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NEWS | Jan. 26, 2011

Jujitsu sensei earns 4th degree black belt

By Nancy Haynsworth, fitness and aquatics coordinator Weapons Station MWR

Bruce Spears, an instructor with the Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station Judo and Jujitsu Club, recently received his 4th degree black belt in Jujitsu at the Joint Base Charleston - Weapons Station Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility. Dr. Ronald Charles, the program's senior instructor and 8th degree Judo and 6th degree Jujitsu black belt, presented Sensei Spears with his certificate from the United States Judo Association. In addition, Sensei Spears also received his Jujitsu Rank Examiner certificate, licensing him to examine and promote Jujitsu practitioners.

Mr. Spears, who has significant military and law enforcement instructional experience, has been teaching the art of self-defense and Jujitsu for many years and specializes in street survival instruction, self-defense based scenarios and reality-based situational awareness options.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Kolbe, Navy family member Brandon Lewis and SSC Atlantic employee Bob Cole were also tested and promoted to orange belt Jujitsu rank.

The JB CHS - WS club is the largest Judo and Jujitsu club in the United States Judo Association. Highly experienced black belt instructors welcome new students to this continual enrollment program.

Classes in Judo and Jujitsu are offered up to four times weekly at no charge to active duty personnel. Other adult military I.D. card holders are eligible to attend classes for a nominal fee, and sponsored guests are welcome to watch. USJA membership and uniform are required and processed at the first class.

For more information, contact Fitness Coordinator Nancy Haynsworth at 764-4067, Dr. Charles at 553-6702, or visit the club website at for more details.