Paddy Swallow

Kyoshi

I was born in Reading in 1964 and moved to Leicester at the age of 5, where I started Judo at a club next door to my parents pub. My 1st Judo club was called Thurnby Lodge Judo Club and my Sensei was Neil Heathcote, 4th Dan.

In 1972 I moved to a club in Wigston, Leicestershire run by Sensei Bert Fletcher 5th Dan where I stayed until 1978 when I had the great pleasure of meeting Matsuo Otain who took me under his wing. I trained with Master Otain until he passed away. During the time I trained with Master Otain I was also introduced to his sons, Robin and Tomeo, with Tomeo continuing to train me in both Aikido and Judo. Also squeezing in a few Iaido lessons!

I achieved my 1st Dan in Judo at the age of 16, with the International Budo Council and at around the same time I was also graded as 1st Kyu in Akido, awarded by Tomeo Otain. It was then that I opened the 1st of my Judo clubs. In 1985 I moved to Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, where I have been ever since and have four clubs in this area.

Competing in Judo on an international level, I have achieved many national and international medals and awards. My fighting career came to an abrupt end in 1988 when during a training day I suffered from a smashed kneecap and therefore no longer able to compete I turned my attention even more to teaching and coaching others. I also gained the qualification of National and International referee.

I achieved my Renshi award in 2000 and was awarded my 6th Dan in 2004, by Kancho Alf Bates 10th Dan.

During my 45 years in Martial arts I have had the privilege of being taught by some great Masters and Sensei, although not graded I have experience therefore of other martial arts, such as Iaido, Ju-Jitsu, Karate and Kendo.

I was awarded my title of Renshi and my 6th Dan by Kancho Bates. I progressed to 6th Dan under his guidance and support, during the 30+ years that I had the privilege and honour to train with him.

During my 45 years in Martial arts I have had the privilege of being taught by some great Masters and Sensei, I have experience therefore of other martial arts, such as Iaido, Ju-Jitsu, Karate and Kendo.

I was delighted to Join Soke Kevin Pell and Ishin Ryu as Director of Judo in December 2005. What a great honour to be awarded my kyoshi by soke Pell on 17th march 2007 at the 17th Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu anniversary dinner this was a great surprise to me. More of a surprise was my promotion to Shichidan (7th Dan) also awarded to me by Soke Kevin Pell at the 19th Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu anniversary dinner on April 26th 2009. It was awarded to me for my 40th year in martial arts, I thank Soke for this great honour from a man that is so respected around the world within the martial arts. I would like to thank Soke Kevin Pell for giving me the confidence to turn professional in 2006 and making me feel so welcome in Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu and taking me in as part of the family. Not to mention giving me and my Yudansha (Dan grades) the opportunities to attend international seminars all over the world.