When and Where do you train?

Wednesdays 20:00 -22:00, at the Queensbridge Sports Centre, 30 Holly Street, E8 3XW .

How much does it cost?

Your first session is free. After that sessions are priced as follows:

  • Per session: £6
  • Monthly: £24, paid in advance at the beginning of the month.
  • If you want to pay in advance, but are not sure how regularly you will be training, our class cards are a perfect solution. You can buy 10 sessions (£60) without worrying about an expiry date.  As a thank you for training so regularly, you’ll get an 11th session for free when you’ve ticked off all your sessions.

We run our sessions on a not for profit basis.  The instructor takes no money, it all goes back into the running of the club.

After two weeks, you will also need to buy insurance (licence). This costs £25 per year.

When is a good time to come to my first session?

Now! All sessions are mixed ability, with beginners and advanced students training together for at least some of the session. Because training is ongoing, there are no particular sessions which novices must complete before beginning training. Just turn up to any session and join in.

I have done Jitsu before; can I start where I left off?

If you have graded in the Jitsu Foundation’s style of Jitsu, then of course you can wear your old belt and come along. If you have graded in another style of Jitsu, our practice is for you to start out as a white belt and train at whatever level in the club seems to match your own. You can then attend the next Foundation grading, and the grading panel will grade you where appropriate.

What should I wear?

Just wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing (tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt are ideal). Because  Jitsu is a contact sport, for safety reasons you should also remove or secure any jewelry, and tie your hair back if it is long.  After a few weeks, you may wish to buy a white training suit (gi) but this is not essential at first.

Who is the instructor?

Our sensei is Emily Rowley who started training in 2004 and re-opened the club in September 2012.  Her mandate to teach comes from the Jitsu Foundation, which requires all its instructors to undergo first aid training, pass a CRB check and to carry insurance.

What are the benefits of training?

Training regularly will improve your fitness, coordination, flexibility and balance as well as your capacity to deal with aggression.  Jitsu is also very good for developing the kind of self-awareness and mental toughness that can lead to an increase in self confidence.

Can children/ young adults do this?

Hackney Jitsu Club is open to everyone from year 10 upwards (aged 14+). We do not currently take anyone younger than this, as it is important that juniors have people of their own size to train with.  If you are under 18 and wish to train with us, please contact us in advance at hackneyjitsu@gmail.com   as your legal guardian will need to sign your insurance form.  There are two Jiu Jitsu Foundation clubs in London which cater for younger members Highbury and London Nautical School (click to link to their websites).  

I have a question that isn’t answered here…

Then drop us a line at hackneyjitsu@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to answer your query.