About Us

The teacher

Sensei Martina Lucchesi is a Ju Jitsu Master (2nd dan WJJF and 3rd dan CSEN) and Self-Defense instructor with several years of experience teaching adults and children.

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Sensei Martina adjusting the belt of one of the kids

She began training Ju Jitsu when she was 12 years old, in 1996, under Sensei Luca Angeli (7th dan CSEN). More recently, she has been trained at the Bushido Martial Academy under Shihan Mirko Di Cristofaro (7th dan WJJF) through workshops and advanced courses. Since January 2015 she has been training Wing Tjun at the IWKA – Amsterdam, where she became an assistant instructor in September 2016. Her enthusiasm and passion for martial arts and fighting sports pushed her to improve and gain long-standing skills in different disciplines (including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kick-Jitsu/Fighting System, Kick-Boxing, Taiji, and Judo).

Moreover, curiosity about kinesiology and movement science has motivated her to attend movement seminars with Cameron and Melayne Shayne from the Budokon Academy, and lessons based on Ido Portal’s method. She views activities as necessary to develop the proprioception (an awareness of one’s body, its movements and its position) necessary to effectively teach martial arts, and how to best condition the body.

Martina has a scientific education: Bachelor Degree in Herbal Science (final mark 110/110) and Bachelor and Master Degree in Medicinal Chemistry (department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Pisa). She moved to Amsterdam in 2013 to finish her studies at the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Leiden with a thesis in molecular biology (final mark 105/110).

Yanagi no Ken Ryu

The Yanagi no Ken Ryu is a school of Ju Jitsu, self-defence and Ginnastica & Movement. The meaning behind Yanagi no Ken (willow sword) lies in the meaning of Ju Jitsu (yielding art): flexible like a willow but strong and sharp like a sword.

Mens Sana in Corpore Sano (Juvenal – Satire X)

As a traditional martial art, the practice and the study of Ju-Jitsu involve the development of discipline, self-confidence and concentration, along with the benefits of physical training. Ginnastica is a term that indicates a variety of sports involving sequences of movements that generally require strength, elasticity, and kinesthetic ability (so-called coordination). It is a perfect exercise to harmonize the body and it can be practice as a complementary course for martial artists.

 

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Kids focusing before starting the training

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