2017 would have been the late, great Prof. Wally Jay’s 100th Birthday, and to celebrate, Prof. Leon Jay, Prof. Wally’s son and successor and the Small Circle Jujitsu organisation are holding a number of special Centennial Seminars and Celebrations. This last weekend saw the first of these in London, England where Prof. Leon has been based for the last 28 years.
We were privileged to have Master David Quinonez, one of Prof. Wally’s original Judo students travel over from Alameda, California to teach. He is without doubt the most technical and structured Judo teacher I have ever encountered. Along with his regular training partner, Master Brad Burgo, he was a key player in Prof. Wally’s Judo team. Those of you familiar with Prof. Wally’s work will know that he used his Judo team to pressure-test many of his innovations in Jujitsu. Master Quinonez taught a master-class in body-throws and sweeps to seminar attendees from many different martial styles.
Prof. Leon taught the fine detail behind finger and wrist locking, including the advances in energy work to enhance the effectiveness of what are already incredibly efficient techniques.
Those attending were also treated to a guest session by Master Shamim Haque, my teacher for, and the Head of, Kalis Ilustrisimo Repetition Orihinal (KIRO) for the UK and Ireland, and the most senior teacher of this art in Europe. Master Shamim was assisted by Guro Andy Tyler in demonstrating the deadly sword and dagger techniques of this highly respected and feared blade discipline. For practical purposes in his teaching session, Master Shamim concentrated on teaching the KIRO version of Filipino boxing, showing how clearly the system equates the hand and the blade by alternating between hand and dagger.
In the coming weeks seminars will be hosted in Indianapolis by Will Higginbotham and in Prof. Wally’s old Alameda home dojo. If you’d like to attend these, you can find the details on the official Small Circle Jujitsu website.