Brighton martial arts expert Jake Sharpstone achieves his Ninja dream

The Argus: Brighton martial arts expert Jake Sharpstone achieves his Ninja dream Brighton martial arts expert Jake Sharpstone achieves his Ninja dream

Every little boy dreams of one day becoming a ninja – and this martial arts nut has seen his dream come true.

Jake Sharpstone, 48, of Newmarket Road in Brighton, has just returned from a trip to Japan where he received the highest possible rank in Ninjutsu – the ancient form of Japanese self-defence used by ninjas.

He returned to Sussex two weeks ago having been awarded the ranking of ‘15th Dan’ and is thought to be one of only 50 people worldwide to share the accolade.


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Mr Sharpstone began martial arts training in Judo in 1972 before practicing Ninjutsu in Brighton in 1989.

He said: “I received the 15th Dan from the Grandmaster Maasaki Hatsumi, who is the head of a martial art organisation called the Bujinkan.

“Grandmaster Hatsumi is heir and 34th grandmaster in an unbroken martial art lineage dating back over 900 years. He is very highly thought of and recently received a reward of recognition from the Japanese Emperor Bunka-kunshô.

“I had only recently been awarded 14th Dan when I went to Japan so I was a little shocked when one of Hatsumi’s top students, Nagato Sensei, announced he was going to recommend me for 15th Dan. It’s a great honour and I’m very proud.”

Mr Sharpstone, who runs an efficient LED lighting firm and runs the Bujinkan Brighton Dojo Ninjutsu club, said students learn “subtle but effective” techniques that enable them to overcome bigger, stronger and multiple opponents without requiring strength or power.

Anything from falling, leaping and throwing to mastering a variety of weapons is covered on the hard road to becoming a true ninja.

He added: “We learn techniques demonstrated by the grandmaster in a careful and relaxed manner so they become absorbed into our bodies and become natural.

“This is the best way to learn as bypassing the mind speeds up the response to danger and defence becomes as natural as walking or talking.

“But most important is to have a good heart which benefits mankind.”

For more information on Ninjutsu in Brighton visit www.bujinkan-brighton.co.uk.

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12:13pm Sun 9 Feb 14

hyram77 says...

What an awesome achievement. Only 1 of 50 in the world is really something. My 6 year old son is beside himself knowing Brighton now has its very own ninja :-)
What an awesome achievement. Only 1 of 50 in the world is really something. My 6 year old son is beside himself knowing Brighton now has its very own ninja :-) hyram77

3:54pm Sun 9 Feb 14

boristhespider says...

Congratulations Jake - not seen you in years but happy and pleased for you on this wonderful achievement - Bingo B
Congratulations Jake - not seen you in years but happy and pleased for you on this wonderful achievement - Bingo B boristhespider

1:25pm Tue 11 Feb 14

JerryOnly says...

hyram77 wrote:
What an awesome achievement. Only 1 of 50 in the world is really something. My 6 year old son is beside himself knowing Brighton now has its very own ninja :-)
There's a great Genbukan dojo in New England Street. Best place for Ninpo in Brighton.
[quote][p][bold]hyram77[/bold] wrote: What an awesome achievement. Only 1 of 50 in the world is really something. My 6 year old son is beside himself knowing Brighton now has its very own ninja :-)[/p][/quote]There's a great Genbukan dojo in New England Street. Best place for Ninpo in Brighton. JerryOnly

9:44am Sat 1 Mar 14

roy sharpe says...

15th dan at aged just 48? Come on, whos he trying to fool. Ive been training and teaching Karate Jutsu for over 44 years and hold the rank of 9th Dan after all that time. 10th Dan is also the highest rank you can achieve, so where did 15th dan come from?. In our karate system, to get to my grade of 9th dan, you must be aged at least 60, and must have been training for 44 years or more. He either started as a baby, or im very sceptical.
15th dan at aged just 48? Come on, whos he trying to fool. Ive been training and teaching Karate Jutsu for over 44 years and hold the rank of 9th Dan after all that time. 10th Dan is also the highest rank you can achieve, so where did 15th dan come from?. In our karate system, to get to my grade of 9th dan, you must be aged at least 60, and must have been training for 44 years or more. He either started as a baby, or im very sceptical. roy sharpe

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