More awards for Tipperary Jiu-Jitsu Association

2011 promises to be the busiest year to date for the Tipperary Jiu-Jitsu Association. John Duggan, who is head instructor, has been invited to become Dai-Soke of theTanaka Tenshin Ryu

2011 promises to be the busiest year to date for the Tipperary Jiu-Jitsu Association. John Duggan, who is head instructor, has been invited to become Dai-Soke of theTanaka Tenshin Ryu

This is a Japanese Jiu-Jitsu Organization, which has been in existence for over 300 years. The head of a Japanese Martial Arts system is known as a Soke and the Dai soke is the person who is next in line to take over. Tanaka Tenshin Ryu has been run by the Tanaka family since its origins and so it is a huge honour for John to be invited to take up such a prestigious position.

In addition to this, John will this year be inducted into the Japanese Black Belt Hall of Fame. This will be the first time that a non- Japanese martial artist has received this award. The presentation will be made during a banquet at the Japanese embassy in Dublin this summer. John has also been invited as guest instructor at this year's HKi international training camp in Florida, becoming the first instructor to teach for five consecutive years at the camp and will be receiving his 7th degree black belt while there.

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Tipperary Jiu-Jitsu association and the celebrate this milestone in the club's history, they will be hosting a two day training seminar in March with some of the world's finest martial arts instructors in attendance. Guest instructors will include Grandmaster Jack Hogan who is a 10th Degree black Belt, Grandmaster Joe Hess, who is also a 10th Degree Black belt and has appeared in numerous Hollywood films including The Bodyguard and Police Academy.

Further details about the Tipperary Jiu-Jitsu association can be received by contacting them at tippjiujitsu@gmail.com.