Ju Jitsu Experience
1986 – introduced to Ju Jitsu by Sensei Graham Piper, who took Alan to Ards Ju Jitsu where Sensei Raymond Shaw was club coach. Alan was immediately hooked on Ju Jitsu and has never looked back. He trained under Sensei Shaw for 6 years and also under Sensei Mark Noble at Avoniel, on average 4 to 5 times a week.
1990 – Black belt (1st DAN)
1991 – took over Ards Ju Jitsu from Sensei Shaw
September 1991 – became a professional coach
1993 – 2nd DAN
1996 – 3rd DAN
2002 – 4th DAN
2004 – 5th DAN
2009 – 6th DAN
2015 – 7th DAN
2023 – 8th DAN
Hanshi Petticrew now spends most of his time coaching, but still enjoys the training on Fridays and also attending the National Headquarters regularly in Liverpool with Sensei David Toney (7th DAN, Senior Coach Northern Ireland), where they take private lessons with Professor Robert Clark and Sensei Alan Campbell, Senior National Coach, UK.
Hanshi Petticrew is in charge of Ards Peninsula Ju Jitsu clubs, which have training sessions in Ards, Kircubbin, Comber, Donaghadee, Portaferry, and Carrowdore. There are now over 400 members, ranging in age from 5 to 60 years.
Ju Jitsu is practised in a friendly atmosphere and everyone is made to feel very welcome.
From Hanshi Alan
One of the main things I like about Ju Jitsu is the personal development of the individual. I am especially proud of the junior members, some of whom have been training in the club for over 10 years and have now qualified as assistant club coaches.