So you have decided to come, what about training

Where do we train?

Bushido Kwai Dojo – Lewes Club trains at The Landport Community Centre, Landport Road, Lewes BN7 2SU . we don’t train between Christmas Eve and New Year or on Bank Holidays. Times re on the home page bottom left.

How do we train?

In Jitsu, we learn by taking it in turns to practise techniques, rather than by fighting. This ensures everyone has an equal chance to develop their skills. We also use some Japanese terms that we all pronounce badly and wear  a white set of thick cotton pyjamas called a Gi.

But above all, we aim for Martial Arts and Ju-Jitsu to be fun and enjoyable.  We train in a friendly, informal atmosphere and consider ourselves a family and community oriented club.  Social activities are important too, and there are weekend and national events throughout the year to help clubs get together.

Sensei Ray Twitchen - 3rd Dan Judo, 3rd Dan Ju-Jitsu
Sensei Ray Twitchen – 3rd Dan Judo, 3rd Dan Ju-Jitsu

You can’t learn it from a book

You really can’t learn it from a book, as its not just about where you put your body its  about strategies, mindsets philosophy, respect and constant repetition of a technique until you get it right.

Jitsu is also one of the few martial arts to employ techniques for defending against more than one opponent at the same time.

Respect and etiquette

At Bushido Kwai Dojo, as we teach traditional Ju-Jitsu we also acknowledge traditional training etiquette:

  • You do not wear shoes or footwear on the training mat .
  • You must rei into and out of the dojo, to the highest grade on the mat when you leave and join the session and to the instructor. At the beginning and end of every session, a more formal welcoming and greeting session is performed (in Japanese), with students lining up opposite the instructor.
  •  You must have a clean Gi (the White pyjamas)with a correctly tied Obi.(thats the belt) This shows respect for the art and respect for your training partners — would you want to train with someone who was dirty
  • You must have trimmed fingernails and toenails. This stops you from scratching your training partners by accident during techniques.
  • You ‘rei’ (bow) to your partner at the beginning and end of each practice. This indicates that despite the fact you’re about to try to hit each other and perform potentially painful techniques, you still have respect for your partner and you have no real desire to hurt them.
  • You must not lose your temper or swear during training
  • You must not eat or drink in the training hall.
  • Traditionally, when performing the kneeling rei at the start of the session, the right knee should touch the ground first in order to give path to the stronger right arm, which might have to reach for the samurai’s sword. The right knee should also be the first to touch when kneeling for the same reason and in kneeling ukemi, the hands are positioned on the thighs to give access to the sword.

Any other questions about Ju-Jitsu, see our FAQ page here