FAQs

What is Kazoku Ju Jitsu?

Kazoku is a martial arts organisation established in 2001, providing quality martial arts instruction to adults and children in the High Wycombe, Marlow and Maidenhead areas. The style we teach is based on Jikishin Ju Jitsu, a modernised self-defence and martial arts curriculum rooted in the samurai traditions of Japan.

Kazoku in Japanese means ’family‘, which epitomises our philosophy – our club is one big family, and part of the wider ju jitsu community as members of the British Ju Jitsu Association GB, the official governing body.

What will I learn?

Our curriculum is very broad-based, as ju jitsu was the original ’mixed martial art‘ before that term existed. You will have the opportunity to learn devastating throws, powerful kicks and punches, and methods of controlling and subduing an aggressor using a variety of joint locks, chokes and strangles. As well as unarmed techniques, you’ll also get to learn to use short sticks in self-defence, and to defend yourself against weapon attacks by blunt instruments, knives etc. You will also learn techniques to fight and defend yourself on the ground. All in a totally safe, controlled and co-operative environment.

Our parallel Kobudo syllabus teaches traditional Japanese weapons forms including katana, bo, nunchaku, kama, tonfa and more.

I’ve never done martial arts before, will I be out of my depth?

Absolutely not. In fact, you may pick up our techniques faster as you will have no pre-conceived ideas from training in other styles. We will introduce you gently and gradually to the syllabus, which is designed to have an appropriate learning curve for absolute beginners.

Remember, even our black belts were beginners once! Many of our current students have done or continue to train in other arts, but equally, many come to us as absolute beginners.

Am I too young/old to start martial arts?

We have taught people from the age of 5, up to students in their fifties or sixties. Several of our black belts have done black belt gradings in their forties or fifties, so no, you aren’t!

Is ju jitsu good for women or smaller people?

Ju jitsu is one of THE BEST martial arts you can learn as a female or smaller person. We were founded by our Senior Instructor, Sensei Holly Evans (4th Dan), and have had several female instructors and many female students over the years.

As ju jitsu uses leverage, timing and the laws of physics to overcome an opponent instead of brute strength, it is ideal for smaller, lighter people and for women’s self-defence.

Will I be intimidated by a bunch of big scary black belts?

Definitely not. We’re not that kind of club! We foster an atmosphere of friendliness and co-operation, and all our senior students are expected to help out our beginners. They are normal people like you, who have just been training a bit longer.

Do I have to book?

Please get in touch with us before your first (free) session so we can answer your questions and advise you when to come along. Due to the current Covid restrictions, classes must be booked in advance so that we can control numbers and keep everyone safe.

How much does it cost?

Please see our membership page for a breakdown of our fees.

How are you able to do Ju Jitsu during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Whilst the restrictions on close physical contact in sport are in place, we are offering a modified programme of classes involving lots of fitness and solo training, including basic skills and traditional weapons. However, many of our techniques cannot be trained in the usual way, and the grading syllabus cannot be fully practised by solo students. Students with family members may train together as normal though, so bring your partner/brother/sister and get training!

Who teaches the classes?

Most classes are lead and overseen by Sensei Dan Verghese (3rd dan), who has 20 years’ experience in the martial arts, and over 10 years’ experience in ju jitsu. All our instructors are qualified, first aid trained, insured and Enhanced DBS checked.

Will I get hurt?

Ju jitsu is an incredibly safe sport, even though we are practising potentially dangerous techniques. We instil safe training practices, with every member taking responsibility for their safety and that of their training partner.

Injuries are very rare, but as with all sport, there is an element of risk. We have a good safety track record and find ju jitsu to be much safer than team sports such as football, rugby etc.

What should I wear to my first class?

For your first session you just need to wear a T-shirt and shorts or tracksuit bottoms. Please remove or tape over any piercings and remove jewellery and watches, for your own and your partner’s safety.

If you’ve previously done another martial art and have a uniform, feel free to wear that. Once you join as a member, you can order a club gi (uniform) from your instructor.

If you have any further questions that have not been addressed above, our coaching team will be happy to answer them, so please contact us.