Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Jujitsu?
A. Jujitsu, Jui-jitsu, Jujutsu, Ju Jitsu, Juijitsu, Ju Jutsu, or any other way you can spell it - is an ancient martial art perfected by the Samurai, used for victory on the battlefield. In its modern day form it is ideal for self defence as it works by turning an attacker's own force against them. Ancient and modern Jujitsu is designed to be used unarmed, armed, against a single attacker or many. It uses a combination of strikes, joint locks, grappling, throws, weapons, ground fighting and evasion techniques - particularly against larger or stronger opponents. It is therefore ideal for women and children.
Q. Why Go Rin Pou Jujitsu?
A. Short answer? We honestly believe that the combination of instructors, history and martial art style we provide, are unmatched by most classes in the modern age of self defence. We cater to any fitness level, age or body shape. We teach anti bullying, reflex, and stranger danger techniques that give students the best chance of surviving an adverse encounter. We teach safety, discipline and respect for self, others and the community as a core to our art. At the centre of it, we truely care for each and every one of our students and do what we can to give them skills to improve in life through confidence, self value and a community spirit.
Q. What is the difference between the martial arts?
A. Martial arts vary depending on the region of the world they come from. Japanese martial arts are all derived from Jujitsu. Karate, Judo, BJJ, Aikido and other off shoots, can all trace their roots back to the original art practised by the samurai. They differ based on the parts of the art that the grand master preferred.
Arts such as Shaolin, Kung-fu and Wushu are all developed in the Chinese culture. Muay Thai and Silat come from Thailand. Taekwondo is Korean. Krav Maga is Israeli, and very similar to Jujitsu in a lot of aspects. All martial art styles are useful, although can depend heavily on body type. It is important that training in martial arts comes from an accredited source, as in the age of technology, there are many self proclaimed 'experts' out there. Look for the lineage of your potential martial arts instructor.
Q. Why is Japanese Jujitsu different from Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ)?
A. Jujitsu (or Japanese jujitsu) is the art taught by the Samurai, and passed down from Grand Master to student over thousands of years. Brazilian Jujitsu is a Martial Art system developed from Kodakan Judo in recent years (which was subsequently derived from Jujitsu) and focuses primarily on grappling and ground fighting. It has been adapted to suit sport fighting and was made famous due to people such as the Gracie family, and the prominence it displayed in UFC. For more information on the particulars of this sport, please check: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_jiu-jitsu
Q. Youtube has all the information I need. Why come to Training?
A. Many reasons, primarily, safety. Safety for yourself and those you practice on. For example, the founder and head instructor in Go Rin Pou is an accredited and currently practicing Queensland Ambulance Officer - You know you will have excellent care. Secondly, training partners and quality of instruction. Our instructors each have decades of experience in martial arts and there are plenty of other friendly students for you to practice on!, Finally, anyone can place information on youtube and claim to have 38 black belts in 44 different martial arts. Know that what you are learning is going to work, and feel the effects for yourself!
Q. Is Jujitsu good for fitness training?
A. Yes and no. For those who have little activity in their lives, Jujitsu is a fantastic way to increase mobility, flexibility and dexterity. As with all physical activities, there is a degree of exertion that occurs, and grading at a higher level can be strenuous. However, at Go Rin Pou, we encourage students to seek out other methods of improving fitness so that we can focus on improving technique and knowledge.
Q. Do I need the uniform to train?
A. Initially no, for the first four weeks or so, you can get by without the Gi, or training uniform, but we encourage students wishing to continue their journey with us, to purchase one as soon as possible. This is for safety and practical reasons, such as avoiding torn clothing. Students who are grading, or are graded, are required to wear the Go Rin Pou Gi to training and grading sessions.
Q. I have a black/coloured belt in another martial art other than Jujitsu, Can I wear this to Go Rin Pou classes?
A. For a visiting member, absolutely. We encourage participation from every walk of life, and often have visiting instructors to provide a greater breadth of knowledge and experience for our students. An individual wishing to start learning Jujitsu however, will be required to start at the white belt level, as the systems are completely different. We fully expect to show the same courtesy if learning at your Dojo. In saying that, those with prior martial arts experience often progress much faster than an absolute beginner.
Q. I have graded in another style of Jujitsu and wish to train with you, do I keep my belt?
A. All situations are taken on individual merit at the discretion of the Head of School, Kaiso Bellamy, but generally speaking, all Jujitsu gradings are recognised and maintained, on production of an authentic grading certificate. However, in this case it will require learning the curriculum of Go Rin Pou up to that point before progressing further.
Q. How long does it take to earn a black belt?
A. The short answer? How long is a piece of string? The time period depends entirely on the student, regularly showing up to training, natural aptitude, assimilation of training and/or previous experience all factor into the time frame. Go Rin Pou places a high demand on the skill of the black belts, and thus it will take years of hard training to reach this level, but is different for every student depending on the factors mentioned. However, once at this level, you will know it has been earned and can be justifiably proud of such a significant achievement.
Q. Who decides when I am ready to grade?
A. We hold gradings four times annually, and students that are observed to be ready will be graded in one of those quarters. If for any reason that the student is unsuccessful during their grading, there will be no cost for the grading and they will be tutored on whatever they require to successfully complete it on the next attempt, 3 months in the future. It is incredibly rare for a student to fail a grading, as they will not be placed in that position unless deemed ready by instructors.
Q. Why is there a cost for grading?
A. The cost is to cover the new belt and a grading certificate. For junior students (age 15 or under) the cost remains constant. For seniors, as you progress through the ranks, the cost does increase due to the amount of effort required for your training. If for any reason students are unable to afford a grading, this is something that can be discussed individually with the head of school, Kaiso Bellamy.