Instructor / Coach
Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu is run by Sensei Dave Court (Yondan) who has over 36yrs experience in studying Kempo Ju-Jitsu and other Martial Arts. Sensei Court’s aim is to provide his students with techniques that will work in real life combat or self-defence situations regardless of an opponents’ size or strength, whilst honoring the traditions of the Japanese roots of Kempo Ju-Jitsu. To this end Sensei Court’s techniques tend to be simple and effective rather than flashy or complicated.
Sensei Court began his journey in to the martial arts at the age of 5yrs old, studying Feng Shou (proun. Fung Shao), a soft style of Wu Shu, along with Wado Ryu Karate under his Father, Shihan Court. At the age of 10yrs, he joined the Welsh Contact Karate Association (W.C.K.A.), his first official dojo, with his younger brother, and older sister, to learn Welsh Contact Karate under Sensei Clifton Brown. Sensei Court studied under Sensei Brown for four years, obtaining 2nd Kyu at the age of 14yrs, before leaving to focus his studies in Kempo Ju-Jitsu, an art that was to become his passion.
Sensei Court’s official instruction into the interesting art of Kempo Ju-Jitsu began at the Ketsugo Ryu Ju-Jitsu Dojo in Bishopston, South Wales, under Sensei Mark Schito (Sandan) and Shihan Court back in 1992, his current grade (purple belt) from studying under his father privately was accepted upon entry into Ketsugo Ryu. Kempo Ju-Jitsu was a system that allowed Sensei Court to express himself in his own way. Deciding that this was the path he wanted to follow he committed himself to learning all he could from his instructors and fellow students in the International Kempo Ju-Jitsu Association, a theme that continues to this day with Kyusho Jitsu Europe.
In 1994, at the age of 16, Sensei Court successfully graded to Shodan in Ketsugo Ryu Ju-Jitsu in front of a panel of five Sensei, including Shihan Vincent (Rokudan), head of the International Kempo Ju-Jitsu Union.Due to a difference in teaching Methods Shihan Court and Sensei Schito parted ways, Sensei Court elected to remain with Shihan Court who opened the Kempo Kai Ju-Jitsu dojo in Newton. Shihan Court awarded Sensei Court the rank of Shodan in Kempo Kai Ju-Jitsu. Sensei Court continued to study under Shihan Court and assist in the teaching duties at the dojo.
Though he is committed to the art of Kempo Ju-Jitsu, Sensei Court continually looks for new techniques and methods from other fighting systems that will help to improve his own system and expand his knowledge of Kempo Ju-Jitsu and the martial arts. To this end he spent three years studying the art of Goshin Kai Aikido, under Sensei Alan Lee in Swansea. His study of the art of Aikido was for purely academic purposes, focusing upon the relationship and similarities between Aikido and Kempo Ju-Jitsu techniques. Sensei Court declined offers to grade in Goshin Kai Aikido, but did train repeatedly with the Yudansha at the Dojo, trying new ways of performing familiar techniques.
Sensei Court also attended numerous National courses whilst with the International Kempo Ju-Jitsu Union, allowing him to study under a number of experienced Sensei from other systems. A practice that is still made possible with the National Seminars run each year by many of his colleagues within the Martial arts Community.
In June 2001 Sensei Court moved to Manchester, where he continued his training in Kempo Ju-Jitsu, whilst instructing Sensei Wood (Shodan, Shotokan Karate). Sensei Court also began learning aspects of Shotokan Karate, which is considered the sister art of Wado Ryu Karate, from Sensei Wood, allowing both Sensei to study the differences between Wado Ryu and Shotokan, whilst refining different aspects of these arts for inclusion within their study of Kempo Ju-Jitsu.
Sensei Court successfully graded to Nidan under Shihan Vincent in November 2001, and with the support of both Sensei Wood and Shihan Vincent, the Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu Dojo began teaching at its current location in February 2002.
Sadly in 2005 Sensei Court had to leave the International Kempo Ju-Jitsu Union due to a lack of communication from Shihan Vincent, luckily Sensei Court found a new home with Hanshi Browne and The Fighting Arts Organisation of Great Britain. Sensei Court successfully graded to the rank of Sandan in London on 10th April 2010 in an examination under Hanshi Browne (Kudan), of the F.A.O.G.B.
For personal reasons Sensei Court made the difficult decision to leave the F.A.O.G.B. in 2016 and join Kyusho Jitsu Europe under Shihan John Duggan (an old friend from his days with I.K.J.J.U.). Sensei Court has no issues with Hanshi Browne of the excellent members of the F.A.O.G.B. and is grateful for his time spent under with them, however he feels that Kyusho Jitsu Europe currently offers what his students and his system require to progress to the next level.
Sensei Court continues to study and learn from his father Shihan Court, as well as his friend, and current Chief Instructor, Shihan Duggan, his Dacayana Eskrima Instructor Marcie Harding, and all his fellow martial artists in both Kyusho Jitsu Europe and Dacayana Eskrima UK & Europe. Sensei Court is a strong believer in the statement, ‘you never stop learning, regardless of your rank’, something he strives to adhere to throughout his martial arts life.
Sensei Court began studying the Dacayana Eskrima system under Marcie Harding in late 2010 early 2011, Marcie is the head of Malvern Eskrima and UK & European Director of the Dacayana Eskrima UK & Europe Association for Grand Master Jun Dacayana of Cebu. Sensei Court was awarded his Level 8 (1st Degree Black Belt) in Dacayana Eskrima on Sunday 06th July 2014 by his instructor Marcie Harding after four hours of continuous assessment and occasional pressure testing by Associate Coach John Devereaux during a seminar held at KSOMA in Peterborough.
In October 2016 Sensei Court was assessed on various aspects, such as teaching ability, ability to act as Uki and physical ability over the course of a week-end and was fortunate enough to be awarded the rank of Yondan on Sunday 02nd October 2016 by Shihan Court (8th Dan), Shihan Duggan (7th Dan) and Shihan Wright (7th Dan). It was a physically demanding grading but a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Sensei Court is now ready to begin his preparations for attempting to grade to Level 9 (2nd Degree) in Dacayana Eskrima under Marcie Harding sometime in 2019.
Sensei Court was graded to Level 9 Coach (2nd Degree Black Belt) by his instructor Marcie Harding on Tuesday 11th June 2019, and was awarded his Senioer Dacayana Coach certificate at a seminar in Malvern on Sunday 08th September by Marcie Harding.
Sensei Court also holds a Physical First Aid Certificate from St. John's Ambulance, and recently qualified as a Mental Health first Aider after a two day course run by Mental Health England.
Left: Shihan Court & Sensei Court.
Above: Shihan Court (Left), Sensei Court (Middle) Shihan Duggan (Right) After Sensei Courts Physical Yondan Grading.
Below: Sensei Courts Yondan Certificate.
1st Lesson teaching as Yondan at Kempo Kan Ju-Jitsu Dojo.