Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update #7

You will have no doubt seen in the news that from today, gyms and swimming pools are able to reopen. You may have also seen that some martial arts classes are reopening in limited fashions.

However this is not the case for all martial arts as contact sports are still banned up until 21st June 2021 when the full lockdown should end. Group exercise classes (such as Yoga for example) can resume from the 17th May as these don’t involve person-to-person contact.

To quote the Gov.uk Government roadmap:

Step 2, no earlier than 12 April:
“Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen – but only for use by people on their own or with their household.”

Step 3, no earlier than 17 May:
“Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen.”
Link – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-sets-out-roadmap-to-cautiously-ease-lockdown-restrictions

Our position is still unchanged. We will not be able to re-open until:

  • The lockdown has ended,
  • The WJJF have confirmed member clubs can resume training, and;
  • The 9th Aylesbury Scout Group have given us permission to resume using the hall.

Until all 3 factors have been met, we will not be able to resume our classes.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update #6

A belated ‘Happy New Year’ to you all.

This update is somewhat of a formality, as our previous update was from November 2020 and covered our plans up to the end of December. As we are now into January 2021, we felt we should update you all with our current plans.

Last Monday 4th January, the WJJF once again closed all of its clubs nationwide regardless of what tier group that club was in. Later the same day, the UK Government announced the 3rd national lockdown, rescinding the previous system of tiers.

At the time of writing we are not sure when the lockdown will end, with some sources indicating mid-February while others giving the end of March.

Our position has remined unchanged. We will not be able to re-open until:

  • The lockdown has ended,
  • The WJJF have confirmed member clubs can resume training, and;
  • The 9th Aylesbury Scout Group have given us permission to resume using the hall.

Until all 3 factors have been met, we will not be able to resume classes.

We are anticipating that once this lockdown ends we will go back to the tier system, and that we will not be allowed to operate while Buckinghamshire is at Tier 3 or above. At Tier 2 we should be able to operate with provisions in place, based on the previously issued Government guidelines.

However this is all very speculative as we do not know when the lockdown will end or what the rules will be after then. Of course this means our plans may change as regulations change.

All we can do is encourage you to stay safe. Follow the Government guidelines. We miss you all and really do want to see you all again safely on the mat.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update #5

As you will have no doubt heard, we have another national lockdown coming into effect this Thursday 5th November, which we are all being told should end on Wednesday 2nd December. As we are yet to re-open anyway, this just means we will be closed for a while longer.

That potential date of 2nd December does raise a point for us. Assuming we are able to, it would mean that we could reopen on Friday 4th December. However that would only be for three weeks before the Christmas holidays – Fridays 4th, 11th, and 18th of December.

With that in mind it would not make sense for us to reopen for just three weeks only to take another two week break. So it is most likely that we won’t open for the rest of this year, and we will now wait until after the New Year to decide when we will reopen. As we have stated in the past, this is just a provisional date because we don’t know what’s going to happen between now and then!

If you have any questions then feel free to contact us through the usual methods.

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update #4

A short update this time around. In our last update we said that we were waiting for the 9th Aylesbury Scout group to give us the OK to return, because as our landlords they wanted to make sure the hall was ready.

Unfortunately we can’t say much has changed. The Government guidelines have changed more than once since then and we can only presume the Scouts have had to make changes to their plans. But as it has been a couple months since the last update we felt that we should at least check in to let you know what’s going on. Or in this case, the lack of anything going on.

Just to be clear, we’re not blaming these delays on the scouts. We’ve been keeping tabs on the guidelines and trying to keep track of what we will need to do so that we are ready to return, so we know full well that it’s not the easiest thing to do. We all want to return to normal as soon as possible, and we all want it to be as safe as possible too.

22/09/2020 EDIT: Less than 24 hours are publishing, and the Government has today published new guidelines implying that indoor team sport for more than 6 people will not be allowed, which will no doubt apply to us and the Scouts.

If you have any questions then feel free to contact us through the usual methods.

A message from the WJJF

The World Ju-Jitsu Federation has shared this message via their Facebook page, which we are re-sharing here as we know not all of our members use Facebook.

Dear members,

We want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your valued support during these difficult times as some of our clubs begin to re-open others are still unable to as much as they may want to.

Trust in us, we have your best interests and students health and welfare at heart.

As you all know the WJJF is run by its members for its members, we are a non profit organisation run by volunteers, but like most other businesses we have still had overheads to cover, with no income , we understand your concerns in not training and your memberships running down, however if you want your club and your federation to survive this pandemic we must continue to rely on your full membership support, some groups have asked students to continue paying fees whilst closed, this was not for the WJJF, all we now request is your FULL support in returning to your club dojo’s when you feel comfortable to do so.

Please do not be concerned about returning to training, only clubs that have proved to us that they are Covid safe and have all the documentation in place, vetted and signed off will be allowed to reopen, we will advertise the clubs individually when they have been approved as SAFE on the WJJF website starting tomorrow.

Stay safe with the WJJF

Kancho Robert Hart

(Source – WJJF UK Facebook page, 30/07/2020)

Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update #3

You may have seen in the recent news about the Governments decision to allow gyms, indoor pools and leisure centres to reopen from 25th July, so you may also be wondering what our plans are in this regard.

Up until this news was announced we were still following instructions from our governing body the WJJF and remaining closed. Last week we received an email from the WJJF HQ regarding the reopening of clubs and the potential return to training, and as such Senseis’ Julia, Adam and Andy had begun looking into what requirements we will have to follow and working out how we will meet them.

However a couple days later we received an email from the 9th Aylesbury Scout group who’s hall we operate out of. As the landlords they want to make sure everything is ready first before they let us and the other ‘tenants’ use the hall.
As such they have asked us not to use the hall just yet.

When the Scouts let us know we will be able to use the hall again and when that happens we will have to follow any instructions set by them. With that in mind, it’s very likely that any changes they implement would be the same as or similar too any changes we anticipated implementing, such as using a one-way system, mandatory face masks and hand washing. We will in due course let everyone know what those changes will be once we know we can re-open again.

On the plus side you will like to know that we have plans in place for how we will likely operate, and that we have being doing some online training on COVID safety. We can announce that all 3 of our coaches have passed and are ready for when we return.

Finally, we do now have a provisional return time-frame of ‘after the summer holidays‘, though we aren’t setting any specific date just yet because as we’ve mentioned above we’re waiting on the Scouts to OK our return, and of course the government advice may change again. Thankfully we have a few more Kata videos left to post before we run out of them.

If you have any questions then feel free to contact us through the usual methods. Otherwise enjoy the summer and hopefully we will see you in the Autumn!

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!

Coronavirus / COVID-19 update #2

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

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!