Jiu Jitsu is a martial art with roots tracing back to feudal Japan, and is taught today in many different styles around the globe. Our style, Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu, uses a wide variety of joint locking, throwing, grappling and striking techniques to provide an effective self-defense system for practitioners. Jiu Jitsu can be practiced by anyone, irrespective of age, gender, size or strength.
Jiu Jitsu, as with many martial arts, looks easy but in fact takes years of practice to gain proficiency in. However beginners can expect to come away from just one class with some new skills and a taste of a variety of challenges that await them.
Although sessions vary from day to day and from club to club, typically the instructor will demonstrate a technique and then circulate to give individual attention during partner training. Sessions will typically begin with a warm-up and some stretching, followed by break-falling (learning to fall down safely onto mats), followed by practicing techniques and ending with a review and cool-down/stretching.
Participants can expect to learn break-falling techniques and defenses (blocking, evading, taking control and balance) early in training, however with time will learn to deal with any kind of attack both unarmed and with training weapons as well as traditional techniques.
While the time spent training tends to be focused and serious, many training sessions are followed by social activities.