Corona Virus Update

As I’m sure you would all expect, the SJJ team are constantly monitoring all updates in relation to this unprecedented situation.

According to the .Gov website there is currently 1 confirmed case of Corvid-19 in Suffolk and 0 in Norfolk.

After consulting with the dojo owners (Eastern Activities Group), at this time, we do not believe there is a need to cancel classes or shut the dojo.

However please do listen to medical advise and if you, you child or anyone you/they have been in contact with has the symptoms of Crovid-19 please follow guidance and refrain from training for a 14 day period.

I have been informed. All surfaces and tables at the dojo will be disinfected regularly. Training equipment such as strike pads will also be disinfected before and after sessions and there will be plenty of soap and towels for everyone to wash hand before and after training sessions.

Should the situation continue to escalate, further measures will involve running classes focusing on the non-contact elements of the art. Such as hand/weapon katas, strike pads and break-falls.

We are looking into provisions through the members section of our website, to provide training videos, so those having to self isolate can still access training material and continue to practice whist at home.

Please remember

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This years Halloween Special.

We’re offering 2 FREE weeks of lessons at our teenager and adult class to anyone redeeming this offer.

After the FREE lessons have finished and on successful completion of membership you will also receive a FREE uniform.

Just complete the below form to book your FREE lessons.

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Arrange a free taster session at either our junior or senior class over Easter and receive a free 12 month membership when you join

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Self Defence – An Unfortunate Necessity

It’s a concerning thought that in this day and age we’re having to talk about self protection as part of every day life. The disturbing reality is that it’s more important now than it has been before, to learn how to keep yourself safe when out in public.

Even those of us that hardly read or watch the news would find it hard to miss, what seems consistent, reporting of knife crime over the last few months. However these are just the most serious cases, the issues unfortunately gets worse still if you then factor in local newspaper headlines.

Knife crime has taken centre stage but there is also a disturbing rise in ‘normal’ violent crime over the last few years, but in particular since the start of 2019……….I’m not going to get into the political debate here about police numbers etc……..but instead focus on facts that highlight the importance of self defence.

It was a few weeks ago that I noticed my local paper (online columns) seemed to be filled with ‘assault’ headlines, Mainly involving teenage victims. I then spent a few minutes scrolling back through the dates and found, in the last 4 weeks, there were 9 separate headlines about attacks on young teenagers…….this behaviour is totally unacceptable but doesn’t seem to be going away.

It appears that this problem of violent crime is not going away. The police are stretched and under staffed but in any case, their responsibility is to prosecute the offender and not to prevent the assault. New government legislation takes time to implement and will only look to tackle the most serious issues (knife crime), this makes it our own responsibility to take care of our own individual safety.

Self protection/self defence may be a topic we don’t wish to think about, but the alternative is an even worse prospect, a loved one being the victim of violent crime. Surely any preventative measure we can put in place to reduce this risk is worth the investment. Typically martial arts classes are less per month than a gym membership or the average amount a family spends on fast food/takeaways.

The next step is arguably the hardest…..finding a club. Some martial arts are better for self defence than others, a quick google will tell you most of what you need to know, but in short any ‘combat’ martial art should do the trick.

As a helpful guide the following arts are considered the most practical for self defence –

  1. Japanese Ju-Jitsu – see my recent article Why choose Japanese Ju-Jitsu 🥋
  2. Taekwondo
  3. Krav Maga
  4. Muay Thai
  5. Chinese Kemp

The most important thing when choosing a class is that you enjoy the style you choose and the environment in which you learn. Secondly attending a club for the first time can be daunting, taking a friend with you not only helps get over this initial issue but also gives you someone of the same ability to train and share the experience with.

If you’ve read this far and would like more information about Japanese JuJitsu please Contact us for some free sessions.

Why choose Japanese Ju-Jitsu 🥋

Why Choose Japanese Ju-Jitsu

To be able to answer this question, we should first explain what it is. Traditional Japanese Ju-Jitsu is the parent art for Aikido, Judo and Karate, because of this it combines elements of all three into a well-rounded combat system which includes Blocking and striking, throws, joint locks, ground control and pressure points, in essence the original mixed martial art.

Let’s move on to the next question you may have – If it’s a traditional art, why have I never heard of it.

To answer this, we need to head back to feudal Japan some 2,500 years ago. The art of Ju-Jitsu developed by the Samurai grew during the period of clan warfare from the eighth to the sixteenth centuries AD, during this period of constant civil war the art was consistently refined on the battlefield. However it was not until the Restoration, which ended the Shogun era that we find the pivotal moment in Japanese Ju-Jitsu. Many on the Samurai fought against the now emperor of Japan in the wars which lead to the Restoration. As a result the Emperor made it illegal to practice the art of Ju-Jitsu. As such the existing schools had to find a way of continuing to teach, hence the birth of Karate, Judo and Aikido.

Some instructors continued to teach the old art of Ju-Jitsu in ‘underground’ schools and some fled to other countries to continue the art. It is as a result of this that Ju-Jitsu’s linage is hard to trace, giving the misconception it’s not as traditional as the now, more well-known arts of Karate, Judo and Aikido.

Now, back to the main question – Why Choose Japanese Ju-Jitsu.

Quite simply, this depends on what you wish to learn and I say this without agenda towards any art. Over the years some martial arts clubs from other arts have become heavily sport focused, for example Taekwondo, Judo and now Karate have all achieved Olympic Games status. There is also the emergence in recent years of UFC which again can be argued is a sport. UFC in particular, started the emergence of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) highlighting the need for a ‘ground game’ as well as the ability to fight standing up, thus bringing Brazilian Ju-Jitsu into the equation.

Japanese Ju-Jitsu however has not been tempted into the sport arena, the art practised today is still that from the original Samurai teachings, just updated into modern times. This is an art developed in in feudal times, designed for armed and unarmed combat and honed in war. Its adaptability and interchangeable techniques means Japanese Ju-Jitsu allows any student, regardless of build and strength to be just as formidable as the next. It is because of this well-rounded training programme and knowledge base that makes Japanese Ju-Jitsu a great realistic and practical art for self-defence.

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