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December 30, 2008: First 2009 session

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The first session of 2009 will be held on Monday 5th January.

December 15, 2008: Grading results

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A tough day was had by all and an astonishing number of people, possibly the most I've ever seen, didn't make it from all grade levels! But with that negative bite sounded I announce with great pleasure the following results:

  • Alex Yellow
  • David Yellow
  • Pawel Yellow
  • Adam Yellow 1
  • Andrzej Yellow 1
  • Yarek Orange 1

November 15, 2008: South East Area blue and purple belt course

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Venue: Ernest Bevin College, Beechcroft Road (and Crockerton Road), Tooting, London SW17 7DF
Time: 12.15-16.15pm

Maps below

November 8, 2008: Breakfalling course

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Location: The London Nautical School
Time: 10am-2pm
Price: £10
Instructor: Sensei Nicola Price, Sandan

This course is aimed at Novice to Green Belt Grades who want to improve their break-falling significantly. Sensei Price has a large experience of break falling and teaching it within the London Region and Nationally. This course will deal with all aspects of break falling up to advanced break falling required for the Green Belt Grade. It is particularly recommended for all novices who are preparing for their grading in December for which break falling is the most important aspect.

The course is also recommended to instructors who wish to learn more about how to efficiently teach and correct break falling.

Take water, sports drink and food.

Maps below

November 3, 2008: Atemi Nationals

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Location: The International Centre, Telford

September 13, 2008: Pre-grading

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Novices to oranges: 10am (London Nautical School)
Green and Above: 12.30pm (London Nautical School)

Cost: £15

Directions and maps below

June 21, 2008: Grading

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Location: Gynasium, The London Nautical School, 61 Stamford Street, Blackfriars, London
Time: Novices-ornages 9.30 am arrival; greens+ 12.30pm arrival
Cost: &;pound;15
Take water, sports drink and food.

Maps below

June 7, 2008: Pre-grading

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Novices to oranges: 9.30 am (London Nautical)
Green and Above: 12.30 (London Nautical School)

Cost: £15

Directions and maps below

May 11, 2008: Blue belt course

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Venue: New Sports Centre, University of the West of England, Main Campus, Coldharbour lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY
Time: 12-4pm
Cost: £10

May 10, 2008: London Regional Course

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Location: The London Nautical School
Time: 10am-4pm
Price: £10

Maps below

March 19, 2008: Easter holidays

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There will be no training on Good Friday or Bank Holiday Monday. The next session will be on Friday 28th March at 7pm.

March 8, 2008: Pre-grading

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Novices: 10.00 am (London Nautical)
Yellows and oranges: 13.00 (London Nautical)

Green and Above: 12.00 (Ernest Bevin College)
Cost: £15
Drinks after at the Slug and Lettuce, Stamford Street
Take water, sports drink and food.

Directions and maps below

February 25, 2008: Joint session with Shorinji Kempo

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Monday's session will start an hour earlier at 6.30pm because we'll be running a joint session with Shorinji Kempo. The plan is to split the session 50:50 between SK and Jitsu. They are going to get out the pads and do some striking work with us and we are going to do some

ground work with them.

There will also be a brief joint pub session.

So don't forget that the session will be a little earlier than normal and try to get there a bit before it starts so we can get going early

February 23, 2008: Breakfalling course

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Location: The London Nautical School
Time: 10am - Novices and yellows; 1pm Oranges
Price: £10

Maps below

February 16, 2008: London Ground Fighting Course

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Location: The London Nautical School
Time: 10am-4pm
Price: £10

Maps below

February 9, 2008: London Regional Course

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Location: The London Nautical School
Time: 10am-4pm
Price: £10

Maps below

January 26, 2008: National randori course

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Location: Walsall Judo Centre, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus, Gorway Road, Walsall
Date: January 26th 2008

For blue and above. Map below, directions available from the University web site

Says Steve D: The Course will build on last years session (and regional courses) and is a MAJOR part of the TECHNICAL DIRECTION of The Jitsu Foundation. Over the next few years, we aim to see a marked improvement in both the teaching of and performance of Randori at club level. As a consequence, but not the main aim, our Randori competition will improve, both in safety and in skill.

IT IS THEREFORE VITAL that blue belts (our future instructors), browns and Dans make a big effort to attend this course, which will include a REFEREES course that will again build on the improvements of recent years. Please email Gareth (gareth@jitsufoundation.org) to let him know if you will be attending.

Randori is JUST A TRAINING EXERCISE, but one that require a bit of coaching, and once understood leads to:-

  1. improved throwing against a resistant opponent
  2. helps you to recognise when to throw, ie when your opponent is most vulnerable
  3. helps you to find the best position to be in and
  4. best timing/when to execute the throw
  5. is also great for fitness and confidence

In recent years, ground work has improved massively, and we want to see the same improvements in standing Nage waza.

The ability to demonstrate a good basic standard of Randori practice IS BEING TESTED AT GRADINGS (blue, brown & Dan), so instructors and students are recommended to attend.