Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Gradings and Long Service Awards

On Sunday the 25th May we held club gradings at Middleton Arena. Everyone did fantastically well demonstrating why Katana is so well known for its technique and skill. Everyone who graded should be incredibly proud of their performance. Congratulations from everyone at Katana on your achievement.
 Congratulations to everyone who graded 

We also saw Maxwell Leighton promoted to senior black belt shodan (1st Dan). It is a fantastic achievement and we all look forward to seeing Maxwell continue and progress.
Maxwell Leighton receiving his senior black belt.
After the grading presentation we also saw our long serving members being recognised by Hanshi Riley for their service and commitment to Katana. It was a proud moment for those receiving their certificates and we would all like to thank Hanshi Riley for his recognition.
Sensi Bernard being recognised for his service to Katana Jiu-Jitsu.
To see all the long service award photographs please see our photo section.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Would your club like to join us?

Katana Jiu-Jitsu club has a long history of success. Under the leadership of Hanshi Riley the club has established itself as one of the world’s elite and regularly teaches at international courses. Katana Jiu-Jitsu has three clubs based in Manchester and a fourth at the University of Bradford where it is the longest running sports club in the University. Hanshi Riley and Katana Jiu-Jitsu have a wealth of experience in running successful clubs.

Hanshi Riley has developed his own syllabus with a unique combination of the traditional style and effective modern self-defence techniques. The syllabus is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the modern day and covers all grades from junior white belt to senior 8th Dan.

If you run a Jiu-Jitsu club or are thinking of starting a club Hanshi Riley would love to offer his support and the support of Katana Jiu-Jitsu.  His experience in starting clubs from scratch, turning around struggling clubs and continuing the success of established clubs is second to none.

Support from Katana Jiu-Jitsu includes:

  • Cover and insurance of a national governing body- the Amateur Martial Association
  • Coaching qualification- includes: COSHH, risk assessment, working with children/ vulnerable adults, duty of care, first aid, biology of warm ups/ downs, session design and teaching techniques.
  • A modern syllabus for both Jiu-Jitsu and Kobudo.
  • Regular grading’s for both Kyu and Dan grades.
  • Expertise and advice of Hanshi William Riley (9th Dan).
  • Membership of a family run and orientated organisation that focusses on good technique and the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu.
If you are interested in joining our organisation or would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact Dr Alex Surtees on 07960013480 or

Monday, 15 May 2017

National course for Sensei Bernard Bagshaw

On the 28th of October 2017 Katana Jiu Jitsu club will be holding a national course in honour of Sensei Bernard Bagshaw at Middleton Arena. As most of you are now aware Sensei Bernard has been very poorly after a serious illness. In honour of his service, loyalty and friendship to Katana we have decided that the best way to pay tribute to Sensei Bernard and to thank him for his years of friendship was through a course demonstrating the best of Jiu Jitsu. A junior course will run from 2.30pm – 3.30pm followed by the adult course running from 3.30pm until 5pm. The course is priced at £10 for juniors and £25 for seniors.

If you are interested in the course please book your place through Hanshi Riley or Sensei Alex Surtees. This promises to be a great day and a fantastic opportunity to thank Sensei Bernard for his years of coaching and friendship. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Katana on Tour

Several members of Katana attended the International Course in Livorno, Italy this weekend. It was a fantastic weekend and a great course, enjoyed by everyone. A special thank you must go to our host Stefano Mancini for his hospitality and hard work in organising the event. Thanks also to Hanshi Riley for inviting us to join him for the event.

Monday, 24 April 2017


On the 21st May (after gradings) Hanshi Riley will be presenting awards for long service to Katana Jiu Jitsu. If you have been at the club for five, ten, fifteen or twenty years please see Hanshi Riley to ensure you are rewarded for your dedication and commitment.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Coaching Course

Dont forget that you can still register an interest in our coaching course. We welcome both seniors and juniors who are interested in coaching / running a club. Please register your interest with Hanshi Riley or Sensei Alex Surtees.
Photo from our last senior coaching course

Friday, 31 March 2017

Flying Kick

A big congratulations to Evan Kimber who won this weeks flying kick competition.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Coaching Course

We are hoping to run our coaching course again this year qualifying our students to become club coaches. The course will be run by Hanshi Riley (how to run a session and how to teach on the mat), Dr Alex Surtees (running a club- health and safety, the human body and child protection) and a fully qualified paramedic with the West Yorkshire air ambulance (first aid). If you are interested in gaining your coaching qualifications please speak to Hanshi Riley to register interest.

Picture from our last junior coaching course

Monday, 27 March 2017

Junior Black Belts

After a fantastic Gradings on the 4th of March a new session was set up to push our young black belts to even greater success. Our black belts only session now runs from 6 - 6.45pm on a Friday at Castleton. The first few sessions have been fantastic with the students really embracing the techniques and the challenge.

Universtiy of Bradford gradings

A truly fantastic gradings at the University of Bradford today. All the students showed fantastic Technique and fully deserve their success. It has been a great year at the University club and the progress of all the students has been remarkable. We are all looking to continuing that journey next year.

 We also welcomed the new team who will be running the University of Bradford club for the next year. We wish them all the best of luck and are sure they will do a fantastic job.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friends Reunited

Hanshi Riley and Soke Mancini have been friends for over thirty years and this April they will be reunited in Italy at the Ju-Jitsu masterclass weekend.
For further information please see our events page, speak to Hanshi Riley or visit

Senior black belt gradings

 A big congratulations to Sensei John Turner and Sensei Alex Surtees who passed their 6th Dan and 4th Dan gradings. Both John and Alex have shown a huge commitment to Katana over the years and we wish to congratulate them on their achievement.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A huge congratulations for Hanshi Riley who is pleased to accept the invitation into the A.M.A  as an Executive officer. 

"I am looking forward to the future, for the AMA and Katana
 working together and promoting good Technical Jiu Jitsu"

Hanshi Riley's daughter, Laura (3rd Dan Technical Officer for Katana)
congratulates her father on this achievement.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Just a reminder about our Sunday Schedule

Royton Scouts Hq, Old Edge Lane, Royton, OL2 6BD

Juniors 16.00 - 17.00
Family 17.15 - 18.15

Our popular Family Jiu-Jitsu*** (mums & dads train together)
17.15pm - 18.15pm

Monday, 18 April 2016

Katana on tour

Hanshi Riley and Sensei Bagshaw

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Mark Lockett Promoted to 5th Dan

A truly awesome achievement as Mark Lockett was successfully promoted to 
Senior Technical Officer 5th Dan: Godan : (第五段の五段)

Mark worked very hard to achieve this and its a true testament to his commitment for continuing his development within this loved Martial Art.

"Mark's technical ability is excellent and we look forward to his journey into the 6th Degree. Mark has shown true loyalty to our club and his promotion has also given him the title of Senior Technical Officer.
- Hanshi Riley 

From all the team at Katana... a very well done Mark

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

New TIMES for Royton

We have a new timetable for Royton


Royton Scouts Hq, Old Edge Lane, Royton, OL2 6BD
Sports Jiu Jitsu
Seniors 16.00 - 16.45
Juniors 16.45 - 17.15

***NEW: Family Jiu-Jitsu*** 
(mums & dads train together)
17.15pm - 18.15pm

Katana Wins Sports Jiu Jitsu Trophy

Our Sports Jiu Jitsu team went to Bradford to compete in a competition of which we brought home a large Trophy :)

Well done to everyone who participated

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

International course and Dinner Dance

Katana Jiu-Jitsu Club
is proud to present another International course.

To be held at Middleton Arena on Saturday 22nd Oct 2016

1.30pm - 4pm
Seniors only £20

If you would like to attend, please call or email us asap to book your place.

07711 600949

This years DINNER DANCE will be a James Bond themed event at the Royal Toby. 8pm :) Cost £40

Monday, 23 November 2015

Jays achievement

Well done Jay. Excellent 

Kian's achievement

Well done kian. Excellent 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Night at the oscars

Night at the oscars 

Friday, 13 November 2015

Katana Assistant Coaching Course

Our Assistant Coaching Course was a huge success, and we would just like to thank everyone for taking part.  Both our Juniors and Seniors had a great day and here is a quick photo of the day

Katana Senior Assistant Coaching Course

Katana Junior Assistant Coaching Course

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Our International Seminar, followed by A night at the Oscars

21st November 2015 
11am - 2pm

21st November 2015 
7pm - late

Our very own Night at the Oscars

Please book this event in advance as tickets are very limited

Contact Hanshi Riley 07711 600949 
or email us at

Thursday, 4 June 2015


We are Proud to present our new venue opening Monday 8th June.

Oldham Academy North, Broadway, OL2 5BF
Juniors 17.30 - 18.30
Seniors 18.30 - 19.30

Feel free to come along and join us.


Sports Jiu Jitsu

We are proud to present the launch of

Katana Sports Jiu-Jitsu  

We launch on Sunday 7th June at 4pm

Royton Scout Club
Seniors 4-5pm
Juniors 5-6pm

Friday, 20 March 2015

Bernard Bagshaw attains 6th Dan

An excellent achievement for Bernard who makes 6th degree.  This is made even more impressive that Bernard is unable to hear or speak.  A true inspiration.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Saturday, 10 January 2015

International Seminar

Our International Seminar draws near

April 4th 2015

Juniors 9.30 am-10.45 am

Senior Black Belt Masterclass 11.00 am - 12 noon

Senior All Belts 12:15pm - 2.30pm

Middleton Arena

A Kickboard competition will also be held like last year and a trophy given to the winner

Here is last years winner, Joshua Bagshaw

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Bradford grading

Bradford grading. Some excellent technique shown. Well done guys 

Saturday, 29 November 2014