A Practical Martial Art focusingon Self Defencebased in Bracknell(Aiki-Jujitsu)
What are Jujitsu and Aiki-Jujitsu?
Jujitsu and Aiki-Jujitsu are the oldest forms of Japanese Martial Arts on record. Most people will agree that Jujitsu, as a style, started around 880 C.E. The fighting techniques of ancient Japan developed into two distinct methods.
·Aiki-Jujitsu Used by the military elite and members of the royal court
·Jujutsu Used to train the masses of regular soldiers, a rougher, less-refined style.
Although techniques may vary from one style to the other all were designed for combat effectiveness.
Which Martial Art is the best?
This depends on what you intend to get out of Martial Arts. If you are more about sport and keeping fit and taking part in competitions, then Aiki-Jujitsu is not for you. This is because in order for a style to be safe for competition, the most effective techniques must be removed to prevent significant injuries. However, if you are interested in doing a martial art mainly for self-defence then we believe Aiki-Jujitsu is what you need.
Why spend three minutes fighting when you can get it over in 10 seconds?
What are the Grade requirements?
In our Dojo, the techniques and requirements for each Grade are written out with a different attack needing to be defended and taken to the floor under full control. Students must be able to demonstrate the techniques for their current rank as well as being able to carry out other requirements (break falls, roles, kicks and punches). As they progress to higher grades (belts) they need to demonstrate a greater understanding of the techniques used, add their own moves, also adapting and creating new techniques. Our preferred training method is Randori (freestyle). This enables students to utilise what they have learned, in an unrehearsed self-defence scenario. At senior levels this would include the use of weapons. As we are an inclusive club, we pride ourselves on being able to adapt to different peoples abilities. We will therefore adapt the grading criteria to suit. All we ask, is that the student performs to the highest level that they feel able to while keeping safe.
How long does it take to get a black belt?
This does depend on the student how quick they are to learn there discipline as well as if they attend all the on average is would take about 5-6 years to attain a black belt. Some clubs may guarantee progression faster than that and push you and pass you when you are not ready. We will never put anyone forward that is not 100% ready so some people will go up the belts abit quicker than others but this is for then you do receive a black belt you feel you have earnt it. Remember it should not be just about getting belts its self defence The Black belt only is the beginning of what is considered a higher level of training and understanding.
Remember: Martial Arts are not about getting Belts, you are learning self defence.
Will I get hurt?
Students will get scratches bumps and bruises from time to time; however, injuries that require medical attention are VERY RARE. Our instructors have never been involved in or caused any injuries that require any medical attention.
It is the responsibility of the Instructors
·To carry out risk assessments of the Dojo as we continually assess the skill level of all students
·To ensure that students are ready to move on to more difficult material without being injured or injuring anyone.
We would also ask, that all students report any pre-existing or new injuries that they may have, to the instructor as well as to their training partner. Because the club is small we get to learn everyone’s physical ability and adapt.
We have a very strict anti-bulling policy. Any student in breach of this, will be expelled from the club.
What is the minimum age to join the Dojo?
We have two syllabuses. Children and Adults. Children can join from the age of 5. This syllabus is specially adapted for kids and so does not include any joint locks. Instead, we focus more on escaping and blocking. For the adult syllabus, we would normally look to take on from the age of 16 but exceptions can and have been made. It depends a on the student’s attention, control, maturity to learn and understand. Joint locks are taught to all students in the adult syllabus. However, for the younger students the locks are never put on fully.
What equipment / cost are involved?
We require all students to be insured at an annual cost of £20 (child) and £25 (adult).
You will also need to buy a Martial Art GI. These are around £20-30 and should be purchased buy directly from the club.
classes cost just £5
kids Grading cost £24 Including Belt and certificate
Adult Grading cost 29 Including Belt and certificate
How do I join?
Joining could not be easier.The first lesson is always free and then just £5.
After the 3rd lesson we would ask students to officially join the club. An application form must be completed and signed by an adult.
We never ask students sign a contract. Once registered, a Budo pass book is issued. Membership is for 1 year.
Where is the Dojo located?
We are in The New Priestwood Community Centre Priestwood Court Road RG42 1TU Bracknell, Berkshire.
What is the difference between Aiki-Jujitsu and Karate?
Aiki-Jujitsu is the mother of Japanese Martial Arts. All other arts, Karate, Judo, Aikido etc are elements of Aiki-Jujitsu
Karate is predominantly taught as a striking art. Using punches kicks, and blocks along with pre-arranged movements (forms). It is also practiced throughout the world as a sport, including many rules of engagement for safety. This is of course, just an overview. Jujitsu, on the other hand, is not a sport and cannot be used as such unless many of the techniques are removed for safety. The simple fact is, that with Aiki-Jujitsu, there are no rules or banned techniques. Basically, you do whatever is necessary to protect yourself.
Competitions in Aiki-Jujitsu?
NO not in this Dojo. We teach self-defence not Sport. Sport Martial Arts require many rules for safety. These rules must remove the most effective self-defence techniques from competition. Those who get used to practicing for sport competition instinctively will try to use these sporting techniques in a real self-defence situation. We believe you use what you have practiced to try to defend yourself. The only instance where we bring an element of sport into the Dojo is for our Soft weapon (Nunchuck and Viking combat) sparing. This is only taught a couple of times a year. We will be looking onto competitions in the future.