In 1990 Morgan Shihan was also awarded Yudansha by Fumon Tanaka of the Kukishin Ryu Bu Jutsu.
In 1991 Morgan Shihan entered the British Ju Jitsu Association South-East England Championships and won gold medals for the Embo, Empty Hand Kata and Weapons Kata Classes and took a very respectable third place in the full-contact Kick-boxing.
In 1993 he won the first World Championships in Venice in the Embo class and narrowly missed the gold medal by half a point in the Empty Hand Kata class.
Apart from teaching at his own clubs, sometimes seven days a week, Morgan Shihan is invited regularly to teach at seminars all over the UK, Europe and the USA.
He has written for many publications, including a regular column in Martial Arts Illustrated, "Bends the Branch," and trained with, met and interviewed many illustrious martial artists.
He is a trainer in the security industry by profession and alongside this has taught a wide variety of specialist courses such as Women’s Self-Assertiveness and Self-Defence, Control & Restraint for Nurses, First Aid, Health & Safety and Conflict Management, to name but a few.
_Morgan Shihan is a fully qualified Shiatsu practitioner and teacher, with over thirty years’ experience, and is one of few instructors still versed in traditional Kuatsu and Kappo resuscitation techniques.
In 2008, he was awarded 8th Dan by the Welsh Budo Federation and his great friend, mentor and teacher, the late Billy Doak Sensei.
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UK Shin Gi Tai Aiki Ju Jutsu Schools
were founded in 1980 to fulfill Morgan Shihan's twin passions of instilling uncompromising
excellence into martial arts and helping others on the path to self-development and discovery.
For many years, classes took place in a huge variety of hired venues - some excellent and some not so, but always commitment overcame adversity, for both teacher and students, and the Schools have endured despite numerous changes, obstacles and setbacks.
Many other clubs have appeared and disappeared in that time, some lasting no more than a few months, but the vision and determination held by Morgan Shihan, along with a loyal group of core students, have ensured that the Schools flourish come what may.
In 2005, Morgan Shihan was finally able to realise a dream held since childhood and open his own dojo in Rugeley, Staffordshire.
Shin Gi Tai means “Spirit, Skill and Power” which are reflected in the three points of the Schools' badge (or “Mon”). But Shin Gi Tai was chosen as far more than a name: it was and remains a concept and an ideal: the highest form of training and achievement that a student can strive for. It is a journey which has no end and can offer one of the greatest possible vehicles for self-development. The name is intended to encourage students to exceed their own expectations and abandon their perceptions of their own limitations.
The style of Ju Jutsu practised is Juko Ryu Aiki Ju Jutsu: Ju means soft or pliant and Ku means hard; Aiki refers to spiritual harmony or harmonised power; Ju is the principle of compliance and Jutsu means Art. The complexity and apparent contradictions in the name reflect the boundless varieties of techniques and the subtlety of their application. Hence the Art is as fascinating and challenging intellectually as it is physically.
NB. Ju is also spelt Jiu and Jutsu is also spelt Jiutsu or Jitsu: the terms are interchangeable and simply reflect Western interpretation of Japanese sounds.
The virtues of the Samurai are universal ones which are applicable as much in training as in life outside the dojo. As teachers, students and human beings we aspire to the same values. These are translated in varying ways according to interpretation of the spirit of the Japanese meaning, but can be defined as:
Members of the samurai class were taught from childhood that life is as fragile as a cherry blossom that can be wafted away by the slightest breeze, and that they should live their lives accordingly, obeying all of the obligations that made up their world so that they could die at any moment without remorse for having failed to live up to their responsibilities.*
Lofty ambitions? Absolutely.
How else can we be inspired?
_* ("The Seven Virtues of the Samurai" by Boye La Fayette de Mente)