1. What is Ju-Jitsu??
Ju-Jitsu is a Japanese martial art developed among the samurai of feudal Japan as a method of close combat for defeating an armed and armoured opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon, because striking against an armoured opponent proved ineffective, practitioners learned that the most efficient methods for neutralizing an enemy took the form of pins, joint locks, and throws. These techniques were developed around the principle of using an attacker's energy against him, rather than directly opposing it
The word Ju-Jitsu is often spelled as jujitsu, ju-jutsu or jiu-jitsu, this is due to an incorrect translation of the Japanese writing system which uses ideograms to languages which use an alphabet. When the martial art spread to foreign countries the word ju-jitsu was adopted to describe it as it was written down phonetically."Ju" can be translated to mean "gentle, supple, flexible, pliable, or yielding." "Jitsu" can be translated to mean "art" or "technique" and represents manipulating the opponent's force against himself rather than confronting it with one's own force.
2. Am I to young??
We accept students from the ages of 6 and up. We find that they are old enough to understand the principles of what we teach and have good levels of concentration.
3. Am I to old??
The criteria for adults starting any martial arts class should not be based on age. We ensure that our beginners classes are suitable for all. We do our best to ensure that all exercises and techniques are suitable for the student practicing them. Everyone trains at their own level regardless of physical age. This allows everyone to make progress safely on our programme in their own time.
Ju-jitsu is not about using physical strength and brute force against an attacker. It is about using good technique against your opponents force.
4. How do you measure my progress??
As with most martial arts we use a system of different coloured belts to help mark a students’ progress and allow other students to recognise their ability. The colours are White, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown and finally Black. Black Belts are denominated by Dan’s. A student who has just achieved a black belt is a 1st Dan.
5. How long does it take to become a Black Belt??
We never put a timescale on achieving any grade. Each student will progress at their own pace and will be graded when they feel they are ready. As a student progresses through the grades they will not only be required to complete the required elements of the syllabus, but also attitude, leadership and experience will all contribute the higher the grade.