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Our Instructors 2017-10-21T00:15:40+00:00

Jikishin Ju-Jitsu have instructors with over 100 years combined martial arts experience. Each instructor brings to the table a complimentary style of teaching.

Head of School

Shihan Stephen Cosgrave 6th Dan Ju-Jitsu has been studying martial arts for over 37 years. Throughout his career, he has trained under many Senior Ju-jitsu instructors including Terry Parker, Brian Herbert, Sam Tonkin Snr, Dieter Losken, Robert Clarke, John Steadman, Martin Dickson, Kenny Blundell, James Pape, Cosimo Costa, and various members of the WJJF and BJJA, competed on a senior level for England, and visited many different Dojo’s around the world competing, teaching and attending seminars.

Martial Arts Career Resume
1978 – Began studying Wado Ryu Karate

August 1988 – Began Studying Japanese Ju-Jitsu under the Jikishin Ju-Jitsu Association
October 1991 – Awarded Sho Dan
December 1993 – Awarded Ni Dan
December 1997 – Awarded San Dan
June 2002 – Awarded Yon Dan
June 2011 – Awarded Go Dan
July 2016 – Awarded Roko Dan
Qualifications
September 2002 Level 2 BJJAGB Coach
April 2002 Level 2 Kobudo Weapons Instructor
May 2012 Level 2 AJJF/NCAS Accredited Coach

Visited and Trained in various countries, including:

Spain;
South Africa;
Belgium;
Germany;
Australia; and
Vietnam

Representation of England
1994 – Gold Medal vs South Africa
1994 – Silver Medal South African Cup
1994 – Bronze Medal National Championships
1995 – Gold Medal South African Cup

President of the Martial Arts Association Australasia
Member of Australian Ju-Jitsu Federation
Head of School Jikishin Ju-Jitsu Australia

Sensei Brad Matthews

Sensei Matthews started his Martial Arts training around 1981 (Grade 9) at Chong Chul Rhee Taekwondo. He then went to Zen Do Kai Karate after about 6 months. This school was then absorbed into the KyuKushin Karate organisation and he graded as a Brown Belt in Kyokushin under Trevor Field.

Around 1984 Sensei Matthews began Jujitsu with Alf Ward where he studied a form of Cherry Blossom style Jujitsu, (called Nikido Jujitsu) whilst at the same time as training Kyokushin Karate.

He was training the 2 styles 6 days a week for a couple of years or so until he left Kyokushin to focus on more fluid aspects of Ju-Jitsu.

Sensei Matthews has travelled around Australia training in all manner of Martial Arts from Shorin Ryu, Wing Tsun, Hapkido and TaiChi to Kendo, Bujitsu and Kali, and in 1994 started a school in Mackay called Mackay Jujitsu that was running out of the PCYC for around 6 years.

A huge hit with the kids, you will more than likely hear the words “dead fish” come out of his mouth, just to see if they are listening and paying attention.

Brad has a passion for Ju-Jitsu and its teachings to the youth of today.

You will find Sensei Brad at our Margate dojo.

Sensei Lyle Marsden

Sensei Lyle Marsden has been training under Shihan Stephen Cosgrave since the opening of Jikishin Ju-Jitsu Australia.

Sensei Lyle was awarded his 1st Dan Shodan in December 2014 in front of a 3 person grading panel. Since then, Lyle has been the head instructor of the Bellarine Peninsula school, where he instructs both the Junior and Senior classes.

He was also responsible for assisting in the promotion of 2 further 1st Dan Shodan in 2015.