What is Ju Jitsu?

Ju jitsu is a Japanese martial art which employs a variety of blocking, striking, throwing, choking, kicking, joint locking and ground techniques all in such a manner that it provides the most complete self-defence system available.
Other arts including Judo, Aikido, Kempo Ju Jitsu, Wado Ryu Karate etc. all have their origins within Ju Jitsu. Because of this, many training points will seem familiar to practitioners of those arts, and in fact to observers it will seem that Ju Jitsu is a mixture of all the other martial arts.

Ju Jitsu, Jiu Jutsu or....?

Ju jitsu may be spelt in any of the following ways, ju jitsu, ju jutsu, jiu jitsu or jiu jutsu, whichever way it is spelt it means the same. The term ju jitsu means, literally, art (jitsu or jutsu) of flexibility, pliancy (all varying renditions of the ideogram ju or jiu).
All these terms, however, represent a single principle, a general way of applying a technique, of using the human body as a weapon in unarmed combat.

Can I have a look at your classes?

Yes, we have an open door policy and anybody is welcome to watch our classes.

I am a beginner with no experience, when can I start?

Although from time to time we run beginners courses you can start at any time. The lessons will be structured to your needs and capabilities.

Can people with previous experience in martial arts join?

Yes, we welcome martial artists from any discipline at any time.

What do I wear?

Something loose and comfortable like a t-shirt and a tracksuit bottom, or a gi if you already practice the martial arts.
Please understand that for your own safety you will not be allowed to wear any jewellery. If it cannot be removed it must be covered with tape.

How much does it cost?

The first lesson is FREE. After that, please have a look at our fees in our training page where you will also find training times and location.

Do I have to be fit?

No. Provided there are no obvious medical reasons why you should not train, fitness should be no barrier to starting ju jitsu. As you progress in your training your fitness level, your suppleness and flexibility will improve.

Does it matter how old I am?

No. Provided there are no obvious medical reasons why you should not train, age should be no barrier to starting ju jitsu. The only restriction we place on age is for juniors and this is a minimum of five years old.

Is Ju Jitsu suitable for women?

Yes, ju jitsu is an ideal martial art for women. Ju jitsu techniques are designed to accept the enemy's force of attack, rather than oppose him/her. The vast range of the syllabus means that there are techniques that suit people of all strength, shapes and sizes.

What are the benefits from studying Ju Jitsu?

There are many including promoting good health, increasing fitness, building confidence and providing an enjoyable way to learn something positive whilst making new friends.

Do you do exams?

Yes we do. They are not mandatory; all students are able to progress at their own pace.

What are the belts?

Belts are used as an indicator of progress, knowledge and experience.