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NVQ City and Guilds

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NVQ City & Guilds

NVQ City & Guilds

NVQ City&Guilds

All the principal instructors in the club are NVQ certified. For your total peace of mind, all instructors are also required to undergo a St John Ambulance First Aid Course every three years.

We are also a member of MASA, The Martial Arts Standards Agency. This is your assurance of a professional and safe training environment.

The NVQ  is a nationally recognised qualification tailored, in this case, to sports coaching.  As each NVQ is specific to the area of business for which it was intended, it is a qualification based upon competence within a certain sphere.

The focus tends to be more centred on obtaining practical skills which are job-related in order that you can learn the relevant skills to be able to do a particular job effectively.

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NVQ City & Guilds

Professor Steve McDade holds a nationally recognised Level 2 NVQ certificate for teaching and coaching both adults and children.

Level 1 (City & Guilds)

This is a one day course aimed at all instructors and assistant instructors going through all the requirements for Level 1 city & guilds recognition.

Level 2 (City & Guilds)

This is a much more advanced course involving the Instructor having a portfolio of evidence proving that all the required standards have been met and are being put in practice.

This involves being assessed by an NVQ assessor at your own club whilst teaching your students. Attending regular NVQ workshops throughout a 4 years period which you have to complete the course or you will need to re-register.

This course is suitable for all senior Instructors or for Instructors’ running their own club.

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Sensei John Armstrong

Sensei John Armstrong

2nd Dan Jujitsu & 1st Dan Tae Kwondo, My name is John Armstrong and I have been training in jiu-jitsu with Total Self defence under the instruction of Prof. Stephen McDade since the year 2000 and I have reached 2nd degree black belt. I feel that Ju-Jitsu is not only an art of self-defence but is a very enjoyable training…

Renshi Ioannis Amaslidis

Renshi Ioannis Amaslidis

4th Dan Belt Black In Jujitsu After hearing from friends how fulfilling and enjoyable ju-jitsu is, I decided to join Total Self Defence within a month; I knew ju-jitsu would be a life-long interest for me. I like the techniques I learn, the atmosphere of the dojo, and the honour of teaching and being taught. The sensei’s are very considerate,…

Sensei Mike Balazy

Sensei Mike Balazy

2nd Dan Black Belt Hitchin I started training in martial arts when I was 9 years old where I achieved an orange belt in Tang Soo Do and a first grade in Muay Thai, I only trained for about a year, but it always felt like I had unfinished business. I discovered Total Self-Defence Ltd when I was in my…

Stotfold Belt Grading

Stotfold Belt Grading

March 2020 Congratulations to our 6 new yellow belts and Andy, now a Green belt. Excellent Grading at the Stotfold club (Hitchin).

Bullying Advice

Bullying Advice

Brilliant Bullying Advice At Total Self Defence, we believe the best defence you can have against a bully is to be truly confident that you are strong in mind, body, and spirit. A positive self-image will lessen the likelihood that you will be targeted by a bully in the first place. Using martial arts to protect you must always be…

Sensei William Hunt

Sensei William Hunt

1st Dan Black Belt Hitchin. Like most of us who were very young in the 1970’s I was exposed to the magic of Kung Fu that Bruce Lee brought to our whole generation. Later this exposure was made even richer by Jackie Chan’s own comedy interpretation on the big screen. Despite being influenced by these hugely influential practitioners; I did…

Adult Black Belt Grading

Adult Black Belt Grading

Excellent End of Year Grading Awesome Demonstration of Dedication & Techniques Congratulations to another 2 new black belts this year, 9 new black belts in total for Total Self Defence Ltd. Paul Ridley and Kieron Hanlon did excellently. It’s been a 10-year journey for Paul – a fantastic achievement. Kieron did it in five years – another amazing achievement –…

More Junior Black Belts

More Junior Black Belts

Stunning Black Belt Grading – Well Done! Jujitsu at it’s very best! Congratulations to our 6 new junior black belts and all those that took in this grading after missing last months. The standard was excellent with all techniques performed to an astonishingly good level. Well done team – you made your parents and your instructors very proud!

This Girl Can

This Girl Can

This Girl Can – TV AD Amazing Nationwide Advertising Campaign Londrita and Bleta, who both train at the Total Self Defence Ltd in North London were featured in the national advertising campaign, This Girl Can, which encourages women to take up sport. The pic above shows the girls, father, Renshi Ibush Kabashi , proudly pointing at a poster featured throughout…

Sensei Clare Pollitt

Sensei Clare Pollitt

1st Dan Belt Black In Jujitsu. Before I started Jiu-Jitsu, I had practiced Judo for some years, being introduced to it at school when I was around 12 years old. Growing up with two older brothers, I had always found it essential to have to defend myself! I first saw Ju-Jitsu in action back in 1989, when I went to…

Sensei Usman Jaleel

Sensei Usman Jaleel

2nd Dan Belt Black In Jujitsu & Bedfordshire Police Officer Being both deterministic as well as confident I have found Ju-Jitsu to be a natural choice for me. I was eleven years old when I first heard about martial arts, and his had been heavily influenced by one of the greatest fighters, Bruce Lee. At a young age I had…

Self Defence For Women

Self Defence For Women

Protecting Yourself on the Street Jaw Dropping Self Defence Training for Women  City streets are becoming ever more dangerous places for women. Jujitsu as a self defence system of awesome effectiveness and is highly recommended for women as it relies on leverage rather than strength. Awesome Video of Women’s Self Defence Techniques In today’s society it is essential that all…

ITV Jujitsu Interview

ITV Jujitsu Interview

ITV at Total Self Defence Ltd ITV London News popped into our North London Dojo to interview Sensei Ibush, 5th Dan Japanese Jujitsu master, training with his two daughters, Bleta and Londrita. The daughters were spearheading the ThisGirlCan advertising campaign by Sport England aimed at getting more and more women to take up sports Very well done to Sensei Ibush…

Renshi Steve Brooks

Renshi Steve Brooks

4th Dan Black Belt Jujitsu. As an instructor, Steve Brooks is very passionate about supporting all students to believe in their individual abilities and realising their potential. The first film I ever watched on video in my life was the Fist of Fury part 1.  Wow Bruce Lee!!   His attitude, the way he moved. This is going to sound like…

Sensei Paul Webb

Sensei Paul Webb

1st Dan Belt Black In Jujitsu I have always had a keen interest in training in the martial arts and as a nervous wreck, it took confidence that I never knew I had to walk into a club for the first time. That first step is a big one. I sampled Karate, Judo and Kung Fu when I was younger but…

Shihan Ibushi Januzi

Shihan Ibushi Januzi

I am from Kosovo, and while I was in my country I have been training in Judo and Karate for more than 5 years. But when I came to England I was very interested to start a new style, which is Ju-Jitsu.

Since I started training in Ju-Jitsu I have realised that I have got more confidence in myself and feel I can handle any situation far better than ever I could before because in Ju-Jitsu we use the power of the attacker and we learn close and distance self defence fighting skills including grappling etc

Sensei Alan Leslie

Sensei Alan Leslie

3rd Dan Belt Black In Jujitsu. I started my Ju-Jitsu career quite late (compared to most), in my early 30’s (not the 1930’s!). A friend of mine was a Black Belt at a club in Wanstead and one brave day, I joined the ranks of the white belts as a novice at this Club My Sensei was Jeff Pelta – an…

Sensei Mick Rothon

Sensei Mick Rothon

Congrats to Sensei Mick Rothon 8th Dan Award Well done to Sensei Mick Rothon who has just been awarded his 8th Dan by our chief instructors for a lifetime of amazing contributions and selfless dedication to jujitsu.

Steve Adams – Jujitsu Instructor

Steve Adams – Jujitsu Instructor

3rd Dan Belt Black Jujitsu Instructor Steve started training at our Stotfold Jujitsu Club in 2003 after watching his children train.  Kyoshi Steve McDade, our chief instructor, encouraged him to start training and has been a continuous influence and support since he started. Steve achieved his 1st Dan in October 2010 and is presently 2nd  Dan. Quiet by nature, Steve…

Soke James McDade

Soke James McDade

Soke James McDade 10th Dan Hanshi A life-time in Martial Arts Professor James McDade has dedicated his entire life to teaching Jitsu. He is internationally recognised as one of the leading exponents of this martial art and has trained since the 1960s. Prof J McDade first introduction to sport started in his school days at an early age by participating…

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Kyoshi Steve McDade

Kyoshi Steve McDade

8th Dan, Founder

Steve McDade is an instructor of international repute and is a founding member of TSD, having trained for over 40 years

Soke Jim McDade

Soke Jim McDade

10th Dan, Founder

Jim McDade is an instructor of international repute and is a founding member of TSD, having trained for over 60 years