Thursday, 14 November 2019

Gladiator School

We are very excited to announce our new "Gladiator School" held in Royton Scout Club every Sunday. The Katana School of Gladiators is focussing on getting fit through grappling and sparring, also known as boxercise. The Gladiator class will not just aid fitness but boost confidence and self-esteem. It is a fantastic class open to both junior and senior members. Times are:4-5pm for juniors and 5.15-6.15 for seniors.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

International Seminar 2019

Katana Jiu-Jitsu Club hosted it's annual international seminar on Saturday the 12th October. As always it was a fantastic event and very well attended. This year was one of our biggest with an amazing line up of guest instructors. We would like to thank all the guest instructors for supporting the event and passing on their knowledge to all the attendees. Thank you to Hanshi Riley, Soke Mancini, Shihan Ntanovaslis, Sensei Mitchell Sensei Fraser and Sensei Clarke for their great instruction.

Thank you to our amazing line-up of instructors, their techniques were amazing and their passion inspiring.
These events could not continue without the support of the students and clubs who attend. We offer a huge thank you to Reading Jiu Jitsu, Chorley Jiu Jitsu, Katana Jiu Jitsu, Leigh and Westhoughton Jiu-Jitsu, Poole Jiu-Jitsu, White Tiger and Leeds Kodokan for their support.
 Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Black Belt Gradings and Coaching Course

We had a fantastic day on the 5th October at our Autumn black belt gradings and coaching course.
The day started with our junior coaching course where students learnt the importance of health and safety, how to conduct warm-ups, the science behind a warm-up and first aid skills. All our juniors did exceptionally well and fully deserved their awards.  
Following directly on from their coaching course our juniors went directly into their gradings. We have come to expect great skill and technique from our students during their gradings and they did not disappoint us.  It was a tough afternoon for them all but they did not let us down, they were all fantastic and fully deserving of their new grades. A special mention must go to Reuben Adefoly who was promoted to junior black belt!

THe afternoon continued into the senior coaching course where duty of care, risk assessment, loco parentis, health and safety, session planning and first aid were all covered. Just like the juniors before them, the seniors passed the course with flying colours.
  We continued straight into their 1st Dan gradings where our three candidates were certainly made to work hard- there was not a dry Gi in the dojo! They all proved themselves more than worthy of a black belt, showing dedication, commitment and skill. Congratulations to Dennis, Patrick and Andy from all of us at Katana.


Tuesday, 3 September 2019

October International

The October international course is getting closer  and there is no let-up in making the course  one of the best ever hosted. We are delighted to announce that the great Sensei Alex Fraiser had agreed to pass on his knowledge alongside our other great instructors. 

  • Hanshi William Riley
  • Soke Stefano Mancini
  • Shihan Solon Ntavovasilis
  • Sensei Alex Fraiser
  • Sensei Tony Siong
  • Sensei Peter Clarke
  • Sensei Les Mitchel
Tickets for this event are priced at £25 for seniors and £20 for juniors. For more information or to book yourplace on the course please contact us at
Hanshi William Riley
Sensei Alex Fraser
 Sensei Les Mitchel
 Sensei Peter Clarke
 Soke Stefano Mancini
Sensei Tony Siong
Shihan Solon Ntavovasilis

Friday, 5 July 2019

Getting better and better

Not content with being a national champion our very own Carys Williams continues to push herself to greater heights. This week Carys in not only our Golden Glove winner but also gained her junior black and red belt in Kobudo. Congratulations from us all!

Wednesday, 22 May 2019


A huge congratulations to Marcus O'Keefe and Declan Tilby who have been promoted to "Prefects" by Hanshi Riley. Marcus and Declan join a very important group who uphold the values of the club and act as role models to our junior members. Congratulations from us all and keep up the good work! 
 Prefect Marcus O'Keefe
Prefect Declan Tilby

Monday, 13 May 2019

Carys Williams- National Champion

In her debut competition, our very own Carys Williams won gold at the AMA National competition in Bury this weekend. It was a fantastic competition with experienced competitors from all over the country but it was Carys who came out on top with her sensational kata. The Katana family is incredibly proud of Carys and we cannot wait to see her undoubted further success.
 Our Golden girl, Carys with her gold medal- National champion!
 A very proud coach, Hanshi Riley, with National champion Carys

Friday, 29 March 2019

Katana Jiu Jitsu International Course

On the 12th of October this year Katana Jiu Jitsu Clubs will be hosting their annual international course at the Middleton Arena. The event will run from 2.30 pm until 5 pm. We are proud and excited to be able to announce our fantastic line-up of expert practitioners who will be passing on their techniques at this years conference;
  • Hanshi William Riley
  • Soke Stefano Mancini
  • Shihan Solon Ntavovasilis
  • Sensei Tony Siong
  • Sensei Peter Clarke
  • Sensei Les Mitchel
Tickets for this event are priced at £25 for seniors and £20 for juniors. For more information or to book yourplace on the course please contact us at
Hanshi William Riley

 Sensei Les Mitchel
 Sensei Peter Clarke
 Soke Stefano Mancini
Sensei Tony Siong
Shihan Solon Ntavovasilis

Monday, 11 March 2019

Black Belt Gradings

We had a fantastic day last Saturday at our black belt gradings. We have come to expect excellence at Katana Jiu-Jitsu Clubs and once again we were not dissapointed. A huge degree of technical skill was shown, everyone gave it their all and everyone passed theirgradings with flying colours. You can all be very proud of yourselves as all of Katana is proud of you.

A special congratulations goes out to all our new junior black belts; Grace, Jessica, Joshua, Declan, Zac and Jay.

We also saw Sensei Karen put in a spectacular performance to earn her third Dan and Sensei Mark working extermly hard to earn his coverted red jacket and 6th Dan.
Congratulations to Sensei Mark on his red jacket (he desperately needed a new one anyway!) and promotion to 6th Dan. 

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Golden Gloves and Headbands

Well done to Marcus O'Keefe and Lilly Tucker who were awarded the small golden glove and headband by Hanshi Riley for their consistent skill and technique. Congratulations and we look forward to seeing you both win plenty more awards in the future.

 Marcus O'Keefe received the small golden glove from Hanshi Riley
Lilly Tucker received her headband from Hanshi Riley

Middleton Gradings 27th January 2019

The gradings on Sunday were a truly great occasion for Katana Jiu-Jitsu. We had a large number of people grading and some great support. Katana has always had very high standards and these gradings were no different, everyone showed dedication and great technique. A huge congratulations to you all. 
A special mention to Samuel Dyson who acheived his Junior black and red belt in kobudo. Samuel has been a loyal and dedicated member of katana and truley deserves this grade- congratulations from us all! 

 Samuel Dyson with a well deserved black and red belt in kobudo, congratulations!

A great group shot and an even better turnout for gradings. Every belt was hard earned and we look forward to watching you all progress.


Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Head Band Winner

A huge congratulations to our latest headband winner Charlie Shaw! Keep up the great work.


Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Headband Winner

A huge congratulations to Dylan Reywood who this week became our newest headband winner. Congratulations from all of us at Katana. 

Monday, 17 December 2018

Merry Christmas

To all our members, friends and family- MERRY CHRISTMAS! Enjoy a well earned break and we look forward to seeing you all again in the new year. 

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Christmas Opening Times

Please note the closing dates for Christmas and the start dates for the new year.

Royton Scout Club
Finish Sunday 23rd December
Start Sunday 6th January

Castleton Club
Finish Friday 21st December
Start 11th January

Middleton Club
Finish 19th December
Start 3rd January

Bradford University Club
Finish 12th December
Start 9th January

Monday, 3 December 2018

University of Bradford Gradings

Congratulations to everyone who graded at the University of Bradford last week. It was a fantastic effort from everyone with great technique shown by all. It was great to see so many beginners to the sport take their first gradings and we look forward to seing their development. 

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Gradings 2019

Please note the grading dates and times for 2019:

White - Brown at the Middleton Arena
January the 27th 1.30pm - 4pm
May the 26th 1.30pm - 4pm
September the 29th

Black belts at Castleton Community Centre
2nd March Juniors 2.30pm - 4pm and seniors 4pm - 6pm
5th October Juniors 2.30pm - 4pm and seniors 4pm - 6pm

The international course will be held on the 19th October between 1.30pm and 4pm, guest instructors to be confirmed.

Large Golden Glove Winner

A huge congratulations from everyone at Katana to Zac Sturrock who has earnt the first ever Large Golden Glove trophy. 

Monday, 12 November 2018

Headband Winner

Congratulations to Alfie Davey for winning the Katana headband. Keep up the great work!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

13th November 2018- International Course

We had a fantastic course this Saturday with a great turnout. A special thank you to our guest instructors Sensei Les Mitchel and Soke Stefano Mancini for teaching us all some great techniques. We must also thank Hanshi Riley for organising such a fantastic event, it really was enjoyed by all. Most of all though we want to thank each and every person who attended and showed their support to Katana. We really couldn't run these events without your attendence and support. We look forward to the next one!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

6th October 2018- Black Belt Gradings

What a day! An absolutely superb set of gradings saw two of our students promoted to Junior Black Belt and an unpresidented six promoted to Senior Black Belt. The gradings were fantastic and left Hanshi Riley in no doubt that everyone fully deserved their promotion. All of our students have shown a staunch dedication over several years of training to get to the day and produced when it matters most with great technique shown on the day. We hope all of our students are justly proud of their achievements, just as we as a club are proud of them. 

A very happy looking group (albeit very red and sweaty!) with friends and family. Congratulations to you all.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Royal Toby Hotel

Hanshi Riley has managed to secure some fantastic room rates at the Royal Toby Hotel for this years international conference on the 13th October. Prices for Saturday the 13th are £60 for a single or double room and £70 for a triple room. If you want to stay on the Friday night or the Sunday night (day before and after the conference) rates are £50 for a single or a double and £60 for a triple room. All prices include breakfast on all three nights. To book your room please contact the Royal Toby Hotel. The website can be accessed by clicking this link

Monday, 16 July 2018

AMA National Competition

At the weekend Hanshi Riley travelled to the AMA Nationals to act as a referee and judge in this prestigious competition. Hanshi Riley was there not just because of his position within the AMA but because he is a world wide recognised expert in Jiu-Jitsu. This trip is the start of a new era for Katana Jiu-Jitsu Club as Hanshi Riley will be looking to put a squad together to compete in next years nationals. With the skill of our club members and the expert training of Hanshi Riley this is likely to be a formidable team!
Judge Hanshi Riley with a very happy looking medallist.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Palm Heel Strikes

Here is the definitive kata of palm heel strikes for the 1st Dan syllabus, expertly performed by Hanshi Riley. Please note the precision and technique involved in these strikes as well as the smooth flow of the movements.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018


Two great masters of Jiu-Jitsu and two friends. Hanshi Riley and Soke Mancini are great friends both on and off the mat. Long lasting friendships are made in Jiu-Jitsu and with these friendships come  the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu.
 Two legends of Jiu-Jitsu, two friends and two schools linked by this friendship