I’ve never done a martial art before, can I come along?

Yes, of course. We were all beginners once, so don’t be afraid, just come along and give it a go!
And even if you’ve done another style of jiu jitsu or another style of martial art altogether, we’d still like to see you at a session :)

Can I just turn up, or do I need to contact someone ahead of time?

Just turning up is fine, but if you can email beforehand then the instructor or a member of the committee can look out for you and answer any of your questions. You can contact us in a variety of different ways (see Contact Us).

Do you get to compete?

As part of the Jitsu Foundation we take part in two national competitions each year. These are not mandatory but they are really good fun!

What’s the difference between Jiu Jitsu and other martial arts?

There are many differences between the different martial arts. Arts such as Tae Kwon Do and Karate are known as exterior martial arts, they help improve your striking and attacking techniques: they will help you to kick and punch and strike your opponents in many different ways. Arts such as Jiu Jitsu, and perhaps Aikido, are known as interior martial arts as they use the opponents force against them and require little energy from you, the defender: they will help you throw and lock up your opponents. Exterior and interior martial arts often complement one another to make better all round martial artists.

What’s the coloured belt system about?

The coloured belt system in Western martial arts enables instructors to discern what techniques a student might know and how long they have been training. The order of the belts differs from style to style, but within the Jitsu Foundation the belt system goes in the following order: White, yellow, orange, green, purple, light blue, dark blue, brown, black.

How much does it cost?

Your first session is completely free but session fees vary between clubs (for details see Timetable). Leeds Jitsu is non-profit making as sessions fees go towards room hire and promotional material. There is an annual licence fee which covers you to train at both Leeds Jitsu clubs and all other clubs in the Foundation. This is £25 for adults and £15 for children but you don’t have to pay this until after your first two weeks!