Looking for an activity that is fun, physical and rewarding?
Open to young people from the ages of 8 to 17, Highbury Juniors Jitsu Club teaches in a safe setting suitable for anyone; any size, weight or strength. As well as being fun and challenging, it improves balance, coordination and general physical condition.
Junior Jitsu is almost identical to the system that the adults learn and is taken just as seriously, although in a fun manner.
*UPDATE 03/06/2021*: We are trialing a socially-distanced junior session on Wednesday 9th June. However, because the session has to adhere to a strict 'bubble' (until social restrictions are removed) we're unable to accept new starters at this stage.
Beginners are always welcome and the first session is free. Just turn up in loose clothing, or contact us if you have any questions not covered here. Additional information on Junior Jitsu is available from the Foundation website. Please note that a parent or guardian must sign the membership form before a junior can train.
Jitsu is great fun! As well as being great exercise and a lot of fun, Jitsu develops many skills and talents that are just as useful off the mat as on it.
There are the obvious physical benefits: fitness, balance, coordination and an excellent understanding of the body and its capabilities and limitations. But it doesn't stop there. Jitsu also teaches discipline, respect, consideration and confidence.
As a Jitsuka (student) develops and progresses in the Art, they will also have responsibility for teaching others (under supervision). This grows their social skills and an understanding of the limitations of the Jitsuka and those around them. Teaching will help them to understand their own Jitsu better and give them an appreciation of the differences between their own viewpoint and that of those they are with.
It should also be mentioned that Jitsu, like football, rugby, hockey etc., is a full-contact, physical activity. As mentioned on the membership form, this does have certain risks. Jitsuka do get hit occasionally, and they will get bruises, the odd fat lip and maybe a bloody nose or black eye. It happens to the best of us. However, serious injuries are rare in Jitsu. All Sensei are qualified first-aiders and we always train in the safest way possible.
All Junior Jitsu Sensei are DBS cleared and constantly have both their own progress and that of the Club monitored by a mentor. The safety and well-being of our Jitsuka is the most important thing to any Sensei.
What it costs :
The costs of Jitsu, compared to some activities, are remarkably low.
Mat fees are just £15 per month. This works out at under £4 per week, with the odd session thrown in for free in long months.
The Jiu Jitsu Foundation Licence (insurance) is only £18 per year. This covers Jitsuka, not only at any TJJF club, but also at Regional and National events, where they can learn from the best Sensei we have to offer.
These Regional and National events happen on a regular basis and cost between £5 and £20. Keep an eye on the News on the front page for details. Regional events include Courses, Pre-gradings and Gradings and each occurs roughly every three months. Junior National events happen twice a year, in October and April.
The final cost of Jitsu is the investment in a Gi (uniform). These cost about £20 and are very hard-wearing.
It should be mentioned that no one makes any money out of Jitsu. Sensei are not paid. All money raised goes straight back into the Club, subsidising equipment, entry fees and social events.