Jan Strzelec 6th Dan

Jan his his own class Sunday evenings in Tattingstone 6-7pm & ju-jitsu class 7-8.30pm at the village hall

Jan started his karate career training under Mick Blackwell and Billy Brennan in 1973 at the YMCA. He is one of only a handful of instructors still training from those days and has just achieved his 5th Dan (the first person to grade for this in the EKKA)

Jan is also a qualified European referee and has held this position for several years he runs his own club at Harkstead and has produced several black belts (including English champions) in karate He is also a 4th Dan at Ju-Jitsu and has run a successful ju-jitsu club for 10 years.

Question and Answers

When did you get your blackbelt?

I got my black belt in 1978

Who was your first instructor?

My first instructor was Mick Blackwell

Why did you start training?

Because I got a blue belt at judo and I wanted a black belt and had wanted it since I was 8 years old.

Who inspires you?

Billy Brennan has been a big inspiration but most of all the students for their achievements

What drives you to keep training?

Seeing my students achieve

What other sports do you do/have you done?

Golf, squash, football.

Who do you know that is still training from when you started?

Mick Blackwell, Billy Brennan, Lee Brade and Paul Mortimer.

What advice would you give to someone who wishes to start karate now?

That you get out of it what you put into it, train hard, enjoy it, but why do you want to start.

What age did you start karate?


What are your future goals & hopes?

To reach 6th dan and I hope that politics do not destroy the sport.

How often do you train?

I train when I teach which is 3 hours a week.

What challenges have you overcome?

Having to grade for 5th dan and being the first to do so, learning the Japanese kata’s and terminology.

What is your favourite kick?

Back kick.

What is your favourite hyung / kata?

Sa jang

What is your favourite fighting move or technique?

Front leg sweep, reverse punch

What is your top tip for others?

Listen and learn

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Train hard, grade easy – Billy Brennan