William is British martial art champion

Year 11 pupil William Forrester is celebrating after winning two categories at the first British championships for his sport, Ishin Ryu Ju-Jitsu.

William entered both the grappling and takedown categories for his weight in the U16 competition at the championships in Cambridge. He won gold medals in both and now has a licence which states ‘Teenage British Champion’.

He has been taking Ishin Ryu Ju-Jitsu lessons since a very young age and is so passionate about it that he chose to help teach it to children for the volunteering section of his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Headmaster Neil Enright, said: “Many congratulations to William. He is characteristically modest about his success, yet I know that such achievements are the result not only of natural ability but also of sustained effort and hard work over an extended period – exactly the sort of attributes that we seek to encourage at QE.”

""Ishin Ryu Ju-Jitsu was founded in 1990 by chief instructor Kevin Pell. From its humble beginnings with just seven adults training on the first night at the Borehamwood dojo, it has today become one of the largest martial art organisations of its kind in Europe. Embracing the disciplines of Ju-Jitsu, Judo, Kobudo and Submission Grappling, Ishin Ryu Ju-Jitsu is a modern martial art, yet aims to embrace the best of its Japanese heritage and traditions.