What is Jiu Jitsu?

What is Jiu Jitsu?

What is Jiu Jitsu?

Jiu Jitsu is a physical and mental discipline that provides effective self-defence and self-development. It is a traditional Japanese martial art that has been tried and tested over many hundreds of years, with a wide variety of techniques which rely on the principles of compliance and flexibility.

Self Defence and Restraint Techniques

Today it is found in many self-defence and restraint techniques used by police and armed forces the world over, and is the basis of the physical skills taught in most self-defence courses. It takes a rational approach to the way the body works and how to make the best use of your size and strength when dealing with an attacker.

Gentle Art

Jiu Jitsu means literally the ‘Gentle Art’, as it relies on the application of technique rather than strength. In the same way that a willow tree bends with the wind, so too should a practitioner of Jiu Jitsu adapt to the force of the attack and turn it to his or her advantage.

Jiu Jitsu consists of a wide range of techniques which include joint locks, throws, immobilisations and strikes to nerve points and vulnerable parts. Practice of Jiu Jitsu encourages awareness, confidence and adaptability to circumstances. These are crucial elements in personal safety.

Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu

Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu

Aiuchi is the name of our Jiu Jitsu style and can be translated literally as “Inner Harmony”. There are a number of Aiuchi clubs around the UK and cross-training with the other students and instructors within joint training events takes place regularly.

Physical and Mental Attributes

Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu encourages people to make the most of their physical and mental attributes. Speed and power are generated by your body’s own natural movement, combined with a relaxed attitude and a focused mind. We all have different characteristics and abilities and Aiuchi encourages each individual to make the most of their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. It is about building confidence and helping our ‘Jitsuka’ to be as good as they can be.

Although there are many techniques to learn and mastery takes time, there is much which can be learned simply and used quickly if the need arises. Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu offers a modern day, practical self defence system.

Training with Respect

Training takes place in a controlled and friendly environment. Students train on soft foam mats and safe imitation weapons are often used. Safety is always important and students are encouraged to train with care and control and with respect for training partners.

Training should always be taken seriously as in any physical art but it should also be fun. We learn better if we are relaxed and enjoying ourselves so our instructors aim to get a good balance between serious training and fun. Training should be enjoyable, stimulating and also very rewarding.

The Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu Association is a non-profit making organisation and as such we offer sessions at unbeatable value for money.


Q: Is Aiuchi Jiu-Jitsu suitable for me?
A: Jiu-Jitsu is ideal for anyone to learn whether they are large or small, strong or weak, male or female etc. Our style of Jiu-Jitsu has Japanese origins and relates more to self-defence than to competition or sport fighting. It consists of throwing, locking, striking, groundwork and many practical self-defence techniques. There is no upper age limitation, as long as you are reasonably mobile.

Q: Do women do jiu-jitsu?
A: Yes absolutely. The techniques we teach are applicable to both men and women. We have senior female instructors teaching within our organisation.

Q: Where do I find the St Athan club?
A: We train every Friday night from 7pm – 9pm at the Old School Hall Community Centre in St Athan next to the library. The post code is CF62 4PL.

Q: Do I need to tell you when I intend to come along to my first session?
A: Not at all, newcomers are always welcome to any session. If you do want to contact me before you come along though just drop me an email at info@stathanjistu.co.uk

Q: How do I join?
A: To start with just turn up to one of the classes and fill out a membership form. You will then need to sign up on line at our Association website www.aiuchi.co.uk

Q: How much does it cost?
A: The first session is free. After that regular training costs can be broken down as follows:

Annual membership    (to cover insurance and affiliation fees)

Adults             £25

Juniors             £15

Cost per session          (to cover the cost of the hall and equipment)

Adults             £4

Juniors             £3

We are able to offer such competitive rates as we are a ‘non-profit making’ organisation.

Q: What do I need to wear?
A: Any comfortable clothing (not your best clothing). For example a rugby shirt or t-shirt plus tracksuit bottoms would be ideal to start. Eventually after a few training sessions you will need to purchase a plain white Gi (martial-arts training suit).  These are available to purchase from the club instructor at very competitive costs (normally lower than most Internet prices).

Q: Do I have to be really fit?
A: No, but training will help you get fit. We don’t do hundreds of sit-ups and push-ups a night but it is a physical activity.

Q: What should I expect from a training session?
A: Training sessions run for 2hrs and are broken into 4 main parts:

  1. The Warm up. This usually lasts for about 15 – 20 mins and gets your body ready for the training session. We don’t do 100s of push-ups and sit-ups but we do get the heart pumping and ensure that your muscles are stretched appropriately for the nights activity.
  2. Breakfalling. This is technically still part of the warm up. We teach you how to fall safely from both a kneeling and standing position. This allows you to look after yourself and land safely from any throwing techniques that we practice.
  3. Training. This is the main part of the session and can cover anything in our extensive syllabus. For beginners and lower grades we concentrate on movement and basic throwing and joint locking techniques. However, every session is different and the instructor will target the lesson at the ability of those present. If he thinks you’re ready for a more advanced technique he will take you through it and push for you to get as much out of the session as you are comfortable with.
  4. The warm down. Each session will end with either a formal warm down in the form of a number of exercises or an informal warm down in the form of some of our more gentle Jiu Jitsu techniques.
  5. Social interaction. I know I said there were only four parts, but for the adult sessions we usually go to the pub afterwards for light refreshment and talk about anything from the day’s training to who’s going to win the 6 nations this year.

Q: Are there other training opportunities?
A: Yes we have Auichi clubs training in Cardiff and Newport. Please click on the links to see their websites for details.