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Koketsu Kai - Tiger's Den
Jiu-jitsu and Grappling


Dojo Head Instructor

Sensei Jamie Rickard
Sensei Jamie Rickard


I first dabbled in martial arts as a kid, but it was not until 1998 that I seriously started along my martial arts journey. It was then that I joined the Jiu-jitsu program at the Academy of Martial Arts

I studied Goju Jiu-jitsu Ryu and grappling with heavy emphasis on grappling. My Sensei at the time soon left the Academy of Martial arts to open his own dojo and I of course followed. Our training slowly morphed from a more traditional form of Jiu-jitsu to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to MMA. As time passed I found the class times harder and harder to attend ... getting married and having children can do that. I also longed to return to my roots with more self-defence style of Jiu-jitsu that included some element of grappling. So I started looking for other dojos to train out of that would fit better into my lifestyle and schedule. I found little in the Kingston area that had everything that I wanted, traditional Jiu-jitsu, grappling and the right times. So I decided to start my own club, Koketsu Kai - Tiger's Den Jiu-jitsu and Grappling. Koketsu Kai - Tiger's Den Jiu-jitsu and Grappling has now been going strong for over 10 years.

During my search for a dojo / organization to train with and under, I met a member of Jukoshin Ryu Jiu-jitsu International. I contacted them and was invited to attend several of their black belt classes, which I did. I liked what I saw in both the system system and its' instructors and have been a part of the Jukoshin Jiu-jitsu family ever since. I have been very lucky to train with many jiu-jitsu masters from around the world at the WEBBS world congresses that I have attended and was honored to be included as an instructor at both the WEBBS World Congress Portugal 2013 and Barcelona Spain 2014.

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Instructors
Sensei Gregg Wade

Sensei Gregg Wade


Sensei Gregg Wade has been studying martial arts since 2008. He holds nidan (second degree) black belt rank in Jukoshin Ryu jiu-jitsu, and a nidan (second degree) black belt rank in Meibukan Goju Ryu karate. Gregg has also attended many international seminars including two WEBBS World Congresses.

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Sensei Zach Yuen

Sensei Zach Yuen


As a child I first started training in Shorinjiryu Karate. My first memory is the Sensei, my uncle Al, teaching me to defend against a punch by dislocating my attacker's elbow. A watershed moment if ever there was one. Before my training could really take off, I moved.

In 2003, I began training in Meibukan Goju-ryu Karate Do and Jiu-jitsu at the Sydenham Innovative Martial Arts Dojo under Sensei Marty Tucker. His training had the Karate focused mainly on striking and body conditioning, while the Jiu-jitsu initially emphasized self-defense, but gradually shifted focus to submission grappling. I trained there all through high school, until the dojo had to close in 2007. While I continued to train with Sensei Marty as he moved from location to location, I eventually moved once again.

After a brief interlude, I recommenced training with my uncle. Sensei Al introduced me to a student of his, who also happened to be an instructor of Jukoshin Ryu Jiu-jitsu. Jukoshin captured my attention as it emphasized striking, joint-dislocation, and strangulation techniques with a large focus on throwing.

In 2009 I began training in Jukoshin Ryu Jiu-jitsu under Sensei Jamie Rickard, and continued training in Meibukan Goju-ryu Karate Do under Sensei Marty's teacher, Sensei Andre 'Bill' Fournier.

In 2013 I tested for and received my 1st degree blackbelt ranks in Jukoshin Ryu Jiu-jitsu (May 5th) and Meibukan Goju-ryu Karate Do (April 20th). In October of the same year I traveled to England and stayed at the home of Soke Bryan Cheek, the founder of Jukoshin Ryu Jiu-jitsu.

In 2010 I began training with Shihan Steve Nash of Traditional Excellence Karate. While I currently hold only a 5th kyu under him, I am recognized as an instructor in acknowledgement of my previous Blackbelt ranks.

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Soke Bryan Cheek

Soke Bryan Cheek
Founder of Jukoshin
Jiu-jitsu Ryu
London England

Soke Cheek has been involved in the martial arts for over forty years, and is one of the foremost teachers in the world today. He has taught in over thirty countries worldwide, and has received recognition as a top master in many countries, including Japan.

With over three hundred trophies and medals from competitions at local, national and international, Soke Cheek has a proven track record not only on a personal basis, but also through his many students. Soke Cheek has students who have been training under him for over 25 years, and have achieved the rank of 7th dan black belt. Bryan teaches as a full-time professional at his London-based dojos.

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