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