You have taken an important step in your life, self-improvement and protection through the study and practice of jiu-jitsu.
Reaching your goals requires commitment and an attitude of coachability. No one has achieved perfection, so far, it is the journey that counts.
Your journey will present many challenges which must be seen as temporary hurdles and not the reasons for giving up. In the martial arts, as in life, what counts is what you do with what you have; how you react to your circumstances. Always "get up" one more time.
As a member of this club you will be expected to respect each other and to spread the "spirit" of the martial arts through humility, truth and honour.
Again, welcome. Our goal is to help you find the success and the path you seek.
So what is Jiu-Jitsu ?
Unlike many martial arts, Jiu-Jitsu has not had a neat and well-organized history, therefore its roots have been very difficult to trace.
Mentioned as far back as 2500 years ago, Jiu-Jitsu developed from many individual teachings, either originating in Japan or coming to Japan from other Asian countries. The first formal school of Jiu-Jitsu opened in 1532 in Japan and the art became an important part of Samurai training.
With the end of the feudal system in Japan in the early 1600's, Jiu-Jitsu went into hiding, but was secretly passed down from father to son. In the 1880's interest in the art was revived when Profession Jigoro Kano developed the sport of Judo, from Jiu-Jitsu
Jiu-Jitsu is often called a parent art, since many other arts can trace direct lines to it.
Jiu-Jitsu is not a sport: it is intended to provde effective self-defense techniques as would be required in dangerous situations in the street.
BIO OF ROB SPARKES
LEVEL: Third Degree Black Belt
I have enjoyed my love of martial arts for over 20 years having started in kick-boxing. I participated in this art for approximately 7 years, but decided that it was time to broaden my martial arts experience and therefore decided to train in Jiu-Jitsu which I have been involved with for the past 16 years.