Zen Judo


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Founder Members

The following groups are founder members of the Society


The Zen Judo Family

Established in 1974 by Sensei Dominick McCarthy based on his experience within Master Kenshiro Abbe's Kyushindo, the Zen Judo Family is based in Southern England with its headquarters dojo in Bognor, West Sussex.


A comprehensive, thoughtful, syllabus designed to protect and safeguard lower grades whilst perfection of technique and mutual benefit remain the primary objectives.


Traditional Judo UK

The aim of TJUK is to promote Judo and Ju Jitsu across the country from all styles and forms without politics.


Chief Instructor, Joe Harbert 6th Dan, originally started with the Kyushindo style which is retained in the TJUK syllabus with great affection. But they also have a more in-depth syllabus covering techniques from many styles and from the old masters. 


Shihan Harbert has been active in Judo for over 30 years and has trained with many great names such as Brian Jacks, Ray Stevens, Marco Ruas as well as training in the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, Japan. 


Traditional Judo UK - East Midlands

Sensei Sy Prior, 4th Dan carries the banner of TJUK in the East Midlands at his club in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire where he teaches this traditional Kyushindo-based style of Judo.


Kenshindoryu Nippon Budo Kyokai

Established in 1988, Kenshindoryu Nippon Budo Kyokai runs classes in Wadoryu Karate, Traditional/Combat Judo, Jujitsu and Shinkendo


Kenshindoryu Judo is a mixture of Traditional Judo techniques and pressure-point 'combat judo'. A system designed to breed self-defence capability while retaining the traditional Judo aims of perfection of technique and mutual respect.


Kenshindoryu Jujitsu Kempo has a bias towards striking techniques, including pressure- and vital-point techniques. Acknowledged as an effective and efficient fighting system the syllabus is structured to achieve all-round ability by following it to black-belt and beyond, reflecting 'Kenshin'  (dedication).


Associate Members

IGAS is proud to have the following independent UK groups and clubs as supporters and Associate Members


The British Kempo Ju-Jitsu Federation (BJKKF)

Honouring the late Hanshi Bill Heffer, the BJKKF was set up in 1989 Bill Heffer had been a friend of Dominick McCarthy, the founder of Zen Judo and the BJKKF still practices the Ju-Jitsu style set up by Hanshi Bill which he named Zen Ju-Jitsu Ryu.


With over 3000 members the BKJJF is a leading force within the UK for martial artists of all styles, and numbers practitioners of Ju-Jitsu, Kempo Jutsu, Karate, Judo, Aikido and Iaido among its membership.


Sei Jou Kai 

Headed up by Sensei Roger Knowles, 5th Dan, Sei Jou Kai (House of Purity)has been formed in Northampton UK to foster Jujitsu training for the right reasons; purity of spirit, way, aims etc. After founding GoDo Jujitsu, Roger has moved on to develop his experience with Kenshindoryu, creating an effective fighting style with high ethical standards.


Houghton Regis Jujitsu Club

A kempo jujitsu club which specialises in effective striking and strike setups, as well as the throwing and groundwork expected of traditional jujitsu. Sensei Joe Dignam has many years of experience in various martial ways, from Boxing to Jujitsu and imparts his considerable knowledge at the club just north of Dunstable.