Frequently Asked Questions
What is Needed to Get Started?
Beginning any new class or program can be daunting. Our studio is a welcoming and accepting environment and all that is required from our students is a willingness to learn and a healthy respect for the art and all of its participants.
Is Traditional Jiu-Jitsu a Safe Sport?
Absoutely. Safety is always our first priority. Contrary to what you may have seen on television or in the media, Jiu-Jitsu techniques are practiced in a controlled manner with mimimal to no contact. Many students train in the art of Jiu-Jitsu for years without a single injury. Injuries can and do occur however, you or your child's safety is our primary concern.
Can I Take Traditional Jiu-Jitsu If I Am Not in Good Shape, Not Athletic and Have No Experience?
Yes, yes and yes! Over the years, I have taught students of all sizes, shapes as well as fitness and experience levels - this diversity is beneficial to us all. While I won't deny that the practice of traditional Jiu-Jitsu can sometimes be rigorous, our programs are designed to suit the individual needs of each of our students.
Can students Start a Class at Any Time and What is the Student/Teacher Ratio?
Yes they can! New students will be accommodated at any point during our 12 week long sessions and fees will be pro-rated according to their individual start date.
How Old Does My Child Need to Be to Start?
Typically, we do not accept students younger than 6 years old. However, exceptions may be made to this policy given your child's physical size. Children younger than 6 will need to be assessed prior to enrolment in a short meet and greet available by appointment.
Will Training in Traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu Make My Child Overly Aggressive?
Not a chance - literally translated, Jiu-Jitsu means the `yielding art'. From the first day of classes, students are taught to avoid conflict with peaceful, non-agressive solutions. Our students know that the use of Jiu-Jitsu against a physical agressor, is always a last resort, however they will be prepared to deal with a confrontation should all other options fail.
How Often Will a Student Attend Classes?
In order to ensure consistency and maximum student learning and the progression through the ranks, 2 classes per week have been scheduled for each 12 week long session. Students also have the opportunity to take additional seminars and tutorials offered throughou the year to refine their skills.
What is the Ranking System in Traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu?
The ranking/belt system in Traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu is as follows:
I've Heard of Students Getting Their Black Belts at a Very Young Age. Is this possible?
It's a pet peeve of mine when I hear of 10 year old students acquiring a `black belt'. Each rank level requires time, a serious commitment and a level of physical and mental maturity - far too many clubs are prepared to `promote' students without either. Students typically require on average, two twelve week sessions (2 classes per week) in order to acquire the necessary skills that would allow for a grading/promotion.
Should a student Practice In Between Classes?
Yes. Daily practice is really the best way to retain and perfect the skills that have been taught in each class. Practicing 15-20 minutes each day will yield very positive results.
What Makes Traditional Jiu-Jitsu and Bushido Jiu-Jitsu Jordan, different from the Other Martial Arts Clubs?
Traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu offers the best of all possible worlds as it utilizes the kicks, punches and blocks of Karate, the throws of Judo, the joint locks of Aikido and the groundwork of Brazililian Jiu-Jitsu. It is a centiries old martial art steeped in tradition and utilized by the warrior (Bushido) class of Samurai warrior. It is a highly effective and practical form of martial art that improves self esteem and personal discipline. Additionally, many students of traditional Jiu-Jitsu get into the finest physical shape of their lives improving their strength, stamina, flexibility and balance. Our club is formally registered with the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Council and held to the highest standards of excellence.
What Should students Bring to Class?
Students should bring/wear their Gi/Uniform, Belt, Water Bottle and a small towel to class. There is a bathroom in the studio, however it is not big enough to accomodate more than 1 student at a time, therefore it is recommended that students wear their Gi to class if possible. Students are also reminded that all jewellery (including pierced earrings) must be removed at the beginning of class. Additionally, finger and toenails should be trimmed to avoid injury.
Can Boys and Girls Take Classes Together?
We are an inclusive club. With the exception of our Women's Self-Defence program, all of our classes are co-ed.
Can Potential Student Come and Check Out a Class Prior to Registering?
We encourage and recommend it! We have a small viewing area and you and your child, are welcome to come and check things out prior to registering for a session. Please email to arrange a visit!
Can I Get a Refund If I, or my child, try a Few Classes and don't Like It?
Absolutely. As I mentioned on the What to Expect Page, we don't offer gimmicks like `FREE TRIALS'. All we ask is that you, or your son/daughter, try 3 classes. If for any reason, either or you is dissatisfied after that time, the balance of your payment, less the 3 classes, will be refunded - no questions asked.
What if I, Or My Child, misses a class? Can it be `made up'?
Yes.. I offer a Sunday class specifically for this purpose at 1:00 p.m. each week. Any student who misses a class is welcome to attend this day. I ask that you please send me an email or call to inform me of your intentions to attend the Sunday afternoon class.
What Are Your Qualifications?
I am a third degree (Sandan) black belt in Traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and am a fully accredited instuctor through the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Council. I have over 35 years of experience as a student and instructor of Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. Additionally, for the past 20 years, I have been an Ontario Certified Teacher in Special Education, Drama and English.