Ju Jitsu, or ‘the gentle art’ is a martial art that uses joint locks, throws and strikes to provide an effective form of self-defence against attackers that are both armed and unarmed. Originating from the samurai of ancient Japan, ju jitsu uses the aggressors’ movements and force to their disadvantage. Taught in a friendly atmosphere, jitsu will also help to build physical fitness, confidence, posture and violence awareness.
As with most martial arts, there is a system of coloured belts (novice, yellow, orange, green, purple, light blue, dark blue, brown and black). Gradings are held at the end of each term at the club or a neighbouring one. There are also two national events per year which involves courses by the highest ranking instructors and competition. The focus is on learning good jitsu and having a good time there is no pressure to compete and you do not have to have done years of jitsu to come along.
Our club trains twice a week and all sessions begin with a thorough warm up. Beginners start by learning the very basic aspects of Jitsu such as defences against grabs and punches.
Jitsu is a great place where you can make new friends in a calm and relaxed environment. Socialising is also an important part of Jitsu as after each session we go to the pub and this is an opportunity to get to know the people that you train with. So don’t be shy, come along and have a good laugh.
Tuesdays 4-6pm, Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm
At North Merchiston Boys Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh, EH11 1EP.
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