THE end of 2021 has been memorable for several members of the Bushin Martial Arts Club.

The club, which operates a Dojo in Oswestry, began in 2000 and has gone from strength to strength under Sensei Mark Gerrard.

Geoff Moore of Oswestry received the prestigious award of instructor of the year covering the period 2021/22 from the International Shin Budo Organisation.

The 63 year old was recognised by students and instructors in the UK and abroad having worked tirelessly promoting and teaching Judo, Jujitsu and grappling in the organisation at national seminars and Dojo’s across the country

Hanshi Kevin O’Connor of the ISO and Renshi Mark Gerrard of Bushin Martial Arts presented him with his award.

Geoff said: “This is particularly satisfying for me as it is actually given by students and fellow instructors.

“I am humbled by their support and friendship.”

Border Counties Advertizer: Ross Wilson, Sam Rogers and Dr JB Vibhishanan

Ross Wilson, Sam Rogers and Dr JB Vibhishanan.

Meanwhile three members of the Oswestry Dojo celebrated achieving black belt status at the end of year assessments and go into the new year with new grades

Bushin Martial Arts awarded Black Belt 1st Dan status to Ross Wilson, Sam Rogers and Dr JB Vibhishanan.

The candidates were assessed over a gruelling four hour period by a panel of Bushin Martial Arts High Grades, ratified by Bushin founder Renshi Mark Gerrard and Hanshi Kevin O’Connor of the International ShinBudo Organisation.

First Dan or Sho Dan is Japanese for ‘first step’ and implies the commencement of a journey.

Bushin martial arts wishes them a long and enjoyable journey into Jujitsu.