Roger Spoors, 2nd Dan (Nidan)

At what club do you train?


When did you start training?

I was 12 years old.

Why did you choose Ju Jitsu over other martial arts?

There was a club in a local hall and my friend wanted to have a go and asked if Iíd go with him. He stopped soon after but I loved it and its been part of me ever since !

Did you do other sports/martial arts before Ju Jitsu?

Yes. My Dad was in to Judo and used to take my Sister and I when I was about seven or eight. Iíve also tried Nin-Jitsu and Karate but neither was for me.

Tell us about your first Ju Jitsu class.

It was a long time ago but I do remember feeling comfortable in this new art, especially when it came to throwing and being thrown, and as soon as I saw what else Ju-Jitsu had to offer, I was eager to learn more.

When did you think about getting your Black Belt?

Iíd always respected my instructors and thought it would be Ďcoolí to be like them but hadnít thought about my own until a couple of years before when suddenly it seemed like it could actually be achievable.

Was it difficult to attain?

Yes, but so worth it. At first, I didnít think I would ever be able to remember so much information but due to great teachers (and a lot of homework) it does finally sink in. The physical aspect is also really tough but with consistent training your fitness levels soon rise sufficiently to get you through.Ö.just !

What does a “black Belt” mean to you?

? I feel itís one of my greatest achievements. I still smile every time I put it on !

Ever had to use Ju Jitsu for real?

Nothing major thankfully.

Do you enter martial arts competitions?

I have done in the past and theyíve always been a great experience. Being part of the Wakarishin family at competitions is an amazing buzz.

Has Ju Jitsu changed your life in any positive or negative way?

positive. Amongst many reasons, my time on the mat is a complete de-stress time. You can have the worst day at work but as soon as you get to club, its all forgotten.

What do you see as the advantages of Ju Jitsu?

Fitness, Confidence, Enjoyment, Achievement, Friendship.

How much time does your training require?

It varies. Coming up to gradings is always a busy time and you always want that Ďextraí session. Training for your Black Belt, especially, is a big time commitment but I was lucky to have an understanding wife and family and the hours were well worth it.

If you could advise a beginner on one thing about Ju Jitsu what would it be?

Get stuck in and enjoy it. Donít worry about what you can or canít do at first; it will all fall in to place as time goes on. Everyone is very patient and will help you along the way.