Kokoro Kai Ju Jitsu in Haslingden
|Published: 4th August 2011 11:19|
Haslingden Kokoro Kai Ju Jitsu Club meets weekly at Haslingden Library.
Why not try something different, and learn a martial art?
A typical Ju Jitsu class
Don't be put off by thinking all martial artists are like Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan, come along and see for yourselves that Ju Jitsu has something to offer everyone - from helping with self confidence, improving fitness levels, helping raise awareness of own surroundings and, at the same time, learn a self defence system that may become useful one day in our ever changing society. Whilst that coveted black belt is our ultimate target, it could also change your approach to life.
Stuart MacDonald: Head Instructor at
Helmshore Kokoro Kai Ju Jitsu
Senior instructor Stuart McDonald (4th Dan, with over 30 years experience) says:
"We run back-to-back classes on Monday evenings, both for children aged 6 upwards (7.00 - 8.00) and adults (8.00 - 9:00), and have found that just turning up on the night works far better than having to book yourselves in for an introductory class (and potentially lose interest when you have to wait for a place). Our classes are built around the idea of having fun but, at the same time learning a new skill and the associated discipline that comes with it. We take great care in ensuring we only teach what we feel is right for the age group, as well as any given situation.
Defence from the floor
The class structure starts off with an exercise session as a warm up, followed by work towards their next belt; for the children we try to include a game every week. Through experience, we know that children's minds cannot cope with the amount of information that adults can, so their grading structure is broken down into segments to aid their learning.
Grading presentations at Helmshore Kokoro Kai Ju Jitsu
Belt progression from beginner to black belt and beyond, uses practical situations illustrate when a technique could be used and the belt system give students many alternatives if the situation changes. As we all come in different shapes and sizes, the techniques have evolved to cater for most eventualities.
Although Ju Jitsu in its purest form can never be sport, certain aspects have been adapted to give students the option of competition once they have gained a grounding in their basic Ju Jitsu skills.
The first lesson is free, then a per session fee of £4.00 for children and £6.00 for adults (aged 16 and over). We conduct regular gradings and have the option to travel various events that are organised by our parent association (Kokoro Kai Ju Jitsu Assoc) or our governing body, the BJJAGB.
Why not come along and at least watch and, better still give it a try on the same night; after all, the first lesson is free and it could change your life as I know it has mine. I started late in life, at 20, but wish I had started earlier".
For further information, please contact Stuart McDonald on 01706 831281 or by e-mail.
During the summer holidays, sessions are planned for 8th, 15th and 22nd August, subject to demand. There will be no session on Monday 29th August.