Sensei. Michael Holden Sichidan Level 4 Senior Coach
Head Coach & Safeguarding Lead
Sensei. Michael Holden began training in Ju-Jitsu during 1987, achieving the rank of Shodan (1st Dan) in 1991. Once he had qualified to 1st Dan Black Belt Michael opened his own clubs whilst continuing his own professional development, subsequently being awarded the ranks of 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Dan respectively.
In November 2001 Michael turned full time professional, formed Mind Body Spirit Martial Arts (Seishin-Ryu Ju-Jitsu) and opened several new clubs within the Chesterfield area, he continued to grow his student base and in October 2006 opened Chesterfield’s 1st Full Time Academy.
In September 2005 after a thorough and extensive selection process, Mind Body Spirit were invited to join the British Ju-Jitsu Association GB, the National Governing Body for Ju-Jitsu in Great Britain.
In 2006 Michael qualified as BJJAGB National Governing Body Level 4 Senior Coach and then National Referee in 2009. These qualifications are renewed every 3 years and remain valid with attendance on BJJAGB training courses.
Since 2006 Michael has taught and trained in Japan, Okinawa, USA, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Gibraltar, South Africa and throughout the UK, he has also officiated in Ju-Jitsu tournaments in the UK, Europe, South Africa and the USA.
In February 2010 for his continuing hard work, commitment and dedication Michael was awarded the rank of Rokudan (6th Dan) by the BJJAGB Technical Committee
Due to his continued loyal and dedicated service to the BJJAGB and the art of Ju-Jitsu Michael was awarded the rank of Sichidan (7th Dan) on the 1st of April 2017 by the BJJAGB Technical Panel
Sensei. Michael is an active member of the BJJAGB and continues to attend BJJAGB National Governing Body events and training courses in the UK and abroad to enhance his own knowledge for the development of the academy and its students.
On 20th March 2018 after successfully completing the UKAD ACCREDITED EDUCATOR Course, Michael was then appointed as the Head of BJJAGB Clean Sport, he is now responsible for delivering Clean Sport Workshops on behalf of the National Governing Body for Ju Jitsu the BRITISH JU JITSU ASSOCIATION GB.
Michael will work with and report back to the National Executive of the BJJAGB in his role to educate both coaches, students and athlete support personnel in the area of CLEAN SPORT and to recruit and train regional officers to do the same.”
On 2nd October 2022 Michael was appointed to the BJJAGB National Executive as Technical Director.
Sensei Richard Spinks Godan Young Masters & Kobudo Assistant Coach Lead Coach Adults & Teens
BJJAGB Level 3 Club Coach
Sensei Dave Bramwell Yondan
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Sensei Satnam Rayat Sandan
BJJAGB Level 3 Club Coach 40+ Class Lead Coach
Sensei Joanne Davison Nidan
BJJAGB Level 3 Club Coach & Warriors Class Lead Coach
Sensei Neil Kirkwood Nidan
BJJAGB Level 3 Club Coach, Captain Team MBS Young Masters Coach