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TJK Syllabus Seminar Masterclass with National Coach Tasshi Ross lannoccaro, assisted by Senior TJK coaches. 8th of May 2022.

Learning how to defend against weapons is essential for self-defence. The TJK syllabus has many practical and effective skills that can be used against all types of weapon attacks.

This workshop will address all areas of weapon defence from avoidance to practising skills used in the samurai era.

All teachings will be age-related.

8th May 2022
Chosen Hill Sports Hall, Brookfield Road, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2PL.

Juniors under 14 years (£12)
10.15am – 11.45am

14 years and over – All Adults (£14)
12noon – 2.30pm

All forms must be completed and returned to your Sensei to book your space.

An in-depth seminar covering self-defence headlock escapes taught by Sensei Lee Iannoccaro. Held at St Johns Sports Center, Worcester, March 2022.

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Sunday 3rd of April 2022
Grading – St Johns Sports Centre, 13 Malvern Rd, Worcester, WR2 4LE
Sunday 8th of May 2022
TJK Training Seminar – Chosen Hill Sports Hall, Brookfield Rd, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2PJ
Sunday 12th of June 2022
Sport Jujutsu Competition – St Johns Sports Centre, 13 Malvern Rd, Worcester, WR2 4LE
Sunday 10th of July 2022
Grading – St Johns Sports Centre, 13 Malvern Rd, Worcester, WR2 4LE
Sunday 16th of October 2022
TJK Seminar – St Johns Sports Centre, 13 Malvern Rd, Worcester, WR2 4LE
Sunday 27th of November 2022
Grading (Including Dan Gradings) – St Johns Sports Centre, 13 Malvern Rd, Worcester, WR2 4LE

Please note, whilst TJK will endeavour to keep the above dates and locations in place, some may change due to unforeseen circumstances. More events may also be added throughout the course of the year.

This weekend Sensei Ray Owen hosted a TJK Seminar in Tamworth for TJK Students, the seminar was a great success with Sensei Ross teaching a range of traditional Jujutsu techniques focusing on restraints and Sensei Ray Owen leading a Bo Staff session (6 foot wooden staff).

It is with great pleasure to congratulate Sensei Ray Owen, who has been a long-standing Taijutsu Kai student and instructor, on his promotion to Go Dan (5th Dan). Sensei Ray has worked hard to help TJK throughout this Covid-19 pandemic and to help keep students safely training and for the clubs to reopen successfully.

24th of October 2021
Blue – Brown belt and Dan Gradings – St Johns Sports Centre, 13 Malvern Rd, Worcester, WR2 4LE
16th of November 2021
Kobudo Training Seminar – Rawlett Leisure Centre, Rawlett school, Comberford Rd, Tamworth, B79 9AA

Please note, whilst TJK will endeavour to keep the above dates and locations in place, some may change due to unforeseen circumstances. More events may also be added throughout the course of the year.

Dear Members,

TJK is continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and aim to provide the most up to date guidance and resources for our members, to help keep everyone safe.

Return to class: Latest Government guidance.

Pending no further changes to the Gov guidance, we are planning to resume our children’s and adult jujutsu classes as of September 2021. (please keep an eye on our updates)

We do hope that you will rejoin the classes and continue your Jujutsu training. Details of classes and times for your club/area can be found on the TJK website here.

As we return to normality class sizes will begin to increase back to full size, we ask students to still follow the guidance below. The Sensei in charge of the lesson will advise students if they need to stay within bubbles and only train with people they have bubbled with.

All previously booked in members will be given priority. Any spare places will be offered to those on our waiting list.

Please complete the return to class form on our website to confirm you wish to return to your local class.
We will then contact you to confirm your / your child’s / Children’s place.

Really looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
Keep well and safe .

Sensei Ross
Sensei Lee

Dear TJK Members,

Phase 2

Instructors 

Our instructors have attended Covid Safety courses and will carry out all training instructions verbally. Clear safety instructions will be given at the start and end of class. 

Arriving at Class.

If possible all members to arrive at the facility in the correct Kit and ready to train. You will require to wear a mask whilst entering the facility area. Once you are in the training hall you can take this off. Please ensure that you bring your own ready filled water bottle for hydration.

Parents or Guardians accompanying young children are responsible for supervising them at all times and should follow social distancing guidelines. Only one Parent is permitted to accompany their child. Older children should be dropped off and collected outside the premises with prior parental arrangements. 

Sorry strictly No Spectators unless prior authorisation is given.

Hand Sanitising:

Hygiene is a top priority. Most of our facilities such as sports centre will have sanitising areas. However, hand sanitisers and wipes will be available on the table at class reception. 

You should not attend if you have symptoms, in isolation 7 or 14 days or are awaiting test and trace results.  

Booking your place:

All members must book their lessons online. You will not be able to just turn up to a class and pay.

It’s been a very challenging period for our community clubs and we are aware that the new arrangements may not suit everyone. As instructors, we will do our very best to help you reignite your passion for Jujutsu and get you back to the level you attained before the closure. 

If you are unsure of any of the details above please do not hesitate to contact your instructor / club secretary.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Yours sincerely 

Sensei Ross Iannoccaro 

Dear Members,

TJK is continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and aim to provide the most up to date guidance and resources for our members, to help keep everyone safe.

Return to class: Latest Government guidance.

Step 2
Step 2 will begin no earlier than 12 April and will allow indoor facilities to reopen including gyms, leisure centres and community centre for use individually or with household groups. Indoor sporting activities for children will be able to take place.

Step 3
Step 3 will start from 17 May at the earliest, at which point organised adult indoor group sports and exercise classes will be able to resume.

Pending no further changes to the above Gov guidance, we are planning to resume our children’s jujutsu classes as of Monday 12th April. (please keep an eye on our updates)

We do hope that you will rejoin the classes and continue your Jujutsu training. Details of classes and times for your club/area can be found on the TJK website here.

All lessons will be Covid -19 compliant, non-contact training, socially distanced as before, so places are limited to 15 per class.

All previously booked in members will be given priority. Any spare places will be offered to those on our waiting list.

Please complete the return to class form on our website to confirm you wish to return to your local class.
We will then contact you to confirm your child’s / Children’s place.

Really looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
Keep well and safe .

Sensei Ross
Sensei Lee

Dear TJK Members,

It’s been along time! We hope you have all been well and healthy and managing during this pandemic. 

I am writing to give you a brief update on how we at TJK Jujutsu clubs are planning once again to re-start a phased come back to training in January We are currently in talks with our sports and school hall providers as to the best way forward.

Phase 1- Covid Safe Classes.

It is important that we follow government guidelines to give our members the confidence that we are taking social distancing measures seriously. Therefore there will be restrictions and changes in the way we will be conducting the classes.

Class Sizes: A maximum of 16 per class. Those of you who have maintained your monthly payments will automatically be given a place in the class. Available spaces will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Training Times: During this phase, all classes will be 45 mins long with a maximum capacity of 16 people to allow time and space for entry and departure before the next class begins and to sanitise our mats.

Non contact training: Students will be placed on individual mats and be a min of 2 metres apart. Siblings or members from the same household may train together .  

Lesson plans: We are well aware that having such a long time of training / exercise may cause members to feel rusty or anxious about restarting. With this in mind your instructor has carefully put together a “Start Back” lesson plan with simple and basic fundamental jujutsu Drills, fitness and conditioning. This will greatly benefit all our members to re-engage, recap and prepare for phase 2 training. 

Instructors 

Our instructors have attended Covid Safety courses and will carry out all training instructions verbally. Clear safety instructions will be given at the start and end of class. 

Arriving at Class.

If possible all members to arrive at the facility in correct Kit and ready to train. You will require to wear a mask whilst entering the facility area. Once you are in the training hall you can take this off. Use of changing rooms and showering facilities should in general be avoided. Toilet facilities will be available. Please ensure that you bring your own ready filled water bottle for hydration.

Parents or Guardians accompanying young children are responsible for supervising them at all times and should follow social distancing guidelines. Only one Parent is permitted to accompany their child. Older children should be dropped off and collected outside the premises with prior parental arrangements. 

Sorry strictly No Spectators unless prior authorisation is given.

Hand Sanitising:

Hygiene is a top priority. Most of our facilities such as sports centre will have sanitising areas. However hand sanitisers and wipes will be available on the table at class reception. 

You should not attend if you have symptoms, in isolation 7 or 14 days or are awaiting test and trace results.  

Booking your place:

All members must book their lessons online. You will not be able to just turn up to a class and pay. Please use the form found here to request a place.

It’s been a very challenging period for our community clubs and we are aware that the new arrangements may not suit everyone. As instructors we will do our very best to help you reignite your passion for Jujutsu and get you back to the level you attained before the closure. 

If you are unsure of any of the details above please do not hesitate to contact your instructor / club secretary.

Looking forward seeing you again soon.

Yours sincerely 

Sensei Ross Iannoccaro 

‘Our Jujutsu classes will support your children in becoming confident and resilient young people. Your child/children will develop the skills to detect danger in their surroundings and defuse situations that may spiral out of control. If a situation turns physical your child will be able to access the very best skills that will move them to safety’

Here at Taijutsu Kai we teach children from 5 upwards and have a children’s specific syllabus. Every new student starts with techniques we feel (from our 40 years of experience) are most important for children to learn to stay safe. Our beginner syllabus is made up of simple, easy to learn, yet practical and effective techniques that can be used in a multitude of situations.

As well as an enjoyable leisure activity Jujutsu is an excellent and rewarding pursuit for children. The discipline required through the study of jujutsu will encourage children to become more disciplined, responsible and self-confident.

Children can acquire and improve their co-ordination, concentration, self-esteem and self-control through jujutsu. Add this to self-defence and fitness benefits and you can see why jujutsu has become so popular with children.

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We encourage every child to train at Taijutsu kai and boys, girls and all ages are always welcome. Children don’t need any special uniform or equipment to get started and we offer a free trial lesson for every child. They just need to arrive in clothes usually worn for P.E. lessons at school and they’re good to go!

We have also taught many students with disabilities and special needs, if you feel your child may be able to benefit from training Jujutsu but unsure if it is a suitable pastime for them, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we can have a chat about how we may be able to help.

At TJK we all instructors regularly meet to keep all our techniques up to date and to the highest standards. With over 20 instructors and high-level black belts with countless years of experience coming together to share knowledge and experience.

Sensei Ross Iannoccaro teaching Taijutsu Kai instructors master class

Instructors are given the opportunity to train, ask questions and share experiences with other instructors. Sensei Ross keeps all clubs performing to the high level of standards that have come to be expected of Taijutsu Kai schools of Jujutsu, from parents and students alike. This pool of experience, knowledge and a family knitted community of instructors and students is just one of the reasons Taijutsu Kai stays at the forefront of self-defence and sports Jujutsu and offers the very highest levels of Martial Arts coaching.

Sensei Andrew Privett and Sensei Ross Iannoccaro Training Self-Defence
Jujutsu is a continuous learning experience here TJK Cheltenham Senior instructor Sensei Andy takes time to train with Sensei Ross as they share ideas and techniques.
Sensei Lee Iannoccaro leading the Taijutsu Kai intructors training
Constantly improving and developing our syllabus we look to keep our techniques and teaching at the top of its game.

Nearly every martial art uses the term self-defence when describing the benefits of that art, whether it’s Taekwondo, Karate, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, JuJutsu or any other martial art. At Taijutsu Kai, self-defence is a core aspect of our art and is the framework of our syllabus. We use the term “reality-based self-defence”, but what exactly does that mean?

Reality-based self-defence is the task of taking an honest look at what happens in public altercations then training a system towards what is LIKELY to happen, not what we WANT to happen. Taking into consideration aspects that are often overlooked, such as clothing, space, type of attacks, obstacles, human behaviour, numerous attackers, surroundings and trends in crime.

By gathering and analysing data from law-enforcements and listening to first-hand experiences from people on the front line. We can establish the most common attacks, dangerous scenarios and what can go wrong. TJK takes this data and combines it with the high-level knowledge of Instructors to create a syllabus of effective techniques that work well in a multitude of scenarios. We aim to teach our students a range of principles such as spatial awareness, danger recognition, alternatives to fighting and ultimately, simple but effective self-defence techniques, that can be used any time, any place when needed.

Self-awareness before Self-defence

It is important to recognise that a student of martial arts has numerous opportunities to mitigate danger before using Jujutsu techniques. By keeping a few simple concepts in mind when in public a student can increase their odds of staying safe and reducing the chances of coming into danger.

Many important ‘signals’ take place before a person is in a position where they must defend themselves. A rounded approach to personal safety considers the ability to detect and defuse dangers. This could be a simple decision to not visit certain known high crime locations at certain times… sounds like ‘common sense’ but you will be surprised how many people make poor choices in this area. Another example could be taking a taxi home after a night out, instead of walking… this may be the best £15 you have ever spent.

The ability to defuse a situation is also a valuable tool to have. If the situation is upon us, we need to make effective use of our body language and choice speech. If someone is talking to us, there is a chance that you can negotiate a way out of the confrontation without any violence being used by either party.

An area that is often neglected is the role that our ‘egos’ play in decision making when making choices with respect to our personal safety. Many a confrontation has been escalated because a person (and this applies to martial artists) have the inability to ‘defuse’ their own anger and desire to be right. Never a good personal safety decision will be made when we let your ‘ego’ take the driving seat.

Understanding the reality of Self-defence

At our recent seminar, we invited students to train self-defence in their day to day clothes, including jeans, shirts, shoes and jackets. We also took away the false environment of safety mats and trained techniques on the hard floor, similar to a real-life situation.

Students quickly realised that the range of movement is compromised when wearing jackets and jeans. A perfect roundhouse kick to the head becomes near impossible when in work boots and jeans. Punches also become much more restricted and different techniques need to be used that work with limited movement. The hard floor establishes quickly that techniques that feel fine on the mats can be devastating on concrete. The dangers are not just increased for an attacker, but the student must also be aware of the dangers to themselves. If a student over commits to a technique and lands heavy on their knee it could have a disastrous consequence to themselves.

Clothing can also be used as a weapon both for the attacker and the defender, ties, scarfs, necklaces and bags with straps can be quickly used to strangle someone with profound effect. Coats, jackets and hoodies can be used for grips, chokes and disorientating someone.

If all else fails

“It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.”

When everything else has failed, you’ve been caught off guard, you have someone to protect, or the attacker will not back down. You may have to engage and use your self-defence skills to keep yourself and others safe.

The photos we can see a demonstration of an altercation as it builds. Working from left to right we see an attempt to defuse someone who is in agitated and/or angry state. By using calming hands the ‘defender’ is working from a strong moral & legal framework. From this position, the ‘defender’ operates behind an effective and versatile barrier. At any stage, this position can be deployed in a proactive manner or will react instinctively if an attack is launched. As the photos progress, we see that an attack has taken place… in a street attack, a common attack will be that of a haymaker punch. What we see in the middle photo is a failed punch that now turns into a bear hug/grab situation. You can see the robust nature of the barrier against such attacks. The last photo shows an elbow strike that allows the ‘defender’ to exit to safety.

In the next 2 pictures we see a multiple assailant situation. The picture on the left shows the complexity of facing 3 opponents at once. A good outcome for the ‘defender’ in this position is unlikely… there are too many variables to deal with in an effective manner. What we see in picture 2 is the ‘defender’ moving out to the left-hand side… by doing this he narrows the channel through which he can be attacked. The key here is to get 3 heads in a row which will mean that any attack will be from a single person. The best way of dealing with multiple attackers is to deal with 1 at a time, as stated by Coach T Blauer.

Expect the unexpected

Not every encounter happens standing up and in a nice 9m by 9m square of open space. In the pictures below Sensei Ross in demonstrating a scenario that happened to one of his students parents. The parent was sat behind their desk at work when an aggravated member of the public leant across the table and grabbed them by the neck. Have you ever been in a situation at work when you’ve felt threatened by a customer? How often have you trained this scenario in your martial art? It is a common attack and a common scenario but very rarely trained or even discussed. Sensei Ross is demonstrating how two of our white belt techniques can be quickly adapted to the situation and even improved with the use of the table.

By having these discussions, training in our casual wear and taking away the falseness of the dojo and training mats we get a real sense of what an altercation in public might feel like. Which helps our students be better prepared, not just with techniques, but with handling the adrenaline rush, understanding their surroundings and more.

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Taijutsu Kai seminar where children of all ages trained realistic, reality based self-defence in every day clothes.
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