After 50 years in judo, Bruce now 6th Dan

Bruce Carnaby, an instructor at the Bushido Judo Kwai, was promoted to the grade of 6th Dan.

Bruce Carnaby, an instructor at the Bushido Judo Kwai, was promoted to the grade of 6th Dan.

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AN INSTRUCTOR at the Bushido Judo Kwai has been promoted to the grade of 6th Dan.

Bruce Carnaby began his judo career in 1961 at the Hokojun Judo Club in North Shields, where his Sensei at that time was Jack Hearn, 1st Dan.

During the following years he would attend judo courses by Kenshiro Abbe, 8th Dan, arguably the most important judo teacher of his time.

In 1963 Bruce was fortunate enough to attend the now famous Royal Albert Hall Martial Arts Display, which featured six masters of various martial arts such as Kenshiro Abbe, Haku Michigami, Masutaro O’Tani, Mutsuharu Nakazono, Masmichi Noro and Mutsusuke Harada.

A year later he was promoted to 1st Dan by Masutaro O’Tani, 7th Dan, and founded his own club, the Budokan Judo Club in Blyth.

In August 2006, now with the grade of 5th Dan, Bruce joined the Bushido Judo Kwai at Wallsend Boys Club, where he became an instructor.

His experience has been extremely beneficial on the other members.

Bruce was promoted to the grade of 6th Dan at a grading held with the auspices of the BAJ Yudanshakai.