Is Ju-jitsu For Me?

This page provides answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Ju-jitsu in general and also about our particular style of ju-jitsu and the format of our classes here at Optimal Martial Arts.

If you would like to know more, please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' page of this web-site, or come along to one of the classes and our instructors will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • What is ju-jitsu?
    Ju-jitsu is a complete system of self-defence that originated in feudal Japan.  It was developed to enable an unarmed person to defeat an armed and armoured opponent.  It incorporates locks, throws, chokes, pins, escapes and submission grappling techniques.  Our style of atemi ju-jitsu also employs a full range of strikes to vital areas, as well as blocking and evasion skills.  At Optimal Martial Arts we teach both traditional techniques and modern day realistic applications.  Despite being one of the oldest recorded martial arts systems, it is still effective today and forms the basis of most hand-to-hand combat training that is delivered to police, security, prison service and special forces operatives all over the world.

  • Why should I learn ju-jitsu?
    People come to ju-jitsu for a variety of reasons.  Some want to learn a practical self-defence system that is appropriate for our modern world.  Others like the self-discipline gained through practice of a structured traditional martial art.  Some are interested in entering competitions - either sport ju-jitsu or grappling tournaments.  Improving fitness, co-ordination and self-confidence are also given as reasons for starting and continuing ju-jitsu.

  • Do I need to be super-fit before I start ju-jitsu classes?
    No.  As most ju-jitsu techniques use an attacker's energy against them and employ leverage and 'off-balancing', they require very little strength or energy to perform.  All we would suggest is that you are in general good health before you start.  If you are unsure, please check with your doctor or contact us for further advice.

  • Will ju-jitsu classes help to improve my fitness?
    Probably.  Any regular moderate activity that raises your heart rate will help to improve your cardiovascular fitness and health.  Doctors recommend 30 minutes per day of such activity.  Whilst we certainly don't claim to be a fitness class, you should feel the benefit of regular gentle exercise.  You will primarily be learning a practical self-defence system, but many people find that their fitness improves as a bi-product of attending the classes regularly.

  • Will you teach me how to fight?
    No.  (Well, not exactly.)  We teach you how to fight back in self-defence or in defence of your friends and family.  We will help you to develop the skills required to subdue or escape from an attacker as quickly as possible, whilst staying within the law.  We also teach you how to avoid or diffuse conflict in the first place.  We aim to provide you with confidence and awareness so that, hopefully, you will be able to avoid dangerous or difficult situations.  If you are unable to evade the threat, as a last resort, you can use the techniques that you have been shown to end the encounter swiftly and safely.