Sensei Earl Walker
5th Dan - Hando Chief Club Instructor
Sensei Jackie Walker
4th Dan - Hando Chief Junior Club Instructor, Welfare & Child Protection Officer.
Sensei Steve Thomas
4th Dan - Hando Senior Club Coach
Sensei Jamie Taylor
4th Dan - Hando Senior Club Coach
Sensei Will Murley
3rd Dan - Hando Senior Club Coach
Sensei Paul Anthony
3rd Dan - Hando Club Coach
Sensei Tess Godfrey
2nd Dan - Hando Club Coach
All of our instructors:
Have passed the appropriate UKMA(GB) Coaches course to qualify as an Instructor and:
Have up to date membership of the JJJA and UKMA(GB)
Have a current First Aid Qualification
Possess Public Liability Insurance (minimum £ 5,000,000.00)
Possess a current DBS (formerly CRB)
Have signed the Hando Ju Jitsu Club Code of Conduct
Are qualified and approved to run a club under the JJJA & UKMA(GB) rules.
Have Safeguarding Children Qualification.
UKMA(GB) Child Protection Policy
Hando Ju Jitsu Clubs have a number of Coaches who run and assist with the running of the Club, teach, help students train for competition and are always available for advice and assistance.
All the coaches you will be introduced to on this page meet the requirements of the UKMAGB Coaching Scheme, have Public Indemnity Insurance, hold a current First Aid qualification, have a UKMAGB Coaching Qualification, and have undergone Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS - formerly CRB) checks (see Sidebar). All coaches comply with the UKMAGB Child Protection Policy and have signed up to the Hando Ju Jitsu Clubs Code of Conduct.
Earl Walker - Hando Chief Instructor - 5th Dan
I began my Ju Jitsu journey in April 1991 at the Jikishin Ju Jitsu Club in Harlow, Essex. I started the same night as Wayne Bowen, with whom I trained and took all Gradings from White to Black. I came from a background in amateur boxing, amateur wrestling, and working as a doorman in pubs and clubs.
I took on the Ongar, Essex Club as Instructor in 1993, and the Harlow, Essex Club in 1995, after the retirement of my Sensei Steve Fryer. I qualified as a Senior Instructor in 1995.
I am proud of the standard of student that we produce at the Hando clubs, and the open attitude to training at the clubs gives both instructors and students plenty of things to think about - as well as Ju Jitsu, we cross train in aspects of boxing, wrestling, judo, karate, ground-fighting, sparring and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).
Every student comes to our Ju Jitsu class with expectations, I am a great believer in giving each and every student the tools for the job.
I currently fulfil the roles as the Jikishin JJJA and UKMAGB National Fighting System Coach, the Jikishin Ju Jitsu Association & UKMAGB National Health & Safety Officer,the Hando Ju Jitsu Clubs Health & Safety Officer, the Webmaster for www.jikishin.com.
Level 2 Ju Jitsu Instructor
NVQ Trainer - Level 5
BTEC Self Defence Trainer - Level 3
Sports Leadership - Level 1
Community Sports Leadership - Level 2
Safeguarding Children Level 1
First Aid at Work
I run a Personal Safety Training company specialising in Lone Worker and Breakaway Training: www.personal-safety-training.com.
Jackie Walker - Hando Chief Junior Club Instructor - 4th Dan
My training started in 1992, with no intention or ambition to reach Black Belt, and I have since reached the Grade of 4th Dan. I enjoy working with people and seeing the self confidence that students inevitably gain.
It gives me great pleasure to work with the children and I enjoy my own training (when I get the time). I feel that it is important for women to be able to defend themselves and am very happy to pass on the skill that I have worked hard to attain – after all, my Sensei did the same for me.
I have worked with a number of Ju Jitsu partners over the years but have not concentrated on getting higher grades, just on improving my own work and that of my students.
I enjoy the weapons side of the training and like to teach this aspect as I feel that it enhances the combat skills, particularly in terms of stances and body positions. Teaching the Junior class gives a lot of pleasure especially when the children do well at competition or on a Grading. I look forward to many more years in Ju Jitsu.
I am the Welfare & Child Protection Officer.
Steve Thomas - Hando Senior Club Coach - 4th Dan
I started training in 1990 as a productive way to keep fit, and got hooked. I gained my first Dan in 1997, shortly after which I also started training in Shotokan karate (currently 2nd Kyu).
I view martial arts as an excellent outlet in our hectic lives, and it might just keep you safe too. In a confrontational situation, knowing that you are trained to cope better with any eventuality, gives you more time to explore a constructive result.
As my Grandfather would say "Use what you have between your ears before resorting to what's on the end of your arms!"
I am a 1st Dan Black Belt in Karate, and have also passed my Child Protection in Sport (NSPCC) and Channel General Awareness Module (College of Policing).
Jamie Taylor - Hando Senior Club Coach - 4th Dan
I started my Ju Jitsu career in 1991 at the now defunct Harlow Post Office Jikishin Ju Jitsu Club, and when this closed, I moved to Hando Ju Jitsu Club. I have trained wit Steve Thomas since that time and we have achieved 4th Dan together. I really enjoy teaching the juniors, and I work hard with the seniors to help them reach their potential.
My attitude to Ju Jitsu is that it is an excellent art with which to learn to defend yourself, it keeps you fit, it requires both physical and mental discipline and is great fun.
Will Murley - Hando Senior Club Coach - 3rd Dan
I started Ju Jitsu when I was 6 years old in 1990.
I have competed in Local, National, International competitions where I have won gold in several categories. I ran the children's club at Harlow, Essex, under Sensei Earl, and loved it - passing along the knowledge that I have gained after training for most of my life. I hope to go on to run senior clubs of my own.
I enjoy the competitive side particularly, and I have competed successfully in cage fighting (unbeaten), and I currently run MMA classes in Harlow, Essex.
I enjoy bringing the juniors along and get a lot of pride and satisfaction from this side of Ju Jitsu. I also assist with the adults training, and keep up my own training regime. My philosophy is if you have to defend yourself, get in early and get in hard.
Paul Anthony - Hando Club Coach - 3rd Dan
Ju-Jitsu attracted me with its practical approach of ‘use what works to maximum effect’.
It quickly teaches the do’s and don’ts of self-defence. I also respected its constant evolution by taking and refining techniques and styles from all fields of combat to build someone who meets the needs of today’s world either in the street or in competition arenas.
Since starting training in 1999 I have found our clubs friendly and welcoming to all, combined with strong work ethic that promotes fitness and provides a challenge.
Everybody, no matter what their background or fitness, will get something out of the lessons: I always do.
Tess Godfrey - Hando Club Coach - 2nd Dan
I started training in 1997 as I wanted to improve my fitness, I had done a bit of Judo as a child so decided to return to martial arts and haven’t looked back since. I passed my 1st Dan in 2000, 2nd in 2003, level 3 coach 2005 and have competed in competitions where I won a bronze medal for random attacks (black belt) in 2003.
I enjoy helping and supporting the juniors and being small I can Uke for the older juniors when they don’t have a training partner or are struggling with a technique. I believe that it is good for children to learn martial arts as it will not only help them should they need to use it, but also gives them confidence whilst instilling respect not only for the sensei but also their peers.
Matt Kendrick - Hando Club Coach
I have always liked Martial Arts, and had an interest from an early age. As I got older I started looking for a good martial art to take up in order to get fit and learn how to defend myself should the situation arise. In 2010 I found the Hando Ju Jitsu Club in Harlow, went along for a trial lesson, and I have been there ever since.
I passed my First Dan (Black Belt) in 2019 and (after helping out on the mat for several years) and also qualified as a coach. I'm very proud of my achievements, and I'm proud and honoured to be part of the Harlow club. It gives me great pleasure to pass on the knowledge, that I have gained during my years of training, to the children and adults that train with us, and to see them grow in confidence and skill.