Adult jujitsu classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. The dojo is usually open about a half-hour before class so students can change clothes, ask questions, and begin stretching. Classes are held year-round, even on most holidays.
The monthly club dues are $70 and should be paid at the beginning of each month. Dues will be prorated for members that join in the middle of the month.
There is a one-time sign-up fee of $35 that covers the student’s AJJF membership and insurance.
Payment by check is preferred, but cash will be accepted as well. If you pay by cash, please try to have the exact amount as we usually do not have any change. Checks should be made out to “Nibukikan”. We now also accept major credit cards.
Please be prompt with your payment as this is a non-profit club and we sometimes have difficulty making ends meet. If you cannot afford the regular dues, please speak with an instructor for other arrangements.
AJJF & Insurance
The liability insurance for the club and secondary medical insurance for the students is covered by membership with our national organization the American Judo & Jujitsu Federation, or AJJF. The insurance provider requires that all participants have current memberships before the club will be covered.
You must complete your AJJF membership application before you participate in any classes. The ongoing cost for membership is included in your dojo membership fee.
If you plan on attending classes on a regular basis, a judo gi (uniform) is recommended. Lighter weight uniforms (such as karate/tae kwon do) will work but do not last as long.
To get started all you need is some strong, comfortable clothing. A sweatshirt and sweat pants are a good alternative that allow you to move and are fairly durable. Judo gis are available at the club for $60 in most sizes.
Any new student is welcome to join at any time. There are no special “beginner” classes for new students. Dan Zan Ryu jujitsu is based on the philosophy that the more experienced students help teach the newer ones.
Adult classes are aimed at students 16 years of age and older. If a junior student wishes to attend the adult classes, they should first request permission from the instructors.
Please arrive at the club early enough to allow yourself time to change and begin warming up before class is opened.
Beginning students will be introduced to rolling and falling as well as some basic hand arts and self-defense techniques. As you progress, you will be taught more techniques that involve throwing (and being thrown), grappling, constrictions (like chokes & arm bars), and combination techniques.
Massage is also a fundamental part of our system. Frequently, time will be reserved at the end of class to allow students to learn more about massage and practice massage with one another.
Students progress at their own pace and will be allowed to test for their next rank when the student and the instructors feel they are ready.
All students begin at the rank of white belt (called “rokyu”, meaning 6th class in Japanese). After white, the ranking colors are blue, green, and then three levels of brown, ending with “ikkyu”, meaning 1st class. After reaching the rank of ikkyu, students then begin to prepare for their first degree black belt known as “shodan”, meaning beginning rank.
For each rank, a student must have been at their previous rank for a minimum of three months, be current on their dojo and AJJF membership dues, and be able to demonstrate the techniques required for the next rank. Students are also required to keep a written notebook of the techniques required for their new rank.
All black belt examinations are performed only by the AJJF Board of Professors. There are no additional costs for rank examinations or promotions below the rank of black belt.
The Nibukikan has historically been a relatively casual club with respect to the traditional Japanese martial arts. The basic sign of respect is the bow, which should be done when entering and leaving the dojo, stepping onto and off of the mat, at the beginning and end of class, and at the beginning and end of practice with another student.
Talking should be kept to a minimum and you should always check with the instructor before leaving the mat during class. If you arrive late and class has already opened, you should wait at the edge of the mat for the instructor to acknowledge you and “bow you on” to the mat.
It is traditional to address the instructor as “sensei”, however some instructors may simply prefer their first name.
Because jujitsu involves working closely with your partners, it is very important that you keep yourself and your gi (uniform) clean. Pay special attention to your hands and feet and try to avoid tracking dirt onto the mat. Wash your gi regularly, but do not wash the obi (belt).
Traditionally the obi represents your knowledge and washing it would “wash out” the knowledge you had learned so far. Please remember to remove all jewelry before class for your safety as well as the safety of your partners.
As you get started, just follow along with the class, but be sure not to over exert yourself. If the class is doing an exercise or technique that you have not learned yet, practice what you know and ask the instructor or a senior student to teach you.
If you have an injury or disability, do what you can do safely and ask the instructor for alternatives. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any of the instructors or other students. Remember, we were all once white belts too! We hope that you not only have a good work out and learn a lot, but also have fun!