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Our History

Lowlands Ju-Jitsu Association is based in Liverpool and has a rich history.
It all started way back in 1952 when Soke James Blundell 9th Dan became a trustee of a big mansion called the Lowlands. It's an early Victorian house set in its own beautiful grounds.
Even today this fine building has not lost any of its charm or grace. Soke Blundell used the whole of the basement area as a Dojo where many people would come along to learn, develop and train in Ju-Jitsu.
Many other students from other clubs were to come to the Lowlands to seek knowledge from Soke Blundell, uniting with him, and so the Lowlands became the birthplace of the British Ju-Jitsu Association . He was the first person to introduce a syllabus and grading system from white to black belt. Many other clubs today now use the same type of system.
Today Lowlands is run by his son Prof. Kenneth James Blundell (9th Dan) and his grandson Sensi Wayne Blundell (3rd Dan).
The Lowlands Ju-Jitsu Association has links with the B.J.J.A.GB, and with the U.N.N.J (United Nations of Ju-Jitsu). We also have friendly connections with many clubs throughout Europe and USA.
In the 1960's at weekends the basement was shared with the local youth club, known as the Pillar Club, where teenagers where to meet, socialise and listen to the local pop groups playing there. At the time this was a favourite haunt of many Merseybeat bands including The Searchers, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and The Pacemakers and The Beatles.

When the Pillar Club ended, Soke Blundell turned the whole of the basement area into a 24/7 Dojo.
The history of the building has many stories and secrets to tell of its past and future projects. Once a year The Lowlands has an open day where the public can come and look around and hear of its history.

Lowlands Ju-Jitsu Club is an affiliated member of the B.J.J.A.GB which is the only organisation recognised by UK sport and Sport England. The B.J.J.A.GB has the mandate to coach, regulate, police and control the safe practice of Ju-Jitsu in the UK.