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The Art

Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu is self-defence system and martial arts style based on locking, striking and throwing techniques. Jiu Jitsu is one of the oldest and best known martial art forms and our style was introduced to the UK by the late Shihan Brian Graham in the 1960s. It does not depend on strength, instead directing aggressors' force against themselves, and caters for individual or group attacks by both armed and unarmed assailants.

Our club is part of the Jiu Jitsu Foundation, a progressive martial arts organisation. We pride ourselves on acknowledging the history and practice of traditional martial arts whilst also advancing them for a modern setting and changing society.

The Club

Who are we?

Jim Bass
Club Instructor

Sarah Brennan
Club Instructor

Frequently Asked Questions

When is training?

We train Mondays 7pm-8:30pm and Thursdays 7:15pm-9:30pm. 9-9:30pm Thursdays are 18+ only.

How much is it to train?

Your first two sessions are free, to allow you try the style to see if it is right for you. Standard fees are £5 for adults and £4 for juniors (under 18s). Concessions for students and unwaged and family discounts are available, at £4 for adults and £3.50 for juniors.

Are there any restrictions on who can train?

We are a mixed club of male and female members and we welcome children age 10 and up. Many of our members are parents who train with their children. As long as you have a clean bill of health, we look forward to seeing you on the mat!

If you have any specific requirements, feel free to drop us an email.

What equipment do I need?

All you need to do is turn up wearing tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt and you will be able to start straight away! If you begin to train on a regular basis you will be expected to purchase a gi (the white pyjamas!) in which to train. These are available through the club as availability dictates, or from various sport retailers.

Can I bring family members?

Yes! Jiu Jitsu is definitely an activity you can do as a family, and many of our members are parents who train with children. We also offer a family discount. Drop us an email for more details.


St Denys Community Centre
Priory Road
St. Denys
SO17 2JZ