Sparring, Groundfighting, Random Attacks and Kata - both Empty Hand and Weapons - are regularly practised, and student who wish to do so are encouraged to compete.
See our Medals Table for Hando National & International Medal Winners
Junior Competition Club
For 3 months of the year, Hando Ju Jitsu Clubs run an extra class on Mondays (5:15pm to 6:15pm) to enable juniors to both practice fighting skills Random Attacks and both Weapons and Open Hand Kata prior to the Annual Jikishin Course & Championships.
The club is open to all junior club members and is an opportunity to gain some valuable training time specifically for the competitions.
The training allows young Ju Jitsu students to excel and the results can be seen on our News Page.
Adult Ko Budo Classes:
Tuesday 9:00pm to 10:00pm - £5.00 per lesson if attending Ju Jitsu class or £7.00 per lesson if only weapons training.
Hando Jikishin Ju Jitsu Clubs have many students training in Open Hand and Kata Ko Budo (Weapons Kata) and have regular practice sessions. At Hando Jikishin Ju Jitsu Clubs, we have plenty of room for the practice of our Weapons Kata.
All of our senior students work on their Kata most weeks, and we have a number of senior grades - 2nd, 3rd and 4th Dan - who work together to improve and perfect the Jikishin Ju Jitsu Association official Kata.
We have many novices and beginners in Weapons training, and although this officially starts at Purple Belt for all students, we encourage our students to begin practice early, at Green Belt, so that by the time the student attends his or her first Ko Budo Course (these are held throughout the year by the Jikishin Ju Jitsu Association), the student will already have a good grounding in weapons. Whether for improving their Ju Jitsu skills, or for competition, we aim to get our students at the top of their game in both forms of kata.
We do, however, encourage those who have a competitive urge, and we train in a number of disciplines in the area of Ju Jitsu. In many Martial Arts there are only one, or at best two types of competition. In Jikishin Ju Jitsu we have six, Groundfighting (Grappling), Sparring (Kicks, Punches and Throws), Random Attacks and three forms of competition Kata: Open Hand, Weapons and Pairs Demonstration.
Hando Ju Jitsu Clubs have a great attitude toward Groundfighting. Most fights will end up on the floor - so where better to hone your skills? We regularly practice Ground-fighting in the Dojo, both for practice in self defence and for competition, where we have had considerable success in National and International competition - see News Page.
Quite a number of our students are practicing groundfighting every week, and enjoy the challenge. We also encourage new students coming to train to try out this very competitive discipline.
Our Ground-fighting is Ju Jitsu based, with influences from wrestling, judo, BJJ and cage fighting (MMA). Groundfighting is almost an Art in itself, and we like to practice new techniques and counters, work out fresh moves and generally try as a group to improve our skills.
See our Techniques Section for a selection of techniques taught at Harlow.
Sensei Earl Walker runs the Annual Groundfighting Seminars on behalf of Jikishin JJJA and is also responsible for training the National Team.
Hando Jikishin Ju Jitsu Clubs has a number of students who practice and enjoy the very competitive art of sparring. At Hando Jikishin Ju Jitsu & Clubs we have a some room for practice, along with much of the kit you might expect, such as focus mitts, Thai Pads, head guards, gloves etc.
We regularly have practice sessions, with students pitting their skills against their contemporaries, it is good practice and for competition and the street. Our sparring incorporates kicking, punching, throws and take downs. Once on the ground, student look at one of our other fighting and competition disciplines - Groundwork.
With elements of Boxing, Karate, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Judo, and of course, Ju Jitsu, we look to train our students to be able to deal with any situation - in the street, or in competition with rules - whatever the competitive.
Sensei Earl Walker runs the Annual Sparring Seminars on behalf of Jikishin JJJA and is also responsible for training the National Team.
At Hando Ju Jitsu Club we plenty of mat room for practice. We regularly have practice sessions with students pitting their skills against their contemporaries in simulated competition. it is good practice and for competition and the street. Random Attacks are particularly good for testing your skills out in a competitive, but non- combative environment.
Rules for Random Attacks are relatively simple - there are a given number of attacks, from 8 for White and Yellow Belts, to 40 for Black Belts. The attack may incorporate a weapon (knife or club), be a strike, kick, grab, or strangle. The competitors stand on the mat area as per the illustration below. The same Random Attack is given to each Attacker, who must stand with their right hand behind their back, to conceal a weapon if there is one. At the call of the referee, each competitor will be attacked, and the judges will score the defence according to set criteria. At the end of 3 attacks, the competitors face the judges for a decision, and the winner goes through to the next round.
Kata is not designed to be a fighting system in it's own right, but practice for the real thing.
There are many types of Kata, and Kata is very common throughout the Martial Arts. Kata are sometimes referred to as Patterns or Forms.
Kata is rather like the training that a boxer does, for instance, to perfect the power and delivery of a punch. By practicing a particular punch, at first slowly, and then faster to full speed and repeating the action over and over, the boxer gets the benefit of muscle memory i.e. the ability to carry out a sequence of movements without conscious thought.
In competition Kata is separated into 3 categories: Open (or Empty) Hand Kata, Weapons Kata and Pairs Kata. Kata is judged on the accuracy of the Kata and on style (how the Kata is performed).