Stuart Cooke Sensei has been training in Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu since 2002. He currently holds the rank of Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt).
He started his martial arts education under Chris Brooks Sensei at Queen's University, training there until his graduation in 2005. Stuart then spent time in the United Kingdom, training under a variety of instructors within The Jitsu Foundation, the parent association of Jitsu Canada. Primarily, he trained at Kings College London, under the instruction of Nigel Price Sensei, and Nicola Price Sensei.
After returning to Canada in 2007, Stuart opened the St. Lawrence College Jiu Jitsu club and taught there for 2 years, before moving to become the head instructor at the Kingston Family YMCA Jiu Jitsu club. While at the YMCA, Stuart opened a youth class which continues to operate in Kingston. In 2014, Stuart moved to Vancouver, BC to pursue new opportunities.
Stuart has been exposed to many different styles of martial arts, including Yoshinkan Aikido with Robert Mustard Shihan in Burnaby, BC, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Robin Gracie in Barcelona, Spain, and Judo at the Kodokan in Tokyo, Japan.