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Milton Keynes Jiu-Jitsu Yubukan Dojo

Established in Milton Keynes for over 40 years

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Soke Richard Morris

Soke Richard Morris
10th Dan founder of Jiu-Jitsu International
21st May 1936-15th July 2019

    On Saturday 30th September 2023, 8 senior students and 11 Junior Students attended the London Rising 10 course run by Hanshi Olu Bamgbose 9th Dan.
    All of the students had a great time training under different Instructors and with students and Instructors from other clubs.
    Shihan C Wood.
    What is Jiu-Jitsu?
    Jiu-Jitsu is Japans oldest martial art; it was developed by the Samurai as an alternative to fighting with weapons. This meant that if a Samurai lost his weapon during battle or was in the Imperial court where weapons were not allowed he still had a way of defending himself. The modern martial arts of Judo, Karate and Aikido all have their basic origins in Jiu-Jitsu.
    Why Jiu-Jitsu?
    Unlike most martial arts Jiu-Jitsu is roughly 95% defensive meaning that the person you are up against attacks first. This means that you are defending yourself, which by law as long as you use the minimum force necessary you are allowed to do. Jiu-Jitsu teaches you how to defend yourself or others against an attacker or attackers using the minimum amount of force to keep you within the law.
    The Milton Keynes club incorporates both modern and traditional forms of Jiu-Jitsu using blocks, strikes, locks, throws and strangles making it a very effective form of self defence suitable for both Male and Female students aged from 7 to 80. Advanced students also get the chance to learn a variety of weapons systems.
    Jiu-Jitsu is a good form of exercise as well as teaching discipline and self-defence, it teaches students how to gain respect for themselves as well as how to respect other people. All students especially children find that they grow in self-confidence as well as improvements in concentration and behaviour.
    Jiu-Jitsu has a very large catalogue of techniques which means that although it does not take long to pick up enough to start defending yourself and to feel more confident, students find that they are still learning new things no matter how long they have been training which helps prevent boredom setting in.
    Club and Instructor Profile
    The Milton Keynes club has been established for over 40 years in MK. The club and its instructors have a reputation for setting very high standards. Although it takes our students longer than students at other clubs to obtain grades, once they are achieved they know that they can go to any other club and be as good if not better than students of the same grade.
    As a club we are one of the very few that have not gone commercial, this means that we keep the cost to students as low as possible. Nobody takes any money from the club; anything left over after paying the bills goes back into the club and is used towards new equipment.
    Milton Keynes Jiu-Jitsu is registered and licenced through Jiu-Jitsu International which is one of the largest Jiu-Jitsu organisations in the world with clubs in over 30 Countries.
    Shihan Wood Shihan Colin Wood the clubs senior Instructor holds the rank of Black Belt 6th Dan. He joined the club as a beginner in 1982 and trained for 10 years before he received his Black Belt 1st Dan in 1992. In March 2000 when he was a 3rd Dan he became the clubs senior Instructor. In 2008 he was graded to 5th Dan and awarded the title Shihan. In 2016 he received his 6th Dan.
    Shihan Wood has trained regularly with and been graded by Soke Richard Morris 10th Dan, head & founder of Jiu-Jitsu International, who is one of the most respected and experienced Jiu-Jitsu Instructors in the World today.
Kids Class
    Who can join, Costs and Times
    We run two senior training session and one junior training session per week:
    Juniors: Children aged 7 to 16 years, Saturday mornings 11.00am to 1.00pm.
    First lesson is free then 2 a session after that. Licence is 18 a year. First licence is not due until students have completed 4 to 5 sessions giving them a chance to decide if they like it or not. Suit costs 20 this is available when student feels ready to order one.
Adults Class
    Seniors: Students aged 16 and older, Tuesday & Thursday evenings 8.15pm to 10.15 pm (The Thursday evening session is closed at the moment.) at Bradwell Common Community Centre.
    First lesson is free then £3.00 a session after that.
    After joining the club senior students are required to set up a standing order to pay training fees, those students who only train once a week the cost is £12 a month, those that train twice a week the cost is £24 a month.
    Licence is 25 a year, first licence is not due until the student has completed 4 to 5 sessions. Suits are available in 2 choices, medium weight at £30 or heavy weight at £55. These are available when the student feels ready to order one.
    Junior Club Waiting List
    For safety reasons I am limited to the amount of students that I can have on the mat at any one time.
    Due to the popularity of the junior club at the moment I have had to start a waiting list of children waiting for places.
    New students are still welcome to come along and watch to see if Jiu-Jitsu is what they are looking for and if so have their names put onto the waiting list or if they contact me with their details I will add their names.
    I am sorry that we have had to do this but the safety of the students comes first.
    Shihan C Wood 6th Dan senior Instructor Milton Keynes Jiu-Jitsu
    How to Join:
    To join either turn up at one of the training sessions (juniors will need a person over 18 to sign a membership form), or contact us using the details below.
    Training at:
    Bradwell Common Community Centre
    125 Bradwell Common Boulevard
    Bradwell Common
    Milton Keynes.
    (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays)
    Contact: Shihan C Wood
    Telephone: 01908 395227

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