Martial Arts, Self Defence, Ju-Jitsu, Black Belt, Watford, Bushey, Herts, Hertfordshire, South Oxhey, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford

Mark Bloom Sensei, Shodan - Black Belt 1st Dan

I was born in 1983 in Watford and grew up in Bushey. I now live in Shorditch in East London and work in

London in the hospitality industry I have spent most of my adult life working in Nightclubs and Bars.

My martial arts career started when I was at 8 my school started offering Ju-Jitsu classes, from there

I moved schools and took up Judo. I dabbled in other styles through my teen years such as Krav Maga

and mixed martial arts but found myself coming back to Ju-Jitsu at 19. I worked my way through the belts,

not without set backs on the way and I took my time due to University but I’m glad I stuck with it.

On the 20th November 2011 I took and passed my Shodan-Ho grading and while it was the hardest day

of my life it was also the most rewarding……or so I thought! Off the back of my Shodan-Ho I made a

decision not to take my foot off the gas but rather to keep training hard and make sure I was as prepared as I could be for my Shodan.

Nothing could have prepared me for that day but on the 3rd of March 2013 I took and passed my Shodan grading in front of Sensei Chris

Lacey 5th Dan from London Ju-Jitsu, Renshi Stephen Peil 5th Dan & Sensei Laura Peil 4th Dan from Aka Ryu Ju-Jitsu Renmei, Sensei Mark

Thomas 3rd Dan and Sensei Pete Lavelle 1st Dan and couldn’t have asked for a panel I have more respect for.

Its hard to pin point what I love about Ju Jitsu but over the years I’ve always enjoyed sharing techniques and working on them together then

turning up the heat and seeing how they would work in a more combative non compliant situation. After all, what use is it walking the

streets thinking your safe, only to find out the hard way it doesn’t work.

"The more you sweat in training, the less you will bleed in battle."

Mark Bloom Sensei, Black Belt 1st Dan.

Mark Thomas Sensei, Sandan - Black Belt 3rd Dan

I was born 1967 in Colchester, Essex, I am married to Sian and have two daughters Bethany & Heather.

I currently live in Watford, Herts and I am a full time Martial Arts Instructor at various Clubs, Dojos & local Schools.

My first experience with Martial Arts was when I was enrolled into Judo classes at the age of five, I was hooked.

I continued in Martial Arts throughout my childhood with Judo then Shotokan Karate and a little bit of Savate in my late

teens as well as a couple of years in my early twenties studying Ninjitsu in Gloucestershire.

After a short break in my late twenties I picked up my taste for the fighting arts with a prolonged stint in Ju-Jitsu, where

after studying for seven years attained my Shodan, Black Belt 1st dan in 2005.

By then I had already been teaching semi-professionally and in February 2005 I resigned form my full time

job and started teaching children and adults professionally and I haven’t looked back since. I was awarded

my Nidan, Black belt 2nd dan in March 2007.

It was during mid 2008 when I decided that it was time to move forward and on July 9th I conceived and founded my own Martial Arts organisation,

Fudoshin Ju-Jitsu, “The Unbreakable Spirit!” was born. I am currently the Senior Instructor for all the dojos within the organisation, I thoroughly enjoy

teaching and following a good recovery from a knee operation in April 2008 I have also started to enjoy training again, because as Sempai Eugene says,

“If you are going to lead by example..You have to lead from the front and not the backseat.”

On 6th March 2011 I graded to Sandan, black belt 3rd dan under Solon Ntanovasilis Shihan of Dentokan International & Combat Ju-Jitsu Hellas and

Prof Nicholas Charalambous of Goshin Ju-Jitsu

Remember....“Respect, Honour & Integrity at all times.”

Mark Thomas Sensei.

Peter Lavelle Sensei, Nidan - Black Belt 2nd Dan

I was born 1969, I currently live in Watford and work as a train driver for London Overground.

After leaving the Parachute regiment in 1993 I started training in “Stav” under Graham Butcher

until 1997 after which I started training with Ishin Ryu Ju-Jitsu.

My first grading was in March 2001 and by December 2003 I had worked through the syllabus

and graded to Shodan-Ho, making some good friends along the way. I anticipated grading to

Shodan at some point during 2005 but alas it was not to be and in April 2006 I left Ishin Ryu.

I kept myself fit by running half marathons and visiting my local Muay Thai club but I missed the

training and style of Ju-Jitsu.

In December 2008 I discovered that Sensei Mark Thomas had started under the “Fudoshin Ju-Jitsu” banner and I jumped at the chance to get back on

the mat again, after a couple of training sessions I was straight into helping out on an adult grading day and once again I was hooked.

Once i started training regularly again, i applied to sit my Shodan Grading under Mark Thomas Sensei and a date was set. I passed  my Shodan, Black

belt 1st dan, grading in November 2010 under the watchful gaze of Solon Ntanovasilis Shihan, Black Belt 6th Dan, Stephen Peil Renshi, Black Belt 4th

Dan,Laura Peil Sensei, Black Belt 3rd Dan, Joseph Harris Sensei, Black Belt 2nd Dan and Mark Thomas Sensei, Black Belt 2nd Dan. I recently (9th April

2017) graded to 2nd Dan and would like to thank Sensei Chris Lacy, 5th dan London ju-Jitsu, Shidoshi Stephen Peil 6th Dan and Renshi Laura Peil 5th

Dan from Aka Ryu Ju-Jitsu Renmei for heading the grading panel.

I thoroughly enjoy training still, and aim to lead by example to the Kyu grades that are making their way in the art of Jujitsu, as well as testing the fitness 

and techniques of the senior grades and encouraging them to aim for that next level.

I currently run the St Alban’s Dojo and teach Junior and Intermediate classes there, and assist Mark Thomas Sensei at the Hemel Hempstead and Queens 


As well as my own fitness training I train regularly with Tactical Training and Events, as well as Krav Maga and regular visits to London Jujitsu.

“May those who lead be true, may those that follow be loyal so that we may be bound in a circle of Honour & Loyalty".

Peter Lavelle Sensei, Black Belt 2nd Dan.

Eugene McFadden Sensei, Shodan - Black Belt 1st Dan

I was born 1980 in Hammersmith, London and grew up in Edgware and Neasden.

I trained in Martial Arts on and off throughout my childhood and early adult life and began training in Ishin

Ryu Ju-Jitsu where I graded up to Brown/Black belt before joining Sensei Mark Thomas at Fudoshin Ju-Jitsu

in 2008.

In February 2009 I passed my Shodan-Ho grading and attained the title of Sempai. I can honestly say that

the grading was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life and it took a fair few months to recover

from it.

I currently assist Sensei Mark at both Queens and Hemel Dojos, helping with the children and adult classes.

I successfully passed my black belt grading 14th September 2014 under the watchful eyes of

Salur Onural Sensei 5th Dan London Ju-Jitsu, Stephen Peil Shidoshi 5th Dan, Laura Peil Renshi 4th

Dan from Aka Ryu Ju-Jitsu and Mark Thomas Sensei 3rd Dan, I am extremely grateful for my Ukes for the day Peter Lavelle Sensei 1st Dan and Mark Bloom Sensei 1st Dan.

“In everything preparation is the key”.

Eugene McFadden Sempai.

Michael Elliott Sensei, Shodan - Black Belt 1st Dan

My career in jujitsu started six years ago at the time I was working for David Lloyd Health Club and every week we would do a staff sports day. One week we took a jujitsu class with Mark Thomas Sensei which I really enjoyed.

It was the first time I had ever attempted any form of martial arts so I was a little nervous, along with a couple of colleagues we started attending classes regularly. Over the years I started to progress through the syllabus from 7th Kyu Red Belt to 1st Kyu Brown Belt.


On 10th May 2015, a year after my brown belt I successfully passed for my Shodan Ho, provisional black belt grading, earning myself the title of Sempai (Senior Student) Up until this day, it was to say the least, one of the hardest days of my life.

Following my Shodan Ho I kept the ball rolling with no let up on my training regime, I continued my running and my fitness training and

I was now regularly assisting Sensei Mark with teaching the children's classes.

On the 9th April 2017 I took my first attempt at my Shodan grading, this was one of the worst and

emotional days of my life…I failed. I couldn't believe it.


So after my first attempt at grading I didn't want that failure to stop me from going for it a second time.

So two weeks later I was back on the mat training harder than before and under the guidance of

Peter Lavelle Sensei and Mark Bloom Sensei I continued honing my syllabus techniques.

Sunday 13th August 2017 with a grading panel comprising of Mark Thomas Sensei,

Stephen Peil Kaicho and Laura Peil Shihan I attempted my Shodan for a second time and passed.

All my training and perseverance had paid off, I had proved to myself I deserved to wear the

coveted Black Belt and had honestly earned the title of Sensei.

This is where my journey begins.

Michael Elliott Sensei, Black Belt 1st Dan.