What is Jiu Jitsu?

A martial art based on the traditional combat systems originating and developed in medieval Japan by the Samurai. The core of the art comprises a system of throws, joint locks and strikes and is based on the principal of using an aggressor’s momentum to their own disadvantage. This means Jiu Jitsu skills can be used by men, women and children of any size or strength to counter aggressive situations ranging from unwanted harassment to armed physical assault.

Who are we?

The Jiu Jitsu Foundation is an organisation with over a hundred clubs worldwide that teaches the modern and unique Shorinji Kan system of Jiu Jitsu. Preston is proud to have been affiliated with The Jiu Jitsu Foundation for over 20 years

With over 3000 active members and several hundred instructors, The Jiu Jitsu Foundation is the largest Jiu Jitsu organisation in Britain.

Can I do Jiu Jitsu?

You know what, you probably can! Jiu Jitsu is for almost anyone: tall, short, big, small, girl or boy, old, young or smack bang in the middle. You don’t even have to be particularly fit or fast.

What you do need is to be enthusiastic, free a few hours a week and keen to learn. Regular training will get you fit and keep you there. As long as you put a little effort into it, you’ll get a whole lot out of it.

Listed below are some common questions we hear from people who are worried they can’t learn Jiu Jitsu.

Am I too old/young?

For the Junior club you’ll need to be at least 8 years old, and 18 at all other clubs. There is no upper age limit, however Jiu Jitsu involves locking, striking, throwing and you will also become good friends with the floor!

If you have any concerns or reservations, please feel free to contact one of the instructors who will be more than happy to talk them through with you. Saying that, clubs throughout the north west currently consist of members ranging from age 8 to upwards of 50.

I’ve never done a martial art before, can I still do Jiu Jitsu?

Absolutely! We welcome beginners throughout the year, and almost always have complete beginners on the mat as people join all the time. There’s always someone in a similar position to you (don’t forget –  we were all beginners once), so you won’t be alone if you turn up…alone!  You’ll also get to train with higher grades who will be more than happy to share their knowledge with you.

I have experience in another martial art, can I try Jiu Jitsu?

Many many people train in multiple martial arts, Jitsuka (people who learn Jiu Jitsu) are no exception. The Preston clubs have members who have also trained in Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Aikido and a host of other arts. Our professional instructors will help you incorporate your existing skills into Jiu Jitsu (they might even learn something new in the process!).

What now?

If you want to know what to expect when you start, have a look at our beginners page