Started Kendo in 1962 at the age of 18. Spent a year training in kendo
at the Dojo of Oura Yoshihiko sensei in Fukuoka when 20.
U.K Team Captain at the First World Kendo Championships in Tokyo in 1970
gaining a Fighting Spirit Prize as a nidan.
Lived in Japan between 1970 and 1974 studying Japanese language at
Waseda University and training in kendo at a local Dojo in downtown Tokyo.
Over the years taking part in many kendo taikai in the UK and Europe,
initially as a competitor, and later as a referee at European and World
Eventually reached kendo nanadan (7th dan) at the World Championships in Paris in
During a six month stay in Japan in 1979 met Ishido Shizufumi sensei and
started training seitei iai and Muso Shinden-ryu at his Dojo in Kawasaki.
A year after began jodo training, initially with Hiroi Tsunetsugu sensei
and later with Ishido sensei.
With a background in Kendo, and top instruction was able to make steady
progress in iaido and jodo, traveling to Japan once or twice every year.
Passed iaido nanadan in 1998 in Ibaragi and two years after was able to pass jodo nanadan in Tokyo.
With Louis Vitalis of Holland Jock is one of only two Europeans who hold nanadan (7th dan) in all three disciplines.
Eishinkan Dojo was started in 1984.
Jock’s teacher is Ishido
Shisufumi senseiwho is 8th Dan Hanshi iaido, 8th Dan
Kyoshi jodo and 7th Dan Kyoshi kendo. Ishido Sensei also holds Menkyo in Shindo Muso-ryu Jodo.