Mental Health Mondays

It’s not enough to just look after your body, you need to look after your mind as well.

Considering everything that’s has been going on this year and the usual pressures that emerge at this particular time of year, we figured that if we’re going to be doing a ‘Fitness Friday‘ then it makes sense to also have a ‘Mental Health Monday‘.

We’re going to start with the basics of self care, then in later weeks focus on some specific conditions, and even touch on some Japanese concepts that relate to both mental health and martial arts.

To kick things off we would like to share this simple self care checklist.


As ever, if you have any comments or suggestions then feel free to leave a message in the comments or contact us directly.

New Educational Section!

We have added a new educational section here on the website, dedicated to various educational resources which we feel help expand our students knowledge of Ju-jitsu, other martial arts, or martial arts culture in general.

While it is sparse right now, we aim to expand this over time. At the moment it has 4 pages within it:

  1. The glossary, which has been moved over from our ‘FAQ’ section. The glossary has also has another update itself, finally adding in audio clips so you can hear how various words are pronounced in Japanese. Just click on the 🔊 icon next to any of the words to hear them. We’ve also gone through and fixed up a few spelling and grammar errors.
  2. One of the 2 new pages is the recommended reading list which is a collection of books we have read and would like to share. They cover a wide array of subjects that don’t just focus on Jujitsu, but other martial arts, their history, the cultures they came from and the works of famous practitioners of those arts.
    We are very keen for this page to be community led so that we can get more recommendations from anyone who wishes to recommend them.
  3. Our recent short essay about The ‘Unwashed Black Belt’ Myth can now be found here. We would love to hear your ideas for any more subjects we could write about.
  4. Finally we have the second newly created page directing people to our YouTube channel. As we’ve been using this lockdown to post Kata videos, we felt it would be a good idea to have a more prominent link to that content for any future students to find.

As we’ve alluded to a couple of time, we would love to get your feedback or ideas for more content that could be put in this section. We have a few more ideas in the works which we will be adding in the coming weeks.

You can find the page in the menu bar above, or you can simply follow this link –

We are looking for reviews!

We are looking for reviews! Would you be able to help us?

We advertise ourselves in many places online but we have practically no reviews. We could say what we wanted about ourselves but it wouldn’t necessarily reflect how our students actually felt about us.

This is where you can help! We would be very grateful if any of our members (past or present) could leave a review for us on any of our online listings. For parents in the children’s class, maybe you could ask your children what they think and include anything quotable in your review.

If you feel the need to give us a low rating (and we hope you don’t) then we’re not going to stop you. All we ask is that if you do, that you at least write why you’ve given the rating you have. That way we can then use your comments to try make ourselves better.

We have 3 main places we would like reviews; Google, Yell and Facebook. You don’t need to leave a review on all 3 but we would very much appreciate it if you did! Clicking on any of the images below will take you directly to the listing for that website.

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Finally we would like to thank you all in advance for any reviews you leave!