First Session

So, what can you expect when you first walk through the door?

First of all, say hello! If you look slightly lost, chances are that someone will ask if they can help you. If people are already changed, look for a person wearing brown or black belt. Jiu Jitsu clubs are full of friendly people and we were all beginners once

Before you can take up your free trial session, you must complete and submit the online form. Under 18's must have their parent/guardian complete and submit the online consent form on their behalf

Beginners should wear loose comfortable clothing such as jogging trousers and a t-shirt. You will also need to remove or cover piercings, jewellery, watches, necklaces. We train barefoot

Once the mats are down and everyone is changed, a senior grade or the Sensei will start the warm-up. This does exactly what is says on the tin; warm you up. As with all physical activity, warm muscles and mobile joints work much better in Jitsu. The motions and exercises of the warm up make sure that we are prepared for the session.There may also be a few traditional exercises like press-ups or sit-ups. If one of the reasons you are at Jitsu is to improve your fitness, don't worry! Just do what you are capable of and let the others do their thing. We know that 10 press-ups can be an achievement in itself. It's better to do 3 good ones rather than 10 rubbish ones

After the warm-up, we line up and rei. This is a formal greeting to begin the session properly. If it's your first time, you'll be at the end of the mat nearest the door. Just follow what the others do as you kneel down. The grade at the head of the line will command "Sensei-ni rei!" and you bow to the Sensei. Sensei bows back

At this point there is usually some falling practice and instruction. Jitsu involves lots of being thrown on the floor, so it's important that we know how to land safely. Although the essence is simple, this needs quite a bit of practice to become really proficient. For your first session, either the Sensei or one of the senior grades will take you to one side, along with any other novices, to teach you the basics

For the rest of the session, the format is generally that the Sensei will demonstrate a technique and then people practice in pairs. It will often be broken down into steps; where to move, how to position, how to apply.You may be asked show the rest of the class what you have just been doing during the session. Enjoy this and show off!

At the end of the session there is a warm-down, to stretch the muscles we have been using and reduce any stiffness in the morning. (After your first session, a warm bath at home is probably a good idea.) After this we line up again and rei to formally close the session. Then put the mats away, get changed and go to the pub
Instructor demonstrating seoi otoshi (shoulder drop)Student throwing their opponent with Tai Otoshi (body drop)
Instructor demonstrating seoi otoshi (shoulder drop)Student throwing their opponent with Tai Otoshi (body drop)

Frequently Asked Questions

When do classes take place?

Classes take place at the following times:

Mondays :
Adults 7pm - 9pm

Wednesdays :
Juniors 6pm - 7.30pm
Adults 7.30pm - 9pm

Where do classes take place?

We train at Sotheby Mews Day Centre
Our venue is a short walk from Arsenal Tube or take the 4, 19 or 236 bus from Finsbury Park to Riversdale Road
From Highbury & Islington Tube take the bus 4 or 19 to St Joan of Arc School. Walk down and turn right onto Sotheby Road

How Much is my First Session?

Your first session is completely Free

Subsequent classes are £5 per session for adults and £15 per calendar month for juniors

After training for two weeks, you will also have to pay for insurance through a TJJF membership. This is an annual payment of £35 for adults and £22 for juniors, which insures you against personal injury sustained during the practice of jiu jitsu at any TJJF affiliated club globally (details on the TJJF site)

A Note on Permissions:

If you are under 18, your parent/guardian must complete and submit the online form on your behalf before training