCA in Swansea, with a business partner. At the time I was an orange belt! My partner was a 1st Dan. The club started under the name ‘Junior Jitsu’ and was initially only for children. I continued training as well as teaching and became the sole owner and instructor of the club in 2003 when the name changed to Swansea Ju-Jitsu Association. The club was going from strength to strength and moved from a small room at the YMCA to Llewellyn Hall. I received my 1st Dan in the Summer of 2004. I have participated in many seminars, some in the UK (Shrewsbury, London, Birmingham) and some abroad (Germany and Malta). I continued training and teaching, eventually moving into the gymnasium where the club is now based. Many of the instructors at Saru Ju-Jitsu Academy began their training with me. Aaron was one of my first students and Joshua and Ashley trained with me from when they were orange belts. The most rewarding experience for me is seeing my students grow into the people they are today. They have always upheld the values of the club – family, friendship, support, loyalty, kindness and respect. One of the highlights of my Ju-Jitsu career is awarding them their black belts. I passed on the club to Josh in 2011 when I became pregnant. I had spent many years coaching and mentoring both Josh and Ashley to become instructors as I had planned to pass the club on to them when they were old enough. It gives me so much pride to see how the club has changed and grown since Josh took over and I am also proud that so many students that I taught are still training and are now part of the Saru coaching team.
I moved to Australia in December 2012 and recently began training in Judo and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. I have been awarded my blue belt in Judo. I am very much looking forward to returning to the club in Wales one day and training with my Saru Ju-Jitsu family."
Ashley has been studying Ju-Jitsu since 1998 and was awarded his black belt in 2009. He has been teaching since 2007 and runs his own classes in Chris Rees Academy. Ashley was also awarded his black belt in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu in 2015 and is currently the youngest black belt in the UK, competing worldwide. He runs his own seminars and has been on Eddie Bravo Invitational 3 times.
Notable Accomplishments -
No1 Brown belt in the World
The UK's youngest BJJ Black Belt
Multiple British Championships
European No Gi Champion
3x EBI Competitor