What are Martial Arts?
A martial art can be defined as a system of techniques, physical and mental exercises developed as an effective means for self defence and offense, both unarmed and with the use of weapons.
Is Jiu Jitsu for me?
Jiu Jitsu is a means of self defence. But it is proven to build confidence, flexibility and strength of body and mind. It is a fun and interesting way to get fit, keep fit and lose weight with the support of passionate and supportive instructors.
How old do I have to be to train with you?
We take children from as young as five up twelve years old, when our children reach and age where they are ready we move them to our sister club that teaches older children and adults.
I am an adult, can i start or come to the club to train?
No, But we do have a sister club that teaches older children and adults. Click here for details.
It is our policy to never ask you to sign a contract, set up a direct debit or pay for membership, you simply pay as you train; if you can’t make training for any reason then you don’t pay. We just ask you let us know.
Jiu Jitsu suits (Gi)
We recommend that when you start at the club you don’t get a Gi until four weeks have passed so that you aren’t spending money unnecessarily if you decide that Jiu Jitsu is not for you. Tracksuit bottoms and t-shirt are fine to begin with.
If I have an illness or disability will that stop me from doing Jiu Jitsu?
No; if you have an illness or disability and can’t do certain things (i.e. kick) then we will teach you other things that you would be able to do.
Are there opportunities to learn other styles of Martial Arts?
We are part of WYSOK (West Yorkshire Schools of Karate and Oriental Arts). Through the association you can learn Karate, Kobu Jutsu, Kickboxing and different Okinawan weapons such as Bo, Jo, Nunchaku, Sai, Kama, Tonfa and Iai Jutsu (Samurai sword).
Will I get hurt?
Jiu Jitsu is very physical but because of the controlled way it is practised injuries are very rare. All our instructors are trained in first aid and are fully DBS cleared. After your first four weeks of training you will need your own insurance, which comes with your martial arts licence provided by NAKMAS, the UK Martial Arts governing body, and WYSOK (West Yorkshire Schools of Karate and Oriental Arts).
How often do I have to train?
We encourage everyone, especially high grades, to train at least once a week, but twice a week is preferable so that you are completely ready for your gradings or tournaments.
How long does the class last?
Each session is 90 minutes. We ask you to get down a bit early to sign in and to help put out mats where you can.
Would I be able to enter competitions?
If you wish to compete we have two tournaments a year within the association (WYSOK). One in April and one in November, and all studenst are encouraged to compete.
How do I get my next belt?
Kyu Gradings (coloured belt gradings) are held every three months. To get your next belt you have to perform techniques and show some knowledge of Japanese terminology in front of a panel of instructors.
Once you reach your Black Belt you wait three years to obtain your 2nd Dan, in that three years you will teach students and pass on the knowledge you have learn to other students.