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Bushido Martial Arts

‘The way of the warrior’

Master John Robertson

WKC England Kata Team Manager
WKC World President Kata & Forms
WKC World Kickboxing / Points Fighting Referee

Chief Instructor
Master John D Robertson


6th Dan : Shotokan Karate
6th Dan : Freestyle Karate
6th Dan : Jiu-Jitsu


Chief Instructor John D Robertson began training in Jiu-Jitsu with the Kirkby Jiu-Jitsu association in 1972. His reasons for following Jiu-Jitsu came after severe and prolonged bullying at school and it was decided that he needed something to boost his self esteem and at the same time equip him to defend himself. During his time studying Jiu-Jitsu John also studied Shotokan Karate with Sensei Jack Tilley after a number of his friends introduced him to the delights of Kumite (Sparring). After leaving school John went into college and also into a management career which saw him travel the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.

During this time John continued his training in Various Do-Jo's throughout the country continuing to study both Jiu-Jitsu and Shotokan Karate. Eventually John took up a position as an assistant instructor in a Self-Defence class in South Manchester. During this time he again trained with several talented instructors and honed his skills in Shotokan Karate. Having already attained Black Belt standard John looked at incorporating the powerful strikes and kicks of Shotokan Karate into the Syllabus of Jiu-Jitsu which he taught. This marriage of Shotokan with Jiu-Jitsu has proven to be a very effective and productive union which has thus far seen over 5000 students train with Bushido Martial Arts during it's 26 year history.

In addition to this John was tempted into the Freestyle Circuits by Sensei Roy Stanhope whilst John was a member of U.K.A.S.K.O. This foray into competitive karate was again a major influence in the shaping of the Bushido Martial Arts of Today. Turning professional in the early 1990's John took up a membership with a freestyle association. During this membership John studied and learned much more on the Freestyle Karate eventually attaining 3rd Dan Grades in Jiu-Jitsu and Freestyle Karate. Unfortunately several bouts of serious illness forced John to cut back severely on his training. This eventually led to John joining long term friend Master Andrew Morrell F.I.K.M.

Today Bushido Martial Arts is a much more polished and refined Academy with syllabus’s offered in Jiu Jitsu, Shotokan Karate, Freestyle Sport Karate and Kickboxing. John now takes on the role of advising his Senior Instructors and assisting with the development of various projects Bushido is currently involved in.

Recent successes in the Tournament circuits has seen the promotion of John to England Kata Manager for the W.K.C. This role allows John to further develop and improve the competitive division of Kata / Forms across the many styles that compete. With the gaining of World Champions in 2014 John hopes to bring new Champions from the ranks of Bushido Martial Arts. However it is the new challenge of promoting English Martial Arts that is most exciting and the opportunity to put the English Kata Team at the very top of World Martial Arts Competition.

As Bushido develops and new challenges arise John is more and more involved in implementing legal requirements and ensuring that the needs of all those training with Bushido are fully met. With the vital help and assistance of his wife Elizabeth Robertson who fills the role of Child Protection Officer John is instrumental in implementing new policies and government guidelines. Working with and alongside the team of Instructors John provides the leadership and community links vital to the future growth and success of Bushido Martial Arts.


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