Coronavirus / COVID-19 update #2

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At our last update we set a provisional re-opening date of Friday 15th May which is of course today. However we are again extending our decision to remain closed for the time being. Previously we set a new provisional re-opening date but this time we are not going to, opting instead to simply remain indefinitely closed until the lockdown is fully lifted.

We stress the emphasis on ‘fully’ lifted for a simple reason. While the Government has this week set out plans for schools to begin re-opening in June and issued guidance for personal trainers and coaches to begin a phased return, as Ju-Jitsu is martial art based on throwing, grappling and striking opponents, it is near impossible for us to do so while maintaining a 2-meter safe distance between people!

We would love to be able to say when we can re-open but at the moment we can not. When we are able to reopen we will let you know here on the website, through our Facebook page and group, on our Twitter account, and everywhere else we exist online!

In the mean time, we have been posting a new Kata video as revision aides for students to practice at home on our YouTube channel, and we have a few more still to post. We’ve also found some educational resources to share so even if we’re not practising Ju-Jitsu, we can all still learn something!

Coronavirus / COVID-19 update #1

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When the lockdown was first announced we provisionally and rather optimistically set a potential reopening date of Friday 24th April, which is this week. As the lockdown is set to still be in effect for a few more weeks, we’ve moved our potential reopening date to Friday 15th May. Again this is another provisional and optimistic date, which may still change to another even later date.

If/when it changes or indeed when we are able to reopen, we will let you know here on the website, through our Facebook page and group, on our Twitter account, and everywhere else we exist online!

In the meantime, we’re still encouraging students to have a go practising their Katas at home as part of the #WJJFGardenKata challenge, and we have been posting a new Kata revision video on our YouTube channel every Friday. You can watch the full playlist of the Katas we’ve posted so far here.

Stay safe, keep washing your hands for 20 seconds, and keep practising those Katas!

WJJF Garden Kata Challenge!

We’ve been challenged!

The World Ju-Jitsu Federation have challenged the members of all WJJF clubs to record themselves performing any kata in their garden (or anywhere you have enough space) and to send the video of it in to your club!

Just pick whichever kata you like, record it, and send it to us. We’ll share your entries on our Facebook page and it may even be shared to the WJJF page as well!

Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, no need to wear your uniform, it’s all just for fun!

If you want to send us a video, you can either:

#WJJF #GETINVOLVED #WJJFGARDENKATA’S #stayhomesavelives

Coronavirus / COVID-19


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.
EDIT: This date has now been set back to Friday 15th May. See more here – https://dragonspiritaylesbury.co.uk/2020/04/20/coronavirus-covid-19-update/

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.

[UPDATED] Advanced Closure Notice – Friday 20th March

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.

Licence Fee Increase

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.

We have also updated our FAQ page to reflect this change.

Grading Day 29th November 2019

15 successful gradings, 15 brand new belts! And what a way to celebrate 15 years of classes as well!

Well done everyone!!

And many thanks to Kyōshi Howes for officiating!


We’ve also started ear-marking possible dates in May 2020 for our next grading…..

Not a 2nd Dan quite yet

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 Kyōshi Russ 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 Kanchō Robert 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.

New Club Email Address

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: dragonspiritaylesbury@gmail.com . You can of course still contact us through our private addresses if you want to speak to one of us directly.

Contact Us:
Head Club Coach Julia:
Tel: 07964753308
Email: johnsilver48@hotmail.com

Club Coach Adam:
Tel: 07527297022
Email: adam_tritton@yahoo.co.uk

Club email (read by both Julia and Adam):
Email: dragonspiritaylesbury@gmail.com

Grading Day 1st March 2019

A massive well done to everyone who graded last night! 10 students, 10 successful gradings. Literally 10/10!

As we forgot to take our own photos of last night, we were kindly sent a couple photos taken by one of the mums from the children’s class.

Thank you Gina Homer!