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Martial arts ‘family’ comes together to raise money for Jordan Bari’s funeral

PUBLISHED: 19:29 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 20:04 21 November 2016

Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Lane, Newham - Fundraiser in memory of Jordan Bari.
Master John Tomlin 5th Dan and Lisa Jordan Bari's mum.

Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Lane, Newham - Fundraiser in memory of Jordan Bari. Master John Tomlin 5th Dan and Lisa Jordan Bari's mum.

Melissa Page

The family and friends of Jordan Bari came together this weekend to celebrate his life in the most appropriate way.

Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Lane, Newham - Fundraiser in memory of Jordan Bari.
Jordan's medals and black belt were on display as a tribute to him.Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Lane, Newham - Fundraiser in memory of Jordan Bari. Jordan's medals and black belt were on display as a tribute to him.

Jordan, from East Village, was shot dead in October, but on Sunday a community came together to remember his life through his love of martial arts.

Over 50 people of all ages attended the London Black Belt Academy seminar at Newham Leisure Centre, in Prince Regent Lane, Beckton, and raised £884 towards his funeral costs.

Jordan’s old martial arts club put on vigorous displays of Tang Soo Do and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and shared their memories of the “helpful and approachable” young man, who had been a member since he was seven.

His mother Lisa, who was there with his little brother Rio, said: “I think it’s just amazing that everyone has come together to do this for Jordan, because this is something he would have loved.”

Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Lane, Newham - Fundraiser in memory of Jordan Bari.Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Lane, Newham - Fundraiser in memory of Jordan Bari.

Lisa praised the club for the supportive they had given them after his death.

“This is like a whole family. Jordan didn’t know his biological dad but Master Tomlin was like a father figure.”

Master John Tomlin 4 Dan ran the Tang Soo Do club at Beckton for 15 years.

He said: “He started with me at a very shy seven-year-old but even then his ability was very exceptional.”

Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Lane, Newham - Fundraiser in memory of Jordan Bari.Newham Leisure Centre, Prince Regent Lane, Newham - Fundraiser in memory of Jordan Bari.

“He was a great kid from a great family,” he reminisced.

“When he was about 14 he matured and took on the father role of the family and it was a fantastic achievement.

“There’s nothing bad you could say about the lad.”

Some of Jordan’s many trophies and medals, which he won all over the UK, were on display.

Mourners wrote messages to Jordan on his white Tang Soo Do kit, and Lisa confided that he would be cremated in another of his black belt uniforms at the funeral on Tuesday.

Abdallah Salaheedin, 28, of Spring Gardens, Highbury, and Bobby Lawrence, 21, of Canonbury Street, Canonbury, will appear at the Old Bailey charged with his murder in the new year.


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