Q: What is Jiu-Jitsu?
A: 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.
There are more styles of martial arts than there are religions and pretty much all of them have something to offer, but the quality of the instructor is all important. We believe in the quality and integrity of our instructors, and the quality of the art we teach.
Q: What is "Aiuchi" Jiu Jitsu
A: Aiuchi 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 Aiuchi 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.
One thing you will find in all our clubs is that there is a warm and friendly welcome for anyone who wants to learn our style of jiu jitsu. Our training is always geared to make the beginner feel at home and to help them learn in a way that best suits them. People learn best when they are relaxed and engaged in what they are doing, so our sessions are geared to be enjoyable.
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 Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu is to give greater confidence to the user, and to stimulate mental and physical development.
We believe in pushing the boundaries people set on their own achievement, so expect to work too. Our style of jiu jitsu is a practical form of self defence, enjoyable, but challenging. Safe but very effective and suitable for anyone who is prepared to work with us to get the best out of it.
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.
Q: Is it suitable for me?
A: JiuJitsu consists of a wide range of techniques which include joint locks, throws, immobilisations and strikes to nerve points and vulnerable parts. 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. Skill comes from being able to apply the most suitable technique with as little effort as possible in a given situation. This makes it ideal for anyone to learn whether they are: small or big, strong or weak, male or female, young or old.
Q: Where do I find a club?
A: Our clubs are listed on the website. You'll be welcome at any of them.
Q: How do I join?
A: Simply turn up to one of our clubs at the published class training time. We will ask you to complete a membership form.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Charges vary between clubs. As of 2017 the highest price per training session at any Aiuchi club is currently just Â£5 with many charging less than that. A number of our clubs are university based and student prices are often lower. None of our clubs operate direct debit schemes. We are able to offer such competitive rates as we are a 'non-profit making' organisation.
Q: What should I expect from a training session?
A: A session begins with a gentle warm-up to ensure our bodies are ready for the rest of the session. A warm-up normally consists of aerobic exercises such as: running, jumping and sit-ups and stretching exercises.
After the warm-up an exercise called 'breakfalling' begins. The purpose of breakfalling is safety. Jiu Jitsu often involves techniques that take your opponent to the floor, so being able to fall safely is of crucial importance.
After breakfalling, the knowledgeable instructors will begin to teach more techniques to the class. A technique will be clearly demonstrated and discussed before you are encouraged to practice it with your partner. Often you will be mixed with grades who will have some prior knowledge of what is required.
Actual training takes place in a controlled and friendly environment. Students train on soft foam mats, and imitation weapons are used. Safety is always important, and students are encouraged to train with care, control, and with respect for training partners.
Training should always be taken seriously as in any physical art, but it should also be fun. It is better to learn when we are relaxed and enjoying ourselves, so the instructors aim to get a good balance between serious training and serious fun. Training should be enjoyable, stimulating, and also very rewarding.
Q: What do I need to wear?
A: Any comfortable clothing (not your best clothing). For example a rugby shirt and tracksuit bottoms would be ideal. In order to grade you will need to have a plain white gi (martial-arts uniform). These are often available to purchase from club instructors at very competitive costs.
Q: Do I have to be really fit?
A: No, but training will help you get fit. We don't do hundreds of sit-ups and push-ups but it is a physical activity. The important thing is everyone works at their own pace
Q: How Do I Join this Website?
A: To join this website you need to:
1) Be a member of the Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu Association.
2) Register with your full name [no nicknames].
3) Select your club from the options
4) Your club instructor will be notified of your registration and approve your membership
5) You will then have full access to the benefits of the new AJJA website including all the forums and downloads,etc.
Q: Who makes a profit within Aiuchi?
A: Aiuchi is a not-for-profit organisation and no-one within the Association is paid any money from central funds. Some instructors may be paid for local instruction, but the Association as a whole reinvests all received funds into the development of Aiuchi jiu jitsu as a safe and practical martial art. No officers of the association are remunerated for their services.
Q: Can I make a donation?
A: If you would like to donate to Aiuchi, you can do so through Paypal using the button below.
We are of course very grateful for any financial assistance you might want to give us.