SENSEI; KEITH HOLME (OWNER & HEAD INSTRUCTOR)
Sensei Keith Holme is a 3rd degree black belt in Japanese self defence Ju-Jitsu (Hon Tai Yoshin Ryu) and has been teaching for over 30 years. He grew up in Liverpool, England and started Ju-Jitsu training at the age of 14. He trained under the tutelage of the late Soke Robert Clark (10th Dan), World Ju-Jitsu Federation of Liverpool. He achieved his black belt when he was 17 years old. He was among the first 200 students to be appointed into the World Ju-Jitsu Federation Institute of Black Belts and achieved his level two coaching award.
Both his Father and Sister also trained in Ju-Jitsu. Some time after becoming black belts, the family set up and ran a small club on the outskirts of Liverpool, on behalf of the “W.J.J.F” where they dedicated two nights a week to teach 50 plus children and 20 plus adults each week. His Mother was also involved, she did all the administration work, even though there were 8 Degrees of black belt training between them, Sensei Holme always says that Mum was still “The Boss!”.
They have seen many students pass through their club over the years. Some of whom still train and teach.
Sensei Holme immigrated to Canada in 1999 and has been teaching Ju-Jitsu in other martial arts clubs. In May 2011, he made the decision to open his own facility, Red Dragon Martial Arts Academy. The name
“Red Dragon” was chosen for a number of reasons. The ‘dragon’ has always been a symbol of martial arts, Red is Sensei’s favourite colour, The World Ju-Jitsu Federation has a red dragon in their logo and he also has family from Wales whose flag sports a Red Dragon, so I guess you could say the name was obvious.
MASTER; JORDAN ROHLEHR (TAEKWON-DO INSTRUCTOR)
Jordan Rohlehr is a 21 year old student living in Pickering, Ontario. Jordan began his martial arts career at the age of eight years old. He studied Tae Kwon Do and attained his 1st Degree Black Belt in 2003. At age 15 Jordan decided that it was time to give back to other up and coming students, and he started teaching classes. He currently holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt.
In 2007 Jordan started training in Ju-Jitsu under Sensei Keith Holme. After rising to the rank of Shodan in 2010, Jordan took a break from martial arts in order to focus more on other areas of his life. In 2012 Jordan returned to teaching Tae Kwon Do at Red Dragon Martial Arts and is proud to be a part of what the students have achieved so far. In his spare time Jordan loves being active, playing sports like tennis and soccer, making videos, listening to music, spending time with his friends and family and travelling. He is now pursuing a career in journalism. Jordan Rohlehr
SENSEI; SEAN SMITH (PEEWEE DRAGONS INSTRUCTOR)
SENSEI; CORY YORK (ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR)
SENSEI; DANIEL LENNOX (ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR)
“I honestly feel that Martial Arts is a journey that is a lifelong pursuit that will never be complete. I think of the rank of Black Belt as more of a true Martial Artists beginnings rather than an arrival or a permanent destination. I tend to put emphasis on foundational understanding on techniques as well as the underlying philosophy that Martial Arts provides. I am constantly in the mindset to improve upon my classmates core abilities as well as providing approaches to seemingly abstract martial concepts. I feel that as a Shodan, I have not accomplished my goal until I have improved upon my classmates abilities as well as my own”. Daniel Lennox
Hontai yoshin ryu is a traditional Japanese style of Ju-Jitsu, which was formed almost four hundred years ago. The style embodies the techniques, principles and spirit of the Samurai way of life.
It is a “self defence” art which emphasises on using your opponent’s weight and force against them.
It involves throws, take down’s, arm, wrist and leg locks, escape’s from various holds, strikes, kicks, etc etc. A little bit of everything!
Along with the physical aspect of self defence, you achieve respect, discipline, courtesy and develop the courage and self confidence to apply to all aspects of life.
WHO IS IT FOR?
We welcome all students of good character who wish to learn the art in the true spirit of BUDO.