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Is learning Jitsu expensive?

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Everything’s relative. Compared to watching television all night, we’re expensive. Compared to other hobbies or other martial arts, we’re actually quite cheap.

Your first session will be free: we figure if you get a taster of Jitsu, you’ll come back for more and we'd prefer not to put you off from coming.

After that, sessions are £5 for the waged and £3 for the unwaged. If you train regularly, you’ll also have to spend money on:

  • a special white costume (gi). It’s built from strong material and you don’t want to have all your T-shirts ripped. That’ll cost you about £30. Pricey? About the same price as a pair of trousers, they’ll last longer, they include a white belt (normally £5 in shops) and a Jitsu Foundation badge (normally £1).
  • insurance. It costs £20 per year and is probably the most comprehensive of any martial art's, owing to a deal we did way-back when.
  • belts. They cost about £5 every time you grade and you can buy them from any good sports shop (except for light blue belts. A bit of home-dyeing and a white belt is needed there). Other bits of gear you don’t have to worry about until you’re a brown belt…
  • gradings, courses, etc. It’s up to you if you grade, attend courses, etc., but they’re good fun, and they only cost about £12 for a day. Big weekend events cost about £50, including accommodation. Bargain.

And that’s about it. No having to buy a new costume every time you grade at an exorbitant price (one of our members who used to train in another jiu-jitsu style used to have to spend £200 every time he graded…). No new badges every time you go up a grade. No exorbitant membership fee. Even the sessions (which last two hours) are cheap.

In fact, probably the most expensive aspect of Jitsu is buying a round in the pub afterwards…

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