ATADO (Ju Jitsu / Kung Fu)

A versatile self-defence system incorporating Ju Jitsu and a wide selection of different martial arts skills

A SHORT HISTORY of ATADO Ju Jitsu in Oxford. The `Far Eastern Club` (Atado White Tiger Style) roots are in Kung Fu, devised by Grand Master `Edward` Leong Lee Fu (1932 - 1991) who developed the martial art system for western servicemen stationed in the far east after WW2.

The Oxford martial art club was founded in 1968 by the late Ernie DANKS who studied under the Grand Master. The senior Oxford club instructor is David Rogers, 4th Degree Black Belt and the club has membership of the English Ju Jitsu Federation.

ATADO incorporates many additional techniques from judo, karate, aikido, kick boxing, escrima, wing chun, iaido and others, and also utilises defences from a wide range of weapons. With these other elements combined with the Ju Jitsu this martial arts style lends itself very much towards street survival / self-defence skills from early practice.

Beginners will experience useful techniques from day one and those with the right aptitude build knowledge and ability quickly. Our Ju Jitsu members come from Oxford, Abingdon, Bicester, Chalgrove, Cumnor, Didcot, Kidlington, as well as Poland, Germany, Lithuania and Latvia.

The Oxford Ju Jitsu (ATADO) Club Motto 'NUNQUAM OPPUGNATOR' translates as 'Never the Aggressor'. See CLUB HISTORY for more details.


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Thursday 28th July

The club treated its students (and some partners) to an evening`s bowling at Oxford Bowlplex.

18 members bowled - plus a few cheer-leaders - and we all had a fun night.

Top scorers in the final game were Lee with 155; Adrian with 130 and David with 125.

As the club is non-profit making with no paid instructors, after room rental costs all the proceeds go back to the club and for social events.

Wednesday 27th July

The club welcomes 2 new students, Calvin and Lee who joined in July”.

Also, at our EJJF affiliate club in Sittingbourne, Kent - `Sifu/Sensei and club leader Pat Laming` has been awarded his 7th degree black belt which is fantastic, and well deserved.

Sunday 5th June

Annual Course - In attendance at the Oxford club, Master Tony Hughes, Pat Laming`s club from Sittingbourne and Tony Preece`s club from Cannock.

grading 2016 course atado

Wednesday 1st June

Congratulations to Kate and Marta - Red Tab.

Wednesday 11th May

Congratulations to Steve and Alan - Blue belt, Sam, Seba, and Radek - Green belt, Luke - Yellow belt.

And thank you to those that helped `uki` on the night and to all of you who came to the meal after.

February 2016

We welcome Max and Shannon as new members to Atado.

We are looking forward to Green and Blue Belt Gradings in the near future, together with some pre-colour belt grades

5th June 2016 (Annual course)

The annual course this year is 10.30-4.30 on Sunday 5 June.

We will be joined by the clubs from Sittingbourne, Kent (Pat Laming) and Cannock, Staffs (Tony Priestly) and Chief Sensei/Sifu as usual is Tony Hughes.

You can attend the morning, or afternoon session, or all day. Bring your licence for attendance signing.There is no cost as the booking is paid by the EJJF.

This is a valuable occasion for the Master to see how you are progressing and to see the `up and coming` talent!

Hope to see as many of you as possible.

February 2016 - Attention!.

Our Female Self Defence class we will be running another 6 week course at Sandford on Thames Village Hall from Thursday 4th February 2016 at a fixed cost of £40. There is a free starter lesson on Thursday 28th January for you to get an insight into what you may learn. See the link to FEMALE SELF DEFENCE above for more details.

DOJO Address

  • South Oxford Community Centre
  • Lake Street
  • Abingdon Road
  • Oxford
  • OX1 4RP
  • CONTACT Details

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  • Phone David on Tel: 07881 520203