I'm interested in giving Jiu Jitsu a go, how do I get started? All you need to do to get started is simply show up to one of our sessions. We'll give you an insurance form to fill out and then you can join in. You can find the training times, location and what to expect on the information and location pages.
I've missed the taster sessions, can I still give Jiu Jitsu a try? Don't worry if you've missed the taster sessions, we accept beginners all throughout the semester. Your first session is always free. Just let us know that you're new and we'll teach you the same basics as everyone else when you first start out. We often split up the mat into higher and lower grades so that everyone can learn at their level. If you want to come give Jitsu a try, now is the time!
Do I need to have a university gym membership to do Jiu Jitsu? You won't need gym membership for your first taster session. Only once you decide that you would like to continue will you need to get a Full Year Membership at the Centre for Sport & Exercise. An off-peak membership doesn't count. The gym provides our facilities, so you can think of it as a facility fee, with the added bonus that you can work out at the gym itself whenever you want.
Will I need to wear a gi (uniform) to train? / How do I get a gi? You won't need a gi for your first couple of sessions. Once you've decided that you'd like to join the club and continue training, just notify one of our committee members that you want a gi. We bulk order gis a couple of weeks into the first semester and will happily provide one to you for the discounted price. Alternatively, if you've done a martial art before, you can use their gi if it is white, without patches/decorations and strong enough to withstand grappling.
What if I have never done any martial arts before? Don't worry if you are new or inexperienced. Many of our members were in the same position as you when they started. We always make sure that novices learn techniques appropriate to their level. Safety always comes first. That's why a large part of the novice syllabus is learning how to roll and fall safely.
I am not an Edinburgh University student, can I still join? You can still join, but we recommend non-students to join the City Club instead. The city club is cheaper for non-students as you don't need gym membership, and runs throughout the year, not just during term time. As always, joining one club allows you to train at any of the other Jitsu clubs for free, including ours.
I can only attend one session per week, is that enough? When starting out, one session per week can be enough to progress. However, we always recommend trying to attend at least two sessions per week. It is okay to be late for a session if your schedule prevents you from coming on time. Alternatively, you can always train for free at any of the other Jitsu clubs in Edinburgh.
I am having trouble remembering the names of throws, any help? Remembering the names of throws can be a challenge at first. The more you see them the easier it becomes. You can always look them up in the syllabus, or watch this playlist.