I want to give it a go, how do I join?

Beginners are always welcome, so just come along to any session. Your first session is completely free for you to come along and give it a try.

Please make sure you arrive 15 mins before the session starts so you have time to meet the instructor and ask any questions you may have.
Feel free to turn up or get in touch at info@stthomasjitsu.org.

What should I wear?

If you are a beginner, wearing loose clothing such as a t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms are fine. We train in bare-feet on training mats, so you do not need for any trainers or socks to train in.

The grades will wear a “gi”, a white suit that we train in, but you will not need to buy this straight away.

Do I need to have any martial arts experience?

No, we do not expect you to have any previous experience of any martial arts. The sessions will be planned so that everyone can practice at their own level, so beginners can learn some of the basic movements. Everyone on the mat was a beginner once, so we know what it is like! The instructor will never expect you to practice a technique you are not ready for.

Do I need to be super-fit to do Jitsu?

No, we have members of varying levels of fitness. Most exercises are done at your own level, particularly for new members. After a while you should see your general fitness and ability to do the exercises improve.

That’s not to say members with a good level of fitness don’t get a good sweat on as well!

Who is the club open to?

The club is open for anyone over 18 who wants to give it a go!

You do not need to be a member of the sports centre, although we offer a discount to staff who work at St Thomas Hospital.

How much does it cost?

After your first session, mat fees are:

Guys & St Thomas staff
Per session £4 £6
Per quarter – 1 session a week £40 (about £3.30 a session) £50 (about £4.10 a session)
Per quarter – 2 sessions a week £70 (about £2.90 a session) £90 (about £3.60 a session)

Membership to the Jiu-jitsu Foundation which is also your insurance costs £25 per year. On your first session you fill out a free form to cover you for a couple weeks whilst you decide if you like it before you need to commit to paying for your licence. A valid Licence will also cover you for any other foundation clubs in the UK (there are currently 22 clubs in London alone).

Your “Gi”, the clothing we use to train in, costs £20 but you do not need to buy this straight away.

What do the mat fees go to?

All mat fees go towards room hire, equipment, and general running of the club. The instructor does not get paid for teaching, which is how we can make the session fees low relative to other martial arts clubs.

Do you do any competitions or other events?

We are part of the London Jitsu region, which has 22 other clubs in it. There are often regional courses where students and instructors from all of these clubs come to train together. These are usually followed by regional socials, which is a good chance to get to know the people we’ve been training with.

There are also the Jitsu Nationals competitions which happen twice a year. All of the clubs across the UK come together to compete in particular events, and feature the “Open” competitions, where students get to see some of the best jitsuka demonstrating their skills.