FAQ2020-04-10T12:13:14+10:00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How is ‘Gendai’ pronounced ☺ ?2020-01-24T13:18:42+10:00

It’s pretty straightforward:  Genday (with hard ‘g’)

At what age can I start training?2020-01-24T14:40:25+10:00

We recommend a starting age of 5 years or more. We have students, too, who began training in their 40s and went on to achieve shodan (1st degree black belt) and beyond.  So start at any age, basically.

Do I need martial arts experience or to be physically fit?2020-01-24T14:41:54+10:00

Neither.  Programs are structured to cater to all levels of expertise and ability, from beginner to advanced.  Training is done at your own pace and, while you will be encouraged to push yourself, you will only ever be asked to do activities that you are comfortable attempting

Can I start at any time?2020-01-24T14:50:19+10:00
Our programs are structured so that a student may commence at any time during the year or term, irrespective of whether you have prior martial arts experience or not.
What’s included in the fees?2020-01-24T14:53:22+10:00
All patches and belts, handbooks, grading fees and insurance are included in the fees.
How do I tie my belt?2020-01-24T14:45:51+10:00

Where do the patches go (5-11 years)?2020-01-24T14:46:30+10:00

Students receive one of our animal patches when an instructor sees them doing their best.  This can mean working to conquer a bad habit, to get better with their jujutsu, or having a great attitude to training.  It’s about acknowledgement of best effort rather than reward for best at everything.

The Red Stars are for the first three levels in our Leader Program.

All patches and stars are to be placed as shown below.  We ask that this guide is followed since there are several of each and it helps to keep the uniform looking orderly.

Where shorts are worn as part of uniform
Where shirt only is part of uniform
What’s a ‘Warrior’ patch?2020-01-24T14:46:41+10:00

Students 8-11 years are eligible–but not obliged–to attempt the Warrior patches as they appear throughout the junior syllabus.  We have designed it so students will really feel that they have done something pretty special to earn one, meaning that performing the activities for a patch must be done to strict standards, with small allowances made for age.

What is Grading, and how do I prepare?2020-01-24T14:46:53+10:00
Grading is a way of checking both student progress and that we are doing our job properly.  It is held in the penultimate week each school semester.  That being said, instructors may grade students at their discretion.
For higher-graded students, more time is required to cover and train in the content at these levels, particularly if training once/week.  In effect, this means for the mid-levels and above it will require up to two or more terms to allow for practising of increasingly complex skills.
It is mandatory for all students to wear full uniform (School shirt, shorts and belt), and for all students to present their handbook to an instructor for notes and marking.  Students 8 years and above must also bring their sparring equipment, if required for their grade level.
Is Gendai Jujutsu involved in competitions?2020-01-24T14:47:07+10:00

No, we are not.

We feel that there is already enough pressure on students in general without having to add more to the mix.  What we want for our students is that they have the best time possible, since we feel it is the best way to really and properly learn something as important as self-defence skills.

In addition, competition martial arts is quite a different beast to what we teach, with strict rules to prevent injury to an opponent and a focus on how best to score points.  We ensure our students learn the difference between someone who is just being silly with them as opposed to someone who really means them harm, and then what to do in each of those circumstances.

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