Instructor Jonathan Thomson
I started practicing Jujitsu in 1988 at the young age of 5. In 2000 I was promoted to Shodan through the South African Ju-Jitsu Federation (SAJJF), where I started assisting Sensei Jeanetta at Amateur Ju-Jitsu Club. In 2002 I received my Nidan and Shihan Tommy Thomson passed his Club, Gojukan Jujitsu, over to me.
I have represented the South African Provincial and National Team on numerous occasions. I was also selected as the South African Team Assistant Coach in 2006 for the preparation of the Team who participated in the 15th Annual International United Nations of Ju-Jitsu Championships. In 2014 I was selected as the South African Team Coach to prepare the Team who participated in the 22nd Anual International United Nations of Ju-Jitsu Championships.
In 2007 I traveled to the UK and trained a few different styles of Jujitsu which included: Jikishin Jujitsu, Jitsu Foundation and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
I arrived back in sunny South Africa at the end of 2008 and started teaching again, helping out where I can in the organizations. Gojukan Jujitsu Dojo opened in Johannesburg in 2010. In 2015 I moved to Cape Town and opened a branch of Gojukan Jujitsu in Westlake.
I am currently a 5th Dan (Godan) in Japanase Kawaishi Jujitsu.
|1998||Vancouver, Canada||Team Sparring - Bronze
Sparring - Gold
|2000||Leeds, England||Self Defence - Gold
Sparring - Silver
|2001||Kempton Park, South Africa||Sparring - Gold
|2002||Kempton Park, South Africa||Team Sparring - Silver
|2003||Sao Paulo, Brazil||Team Sparring - Silver
Self Defence - Bronze
Sparring - Silver
Demonstration - Gold
|2004||Sao Paulo, Brazil||Sparring - Bronze
|2006||Sun City, South Africa||Grappling - Gold
|2006||Pretoria, South Africa||Open Weight Grappling - Bronze
|2007||Pretoria, South Africa||Open Weight Grappling - Silver
|2013||Kempton Park, South Africa||SA Team Coach
|2014||Kempton Park, South Africa||Self Defence - Gold
Grappling - Gold
|2015||Rusternburg, South Africa||Grappling - Gold
Instructor: Jonathan Thomson
Gojukan Dojo was passed on from Shihan Tommy Thomson to Sensei Jonathan Thomson in 2002.
We were first situated in Pretoria, but moved to Johannesburg in May 2010.
In 2015 Sensei Jonathan Thomson moved to Cape Town to open a Dojo there. The Cape Town Dojo will officially open November 2015.
Training sessions are during the week evenings, with occasional weekend training sessions.
- During the week we train Japanese Kawaishi Jujitsu and Sport Jujitsu
- Occasional Saturday mornings
- Monday evenings at 18:00
- Thursday evenings at 18:00
Japanese Kawaishi Jujitsu
Our Japanese Kawaishi Jujitsu training sessions consist of Kawaishi Jujitsu techniques, Self-Defence from an unarmed attacker as well as an armed attacker. These are divided into 4 phases which consist of:
- Getting out of the way (closing the distance)
- Controlling the attacker
- Disarming the attacker
- Disabling the attacker
Our Sport Jujitsu training sessions consist of Competition Self-Defence, Kumite and Grappling
- Self-Defence - Set competition attacks where you will learn how to defend yourself
- Kumite / Standup Fighting / Sparring - Controlled sparring with safety gear which are divided into 3 phases: Punching and Kicking, Takedowns / Throws and Grappling
- Grappling / Ground Fighting - Controlled grappling with gi divided into 3 phases: Gaining position, Escaping and Submissions
Mashie Street, Lakeside, Cape Town, 7945