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BILLERICAY JUJITSU CLUB
What is Jujitsu?
Jujitsu is a martial art which has some of the most practical self defence applications. It is the oldest documented form of Japanese martial art. The word 'Ju' means gentle, supple or to yield, while 'Jitsu' means art or skill; thus Ju-Jitsu is also known as 'The gentle skill' or the 'Art of yielding'.
It was originally developed as an unarmed combat system for the legendary 'Samurai' to enable them to continue fighting if they had fallen from their horse and/or lost their weapons.
Today, contemporary 'Ju-Jitsuka' (exponents of the art) build on traditional techniques and develop syllabi which are based on defence against different types of attack which may be encountered today. They also practice traditional aspects such as 'Kata' (forms) and 'Kobudo', the art of classical weapons.
Billericay Ju-Jitsu is part of the BJJAGB which has clubs throughout the South East and indeed abroad and is Sports Council recognised. All instructors are fully trained and qualified in coaching methods and all clubs have a friendly atmosphere coupled with high training standards.As part of a large organisation our club benefits from regular grading examinations, seminars, national courses, competitions and social events. There is also a range of tutorial videos/books and club regalia/clothing.
Is Ju-Jitsu for you?
The style does not rely on brute force, our techniques displace and utilise the force and energy of the attacker. You do not have to be ‘super fit’ or have trained previously in any other martial art, all that is required is a commitment to train to the best of your own ability. Therefore Ju-Jitsu is suitable for all, regardless of gender or physique, from age six years upwards.
What will you be taught?
The novice is taught basic escapes from strangles and then onto other types of attack such as punches, kicks and grabs thereby building a foundation to move onto the more demanding work of the middle and higher grades. Compared to many other styles, Ju-Jitsu is probably a lot less spectacular to the casual observer as we do not pay too much attention to high flying kicks or breaking techniques. Our expertise is based more on 'Street style' defence and is often very simple. You will learn a variety of skills which will include breakfalling, blocking, evading, striking, throwing, restraining, and locking.
Will I be sparring or competing against fellow club members?
Our training is non-competitive. There are no sparring ‘bouts’ as in boxing or karate. However, we do practice sparring and Groundwork techniques as part of our general training. There are no winners or losers, simply a group of people learning to perform the techniques in a controlled safe manner traiiang with ‘spirit’ raher than raw aggression..
What do I need to wear?
When you first start, we recommend that you wear a loose t-shirt, jogging bottoms and train with bare feet. When you are ready for your first grading only then will you need to buy a Gi, the white suit worn by people who practice martial arts.
What age can training start?
For children we recommend that 6 is a good age to start, as there will be a need for a degree of discipline and ability to follow instruction. There is no upper age limit and you do not need to be ‘super’ fit as our style employs a lrge variety of techinquies to suit all regardless of gender and physique.
What is a DoJo?
A Dojo is the name given to the gym or room that training sessions take place.
What is a Sensei?
Your Sensei is the person who is teaching you your new skills.
I would like to learn a martial art for self-defence is ju jitsu good for this purpose?
Our training is predominantly designed for self defence. Whilst there are competitions during the year, the emphasis in our training is on practical self defence techniques. You will not be compelled to compete. Our techniques start from a variety of attacks including a straight punch, a wrist grab, defence against various kicks, lapel grabs, bear hugs and so on . In this way the student becomes accustomed to defending themselves form different starting positions a lot of which are not from a formal stance.
We practise punching, kicking and other strikes against vulnerable areas with minimal contact (we may need our training partner for next week!).
What type of techniques will I learn?
Ju Jitsu has been said to mean many things, but they are all based around the “gentle art”. We use strikes to numerous vulnerable points around the body as distractions or ‘weakeners’ which gives us the time to perform our chosen technique whether it be a wrist, shoulder or elbow lock to control/restrain or a full blown throw to the ground.
Ju Jitsu or variation of it are used by most police forces/prison services and Armies, because generally you can force compliance without actually causing any lasting damage – unless you want or really need to.
I am hesitant about coming to Ju Jitsu training as I have never done anything like this before. Is it OK to come on my own?
The Club is very friendly and existing members will welcome new students. You will not be faced with an aggressive high grade on your first appearance at the club. You will be encouraged to do your best and you will leave the dojo having learnt something even after the first night