About the Club

Highbury Jiu Jitsu Club was founded in 2005. After 4 years at the Roundhouse we have now relocated to Sotheby Mews Day Centre

Many of our students joined Highbury Jitsu Club without martial arts experience and come from a variety of different backgrounds
There is a good mixture of male and female students of a wide range of ages

We are a not-for-profit club run by volunteers from the
Jiu Jitsu Foundation
A class photograph
A class photograph

Where to find us

We train at the Sotheby Mews Day Centre

Our venue is a short walk from Arsenal tube station
Alternatively, we can be reached by bus along the routes 106 & 236 from Finsbury Park (Riversdale Road stop) or the 4 & 19 from Highbury & Islington (St Joan of Arc School stop)

See the map below for further information

About Japanese Jiu Jitsu

Shorinji-kan Jiu Jitsu is a modern grappling martial art derived from the feudal Japanese art of Jujutsu (also known as Jujitsu or Jiu-Jitsu)
It is a practical, self-defense based martial art incorporating striking, joint locks, throws and submission grappling techniques. We pressure test regularly and compete bi-annually at national events run by the Jiu Jitsu Foundation

With a heavy emphasis on using an opponent's size and momentum against them, Jiu-Jitsu is suitable for anyone irrespective of age, strength, weight or gender

A detailed history of our style can be found on the Jiu Jitsu Foundation's website here

Our Syllabus

Jiu Jitsu incorporates a variety of techniques, including but not limited to:

Strikes - How to strike someone for maximum effect
Locks - How to lock joints in order to restrain someone both standing and on the floor
Throws - Throws are used to send assailants crashing to the floor where they may be restrained
Defence from various unarmed attacks including wrist grabs, body grabs, punches, kicks and strangles
Defence against various weapons - Knife, Cosh, Bottle, Chain, Broken Bottle, Sword, etc. At first, these are taught using rubber or wooden weapons. For senior grades (purple belts and above), real weapons may be used
Defence against multiple attackers - Armed and unarmed, both standing up and also from a prone position
Ground fighting - Techniques that will allow you to overcome a stronger or heavier opponent if the fight has been taken to the ground
Break falling - How to fall without injury. This is a major part of the syllabus

You may view our full syllabus here
A student throwing their opponent with Tai Otoshi (body drop)A student performs an armbar on a downed opponent
A student throwing their opponent with Tai Otoshi (body drop)A student performs an armbar on a downed opponent