James Moclair is a Professor of Bu Jutsu, (Japanese martial arts). He is a professional martial arts teacher and had been doing martial arts for over five decades. James has an impressive career that has taken him around the world and has even been World Champion and Gold medallist representing England.
James’s current martial arts grades are, 10th Dan Ju-Jutsu and this relates to four different styles of Ju-Jutsu, 8th Dan Karate, 8th Dan Ko-Budo, 6th Dan Aiki-jutsu, 5th Dan Judo, Ki master. James has the official title of Soke Shodai, this means he is the head and founder of his own martial arts systems. This indeed is an outstanding achievement and has only come about by years of dedication and hard work.
Questions Professor. Moclair has been asked:
Briefly tell us a little about yourself
I have been studying martial arts for over 50 years. For the last 38 years I have been teaching martial arts professionally. In 1985, I was the British Nunchaku Free Style Champion and 1986 I was the World Ju Jutsu Demonstration Champion and won a Gold medal for this. Even though I am 63 years old I am still classed as one of the best Nunchaku users in the world! This led me to doing lots of displays and shows over the globe. Some of the displays have been over three hours long. Over the years I have traveled to numerous different countries and have taught on seminars, in the various arts that I teach.
What made you start Martial Arts?
When I was a child I stated doing boxing, back then there were lots of boxing clubs around. One day I happened to see a Judo demonstration and while I enjoyed boxing I was amazed by the skill these people had for throws and ground work, I instantly realised that if one of these Judo practitioners could get close to me I wouldn't stand a chance so it was logical for me to tie my boxing skills in with judo and that was the first martial art that I got involved with.
I understand that you hold a lot of high grades in different martial arts.
Yes, over the years I studied many martial arts. I have now achieved the ultimate 10th Dan in Ju Jutsu and this grade relates to the styles of Tai Jutsu, Kempo Jutsu, Goshin Jutsu and Atemi Jutsu. I also hold a 8th Dan in Kempo Karate and Ko Budo, a 6th Dan in Aiki Jutsu, a 5th Dan in Traditional Judo and I am also a Ki Master. I also hold other grades in other styles, for all of them, please look at the Linage page on my web site.
How did you achieve all this studying of all these arts?
The only way of achieving this is by training hard 7 days a week.
Do you favorite martial art then?
I don’t really have a favorite Every art has its own strengths, individual character and uniqueness. All of which can be used in different ways. I still get a buzz out of all the arts I practice and get a bigger buzz when I learn or discover something new.
So you are still learning?
Why yes, Martial Arts are so vast that you will have to live many life times to cover everything………………… and then some more.
What are your pet hates in martial arts?
In Martial Arts I do not have any, if you do not like certain aspects of an art you will never be good at that art. You must always have a positive attitude towards the arts; I have seen numerous people over the years fall by the wayside because they did not like certain techniques in the art they are trying to master.
What organisation are you involved with at present?
I founded and head an organisation named Bushi Kai International (more information is available on the website), it is a small friendly association that has a little over five hundred members. The clubs affiliated to me have been with me for many years and are like minded so we don’t have any problems. I am also an individual member of lots of other outstanding martial arts organisations.
Would you say that martial arts has changed over the years you have been training?
No, a martial art is a martial art, it can evolve through improvements in techniques but it should still be a martial art. What I have seen change is that lot of people who claim to do a martial art are indeed doing a sport and these sport styles are far removed from the martial arts I teach. I have nothing against sport and I can see the benefits of participating in them but in my humble opinion these sporting styles are eroding away the prospective martial arts student who thinks they are starting a martial arts class and then find they are only taught a sport style.
What advice would you offer to someone who is considering starting a martial art, as a Professor and Professional Instructor of martial arts?
It is really worth your time to research the various martial arts available, once you decide on what martial art you want to do then it is time to find a club. The internet is great for looking for a club within your area as lots of clubs have a web site. Look for an established club that has been running for some time and check out the qualifications of the sensei (instructor). Try to find a club with an experienced instructor who is a minimum third Dan. That way you will have someone who has a reasonable amount of knowledge to pass on to you. The sensei (teacher) that you choose will have a profound effect on your life so go for the best you can find. I would also advise that you request that you sit in on a session; you can soon determine if this art and club is for you. The club should be clean and a high amount of etiquette should be in place.