Sensei Brian Jacks
July 9th 2018
A rare treat for the Ju-jitsu members when Olympic bronze medalist, World champion, European champion & 10th Dan Sensei Brain Jacks conducted a seminar at Poole Ju-jitsu.
Brian Jacks achieved national fame for his outstanding performances on the BBC program Superstars, all-around sports competition that pits elite athletes from different sports against one another in a series of athletic events resembling a decathlon. He was one of the most successful competitors and dominated the British and European version of the contest from 1979 to 1980, winning four titles.
Jacks was most famous for his efforts in the gymnasium, where he repeatedly set records in the “gym tests”, including 100 parallel bar dips in 60 seconds in the 1981 Challenge of the Champions, and 118 squat thrusts in the 1980 World Final. He was also very dominant in the weightlifting, canoeing and cycling events, rarely placing lower than second. Jacks was never able to win the World Superstars title, being forced to miss the 1979 event due to illness and finishing third in 1980. In 1981 he was beaten for the first time in Europe and would never again compete in Superstars.