Q How will I keep up with everyone else in class when I first start?
A You are not expected to keep up with other students who may have started training before you. Ease into class at your own pace. The more experienced students, and the instructor, will be only too happy to help you as you become more and more familiar with class routine.
Q I’m a little (a lot) out of shape. Do I need to get in shape or lose weight before training in Jujitsu?
A No. Don’t waste your time and energy trying to achieve results that you will receive anyway as a natural outcome of your training experience. With training, students achieve better fitness, more flexibility, coordination, increased aerobic capacity, balance and weight loss. AND they learn valuable self-defense techniques and gain insight into facets of traditional Japanese culture.
Q Can I watch one of your classes?
A Of course. You’ll see everyday people like yourself enjoying our training. They may be office workers, IT professionals, shop workers, nurses, you name it. Our classes are designed for everyone: young, not so young, large, small, short, tall – men, women and teens. Some practice for self-defense, others for exercise, personal growth or to make new friends. We do require that you contact us before coming out, so as not to have too many observers at the same time which might disrupt our class.
Q Do I need previous experience, an expensive uniform, or a charming personality?
A Nope. No prior experience needed. Just show up, we’ll do the rest. Although having a little charm never hurts, right?
Q What’s a typical class like?
A Our classes are 90 mins. (not 45 mins. or even 30 mins. like some classes). First, a brief warm up. Then we may practice Kihon, the basic building blocks of techniques essential for good Jujitsu. We practice individually, in pairs, and in groups. The more body types (tall, short, strong, weak, fast, slow) you practice with, the better prepared you’ll be for the real world. You gain valuable experience in learning how to adjust your particular technique to changing situations. You’ll learn responses to common self-defense scenarios, such as: wrist, hair, body holds; punching or kicking attacks, weapons, fighting on the ground, multiple attackers, lions and bears . . . not really, just seeing if you’re paying attention! About fighting on the ground, did you know assaulted women are often taken to the ground within 30 seconds? Class usually has some special and very enjoyable drills to hone your skills. Every class is unique and what you learn today prepares you for the next class.
Q I see you practice some traditional weapons. Is that optional?
A Yes. ALL of our training is Optional. Only YOU know your particular interests. We will show you the way and you do with it what you want. We will explain to you why we practice certain techniques, and why we train the way we do. That said, training with even simple weapons such as a short stick or a police baton, helps you to acquire a specific skill set that is invaluable for self-defense, such as: eye-hand coordination, proper distance to maintain from an aggressor, use of improvised weapons, improved disarming skills, and stronger grip and upper body. Think of training with weapons as a training tool, similar to using small weights in a yoga or exercise class. Good enough for them, good enough for us, BUT our training tool is specifically designed to improve self-defense skills. Also, there is NO extra charge for weapons’ training, like there is in other classes.