The Bajada Brothers
Christian and Roderick Bajada
• Sichidan (7th degree black belt) Jujutsu (Jiu-Jitsu), Godan Iaido - DNBK Japan
• Rokudan, Menkyo Chudan Myoshin Ryu - UK
• Kyoshi Jujutsu, Shihan Jujutsu, Renshi Iaido - DNBK Japan
• Renshi Myoshin Ryu - UK
• Various masters of modern and old school martial arts and styles in Japan - Kyoto Butokuden and Budo Centre.
• Various instructors worldwide of the different martial arts and styles: jujutsu and judo, karate, iaido, kenjutsu and kendo, aiki, kickboxing and thai boxing.
Some of the most notable names:
• Masakazu Imanari, aka “Ashikan Judan” (Master of Leglocks) – Imanari Jiu-Jitsu headquarters, Tokyo
• Yuki Nakai – Paraestra Shooto and Jiu-Jitsu Academy headquarters, Tokyo
Mentors and patrons:
• Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada Hanshi - Chishin Ryu Heiho
• Allan Tattersall Hanshi - Myoshin Ryu
Performed (trained, demonstrated or taught) in:
Kyoto - Japan (Butokuden, Budo Centre, Seiryuden of Shoren-in), Tokyo - Japan, Virginia - USA, Manchester - England, Essex - England, Brussels - Belgium, Clermont-Ferrand - France, Breitenbrunn/Saxony - Germany, Magdeburg - Germany, Sonthofen - Germany, Baden-Württemberg (Achern) - Germany, Landkreis Augsburg (Meitingen) - Germany, Sintra - Portugal, Athens - Greece, and various localities in Malta and Gozo
• The first professional martial arts instructors in Malta.
• Started training at the ages of 4 and 5 years at a local club.
• Competitions (up to early/mid teens):
Winners of numerous competitions, most notably 3 gold medals at the British Ju-Jitsu International Championships in 1998. Competitions at that time consisted of self-defence application, demonstrations, striking-only sparring, grappling-only sparring and striking-and-grappling sparring.
• Opened their dojo, the Jiushin Kan, at the ages of 16 and 17 years.
• Their dojo and jujutsu were named in Kyoto, Japan, by Tesshin Hamada Hanshi of the DNBK as Jiushin Kan, meaning “hall of the true ideals of yawara (jujutsu)”.
Multiple Yushu Sho (outstanding excellence award), Dantai Yushu Sho (team outstanding excellence award) and Shorei Sho (commending award) by the DNBK of Japan.
• The first martial artists in the Maltese islands who have trained in authentic koryu.
• Introduced iaido in Malta.
• Demonstrated in the presence of royals and dignitaries, such as HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa, HRH Prince Higashifushimi Jigo (Chief Abbot of Shoren-in Temple) and Higashifushimi Jiko (Chief Abbot of Shoren-in Temple).
• The brothers' success can be accredited to the constant guidance of their father, Raymond Bajada.