boot camp

A new Jitsu season is upon us!

Hard to believe it's already mid-August. If you're like us, you've been having a wonderful summer filled with all sorts of adventures. You might be looking forward to getting back on the mats in a more serious way when clubs get rolling again in September.

If you're feeling rusty, here are a few things you could do to get yourself ready:

  1. Yoga: the stretching is really good to increase flexibility (and to avoid injury) when you get back into training mode. It also works magic on your balance and posture.
  2. Hit the gym. Acquire a little more strength before you come back. We may practice the gentle art but doing a few squats before you come back can make a 2-hour session feel a lot shorter!
  3. Jogging: work your cardio back up. Reminds you how to keep breathing as you train!
  4. Some light ukemi: find a soft and safe patch of grass and practice your rolls. Remind yourself which shoulder is which and work your core strength a bit in preparation for training.

And here are a couple of events you might want to attend:

BOOTCAMPSeptember 9-11 there's a camping trip to shake the rust off your Jiu Jitsu by training in Shorinji Kan and also Chokushin Aikijujutsu Kai. It's always a fun-filled weekend (there is less boot and more camp), especially if you're looking to get out of the city one more time before getting back to the Fall grind.

DIRECTIONAL WORKSHOP: For Assistant Instructors and Instructors, September 17 there's a workshop aimed at giving you some new tools and focuses for the new season. It's followed by a dinner and workshop.

Check out the timetable over at for more information. 

See you on the mats!


Boot Camp Fast Approaching

Boot Camp is fast approaching, May 27-29.

The Facebook Page is here.

The Jitsu Canada Timetable is here.

Don't be fooled by the name... it's not really about "booting" anything. It's about relaxing around bonfires, getting hit in the face with frisbees (or you can use your hands to catch them, suit yourself), and learning some martial arts outdoors.

In fact it might be the most poorly named event all year. Boot camp sounds like it's no fun at all but the opposite is true! We'd better talk to someone about that... 


Last we checked, Friday night was optional and you can arrive Saturday morning as well. But honestly, why not try and get up there Friday to hang out and get to know some of the people from other towns and other styles? Usually there are some Karate friends, some Aiki-Jutsu friends - there was a Capoeira session one year (the ginga is deceptively hard to pull off by the way) - everyone is friendly and there to have a nice weekend sharing martial arts.

We highly recommend you go give it a try if you like "glamping" and spending time outside.