Leaders, Coaches and Instructors

Violetta Leslie Shihan 7. Dan International Combat JIU-JITSU club "TARTAN" President
Jimmy Leslie Hanshi 8. Dan Combat JU-JUTSU International Federation Co-ordinator
Roman Malishev Shihan 6. Dan Instructor
Alexey Kostin Shihan 5. Dan Instructor
Janis Balcerbuls Sensei 4. Dan Instructor
Dmitry Kancevics
Senpai 1. Dan
Assistant instructor
Igors Ponomarenko Sensei 4. Dan Instructor


Janis Daugis 1. Dan
Igors Lavrentjevs 1. Dan
Eduard Malishev 1. Dan
Renar Kancevics 4. Kyu
Stanislav Bykov 7. Kyu

About Jiu-Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu or Ju-Jitsu – Martial Art born in Japan. XI-XV centuries are the time of its flourishing. Term “Jiu-Jitsu” (art of softness and pliability) is widely used (as soft method) in “Stories of already passed” in Konzi monography from XI century.

We can surely say that, during the epoch of great wars between Taira and Minamoto clans Jiu-Jitsu became a system of martial arts, also as a suppurated type of Kempo. Most of information about the masters of Jiu-Jitsu of those times is lost. “Chronics of art of war” (“Budo denraki”) saved some names of Jiu-Jitsu masters from the period of internecine wars (XV-XVI cent.) – Hitozubasi Dzeken and Sekiguti Dzjusin. In not finished “Biography of school founders” (“Densi”), all descriptions are mainly related to Tokugava times. The number of Jiu-Jitsu schools of that time is close to 200 and is all time record. Most famous founders of the schools are: Miura Jesitazu, Fukuno Masakazu, and Isokan Dzirodzamon. Most schools practiced their classes not only on work with weapons but more on methods against weapons using bare hands and against weapons using other weapons. That means the rise of combined martial arts.

Combat Jiu-Jitsu, first of all, is an art of self defense. It is not a sport and not combination of techniques! It is a combination of skills that will help to outlive and win in real fight with one or many enemies, using weapons or not. For Jiu-Jitsu fighter time and place don’t matter. The ability to held the fight in limited space or in darkness, gain the victory in several seconds using effective punches, throws, suffocating and pain methods from any position.

The goal of Combat Jiu-Jitsu is in its unlimited possibilities. Those allow being mentally and tactically ready for any kind of attack.


The main goal of Martial Arts club “TARTAN”


1.      Cooperation with different organizations interested in Club’s work for holding competitions, tournaments and friendly meetings.

2.      Holding qualification exams for Club’s students.

3.       Organize methodic classes for instructors; hold planned and special trainings and seminars. Organize seasonal sport camps for students and anyone interested, inviting masters with qualification not lower then Shihan.

4.      Invite for cooperation representatives from different styles of Sport Jiu-Jitsu.

5.    Army knife fights learning.


About “ TARTAN” club

The International Combat Ju-Jutsu club was organized in 2006 in Riga, Latvia. The name "TARTAN" was born so managed one of the teacher of Martial Arts Hanshi Jimmy Leslie, 8th. Dan a Scot, has advising powerfully and in recent years.

Firstly, after the beginning of the club, to respect towards, was intensive trainings the principal discipline on that subject. Discipline, respect, honour and manners, those things that help make combat ju-jutsu but during practicing the techniques, leadership of the club positive thinking about needs to open other schools of martial arts so Army Knife-Fighting, Self-Defense, Street-Fighting.

Training also Teams for participation in local Tournaments and International competitions in disciplines: sports ju-jutsu, K-1, Kick-Boxing, MMA, IFEF, UFC, WUC, Pro.Boxing...

In 2012 the Team of Latvia competed in the World Championship, Antwerpen, Belgium, this time taking second place.

The International Combat Ju-Jutsu club "TARTAN" is member of some International Organisations, Federations and clubs of martial arts. Has co-operation with International Bodyguard Association (IBA), International Law Enforcement Training Agency, UK. And also with Armed Forces Veteran Association "Navy Seals", USA.

During the period 2010 - 2012, Instructors our club were advisors for military drill the students, officers of National of Latvian Military Academy. Now, providing constant teaching and practise for groups special forces, USA.