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February 20, 2020

There is a general misconception that jujutsu is only effective if you possess a high level of strength, stamina and aggression and that without these elements you will never to able to overcome an opponent who is larger or stronger. However, by recognising the importa...

November 13, 2017


空手道は礼に始まり礼に終わる - Hitotsu karate do wa rei ni hagimari rei ni owaru.

Most, if not all of the world's wars can be attributed to a lack of respect such as cultural and religious insensitivity or a lack of tolerance. This by extension shows lack of respect fo...

March 13, 2017

Karate originated as a martial art hundreds of years ago and was brought to Japan from Okinawa. In Okinawa it was developed by a fusion between the local art of 'te' also known as 'todi' and chinese martial arts. Many famous practitioners at the time experimented and d...

August 14, 2016

Many decades ago, a great master called Jigoro Kano decided that he'd create a system called the Kyu/Dan system in order to differentiate the different skill levels of his students. This is the system our club follows today.

The 'Kyu' grades are the junior/novice grade...

February 6, 2016

The Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu(澁川一流柔術) is a style that was born and developed in the Edo era in rural areas of the Hiroshima domain, Japan. It was founded by Shuto Kuranoshin Mitsutoki in the last days of Tokugawa shogunate. He moved to Saka village, Aki county, Hirosh...

December 3, 2015


Centuries ago in battle torn Japan there existed a class of warriors known as the samurai. They lived and died by a strict code of honour in humble service to their masters, the emperors, shogons and daimyos of feudal Japan. The samurai wore heavy armour and s...

September 19, 2014

Though the word 'Jikan' has a couple meanings in Japanese. However, the kanji (Japanese writing) used in the name of our school is of buddhist origin and translates to mean 'house of compassion' or 'to observe compassion'.

So why the name?

Well, it is wished that in time...

June 15, 2013

Self-defence courses are usually marketed as being a quick quick and effective methods optimised for application in the real world. However, to imply that these courses are any more effective or practical in the real world than traditional martial arts is a wrong. Thes...

June 7, 2013

Kuro Obi is the Japanese term for 'Black Belt', but what does it mean to have a black belt?

In the early decades of the Kyu/Dan system, the First Degree Black Belt (Shodan) which normally took between 2 1/2yrs to 4yrs to achieve, was a symbol of great pride and accompli...

July 4, 2011

Many centuries ago there was a chain of small islands known as Ryu Kyu located off the Japanese mainland. The natives of Ryu Kyu practiced an unarmed fighting style known simply as 'te' meaning 'hand'. Ryu Kyu now known as Okinawa was one day invaded by the Japanese an...

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