You know what, you probably can! Jiu Jitsu is for almost anyone: tall, short, big, small, girl or boy, old, young or smack bang in the middle. You don’t have to be a member of a university to join either club, nor do you have to have any particular qualifications, or be fit and fast.
What you do need is to be enthusiastic, free a couple of evenings a week and keen to learn. Regular training will get you fit and keep you there, as long as you put a little effort into it, you’ll get a whole lot out of it. Listed below are some common questions we hear from people who are worried they can’t do Jitsu.
Am I too old/young?
For the university clubs you’ll need to be at least 18 years old. However this might not be the case for other clubs in the North West so it’s worth emailing. Macclesfield Jitsu for example, train with students from the age of 10 upwards. There is no upper age limit, however Jitsu involves locking, striking, throwing and a lot of rolling to help you take the force of the throws. If you feel you’ll be unable to do any of this it might not be for you. Saying that, we’ve had members ranging from age 20 to upwards of 70.
Do I have to be, or have been at the university?
Not at all. In fact, if you join either one of the Manchester Jitsu clubs, you can train at any Jitsu club in the foundation, even those out of the country. For a full list of TJF clubs, click here. If you are a member of either university you’ll probably get some subsidisation for trips.
I’ve never done a martial art before, can I still do Jitsu?
Absolutely! Both clubs welcome beginners at every stage of the year, and almost always have complete beginners on the mat as people join so frequently. You won’t be alone if you turn up…alone! There’s always someone in a similar position to you, and you’ll get to train with high grades who know their stuff.
I’m a black belt in “X” martial art, can I try Jitsu still?
Many many people train in multiple martial arts, Jitsuka (people who do Jitsu) are no exception. Both Manchester clubs have people who also train in Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Karate and even Capoeira. Whatever you do, you’ll soon adapt to the style of Jitsu.