Hi folks,

It’s that time when we post a little update about our recent graduation and the good news that with a few students moving on up to higher classes we do now also have a limited number of places available for new members..

Graduation is a fantastic event for the students to celebrate their success and to round odd the quarter with their new belts, certificates etc.

The image below shows some of the more senior students from both adults and junior classes, going through their paces in front of their family and friends

As you can see, we had a full house, with about 95% of our students in attendance, right from our ‘Little Ninjas’, up to the senior adult members.

At the Academy we have classes for all ages and different experience levels, split across 5 groups:

  • Little Ninjas (5/6 years)
  • Junior Beginners (7+)
  • Junior Experienced (from green belt/12 months)
  • Adult Beginners (from secondary school age up)
  • Adult Experienced.

So as you can see, we cater for all, and with specific classes just for beginners, nobody is thrown in at the deep end.

Isn’t it time you found out for yourself what it’s all about?

From this week we’ve now got availability for a couple more kids in Little Ninjas, and three or four in junior beginners, so if you’re interested in your child trying out a few classes, we’d love to hear from you!

Adults too!  We’ve got a small but dedicated adults group, who’d love to meet you!

As always, if there’s anything I can help with at any time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.

Master Richard Olpin
Chief Instructor



Grading Results June 2023

43 students assessed in total


  • 31 BBTC students were promoted
  • 10 ‘A’ passes, 10 ‘+’ passes
  • 7 students achieved ‘A+’ – WELL DONE!!
  • 3 students with ‘L’ passes (see instructor for advice on what’s expected at next grading)
  • 3 eligible students did not apply for the grading
  • 3 students did not attend due to other commitments and were awarded baseline promotions based on pre-grading week assessments only.
    (Please note: A/+ grades are only available to those who attend the final session or book a private grading)


  • 12 Little Ninjas promoted this time
  • 2 ninjas invited to move up to Juniors early


Unleash Your Inner Warrior: Embarking on the Martial Arts Journey


















Have you ever been captivated by the graceful movements and unwavering discipline of martial artists? Have you dreamed of mastering self-defence techniques, honing mental focus, and embracing a warrior’s spirit?  If so, now is the time to take the first step and embark on your martial arts journey.

In the spirit of Lao Tzu’s timeless wisdom, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” let us explore the profound significance of this quote in relation to training in martial arts.

  1. Embracing the Beginner’s Mind:
    Training in martial arts begins with humbly embracing the role of a beginner. It is in this state of openness that we allow ourselves to absorb the wisdom and knowledge imparted by experienced instructors. Like a blank canvas, the beginner’s mind is free from preconceptions, enabling us to learn and develop the fundamental skills necessary for growth. By taking that first step onto the mat
  2. Cultivating Physical and Mental Discipline:
    Martial arts is not merely about physical prowess; it is a holistic journey that fosters discipline and self-control. The first step in training sets the foundation for building physical strength, flexibility, and coordination. Through regular practice, we gradually refine our techniques and develop a deeper awareness of our bodies. Concurrently, martial arts instills mental discipline, teaching us focus, patience, and the ability to remain calm in the face of challenges. Every step taken in training becomes a catalyst for personal growth and self-mastery.
  3. Nurturing Confidence and Self-defence Skills:
    One of the most empowering aspects of martial arts training lies in the development of self-defence skills and self-confidence. With each step forward, we acquire practical knowledge of various martial arts techniques that equip us to protect ourselves and others. The confidence gained from knowing we possess the ability to defend ourselves is transformative, permeating other aspects of our lives. It empowers us to walk through the world with an unshakable sense of assurance, both physically and mentally.
  4. Embracing the Martial Arts Community:
    Stepping onto the martial arts path introduces us to a vibrant and supportive community. It is a place where individuals from all walks of life come together, united by a shared passion for self-improvement and respect. Training alongside fellow martial artists offers invaluable opportunities for camaraderie, encouragement, and inspiration. With each step we take, we not only grow as individuals but also contribute to the collective growth and camaraderie of the martial arts community.

As Lao Tzu wisely said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” If the allure of martial arts has stirred something within you, do not hesitate to take that first step. By embracing the beginner’s mind, cultivating discipline, nurturing self-confidence, and embracing the martial arts community, you embark on a transformative journey.

Unleash your inner warrior, empower your mind and body, and watch as the first step paves the way for an extraordinary martial arts adventure that will shape you in ways you never imagined possible.

Remember, your martial arts journey begins today.