It began in July 1990, A young Geddes Hislop fresh from achieving his Sho Dan (1st Degree) Black Belt embarked on a journey that would change the dynamics of martial arts in the Cayman Islands. Equipped with only his Don Jitsu black belt and the teachings and blessings of Professor Jacob, Purple Dragon Cayman Islands was born. In the aerobic room of the then World Gym, the dojo began with 5 students, 3 kids and 2 adults. The students had their first test 3 short months later in October. Having a 100% pass rate, Purple Dragon Cayman Islands officially had its start. For 8years the dojo continued to grow from strength to strength until 1996 which saw the introduction of a then Instructor Floyd Baptiste. Shihan Floyd’s dynamic yet humble nature saw a vast increase in not only students but the competitive development of the students. This combination of Shihan Floyd and Sensei Geddes’ different yet complimentary teaching styles saw the Cayman Islands grow as martial arts practitioners and followers of the Don Jitsu Ryu System. By 2010 the Cayman Islands had produced a number of world class competitors who travelled with the Purple Dragon Team all over the world from the Caribbean to as far as Australia along the way producing world champions and role models that the people of the Cayman Islands could be proud of. 2012 saw the introduction of Sensei Atonio Thompson, a vibrant young man who was determined to make his mark as the new supportive force to Purple Dragon Cayman. Sensei Atonio has since then taken the torch and ran with it, rising Purple Dragon Cayman Islands to the number 2 demonstration team in the world behind Trinidad and Tobago and making a huge statement through the World Karate Championships held in Trinidad in 2015 by bringing back numerous accolades and a junior grand championship award as proof that the Cayman Islands are becoming a force to be reckoned with. Together with the support of all the black belts, parents and continued blessings of Soke/Founder Professor Don Jacob, this trio is determined to make the Cayman Islands proud.
Professor Don Anthony Jacob (H.B.Mg), Soke, is the creator and founder of the international system of martial arts known as Purple Dragon Don Jitsu Ryu. He has studied martial arts for over four decades and presently holds a 9th Degree Black Belt in Don Jistu Ryu.
Professor Don Jacob is one of the most sought-after martial arts professionals in the world today, and having conducted extensive research on the topic (martial arts), he is considered to be one if its most knowledgeable historians.
Professor has taught and demonstrated with great success in countries such as England, Canada, USA, Hawaii, Japan, Australia, Africa, Nepal, India, China, and throughout the Caribbean, to name a few. He is considered by those who have seen and trained with him to be the most dynamic and complete martial artist that they have had the honour of witnessing and experiencing.
Shihan Floyd Baptiste is a 6th Degree Purple Dragon Black Belt, an ACE certified personal trainer and is CPR certified, he has been teaching martial arts for the last 23yrs and practicing the Don Jitsu Ryu System for over 25years. Shihan Floyd’s dynamic teaching style and humble personality creates an environment that you cannot help but want to learn more from this true Purple Dragon Warrior. Shihan Floyd started his martial arts training in Trinidad under Shihan Anthony Thompson and leapt at every opportunity to train and learn from Professor Jacob himself. Shihan Floyd was promoted to Shihan on March 27th 2016. Shihan Floyd is the Head Instructor of the Purple Dragon Cayman Islands dojo and a pillar in the community, largely known for his contributions to the Police Service after Hurricane Ivan and numerous self-defense workshops with the Family Resource Centre, Crisis Centre and Cayman Airways to continue to share the Don Jitsu with the people of the Cayman Islands.
Sensei Geddes Hislop is a 5th Degree Purple Dragon Black Belt with over 25 years of martial arts experience. Sensei Geddes brings a vast amount of wisdom and information to every class and the students always enjoys his unique, challenging but always enjoyable workouts. Sensei Geddes started his martial arts training in 1985 in Purple Dragon World Headquarters. Originally searching for an Aikido program, Sensei Geddes could not help but fall in love with the Don Jitsu Ryu and more so the weapons aspect of it. He moved to the Cayman Islands in 1989 and started Purple Dragon Cayman Islands in 1990. Sensei Geddes is trained in Biology & Environmental Education as well as Martial Arts & Fitness. He brings along years of experience working in environmental education in Trinidad, WI and as the former Public Education Manager of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. He has been operating educational camps in Cayman for 11 years.
Sensei Atonio Thompson is a 4th Degree Purple Dragon Black Belt with over 24 years of martial arts experience and 17years teaching and working with kids. Born the son of Shihan Anthony Thompson, Sensei Atonio was born into the Don Jitsu Ryu System and has always set out to make his presence felt as an Indigenous Warrior. Being around Professor Jacobs teaching and tutelage definitely gave Sensei Atonio an advantage in Don Jitsu philosophy and martial arts development. Sensei Atonio is the youngest Purple Dragon student to achieve the title ‘Sensei’ at the age of 17. Have you ever heard the term ‘The dojo is your second home?’ Well, he takes that term literally as he teaches 7 days a week including individual classes for kids with special needs on Sundays. Known by parents as “The Munchkin Leader” Sensei loves working with kids and watching their growth as martial artists. He also is a very firm believer in keeping the legacy of the Don Jitsu Ryu alive by taking every opportunity to share old videos of Professor Jacob teaching, motivating and performing all over the world. A phenomenal counselor, his strict yet loving demeanor makes him the full package when coming to kids’ safety, fun and development.
Sherika McTavish another of our full time Kickboxing Instructors, has been with Purple Dragon Martial Arts for over 6 years. Ms. McTavish’s always bubbly and soft spoken yet a warrior when it comes to the Fit-Kick Boxing Class has her known as the ‘Smiling Monster’. She is great with children, and is CPR certified. If you would like to get in the best shape of your life in a class that is suited for beginners yet extremely challenging for athletes and fitness fanatics, you should definitely try her class.