Australian Jujutsu and the AJJA - What's the deal?
Hi all. I was wondering what if any experience people here have with the ajja and any instructors within it. I have trained with a couple of instructors under this particular banner, and to be blunt, they are crap. I see a few "shihans" about, such as John Beckman and Brierly Bailey and it says that did course at the International College of Kenshusei. From what I have heard, the late Jan De Jong had every right to use the title shihan, and even then he generally didn't like it. He has a pretty rock solid background too.
What sort of background do all these supposed shihan in the ajja have? I checked out John Beckman briefly, and it says that Tsutsumi Hozan is the parent style of his Senjutsu ryu. So, he trained under Jan De Jong I'm assuming, and now, only a few years after his death, I see him posing in a red and white belt. So where are all these shihan grades coming from?? Is it this International College?
I took a class of Bruce Watt's once (I think he's a 4th or 5th dan) and it was the biggest waste of time I have ever experienced. You couldn't even say "Hey, where's the non compliant drills and sparring?" because it was at an even lower level: they didn't even do full speed drills. Add to this a class where Sekiguchi sensei of the MJER attended, Watt's let his goddamn sword fall out of the scabbard getting up from seiza right in front of the guy.
Then there is Wayne Hanley, who doesn't seem to be associated with the ajja anymore, yet was up until a year or two ago. he got torn a new asshole on e-budo for his claims that he had no evidence for.
So having said all this, and after my experiences, I have to ask if anyone around here has any further information on this association and the "shihan" within. To any first timer it would seem completely legit, hell to most guys that have been around the block it would seem legit. Having met a few of these teachers/members however, I smell a rat. Hey, I could be wrong.