WJJF Headquarters closed due to damage

This morning the WJJF shared with us an announcement regarding the ‘Clark Centre’, the building named after Sōke Robert Clark and which was the headquarters for the WJJF.

The WJJF HQ as seen from the outside.

To partially quote their statement:

When we re-entered the building, after twelve months off, we were faced with a horror story! The roof was leaking into the Dojo and onto the Tatami and also into the changing rooms. The resulting damp throughout the building had turned to mould on all the furniture and equipment. The paint was peeling from the walls due to the gutters falling off and water ingress soaking the walls. The smell of damp and mould was not only repulsive, but it would also have had a detrimental effect on the health of anyone entering.

As Directors of our Organisation, we have always taken our responsibilities seriously and worked hard for the benefit of the members. We were left with no choice other than to consider the future viable use of the building with regard to the Federation. Taking into account all the aforesaid implications we had to make some extremely hard decisions as we felt that we could not allow our members to return to this unsafe environment. The cost to put everything right, into a building we were purely renting, without any financial help from the landlord, would have been an unfair and unrealistic epic financial burden to place on our members.

Therefore, it is with much sadness and deepest regret that the Board of Directors can confirm that we have closed the Clark Centre.

The full statement can be found herehttps://www.wjjf.co.uk/official-statement-from-the-board-of-directors/

The main training area inside, showing off the newly laid Tatami floor mats.

New WJJF Logo!


The World Ju-Jitsu Federation has a new logo!

Below is a message from WJJF Managing director, Kanchō Robert Hart

To all Students Past and Present
Today is a day of celebration! It was on this day, in 1946, when our beloved Soke Robert Clark was born. Today would have been his 75th birthday. In order to honour his many attributes and his talent as a great Martial Artist, we, who have preserved and continued to promote his legacy as members of his original World Ju-Jitsu Federation, have chosen to launch our redesigned Logo, in honour of and as a fitting tribute to Soke Clark.
Designed with his Federation in mind, the circumference is exactly the same size as Soke Clark`s original badge with the words “World Ju-Jitsu Federation” emblazoned around the outside. The centre motif depicts Soke together with a student, doing what he always did best “Ju-Jitsu”. The background comprises of Liver Birds, which are associated with the City of Liverpool which is where our Organisation was established, alongside his name in Kanji. (Trademark pending).
The Liver Birds featured in this logo are as synonymous with Liverpool as is Soke Clark. Nikita Gill, a writer and poet, has composed some inspirational quotes about the Phoenix which are very relevant to the current situation we find ourselves in.
“You like a Phoenix, know how to ride, and resurrect”.
“Like a Phoenix from the ashes, they may defeat you, burn you, insult you, injure you, and abandon you. But they will not, shall not, and cannot destroy you”.
So it is with this comparable ardour and passion we will endeavour to progress and advance the Organisation with Soke Clark indelibly imprinted in our minds, in our hearts and in addition displayed proudly on our chest.

Kanchō Robert Hart.

A quick message from us – We will work on updating our website to reflect the new logo in the coming few days.

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!

An unexpected surprise – Sensei Adam awarded ‘Nidan’ (2nd Dan)!

Hi guys, Sensei Adam here.

You may remember back in October of last year I travelled up to World Ju-Jitsu Federation headquaters in Liverpool to do my 2nd dan (Nidan) grading, where I came close to passing but fell short.

Immediately after hearing the news, Kyōshi Robert Howes (7th Dan) offered to let me re-try my grading at a later date at one of his classes in Norwich, including ‘volunteering’ the services of one of his club coaches, Sensei Jack Stapleton (4th Dan), to uke for me. In case you forgot, Kyōshi Howes is the sensei who has visited us to adjudicate our club gradings in the past, and whom I trained under last summer.

After our last club gradings back in November, we decided that the best plan was for me to join them at their next club gradings which was set for Saturday 21st March 2020, but then that pesky Coronavirus meant all their classes and the grading got postponed.

You might now be wondering, why would I bring this up now?

This morning I received a surprise package from Kyōshi Robert Howes, containing a letter, a Nidan belt and my certificate.

Yes, I have officially been awarded my 2nd Dan black belt! I was not expecting this and was still waiting for when I could re-try my grading. At this point I don’t really know what to say, other than to thank everyone from Kyōshi Robert Howes, Kancho Robert Hart and of course our Sensei Julia! There are probably other people I need to thank too so if I’ve missed you, thank you!

Roll on October 2023 when I should eligible to attempt my Sandan (3rd dan) grading!

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

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.