Sensei Stephen Millard

Ikkyu (Acting Primary Trainer)

Sensei Millard began his studies of Jiu Jitsu at the University of York in 1993. As well as being heavily involved with the University of York Jiu Jitsu Club (UoYJJC), he has been training and teaching at YTJC since the very first session. He has been the lead instructor at YTJC since September 2003.

Sensei Millard has studied a variety of other martial arts as well as Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu, including Karate, Judo, Aikido and Tae Kwon Do with instructors from across the UK. He is also one of a handful of people qualified to teach Defendo – a “British Jiu Jitsu” fighting system.

As well as continuing to broaden his martial knowledge Sensei Millard has a passion for stretching and improving his coaching knowledge to deliver a high quality student experience. This is reflected widely outside the dojo through the coaching related courses undertaken (see below) and through his day job working with an organisation focussed on improving Higher Education in the UK.

Sensei Millard has also authored coaching articles on teaching Jiu Jitsu for Sports Coach UK's* coaching magazines.

* Sports Coach UK is the national sports coaches organisation for the UK.

Finally, as well as teaching classes at York Jitsu Club and assisting at the University of York Jiu Jitsu Club classes, he is also active within other groups. He is an avid supporter of children in Jiu Jitsu through his work with The Jitsu Foundation's sub division – The Junior Jitsu Foundation (TJJF). He is the author of the course for the organisation's juniors instructor / town club development course*. Within York he works closely with the local council and has served as the central point of contact for the North zone of York's Community Sports Network – Active York.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Lead instructor YTJC (since 2003).
  • York Sports Coach Association (since 2004).
  • YTJC committee member (since 2004).
  • Sports Coach UK Member (since 2003).
  • Community contact**  of Active York Community Sports Network North Zone committee (2006 - 2010).

** Prior to mid-2008 this position was the chair of the the zone, but a new approach has disbanded zonal meetings and the position has changed accordingly.

Qualifications & Courses

  • TJF Teaching Mandate (since 2003)
  • TJF Instructor - Juniors Instructor (since 2003)*
  • TJF Instructor - Club Instructor Level (since 1998)
  • TJF Instructor - Instructor Level (since 1996)
  • TJF Instructor - Assistant Instructor (since 1994)
  • Red Cross First Aider at Work (November 2005)
  • TJF First Aider (November 2002 onwards)
  • York St. John - Certificate in Sports Development (2007)

Validations & Awards

  • TJJF National Juniors Instructor Award (2005)
  • CFM Coaching CPD {Strathclyde University} (2008)
  • Norwich Union's Inspiring Through Sport - Silver Position (2007)
  • Norwich Union's Inspiring Through Sport - Silver Position (2006)
  • Norwich Union's Inspiring Through Sport - Bronze Position (2005)
  • TJF full disclosure CRB Check (June 2004, July 2007)
  • City of York Council full disclosure CRB Check (October 2004)
  • University of York Half colours for Jiu Jitsu (1997)


  • Sport England - A Club For All {Equity in sport} (March 2005)
  • Sports Coach UK - Good Practice & Child Protection (November 2005)
  • Sports Coach UK - How to Coach Children in Sport (November 2005)
  • Sports Coach UK - Fitness & Training (November 2006)
  • Sports Coach UK - Equity in Your Coaching (January 2007)
  • Sports Coach UK - Developing Power & Speed (February 2007)
  • Sports Coach UK - Motivation & Mental Toughness (February 2007)
  • Sports Coach UK – How to Coach Disabled People in Sport (March 2007)
  • Sports Coach UK – Multi-skills Coaching Induction (May 2007)
  • Sports Coach UK – Introduction to Core Stability (March 2008)
  • Sport England - A Club For All {Equity in sport} (March 2008)
  • Sports Coach UK – Safeguarding and Protecting Children (June 2008)