About the Club

Getting to Highbury Jitsu

The Club is a short walk from Arsenal Tube or take the 4, 19, 106 or 236 from Finsbury Park or Highbury & Islington Tube.

About the Club


Other Sensei often run special sessions.

About the Club

Who trains

About the Club

What type of Jujitsu is tought?

We are part of the Jiu Jitsu Foundation but teach and use techniques from other styles; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Freestyle Wrestling and Self-defence.

Highbury Jitsu

Sotheby Mews Day Centre, Sotheby Road, N5 2UT

About The Club

Highbury Jitsu Club was founded in 2005 after 4 years at the Roundhouse we have now relocated to Sotheby Mews Day Centre.

Many of our students joined Highbury Jitsu Club without martial arts experience and come from a variety of different backgrounds. There is a good mixture of male and female students, and a wide age range from fifteen to forty something.

We are a not for profit and volunteer run club.

What is Japanese Jiu Jitsu?

Japanese Jiu Jitsu is derived from the feudal Japanese art of Jujutsu (also known as Jujitsu or Jiu-Jitsu). It is a practical and modern self-defense based martial art incorporating joint locks, strikes and throws to deal with almost any attack imaginable. With a heavy emphasis on using an opponent's size and momentum against them, Jiu-Jitsu is suitable for anyone; irrespective of age, strength, weight or gender. A history of our style can be found here.

Jiu-Jitsu also teaches moderated responses. An unjustified and unwanted grab does not warrant the same response as a knife wielding mugger.

What are the Techniques?

Jiu-Jitsu incorporates many types of techniques. Techniques are taught at the level appropriate to the grade of the student.

  • Strikes - How to strike someone for maximum effect.
  • Locks - How to lock joints in order to restrain someone both standing and on the floor.
  • Throws - Throws are used to send assailants crashing to the floor where they may be restrained.
  • Defence from various unarmed attacks including wrist grabs, body grabs, punches, kicks and strangles
  • Defence against various weapons - Knife, Cosh, Bottle, Chain, Broken Bottle, Sword, etc. At first, these are taught using rubber or wooden weapons. For senior grades (purple belts and above), real weapons may be used.
  • Defence against multiple attackers - Armed and unarmed, both standing up and also from a prone position
  • Groundfighting - Techniques that will allow you to overcome a stronger or heavier opponent if the fight has been taken to the ground.
  • BreakFalling - How to fall without injury. This is a major part of the syllabus.


    As students become more experienced they can progress to a higher belts by attending a grading. Gradings are held every 3 months and Sensei will announce details of the next one and tell you when you are ready to take it. Gradings are overseen by a Yondan (4th degree black belt) or higher, usually from outside the region, to promote impartiality.

    The general requirements for grading are:

    Junior Grades

    7th Kyu - Yellow belt : Basic safety and breakfalling. Moving out the way of attacks. Some strikes, wrist and arm locks. Dealing with grabs. Defence from a bottle (plastic). Four more throws from basic attacks.

    6th Kyu - Orange belt : More complicated breakfalling. Five more throws. Groundholds. More armlocks and grabs. Defence from a cosh (small stick).

    5th Kyu - Green belt : Six more throws. Ground restraints and more groundholds. More wristlocks, basic defences using wrist locks and armlocks against a knife (rubber). Defences from a broken bottle (plastic).

    Senior Grades

    4th Kyu - Purple belt : Advanced breakfalling. Ten new throws. Groundfighting. Counters to wristlocks. Defence against chains, bokken (wooden sword) and multiple unarmed attackers. Candidate must have passed the Assistant Instructor qualification.

    3rd Kyu - Light Blue belt: Very advanced breakfalling. Nine new throws. Nage No Kata Phase 1 (formalised throwing). Groundfighting, including strangles and full knowledge of groundholds. Defences on the ground. Defences from metal weapons and multiple armed attackers. Candidate must have held a Purple belt for at least 6 months and passed the Instructor qualification.

    2nd Kyu - Dark Blue Belt : Nine new throws. Leglocks. Groundfighting with leglocks. Defences using a cosh. Defences from a baseball bat and multiple randomly armed attackers. Candidate must have held a Light Blue belt for at least 6 months and have a basic knowledge of First Aid.

    Instructor Grades

    1st Kyu - Brown Belt : Extreme breakfalling. Seven additional throws. Advanced groundfighting and full knowledge of TJJF Judo rules. Defence against any standard weapon, including knuckledusters, chairs and metal knives. Defence against Boxer attacker. Students must have held a Dark Blue belt for at least 6 months, hold a valid First Aid certification and passed the Club Instructor qualification. Brown belts are fully qualified to teach their own Club, at which point they are an Acting Primary Trainer (Shodan-ho) and are entitled to wear Hakama.

    Black Belts are the next grades