We love questions.
If you can’t find answers to your question here, please just ask.
Short answer: yes. It’s best to come and watch the class or classes you and your family want to participate in. However, we love company and are happy to take a break to answer questions and guide you through on our classes, procedures and culture.
If you want to be 100% legit, you should wear a white gi and white belt (like the ones we carry in-stock). But really, just wear comfortable, modest clothes that you feel like you can move around in and a pair of socks. You shouldn’t have to spend money on a uniform before you get a chance to try the class out.
Whenever. We don’t do quarterly sessions, or specific beginner classes. We have continuous enrollment for all of our classes. The curriculum is built to accommodate people of all skill levels working together. The only exception is that on occasion our Ninja Ranger classes are on a waiting list. This is to ensure that we have a healthy student/teacher mix.
Yes. We offer a 25% discount to the first family member of any first responders or active duty military (thank you). We also offer a discount for making an annual commitment to training.
You’re in luck! We carry a pretty extensive inventory of uniforms and belts for students of every size and age group. When you sign up, your uniform is included in your registration.
The best place to get them is on Amazon.
You can follow that link, or just search for Feiyue shoes and make sure you get the low-top black. We just cant afford to keep all the sizes in stock , nor do we really have room for them. Occasionally someone will get a pair that doesn’t fit quite right, so they will have us sell them but that is getting pretty uncommon with the advent of free returns.
Also, in reality you will most likely be wearing shoes when you are out in the world. If your martial art requires a bunch of slippery footwork, or taking off your sneakers, then you might need to rethink your wardrobe.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day we wear a summer uniform which pretty much means gi pants and a t-shirt. It gets pretty hot in the dojo with a bunch of bodies moving around on an 80 degree plus day. Secondly, we wear what people are going to be wearing outside seasonally. When everyone is wearing jackets, we wear jackets. When everyone is wearing t-shirts we wear t-shirts. It’s that simple.
We have the curriculum notes available for Ninja Rangers and Jujutsu Students available for download, and in the dojo. We also have online videos that we will send you links to as you progress. IMPORTANT: while it is possible to share these videos, we ask that you do not. They are ours privately, and while they aren’t entirely our intellectual property there is a liability issue with the idea of people trying to train without an instructor.
No. Competitions have a high risk of injury to both the brain and the joints. I don’t like them. People’s egos get involved and they push past the boundaries of what is safe in order to “win”. It sends the wrong message in my opinion.
Once they pass their white belt, Jujutsu students over the age of 8 begin training to defend themselves against weapons as well as training with them. It gives new challenges and enhances movement characteristics to their training. They are intended as tools for learning, not as an excuse to walk around waiting for the chance to use a weapon on someone.
We teach a streamlined version of Japanese Jujutsu which we call Kohokuo Ryu, only because we had to call it something. It’s not entirely traditional nor will I infer that it is. It is the culmination of my 30 years of my experience with and against all manner of martial artists from across multiple disciplines. Today’s martial art cannot look the same as it did 500 or even 50 years ago. We have a responsibility to teach techniques that are effective, ethical, situation appropriate and mindful of litigation and social media.