Brief History and Some Highlights: Christian and Roderick started practising 'Ju-
With hard work and dedication, and long hours of training, success was achieved, under the supervision of Tattersall Hanshi, who trained them and awarded them Black Belt (Shodan-
One year later, after a tough mat grading, the brothers were awarded Shodan in Myo Shin Ryu Jujutsu and shortly after, they were thoroughly examined and accepted as official members of the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai of Japan, the oldest and premier Martial Arts Virtues Society that advocates the mission of nobility, greater commitment for excellence and promotion of Classical Martial Virtues. They became official Yudansha, certified by Tesshin Hamada Hanshi chair of the International Division and the Sosai, his Royal Highness Prince Hagashi Fushimi Jigo the Chief Abbot of Shorenin Temple (one of the five monzeki imperial temples and where the Headquarters of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai is located). He is a brother to late Empress Kotaigo of Emperor Hirohito of Japan, uncle to Emperor Akihito. The Jiushin Kan Dojo (formerly known as the Dragon's Den Dojo) became an official Dojo in the Maltese Islands for the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai.
In 2002, the Bajada Brothers took part in the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai -
The brothers, started being exposed to, and cross training in various arts internationally and locally and adapting techniques to their own style of Jujutsu, while testing them in Randori.
Dedication and hard work were always present with frequent visits to and from Tattersall Hanshi. In August 2002, the brothers were graded Nidan in 'Myoshin Ryu Jujutsu' and Shodan in 'Iaido', mat examined by Tattersall Hanshi. In Germany, during the European Rensei Taikai which was held in the City of Magdeburg, the brothers were awarded Shodan Iaido DNBK and Sandan Jujutsu DNBK, by Hamada Hanshi. A year later, during another visit by Tattersall Hanshi in Malta, the brothers were thoroughly mat graded and achieved Sandan Myoshin Ryu and Nidan Iaido.
In 2003 the Brothers introduced Iaido / Iaijutsu in Malta. Monday 3rd March 2003 marked the day of the first ever Iai class held in the Maltese Islands.
In 2004, the brothers had training sessions with the renowned Takemusu Aiki master Takeji Tomita who was Uchideshi (a student who lives, trains and works at the founder's dojo) of Morihei Ueshiba for 7 years at the Iwama Dojo.
In January 2005 they were awarded recognition of Nidan Iaijutsu by DNBK Japan. In July 2005 the brothers were mat graded Sandan Iaido by Tattersall Hanshi where they performed Seitei and Omory Ryu.
During the DNBK Belgium Butoku Sai 2006 held in Brussels Christian and Roderick were called upon to be graded in Jujutsu by Hamada Hanshi and for this they were requested to defend themselves against a series of attacks by fully resistant appointed high grades. In a special ceremony Hamada Hanshi awarded them the rank Yondan and the official title Renshi. At the end of September in the same year, Tattersall Hanshi graded the Brothers Yondan Renshi Myoshin Ryu and Yondan Iaido. In 2007 The Brothers were awarded Sandan Iaido by the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai of Japan.
In February 2008, Tattersall Hanshi conferred upon the brothers, the first Menkyo licenses in Myoshin Ryu that he has ever awarded, when he officially certified them with Menkyo Chudan. Hanshi emphasized the Brother's commitment to perfection and their outstanding high level of technique.
Amongst their many travels, in April 2008, the Bajada Brothers led a team of Maltese Budo-
In October 2009, at the Greece European Rensei Taikai, Christian and Roderick were called upon again to be tested by Hamada Hanshi. This consisted of 3 parts, Nagewaza, Katatedori/Ryotedori, and Tantodori, all from attacks by highly trained Budo-
In April 2010, May 2011 and May 2017 the Brothers travelled to Germany upon invitation by the Verband asiatischer Kampfkünste e.V to teach on the Bundeslehrgang (All Germany Budo Seminar).
In February 2012, upon a special visit by Tattersall Hanshi, Christian and Roderick were graded Rokudan Myo Shin Ryu Jujutsu after 3 days of intensive testing which included Jujutsu throws and techniques on the hard wooden floor and their own teaching methods. Tattersall Hanshi also expressed words of praise towards the high standards achieved by the students of Jiushin Kan Malta which he said reflect the the Bajada Brothers’ teaching methods and techniques.
In April 2012, Christian and Roderick embarked on another visit to Japan with a group of 5 of their students and participated with success in the 4th World Butoku Sai / 50th Japan Butoku Sai which was held in the historical Butoku Den in Kyoto.
The Maltese delegation had the opportunity to train in the authentic Koryu (old school / ancient lineage) and traditional schools of Jujutsu and Iaijutsu namely: Shinden Ryu Jujutsu under Kuwahara Hanshi, Kitano Hanshi and Koshima Shihan, Yanagi Ryu Jujutsu under Kawamura Hanshi and Takeda Hanshi, Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu under Kurumaji Hanshi and Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu under Kinoshita Hanshi.
On April 29th, throughout the Fourth World Butoku Sai / 50th Japan Butoku Sai, the Maltese team demonstrated its skill in Jujutsu on the hard wooden floor of the Butoku Den in front of the Japanese Honbu leaders. Throughout the demonstrations, the Brothers executed their Jujutsu techniques with lightning speed which were followed by Bojutsu and Hojojutsu. On April 30th, the Brothers and their students demonstrated in Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu and again in Jujutsu for the second main event, the International Rensei Taikai.
Amongst the honors and awards achieved, the Jiushin Kan Malta team was twice presented with the highest awards for the occasions in both events ‘Dantai Yushu Sho’ Outstanding team Award. Hamada Hanshi explained that the eagle standing on the World, as depicted on the awards, is meant to symbolize the strength of the Dojo receiving this award. At the end of the event, Hamada Hanshi called for the Brothers and officially bestowed upon them the title of Shihan, (master instructor / role model) and the rank of Rokudan (6th degree black belt) Jujutsu.
In June 2013, Christian, Roderick and their younger brother Joseph had again travelled to Japan for the Exclusive Jujutsu Koshu Kai. The intensive training seminar took place at the historical Kyoto Butoku Den. Spread over 7 full days starting early in the morning, the seminar consisted of continuous intensive training in Koryu and Classical Jujutsu where instruction was provided in the Main Ryu Ha by the Japanese Masters with all their merits and legacies. On the 7th and final day of the Koshu Kai, during the International Rensei Taikai, the Brothers were each awarded the highest honor of Yushu Sho (Outstanding Award).
On the last day before their departure to Malta, the Bajada Brothers were called upon by Hamada Hanshi for a private meeting. At the end of the meeting, Hamada Hanshi bestowed upon the brothers the official Dojo name of Jiushin Kan – Hall of The True High Ideals of Yawara -
The Special Bokuto has its place in the centre of the Kamiza in their Dojo in Malta, where it serves as a symbol of the mind set, path and Jiushin Ryu training methods which are executed in the Jiushin Kan Malta under the guidance of both brothers.
In April 2016, the brothers, together with eight of their students, travelled to Kyoto, Japan, to participate in the 5th World Butoku Sai and 54th All Japan Butoku Sai (Martial Arts Virtues Festival). The large-
The Maltese team demonstrated Jiushin Ryu Jujutsu on the Hardwood Butoku Den floor in the 5th World Butoku Sai, in the presence of Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko of Mikasa. The delegation also demonstrated Jiushin Ryu Jujutsu and MJER Iaido in the International Rensei Taikai.
On both occasions, the Maltese team was awarded with the Highest Honors of ‘Dantai Yushu Sho’ (Team Outstanding Excellence Award). Christian and Roderick Bajada Renshi were also awarded the ‘Butoku Dedication and Service award’ in the presence of Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko of Mikasa. In total, Jushin Kan Malta brought home fourteen prestigious awards. Everyone present for the event had immeasurable praise for the Maltese Team on its outstanding demonstrations.
During the Training Seminar, the Maltese team had training sessions in the Kyoto Budo Center with Fujii Hanshi, Watanabe Kyoshi of Muso Jikiden Ryu Iaijutsu, Kuwahara Hanshi, Kitano Hanshi and Kinoshita Kyoshi of Shinden Ryu Jujutsu. At the end of the event, the Bajada Brothers were awarded the title of Renshi in Iaido during the closing ceremony.
In August 2017, Christian and Roderick Bajada travelled to Clermont-
The Bajada Brothers are the first Martial Artists in the Maltese Islands recognized by the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai. They are the first Maltese Iaido-
All ranks they achieved were all earned on the mat or the hard wooden floor, and are unique for the fact that they never asked for a grading but were always promoted upon recommendation and recognition by legitimate high ranking Martial Artists.
Official Styles: Jiushin Ryu Jujutsu (Jiu-
Titles: Renshi Jujutsu, Shihan Jujutsu, Renshi Iaido -
Ranks: Rokudan (6th degree black belt) Jujutsu, Yondan Iaido -
Trained with: Japanese Masters of various Japanese Arts including Koryu (classic-
Performed on several occasions in: Kyoto Japan (Butoku Den, Seiryu Den of Shorenin, Budo Centre), Virginia USA, Manchester England, Essex England, Brussels Belgium, Clermont-
Official Representatives of: Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (General Corporation), Kyoto, Japan.
Founders / Directors of: Jiushin Kan Malta -
Introducers in Malta of: Iaijutsu / Iaido sword art, various Budo weapon arts, Koryu (classic-
Quick Facts: Started training at the ages of 4 and 5 years. Started teaching at the ages of 12 and 13 years. Got their first private Dojo at the ages of 13 and 14 years. Opened their official Dojo, the Jiushin Kan at the ages of 16 and 17 years. Mostly always trained with bigger and heavier people than them.