Jujutsu

Instructor: Mr Michael Baczynski, Nidan • (e) michael.baczynski@bbrd.org.au • (p) 04 1144 2081

Jujutsu is a term used to describe a variety of unarmed martial practices that developed in Japan from the mid 16th Century onwards. The jujutsu taught through the club is a gendai (modern) synthesis of a variety of Japanese unarmed traditions, both contemporary and ancient. As with all true jujutsu systems, its foundation is based on an appreciation of irimi (entering) and kuzushi (unbalancing).

Jujutsu and related arts such as Aikido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Hapkido are represented at a national level by the Australian Jujitsu Federation (AJF), with whom the Club is an associate member. The AJF provides a register of instructors who have current National Coaching Accreditation Scheme accreditation, and it is a requirement of affiliation with the AJF that all coaches maintain current qualifications.

Training is conducted using authentic Japanese etiquette and contemporary teaching methodologies. Both ju waza (techniques for leading and control) and aiki waza (techniques for the blending of force) feature in the approach to training, and as such there are elements that overlap with judo, aikido and karate. The curriculum is divided into six syllabus elements — kyusho jutsu (study of anatomic vulnerabilities); shime waza (strangulations and chokes); kansetsu waza (techniques of locking joints); nage waza (techniques for throwing or taking down a person); ne waza (groundwork); and heiki waza (weapons-based techniques).

What we practice in the Club differs from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in that we do not focus as heavily on wrestling/ground based training, nor on preparation for competitions. Training has a structured, technical focus, with an emphasis on self defence and the development of appropriate and proportional responses to threats.

Training

When: Tuesday and Thursday6.00 – 7.45 pm
Saturday 4.00pm — 5.30 pm

Where: Mort Estate Activity Centre (Holy Name Primary School), parking in Rosewood Street. (map)

What to bring: Yourself, comfortable exercise clothes to start, water bottle. Judo-style tops, when necessary, can be hired for $2 per night. 

Once you are training for a while: Judo or similar white training uniform, wooden training weapons (tanto, jo, bokken), hakama (blue preferably), mouth guard, 4 oz. MMA gloves, shin and instep protectors. These can be obtained through the Club, or we can provide advice on what might be suitable.

You’ll need to: Pay BBRD common insurance ($30 payable once) plus Jujutsu discipline fee ($10).