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Information and Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions that are not covered below, please feel free to contact the club.

Newcomers

Making contact with the club
Before attending your first session, please make an initial contact with Roger Wilkes. Any questions/concerns that you have may then be addressed and we can ensure that we arrange to spend some time with you on your first visit.
Code of Practice
The 'Statement of Intent' and 'Code of Practice' apply to both the Organisation and also to the students. It is important that they be be read and adhered to by all students.
Minimum and maximum ages for joining
In general, the minimum age is 5. This may not always be feasible, however, as it depends on the number of available sensei for each club. In order to ensure sufficient time may be given to all participants, a particular club may have a policy of setting a different minimum age. Please refer to the relevant 'club page' for details. This can also be discussed when you contact the club. There is no upper age limit
What do the terms 'Kyoshi', 'Sensei' and 'dojo' mean?
• Kyoshi - You may have seen this used on the 'History' page. in reference to Roger Wilkes. The term is used for a senior teacher or professor of martial arts.
• Sensei - This is how the black belt instructors are to be addressed, whilst training in the dojo
• Dojo - The name used for the room in which martial arts training takes place.
What is the difference between Traditional Japanese Ju Jitsu and Brazilian Jiujitsu?
Brazilian Jiujitsu, commonly referred to as 'BJJ' is a competition sport with an emphasis on groundfighting and grappling.
Japanese Ju Jitsu, as taught by the Kyushin Ryu Ju Jitsu Association, is more focussed on self-defence, utilising blocks, throws, strikes, kicks and locks.
How much does it cost to join and to train?
All prices are shown in the separate 'costs' table. As a few of the clubs are affiliated to the organisation, their pricing structure may differ from the standard prices in the tables. Where this is the case, the costs will be explained when you contact the organisation. 
Are there any discounts for where more than one person from same family joins?
The pricing is already extremely competitive and no further discounts are available, other than where a Standing Order is taken out. The details are shown in a separate 'costs' table
What to expect on the first night
Don't worry, it's nowhere near as daunting as you may think! Arrive about 10 minutes before the start of training and enter the dojo (having removed your shoes at the door). Introduce yourself to the Sensei, who will have a quick discussion with you to ensure that any questions you may have are addressed and also to ensure that you know what to expect. Your attendance for the evening will also be registered. Note that the first 2 attendances are trial lessons and there is no fee to be paid for these. There will then be a warm-up, followed by training. This is either in pairs or in small training groups according to age, size and experience. Generally, the juniors' sessions will end with something fun like a couple of rounds of dodgeball.
Clothing
For the first few sessions, there is no requirement to wear a gi (the traditional Ju Jitsu white jacket and trousers); something along the lines of jogging trousers and a T-shirt will be suitable. Participants may either source their gi from a martial arts supplier or may purchase one from the club via the sensei
Location of the clubs
Clubs are located mainly in Kent but there are also 2 in Sussex. Locations and training times may be accessed via the 'Clubs' page
For clubs offering more than one session per week, do I need to train on the same day each week?
No, the choice is yours. Members can change days each week or train on both days.

Safety

Is Ju Jitsu dangerous?
Like most sports, martial arts carry a risk of injury. This is greatly reduced, however, by educating newcomers of the need for control and their responsibilites to their training partners. Juniors, in particular, are closely supervised during training but the sensei continually monitor all participants training in the dojo.

General

Junior and Senior statuses
Juniors are generally from 5 years of age - subject to the minimum age policy for a particular club - to 15 and then become Seniors at 16
Do parents have to wait with children during training sessions?
This is not compulsory but parents are encouraged to stay and watch their children train.
Competitions
Competition is not a significant activity for Kyushin Ryu Ju Jitsu although there are a small number of competitive events each year. These involve ground-fighting and random attacks. All members are encouraged to fully participate but there is no pressure to do so.
Training days and times
These differ between clubs so please refer to the relevant page via the 'Clubs' Page
Cost of training
This depends on whether one is paying by Standing Order (if available) or on a 'Pay-As-You-Go' basis. The details are shown in a separate 'costs' table
Assessment system
Members are assessed, when the club sensei are confident that they are ready. There are separate Junior and Senior syllabuses, as not all of the moves are considered suitable for the younger members. The belt colours and syllabus contents can be accessed via the 'Syllabus' page.