The Syllabus, Training and Gradings

Children’s Class:
The children’s class is for anyone aged between 7 and 15 years old. Unfortunately we cannot take on children aged 6 or under. The syllabus taught is toned down version of the adult syllabus. For example at for their Black belt gradings a child student would have to demonstrate a set of 15 throws, whereas adults would have to show 25.
Students are encouraged to throw each other a gently as they can, focusing more on form than the application. Students learn locks but do apply them ‘fully’, instead applying the minimum amount of pressure to apply

The adult class is for anyone aged 16 or older. Students will practice the same techniques as the students with additional content. Newer students will apply locks with gentle force and throw partners in a safe manor. As they progress though the belts, techniques are applied more firmly as they have more experience with restraining and applying locks without causing injury.

How do I earn belts?
Belts are awarded via grading sessions. We aim to hold grading sessions every 4-6 months though we vary these according to each students needs. Occasionally we will grade individuals during a regular class rather than making them wait until the next grading session.

All grading’s are held at our Aylesbury class, with the exception of the Black belt grading’s which are held twice a year at the World Ju-Jitsu Federation HQ in Liverpool.

A Typical Lesson
This is an overview of a typical session for both the juniors and seniors. We adjust it where needed.

  • [1 minute] Formal greeting / Bow in: This is a quick traditional greeting and start to the session.
  • [4 minutes] Body stretches going from head to feet: Stretching the joints of the body to loosen them helps prevent injuries later in the session.
  • [5 minutes] Light jogging and reaction exercises: Like any activity with need to have students warmed up before we practice. Jogging around the mat to get the heart beating is ideal for us. Reaction games are simple tasks students have to complete while still jogging.
  • [5 minutes] Break-fall practice: Break-falls are methods of negating injury to yourself when falling to the ground. We practice these at the start of every session as they are used later in practice.
  • [30 minutes] Separation into practice groups and technique assignment. Where we can people are paired up with someone of similar belt or stature to each other. Where there is an odd number of students we may assign students to groups of 3.
    Students are then assigned a technique to practice, and where necessary are shown the technique by either Sensei Julia or Sensei Adam. Students will then spread about the mat to practice in their pairs.
    During this time the Senseis will move around the mat to check in with different students, helping them individually and addressing issues where they arise. The senseis may assign a new technique for practice.
  • [5 minutes] Review and Recap: The students gather on one side of the mat and are asked in turn to demonstrate something they have learned in front of the class.
  • [4 minutes] Cooldown: Identical to the starting stretches, these are repeated to help the recovery from any injuries that may have been gained.
  • [1 minutes] Formal end of session + Thanks: This is also identical to the start of the session, with the only difference being that students are also thanked for coming to class!

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