Classes and Instructor

  • Who will teach me ?
  • Everyone will.

    Giles Sadler Sensei (5th Dan) instructs all classes. Giles has been training under Brett Nener Sensei 7th Dan and Fujimori Sensei 9th Dan, and also in Judo. He also trained in boxing.

    Although a tighthead prop for many years, he will guide you gently.

    He used to work as a bouncer, but now he is a Chinese Medicine Practitioner

  • What can I expect and what is expected of me?
  • You go twice a week to classes, where you learn by trying techniques on each other. You get to work with different types of bodies, responses, and abilities.

    You are expected to train by yourself at home. There are a number of solo exercises that can be done with and without weapons.

  • Solo exercises
  • Weapon exercises, a great part of which are derived from Kashima Shin-Ryu kenjutsu techniques, form a very important part of the curriculum. These are done solo or with a partner, but you are encouraged to practice these by yourself at home. These exercises can be done at different paces, from moderately aerobic to explosive bursts. In any case, we favour numerous repetitions of simple movements (suburi) than pre-arranged sequence (kata). There are different degrees of difficulties, and some weapons are harder to wield than others. For example, you can replace bokuto (wooden sword) with its heavy and oversized version, suburito. Bo (7 foot staff) is harder to wield than Jo (short staff). But first, you should go for the easier weapons and focus on smooth, precise movements.

    There are also empty-handed solo exercises, and those using non-weapon training tools (for example, inner tubes). Each of the solo exercises, whether done with or without weapons, is for a specific purpose. All of these exercises enforce the fundamental of Butoku-Ryu techniques, help you with body awareness, and gradually develop natural and efficient movements.

  • A Typical Class (not all items are done in every class)
  • Warm up, conditioning and dynamic stretching .E.g. Shiko (sumo stomp)
    Rolling and breakfalling (ukemi).
    Body (tai-subaki) and weapon exercises (suburi).
    Drills for entering into attacks, random attacks.
    Drills for body timing (e.g. sweeps).
    Atemi (striking) and power drills, with pads and bags.
    Paired techniques (throws, takedowns, locks, with ground control and strikes).
    Randori (free style) with various formats.
    Warm down, stretch, and breathing exercises.

  • A 25 minute morning exercise that a student is doing
  • The emphasis of this one is irimi (forward entering)
    Shiko (sumo stomp)
    - Irimi (forward)
    - Nagashi (backward)
    - Hiraki (sideways)
    - Irimi-Senkai (forward and turn)
    - Shomen-uchi (straight cut)
    - Kesa-giri (diagonal cut)