Jim came late in life to Karate, although as a student he briefly trained in Ju-Jitsu and learned some basic self-defence locks and throwing techniques. With his wife and two children training in martial arts at Bushido, Jim is now enjoying a shared family activity with the benefits of physical health and continued mental learning. He also sees being an Assistant Instructor at Bushido as a way to help those on the same journey and hopes it will be a way to deepen his own understanding of Karate.
Whilst studying for his PhD in American abstract art, Jim travelled extensively across the United States, researching at the Smithsonian Institute and all the major art galleries and museums. Since then he has worked in the arts and charity sector and is currently the CEO of an arts venue with library in Holborn.
Outside of work and the dojo, Jim enjoys walking, reading, thinking and listening to blues, jazz, reggae and rock.
Dojo Manager & Instructor
Phil first took part in karate lessons in his youth, and as many do left it as a yellow belt to free up time for other pursuits. Phil then returned to karate by joining a Bushido family class with his teenage daughter. Since then Phil has been a loyal and dedicated member, always supporting events and putting his all into his training, working his way up to being one of our most senior members.
Phil now manages our Westminster Lodge adult dojo and assists with instructing in most sessions he attends. Given his high pressured management career within the banking sector, it is impressive that he still maintains his training and attendance.
Although learning karate had always been a childhood ambition, Chris only started training in 2012 with his family, after seeing an article in the local press. Chris enjoys the all round activity that karate provides. He currently supports the club by teaching basics to the new students, as well as acting as our club photographer and providing all official photography for the association.
Maciej (aka ‘Mac’) joined Bushido’s Hombu dojo back in January 2015 as a martial arts beginner. His initial goal upon joining was to use Kata as moving meditation in order to de-stress after full day of work. However, after spending more time in the dojo he has discovered other aspects of karate. These days Kumite and Bunkai are his favourite parts of karate, “learning Bunkai techniques allows me to understand original applications of Kata moves in a self-defence situation; in Kumite I can put into practical use my karate knowledge”.
Meet Our Instructors
We have been running martial arts clubs in Hertfordshire since the mid 1990’s.
Our instructors have varied experience with some stretching back to the 1970’s.
The association is keen to support other instructors with a genuine love of martial arts. Memberships are therefore available for clubs, instructors and individuals.
We train, teach and lead with honesty and integrity.
We do not refuse alliance with any group or individual due to politics. If we feel we can call someone a friend, then we welcome you to share our martial arts journey.