pROF dAVE MILLAR 1954-2020
Saddly and suddenly on the 22nd of May 2020 Prof Dave Milar passed away whilst residing in Australia.
His dedication to the arts was incredible, spanning over 45yrs in Jiujitsu.
He leaves the lasting legacies of the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall Of Fame and New Zealand Jiu Jitsu Life Skills and a had a profound impact on those that knew him.
SENSEI JOHN RATIMA 1951-2022
Sensei John Ratima passed away suddenly and unexpectantly on 21st February 2022.
Sensei John (Alo) started Jiu Jitsu in 1998 with Professor Dave Millar at the Campbell Street Jiu Jitsu Life skills Dojo in Whanganui before moving to the Marton Dojo and eventually training out of the Whanganui Judo clubs Dojo in Taupo Quay, whilst continuing to travel to the Feilding H under Prof Dave .
Sensei John was a 3rd Dan under Jiu Jitsu Lifeskills NZ and also moved to NZJJACADEMY with Sensei Shanon. Sensei John continued to have a valued role as instructor until his health prevented his return.
Sensei will be remembered for his soft easy going approach and kind heart.
SENSEI WILLIAM GREEN (kORO) 19.08.2012
Koro William was a mighty Kauri tree in the Jiu Jitsu Life Skills family.
Sensei William Green started Jiujitsu in his mid 80s after serving many years in Karate.
His presence in the dojo was a reminder that age is no barrier and no excuse for laziness.
Koro William was always an active person, and as a retired serviceman in the New Zealand Navy, Koro was always staying in shape.
Koro William was awarded his honorary Black Belt for his outstanding service to Martial Arts by a panel of Black Belts led by Professor Dave Millar.