Joining: There's still time to get our freshers deal - buy membership online before Monday and get licence, mat fees, and uniform at a discount.
Jitsu is a progressive martial art that offers a means of personal and physical development, and an effective system of self-defence. Based on the principle of using an aggressor's energy to their own disadvantage, Jitsu skills can be used by men, women and children to counter aggressive situations. Regular training can help to improve strength, fitness, flexibility, co-ordination and posture. Moreover, most people find that Jitsu improves their self-esteeem and self-confidence.
We are hosting freshers sessions on the 4th, 7th, 11th, and 14th of October, but feel free to join us anytime. Jitsu training is also great fun and a fantastic way to meet new friends. The best way to find out more is to come along to Jitsu and join in. Beginners are always welcome, at any session, and the first session is free.
When and Where We Meet
We train every WEDNESDAY (8-10pm) and SUNDAY (4-7pm) at Energybase (Lower Ground Floor, Student Central, Malet Street, WC1E 7HY)
We usually gather by the vending machines about 10 minutes before the start of each session.
Who is the Coach?
Adam Dyer has recently taken over instruction at the UL Jitsu club, where he also trained for his higher belts.
Competitions and Additional Training
We have two national competitions each year, one in November where you can show off your Jitsu techniques and your self-defence ability, and one in February that focuses on ground-fighting and standing Randori (performing your techniques against a resisting opponent). These events involve a course in the morning taught by the best jitsuka in the country, and competition in the afternoon over 2 days. It is a great chance to meet other jitsuka from around the country, get taught by the best of the best, and show off your skills!
The jitsu foundation hosts frequent regional training sessions on the weekends, where the best instructors (third dans) travel the country and provide an extended teaching session to jitsuka in the different regions, which we encourage our members to attend. This is a great chance to train with people outside your club and get taught by other regional instructors in a really fun, friendly environment. These events can really improve your jitsu and speed up your progress in your weekly club training sessions.
Additionally, the jitsu foundation occasionally hosts specialist regional courses, for example specifically focusing on breakfalling, to which we urge our novices to attend. Our senior grades have been regularly training at regional Saturday sessions only for purple belts and above, and at the weekly regional brown and dan trainings.
We have also had several visits from guest instructors come to teach at our club sessions. This included one session dedicated to boxing techniques.
Every summer, the jitsu foundation organises a summer school in the Lake District – a camping weekend of walking and jitsu that any jitsuka can attend. Every year a group go to meet and train with fellow jitsuka from around the country for a really enjoyable weekend.
In 2013, we came THIRD in the overall club shield competition at the Atemi Nationals, meaning we were the third highest scoring team in the UK! That year we took home both a silver and a gold medal in the individual competitions as well.
Congratulations to Helder Da Costa and Tan Jian Xiang, who graduated to Orange in June 2015, and Garett Ross who graduated to Green.
What Does It Cost?
The joining fee is £5 for students plus £15 per term.
Associate fees are £20 per term.
You will need a gi (uniform) and a licence, which will cost £46. Talk to us about our freshers deals.
Please note that for the 2016/17 session all members attending training sessions in Energybase facilities will be required to purchase an Energybase membership: a day pass or 1, 3 ,6 or 12 month passes are available. Holders of a current club or society full membership will qualify for a discounted rate on an annual pass.
Joining a Student Central club and society is the same for all clubs and societies:
- Contact your society
- Get a Student Central Card
- Sign in to the Student Central website (you will receive an activation email after getting your card)
- Purchase your membership online