We regret to inform you that there will be no classes on Friday 20th March 2020.
Sensei Julia was already expected to unavailable that night, leaving Sensei Adam to run the classes that night. Unfortunately Sensei Adam is now required to be in Norwich for 9:30am the following day, meaning he will need to leave Aylesbury the night before during class time. While he expected to be in Norwich that day, he didn’t know it would for 9:30am until last night. Therefore he is also unavailable to coach on that night as well.
To make up for this we will open an extra set of classes on Friday 17th April 2020 during the Easter Holidays. We will still be closed on Friday 10th April as expected as that is Good Friday. In other words, our Easter break will now be only 1 week instead of 2 weeks.
We are sorry if this causes any inconvenience, especially at this short notice.
EDIT: In light of the Government’s latest advice regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19 earlier today, we have decided to close all of our class for the time being.
At the moment we going to remain closed until the end of the Easter holidays, potentially re-opening on Friday 24th April. This date is subject to change as the situation may not have returned to normal by that point.
We will of course notify you all when we know for certain when classes can return. This will be here on the website, on our Facebook page and Twitter account.
Our governing body, The World Ju-Jitsu Federation (WJJF), have decided to raise the price of membership (aka ‘the licence’ / ‘Budo pass’).
The Board of Directors regret to inform you that there will be a general price increase for materials / gradings / memberships / etc., which will be introduced from the 1st March 2020. Unfortunately, this is due to continual rising costs which we have battled with for some time.
This has not been an easy decision as the Federation always has its Coaches and Students’ best interests at heart and over the years, has fought to keep charges down to an absolute minimum.
Please bear in mind that this will be the first price increase for 7 years and, wherever possible, we will always endeavour to keep these increases to a minimum.
This means that the registration fee for the children’s class (7 – 15yr olds) increases from £27 to £28, while the registration fee for adults class (16+ year olds) goes from £29 to £32.
You do not need to pay the new fee until your current membership is up for renewal.
If you’re reading this you probably want to know how I got on at yesterdays grading. In short, I’m not a 2nd Dan quite yet.
The World Ju-Jitsu Federation holds a high and exacting standard for all of it’s gradings, to which no one is exempt. On this occasion I fell just short of the passing grade.
Now to clarify I have not failed, but I haven’t passed either. I have been deferred, which to most of means “resit the exam” so at some point I will have to attempt it again.
I won’t have to travel back up to the HQ in Liverpool but I will still do it in front of senior coaches, and at the moment the current plan sounds like I will travel to Norwich to do it at Haya-Ashi Ju-Jutsu who I trained with over the summer.
In the mean time I have been given excellent feedback on what I did well at and where I didn’t, which was given to me by 2 of the 3 senseis who sat on my adjudicating panel, namely KyōshiRuss Walsh (7th Dan) and Shihan Simon Jones (7th Dan). I was also fortunate in that my Uke for the day was Sensei Paul Daley (6th Dan) who also gave his own advice.
On that note, I would like to thank all of the sensei’s mentioned above again, as well as Kyōshi Robert Howes (7th Dan), Sensei David Howard (5th Dan) and KanchōRobert Hart (7th Dan), who had unpleasant job of breaking the news to me. Everyone I spoke to agreed that I can do it, it just needed more polish than I presented yesterday.
I never walked in expecting to pass. I knew I had to earn it and knew the standards were high, so also I knew there was a chance I could have failed. When it unfortunately happened, it wasn’t a crushing defeat. I don’t even consider it a setback because I haven’t lost anything that I need to regain.
People say you learn more from failure than success, and I plan to use myself as an example for our students. Sure you can train hard and still fail. But you take some time to assess what went wrong, work on those issues and you try again.
I’ll close out this post with a quote that’s served me well in the past and served me well yesterday:
If you’re not prepared to fail, you’re not prepared at all.
I will earn my 2nd Dan, it just hasn’t been quite yet.
Our children’s class has now reached its maximum safe capacity, meaning we can no longer accept any new students for the children’s class. Spaces at our children’s classes have become highly sought after and we are now operating a waiting list for children who want to join.
We therefore need students to attend on a regular basis. Failure to attend 4 classes in a row means you will lose your space to a new student. If you then want to return, you will be placed on the waiting list to await a free space. If a student is unable to attend due to sickness or injury then exceptions to this rule will be made on a case by case basis.
Should a space be made available then we will contact the parents of the first on the list to see if they are still interested. If they are no longer interested we will contact the next on the list, and so on until the space can be filled.
We’d also like to remind people that while the children’s class is full, we do have spaces in our adults class!
We have created a new email account, that is to be jointly accessible by both Sensei Julia and Adam.
Previously most of our online profiles (such as our Twitter account or Yell.com listing) used Adam’s email address, which while there was no issue with it, it did mean Julia would be unable to access those sites to make any changes if needed.
Therefore we set up this new email is jointly accessible by both Julia and Adam and we will move to use it in future for any new pages. It will also make it easier to pass on access to those pages should either Julia or Adam stop coaching.
But without any further ado, the new address is: email@example.com . You can of course still contact us through our private addresses if you want to speak to one of us directly.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the latest announcements from the Government, our classes are closed.
We will resume business when we are advised by the Government that it is safe to do so, and will keep you updated as to when this will happen.
We are still monitoring phone calls and emails should you still want to contact us.
In the meantime, please keep yourself and your loved ones safe. We also thank you for your support during this difficult time for all of us.