Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How is ‘Gendai’ pronounced ☺ ?2018-06-26T21:51:37+10:00

It’s pretty straightforward:  gen (hard ‘g’) day

What age can I start training?2018-06-26T21:50:10+10:00

We recommend starting no earlier than 5 years (although we have some students who started at 4½ – it depends on the child) and others who started in their 40s and went on to achieve shodan (1st degree black belt).  So start at any age, basically.

Do I need prior martial arts experience or to be physically fit?2018-07-05T11:14:14+10:00

Neither.  Classes 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 try a class first?2019-03-16T12:08:12+10:00

Absolutely!  We offer an obligation-free trial class to see if jujutsu is for you.
Just telephone or email us to organise, then arrive 10 minutes before the class is to begin to meet the team, have a look around, and complete our application which may be downloaded and completed beforehand to save time.

Can I start at any time?2018-06-26T21:45:06+10:00
Our classes 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?2018-06-26T21:43:04+10:00
Grading fees and insurance are included and all new members receive a handbook.
What happens with a missed class?2018-06-26T21:42:04+10:00
Missed classes may be made up at the first available opportunity; check with your instructor regarding class availability.
This facility also applies when there is no class due to a public holiday.
Please note that the make up class must be completed within the current term.
How do I tie my belt?2019-03-16T15:22:09+10:00

Junior members

Where do the patches go?2018-07-05T23:03:51+10:00
For junior members.

Students get an animal patch when an instructor sees them doing their best to get better with their jujutsu, as well as 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 are to be placed as shown below.  We ask that this guide is followed since there are several patches 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?2018-06-26T21:38:53+10:00

Golden Dragon students 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?2018-07-06T12:24:40+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?2018-06-26T20:58:38+10:00

The simple answer is no.

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 circumstance.