Competitive Ju Jutsu


Although Ju Jutsu came from a time in which it was needed to fight hand to hand in the battle fields of war torn Japan, often being used to inflict physical damage or death, it also has a more controlled competitive side which is more of what we see in today’s climate.  The true Martial tradition is kept alive in the Koryu or old schools of the historic Ju Jutsu systems, like Tenjin Shin’yō Ryu and the competitive aspects are seen in Judo, Aikido’s Tanto Randori, Combat Ju Jitsu, Shootfighting, Sombo, BJJ, Kudo and MMA.

Having had experience in fighting under the different rule formats and competitions of Kickboxing, Judo, Shootfighting and even becoming British Heavyweight Champion of Combat Ju Jitsu, our Chief Instructor adds the competitive element into our training too with randori specifically geared towards Combat Ju Jitsu & MMA, and anyone who wants to compete seriously can be trained for that requirement and given the chance to compete under either Shoofighting, Combat Ju Jitsu, San Shou, Judo or MMA competitions as we have links with all of them.

CJJ – Combat Ju Jitsu

  • The contest starts at striking range, using continuous punches, kicks knees and elbows for the first 60 seconds of the round, grappling, throws, groundwork and submissions are NOT allowed for the first 60 seconds. This ensures a good standard from the fighters and not just rushing in for a double leg takedown to mount, ground & pound.
  • AFTER 60 seconds, the ref shouts ‘Free Spar’ and the fighters continue with the striking but can now, if they wish, close the gap to engage in grappling, throws, groundwork and submissions.
  • Head kicks are scored highly, knees and elbows are used to the body only in semi contact / amateur fights and every throw or hold down is scored by the referee depending on the quality and position.
  • Winning is by submission  (or KO in Full Contact) or by the most points if there is no submission by the end of the fight time.

San Shou is similar apart from no groundwork and grappling allowed with the strikes from the start. Shootfighting is essentially the same but with open hand strikes only, not closed fist punches. MMA, as most will recognised, is a mixture of all these fight formats and benefits someone with a good standard of overall skills; strikes, grappling and submissions.

We cater for beginners too, teaching people how to work within these different rule sets and there is also a grading syllabus for the Combat Ju Jitsu so you can learn a good range of techniques in an environment which pushes you technically and prepares you for competing when you’re ready.