Sensei Craig Byrne - 2nd Dan - Lead Instructor Preston Town Club

Craig has trained in Shorinji Kan Ju Jitsu since 2002. His special interest areas are technical work and breakfalling.

Craig graded to 1st Kyu (Brown belt) July 2009, taking over as lead instructor of the Junior club shortly after. Two years later in July 2011, Craig achieved the rank of Shodan (1st degree Black Belt) and became the lead instructor of the Preston Town adults club. In July 2016 Craig achieved the rank of Nidan (2nd Dan), becoming only the third person in Preston Jitsu history to do so.

Craig passed on the Junior club to a fellow instructor in 2014 and was lead instructor for the University of Central Lancashire club from 2015 to mid 2016. Craig has consistently remained lead instructor at the adult club.

Craig also holds grades in Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo (5th kyu) and World Federation Ju Jitsu (1st Kyu Brown Belt).

Sensei Martin Shaw - 1st Kyu - Lead Instructor Preston Junior Club

Martin started training in Shorinji Kan Ju Jitsu in 2004. After seeing only 20 minutes of a session, Martin was committed and has been with Preston ever since. His special interest area is wrist work, as he feels that all Jitsu can be done from this joint if enough thought is put into the technique.

Martin started helping out with the junior club nearly 10 years ago, even bringing 3 of his nephews to the club. In total Martin has assisted 3 instructors with the junior club.

In 2016 when the last instructor stepped down, Martin stepped up earning his 1st Kyu (Brown belt) and taking over the club. Martin’s dynamic teaching has enabled the Preston Junior Jitsu club’s  continuously successful grading and competion results.

For the last few years Martin has also organised the national  junior competitions. An experience he has described as very rewarding.

Sensei Ryan Pelan - 1st Kyu - Lead Instructor UCLAN Club

Ryan started training in Shorinji Kan Ju Jitsu in 2008 at Loughborough University. Ryan tried several martial arts at the time but was certain it was Jitsu he wanted to persue. His special interest area is technical work, with a focus on posture and footwork.

In 2014 Ryan completed his degree, leaving the University of Loughborough club as a result. Since then he has regularly trained in many of the country’s major clubs including Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester. Ryan joined the Preston Jitsu instructors mid 2016, when he became lead instructor for the University of Central Lancashire club and assistant instructor at Preston Town adults Club.

Over the years Ryan has won dozens of medals at national competitions for his Jitsu, even at beginner level. He believes it is an important aspect of developing your Jitsu technique.

Last year Ryan travelled to Canada for the largest international event the TJJF has ever held and will be attending again in South Africa in 2019. Ryan credits his various travels to train and compete in Jitsu for an expansive network of friends (even a few on the other side of the world). 

Junior club assistants

Calvin Hunt and Sam Cobden