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Why Study Jiu-Jitsu?

To prepare yourself for the reality of violent physical confrontation, not a game...not for sport. To train in JIU-JITSU is to train for serious, potentialy dangerous real-life situations.

And we do it better than anyone else.

In repeated and well-documented bouts, JIU-JITSU has consistently defeated each and every other Martial Art in head-to-head contests with no rules.

No other system of self-defense employs the full range of tactics that belong to JIU-JITSU, including, extensive grappling and ground work, all but ignored by most other "combat" arts.

Learn how to defend against a large number of different weapons attacks as well, with a variety of responses.

What is Jiu Jitsu?
Jiu jitsu is a physical and mental discipline that provides effective self defence and self development. It is a traditional Japanese martial art that has been tried and tested over many hundreds of years, with a wide variety of techniques which rely on the principles of softness, compliance and flexibility. Today it is found in many self-defence and restraint techniques used by police and armed forces the world over, and is the basis of the physical skills taught in most self-defence courses. It takes a rational approach to the way the body works and how to make the best use of your size and strength when dealing with an attacker.

Jiu jitsu means literally the 'Gentle Art', as it relies on the application of technique rather than strength. In the same way that a willow tree bends with the wind, so too should a practitioner of jiu jitsu adapt to the force of the attack and turn it to his or her advantage. Jiu jitsu consists of a wide range of techniques which include joint locks, throws, immobilisations and strikes to nerve points and vulnerable parts. Practice of jiu jitsu encourages awareness, confidence and adaptability to circumstances. These are crucial elements in personal safety.

Jiu Jitsu encourages people to make the most of their physical and mental attributes. We all have different inate characteristics and abilities. There is always someone bigger, stronger, faster, fitter than us, but Jiu Jitsu encourages each individual to make the most of their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. It is not about producing fighters, rather it is about building confidence and helping jitsuka to be as good as they can be.

This means that it is the combination of body, technique, and mind that is essential to the successful performance of the art. Whilst it is an advantage to have a fit and healthy body, physical strength is of little importance in the mastery of jiu jitsu. Jiu Jitsu doesn't just teach techniques which can be applied against an attacker, but also how your body's movement can be used to give power to those techniques. In Jiu Jitsu speed and power do not arise from physical strength, but are generated by your body's own natural movement, combined with a relaxed attitude and a focused mind.

Although there are many techniques to learn and mastery takes time, there is much which can be learned simply and used quickly if the need arises. The purpose of Jiu Jitsu is to give greater confidence to the user, and to stimulate mental and physical development.

Training takes place in a controlled and friendly environment. Students train on soft foam mats, and safe imitation weapons are used. Safety is always important, and students are encouraged to train with care and control, and with respect for training partners. Training should always be taken seriously as in any physical art, but it should also be fun. We learn better if we are relaxed and enjoying ourselves, so our instructors aim to get a good balance between serious training and serious fun. Training should be enjoyable, stimulating, and also very rewarding.

Get out and get out safely.

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