We are a not-for-profit club – the instructors don’t get paid and any money we make pays the rent and helps subsidise the cost of equipment, courses and competitions for the students.
The session (or mat) fee covers the cost of hiring the practice area (dojo) and is paid each time you train. This is currently £7 per session.
Joining and annual membership
If you wish to try out a few sessions before deciding whether to join, you just pay the session fee, but you can only try the safest locks and self defence moves – no throwing. Joining the club costs £75 for seniors and £40 for juniors. This includes a jujitsu suit, membership to the BJJA and insurance while on the mat. You’ll also get a club badge and a book to record your gradings.
Annual renewal is £30 for seniors and £20 for juniors.
For your first few sessions, wear loose fitting clothes such as a t-shirt and tracksuit trousers. If you decide to join you’ll get a jujitsu suit (gi) and your first belt (obi) as part of the joining fee. If you already have a suit, or wish to buy your own, then we can deduct the cost from the joining fee.
There are three gradings a year, although if you cannot make it on the day you can be graded during a club night. The grading fee of £12 includes the cost of a new belt and a certificate if you pass. We try to make sure students only attempt a grading when they are happy they will succeed. Usually a very high grade instructor (typically 5th Dan or above) will come and take the grading – adding to the pressure!