Sensei John Hopps

Sensei John Hopps

Sensei John Hopps 5th Dan Ju-Jitsu

John Hopps began training in martial arts in August 1986 with the British Combat Karate Organisation (BCKO). He trained initially under Sensei Nick Woodley in Northamptonshire. After moving to Rochdale John trained in Gojo Ryu Karate under Ian Lingard from 1987 to 1990 and attained the grade of Brown Belt.

It was at this club that John had his first taste of Ju-Jitsu and soon he began additional training in Ju-Jitsu with Tony Judd at his club in Rochdale, and later at Monarch Mill in Royton. Here John attained his Ju-Jitsu Black Belt in 1992 and his 2nd degree Black Belt in 1994. John Greenhalgh Kyoshi was a close friend of Tony Judd and took over his club following his unfortunate death. Since this time Sensei Hopps has trained under John Greenhalgh and attained his 3rd Dan in Ju-Jitsu in March 1998 and his 4th Dan in September 2001.