Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I start?
Give us call or send an email to discuss if you’re a good fit for our group. If so, visit the school, sign a release form and give it a try.

I know nothing about martial arts. Will I be lost as a new student?
No. Instruction is mostly one-on-one so you will not be asked to keep up with experienced students.

 I’m not in great shape. Can I do this?
We have students in their 60’s and understand that everyone is unique. Jujutsu emphasizes using skill rather than power.

Is special equipment required?
No. Everyone is expected to wear a plain white training uniform. We do not require anything else.

Will I get injured?
Doing martial arts is a physical activity and movement means possible injury but we seldom see injuries in our classes.

Will I be able to defend myself in a fight?
There are too many variables to consider. Martial arts training gives you tools but that is not a guarantee of success.

Is your style better than style x?
Every style has merit. It depends on what an individual is seeking. Just like sports, there is no “best sport”.

Wikipedia is usually a good source for unbiased information.

There are many martial arts schools in the valley. How do I know which one is right for me?
Hopefully you’re viewing this as a long term relationship so invest some time in research. Use the internet; talk to instructors at different schools over the phone or in person; visit schools and watch a lesson through the window if you’re shy about entering.  A large metro area like Phoenix/Glendale has a plethora of choices. Visit every school within a reasonable radius of your stomping grounds.

Call and talk to an instructor.  If you like what you hear, visit the school and watch a class. Talk to the students 

Call or write us if you have other questions not answered here.

How much should I practice to really learn martial arts?
When interviewed, many martial arts masters say the reason they can do amazing things is because they practice…a lot. Thinking about being great does not cut it. You must think while you practice and later you practice without thinking. There is no doubt that a martial arts instructor preached, “Just do it” hundreds of years before Nike made that phrase familiar. Repetition may be boring but that’s how we became good at bicycling, driving a car, etc. We repeated the action often enough that it became an automated response.  In a panic stop while driving, you do not think, you simply react.

Why do you only teach adults and not children?
We think that jujutsu is not the best choice for children. Jujutsu involves bending of the joints to create pain compliance and children have not fully developed their joints.

Is practicing the joint locks of Hakkoryu painful?
Yes. The purpose of joint locks is to create pain compliance. The level of pain you experience in training depends on many factors. The idea is to move in the direction that lessons the pain. If and when you run out of movement, you tap to tell your partner it is time to stop. Typically the pain only lasts a short time after the end of the waza (technique). There should be no permanent damage or extended discomfort.