Last Tuesday night the 17th of January was grading night for Joe Thorpe and Aaron Mazs. Master Horst was absolutely impressed with their performance. We had 100s of gradings at Ichinen Bridport martial arts school, but Joe and Aaron were able to top the outcome.

Joe Thorpe did his test for the 3rd kyu (green belt) Jiu-Jitsu and he passed with a result of 2 (1 very best -6). Aaron passed his test for the 4th Kyu (orange belt) Jiu-Jitsu with the excellent result 1-2.

What is most remarkable, Joe (age 16) had Lewis A. Harris as his partner (3rd Kyu Jiu-Jitsu and Krav Maga + Kyokushinkai Karate, both 1st kyu brown belt). The age difference of both of them is 48 years, as Lewis is himself 64 and still fit as a fiddle and combat ready.


This is how Joe’s grading syllabus looked like:

3rd Kyu / green belt

Break falls
roll forward, backward roll, roll sideways, all left and right
fall forward, -back and sideways and 2 rolls over an obstacle + 3 free choice

2 feet throws + follow up technique

Hip throw + follow up technique

Shoulder throw + follow up technique

1 self falling technique

4 defenses against strangle hold

4 strangling holds

3 hold down + 2 liberations

3 transport grips

3 wrist locks

Throat nerve press, control attacker

3 arm locks

3 defense against bear hugs

3 kicks

5 defenses against various weapons/objects

3 show use of unnatural weapons

1 fight against minimum orange belt, 3 min

Defense against 2 attackers at same time, 2 min

Each one defence against following situations:

  1. One person pushes, hands to chest, followed by the pusher striking to the head.
  2. A swinging punch to the head.
  3. A front clothing grab, one handed, followed by a punch to the head / or a head butt
  4. A front clothing grab, two hands, followed by the knee to the groin.
  5. A bottle or glass to the head.
  6. A lashing kick to the groin
  7. A slash with knife


-Judo = Japanese originated Budo system (Sport and personal education)

-Jiu-Jitsu = “the soft art”, “winning by loosing”, an all-round martial art fighting system. Excellent for self defence.

-Karate = Japanese originated Budo system. Mainly hand and foot techniques, called “empty hand”. -Grading system Jiu-Jitsu = white, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, black. -Natural + unnatural weapons -Self defence and the law -12 Japanese terms -Dojo etiquette -First aid basic knowledge. Be familiar with the work sheets.

Minimum training required for the green belt is 6 months. 2 Martial Art seminars or equal value grading in other systems. Candidate must be able to run a class, including warm up.

Big congratulation from Master Horst !!!