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Suffragette jiu jitsu

Here’s an excerpt from The One Show, with Mary Petty Sensei and UCL’s instructor, James Garvey Sensei, in the unusual role of Bad Cop.  Two good throws at the end, so it’s worth wading through the beard discussion.

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Jiu Jitsu on The One Show

Can a small person really throw a bigger one?  That’s the question raised by the story of Edith Garrud, small, slight jiu jitsu instructor to the suffragette bodyguard.  It’s an amazing story, and you can read about it here.  In … Continue reading

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Jitsu Returns

We are back training from next Tuesday, 29 April, as usual — Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 – 10 at Astor College, 99 Charlotte Street.  Beginners are of course welcome any time, but as we’ve all had a month off, … Continue reading

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As UCL is closed for Easter, the sessions at Astor College and the BFC won’t be back up and running until the week commencing 28 April. Rest, don’t eat too many Easter Eggs, and we’ll see you on the mat … Continue reading

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Distance session

There’s talk of different fighting ranges in many martial arts, including jiu jitsu. In this session, we’ll explore how, when and why to move between distances in a fight, as well as coping with changing distances beyond your control during … Continue reading

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First Annual UCLU Jitsu Beer Festival

We’ve been talking about having a big party where everyone who’s ever trained at the club can get back together and relive the joys of UCL. It’s also a chance to toast Davis, who is leaving for South Africa. We’ll … Continue reading

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Donaghy Sensei at UCL on Thurs

Donaghy Sensei will take the session this Thurs, with an eye on the pregrading at the weekend — syllabus checking, core movement and fighty assessments are promised.  If you aim to grade, you must attend the pregrading, and if you … Continue reading

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Upcoming events

Congrats to the glorious team of dudes who took part in the nationals — outstanding work as usual. Also, an update on upcoming courses this term from Rosie: Breakfaling course 13:00 – 17:00, also at LNS. Lead Instructor: Matthew Shepherd Sat … Continue reading

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Forward Roll Tutorial

Here’s a video doing the rounds at the moment, a good tutorial for those new to forward rolls.

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Dangerous Parts Kata

Here’s a video of the dangerous parts kata, required for yellow belt.  

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