The association Chief Instructor is Sensei Jim Dart, who has been involved in the martial arts for 40 years. He has previously held positions as Headmaster of the International Society of Traditional Judo for England and General Secretary of the Wado Kai England Karate-do Federation, where he was a member of the Technical Committee.
Following many years of training, gaining Dan grades in Karate, Zen Judo and Jujitsu, Jim established the Kenshindoryu style of Jujitsu Kempo in 1994 in an effort to redress what he saw as an imbalance in the existing major associations’ emphasis in training, which he perceived as concentrating on the throwing and locking elements of Jujitsu, to the detriment of the striking techniques. With this in mind, he trained with leading exponents of ‘pressure-point’ striking and grappling arts and incorporated additional techniques from western and Thai boxing. The study of vital points was also translated back through the karate clubs into the Karate kata bunkai (application).
After leaving the Zen Judo Family, following the death of his Sensei, Dominick McCarthy Shihan (8th Dan), Jim came across the International Society of Traditional Judo (ISTJ) style of Combat Judo, which already included these techniques, and he felt that by joining them, the circular aspect to his training would be completed (although ongoing study of the Japanese Sword Arts continues to expand the circle further). KDR Combat Judo now incorporates pressure-point or ‘reversionary’ applications to the majority of throws in the syllabus, but remains distinctly different from Jujitsu in its methodology and this is the subject matter for his next book, Progressive Zen Judo, which is a work in progress.
Jim has had the good fortune and honour to receive instruction under renowned martial arts masters who are specialists in their respective fields. Including:
Wadoryu Karatedo under Masters Tatsuo Suzuki 8th Dan, Masafumi Shiomitsu 8th Dan, Yoshitsugu Shinohara 8th Dan
Zen Judo under the Founder, Master Dominick McCarthy, 8th Dan
Small Circle Jujitsu with Master Wally Jay, 10th Dan
Kyusho Jutsu with Master George Dillman
Shinkendo under Toshishiro Obata Kaiso and UK Shibucho, Byron Shepherd
Other credentials and experience include:
- Author of 'Wado Ryu Kata Bunkai' 2015
- Currently General Secretary, International Gentle Arts Society (2010 - )
- General secretary Wadokai England Karate-do Federation (2001-2002)
- Headmaster (Eng) International Society of Traditional Judo (1998-2002)
- Chief Instructor Kenshindoryu Nippon Budo Kyokai
- Awarded 'Shihan' title 2015 by Shinohara Y 8th Dan
- Awarded 'Kenshuin' assistant Instructor grade Shinkendo by Obata T Kaiso 2012
- Sensei Dart’s current grades include a combined total of over 30 Dan (black belt) rankings;