acs martial arts: stopsley jujitsu
Welcome to the home of ACS Martial Arts Stopsley ju-jitsu club, a club affiliated to International Atemi Jujitsu (IAJJ), a jujitsu organisation based in the Luton and Dunstable areas of Bedfordshire since 1992. ACS Martial Arts offers jujitsu martial arts classes for juniors and adults plus women only self-defence classes.
For those who don't know, Stopsley was originally a hilltop village and is a ward situated in the north-east of Luton. The original civil parish of Stopsley village became a part of Luton when the boundaries were extended in 1933.
It's believed that the name Stopsley, comes from the saxon Scrobbale, meaning scrapes or scroppeslie and the Norman Shrubsley, meaning a hill covered with scrobbes, shrubs or underwood. The village of Stopsley has an infants, junior and secondary school, although Stopsley high is now a designated sports college, a pub (there were 3 about fifteen years ago) and a couple of churches.
Stopsley is also home to the new Inspire: Luton Sports Village, an amazing sports complex complete with Olympic sized swimming, diving facilities, fitness suites, sports halls and a variety of sporting clubs. Situated along the A505 Hitchin Rd this new sports centre replaces the original St Thomas's Rd based Luton Regional Sports Centre.
In the centre centre of Stopsley village is the Stopsley War Memorial, dedicated to those Stopsley parishioners who lost their lives during the two great wars.
jujitsu and stopsley....
ACS Martial Arts is only one of many jujitsu clubs that have been based in Stopsley over the years. There has been a ju-jitsu club with connections to the IAJJ and it's instructors for over 30 years.
Bob Cowan, the IAJJ's chief instructor originally trained at Stopsley and the BBC2 programme, 'See Hear', did a feature on Sensei Kevin Brown, who used to run a club at the same venue. Sensei David Brown (no relation to Kevin) opened a junior club in the same martial arts room in February 2008 followed by an adult club in March 2009.