Local ju-jitsu aces make the grade

Sensei Mandis Mini-Sensei team presented with their new Mini-Sensei Coaching Star Awards.
Sensei Mandis Mini-Sensei team presented with their new Mini-Sensei Coaching Star Awards.

Shogun Ju-Jitsu International Chief Instructor Sensei Simon Rimington 8th Dan, was the special guest at the recent Regional Ju-Jitsu gradings.

Sensei Simon made as dedicated trip over from Shogun Headquarters in Chester, England, for the weekend event in Antrim to make the presentations and awards to all the children, at the special invitation of local Ju-Jitsu Coaches Sensei Paul and Sensei Mandi Timperley.

Thomas being presented with his winning the Ju-Jitsu Champions Cup and Gold Medal for Ballymena Club by Mayor Thomas Hogg.

Thomas being presented with his winning the Ju-Jitsu Champions Cup and Gold Medal for Ballymena Club by Mayor Thomas Hogg.

Also invited along as VIP guests were Mayor Thomas Hogg, Deputy Mayor John Blair, Dr Hazel Edwards (Principal Ballycraigy PS), Mrs Alison O’Neill (Family Caring Centre) and Mrs Karen Kerr (NSPCC).

Sensei Simon said; “We are delighted to be invited across by Mandi and Paul for this very special day. Every single one of you boys and girls did fantastic today and I mean that.

“You really have no idea of the time and dedication put in by Mandi and Paul for you all and your clubs, especially to organise such a wonderful event as today.”

Mayor Thomas Hogg was invited to join in to make the presentations to the students and enjoyed himself in doing so.

A �550.00 cheque being presented to Karen Kerr of the NSPCC by the Shogun Coaching pictured along with Mayor Thomas Hogg and Deputy Mayor John Blair.

A �550.00 cheque being presented to Karen Kerr of the NSPCC by the Shogun Coaching pictured along with Mayor Thomas Hogg and Deputy Mayor John Blair.

Sensei Mandi was delighted at how well the children had performed and what they achieved on the day. She congratulates all the successful children; “Well done to all the boys and girls who passed their belts today and also to the lucky children who won awards as they totally deserved them.

“The Ju-Jitsu Champions Cups and Gold Medals were awarded to Charli (Antrim & Randalstown Club), Sophie (Mossley Club) and Thomas (Ballymena Club).

Congratulations to all three children who thoroughly deserved it for their very hard work put into training over recent months and the noticeable improvement shown.”

The Shogun Ju-Jitsu Weekend Event managed to draw in a really good crowd of spectators and the entrance fees over both days raised £550.00 in total for the N.S.P.C.C.

Brown Belts Charli, Scott, Adam and Ella are formally invited to grade for their Junior Black Belts at Shogun Headquarters, Chester by Sensei Simon.

Brown Belts Charli, Scott, Adam and Ella are formally invited to grade for their Junior Black Belts at Shogun Headquarters, Chester by Sensei Simon.

The cheque was presented to Karen Kerr, who said: “This is a wonderful amount of money and it will help to do much needed work for the needful children in the community.”