Warborough Jujutsu Club is a martial arts club practising a traditional Japanese martial art in the village of Warborough. We are a few miles south of Oxford, just outside Wallingford - See these details for information on how to find the Warborough Jujutsu class.
The martial art of jujutsu, also spelt jujitsu, has a large number of different styles or schools, known as ryu in Japanese. Our style, Daiwa Ryu, derives from Daito Ryu which is also the precursor to Aikido and Hakko Ryu. Because of this common heritage, there are many similarities in the approaches taken by these different schools, though they tend to emphasise different aspects. You can find more details of the heritage in this blog. Although each style emphasises different aspects, all share a number of features. The style we practice, Daiwa Ryu jujutsu is described in this blog entry. In brief, it shares a common ancestor with Aikido and Hakko Ryu jujutsu. Other jujutsu styles, in particular the recently popular Brazilian Ju Jitsu (BJJ), may be very different in training approach and appearance.
We are a small, enthusiastic group, some of whom have only recently started training in martial arts, others have been practising for decades. All abilities are welcomed, but adults only. You don't need to be particularly fit or flexible, just interested in trying something new. This particular style of jujutsu is not suitable for children. For those under eighteen I can recommend the Inkai Judo clubs — my son used to train with them!
There are no specific beginner classes, just come along to one of our regular Tuesday night sessions. Wear something comfortable that you can move easily in, a T shirt and tracksuit bottoms is fine. If you have kit from another martial art, that is fine to wear too. Your first class is free, so that you can get a feel for what it is that we do. From then on sessions are £5.00 for a two hour class.
If you're intending to visit I'd suggest that you drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Work commitments occasionally mean that we have to cancel the class as there is no instructor available.