Welcome to Otley Ju-jitsu Club (OJJ).Thank you for choosing our club to provide you/your child with the opportunity to experience the massive benefits gained from martial arts training. OJJ is uniquely run by husband and wife instructors Mike & Clare who have a transparent humanistic approach to training and teaching.
OJJ has had a presence in Otley for nearly 10 years and is the dream works of Clare & Mike who first started in the Methodist Church on Walkergate.
"Our aim is to run a straight forward business in providing excellent standards of instruction in Ju-jitsu to those who want to learn something new and exciting. The environment is safe and friendly promoting positive personal development".
The "Hookers" martial arts journey began nearly 30 years ago when they enrolled in a local Karate club gaining their 2nd Dan Black belts. Looking for something more challenging they decided to join a Ju-jitsu club in Harrogete where they trained under Hanshi Steve Barnett and in time gained their Black belts in Ju-jitsu.
Alongside this they also trained to high brown level at the Yorkshire Judo Club in Roundhay with Sensei Gary Don and attended Krav Maga lessons where Clare gained her assistant instructors certificate.
Bringing you right up to date, Clare and Mike have recently been presented with their 6th Dan Ju-Jitsu certificates whilst attending a WAOMA(World Alliance of Martial Arts) Seminar in Denmark. Otley ju-jitsu Club is the name of our club where we train in the Goshin Ryu Combat System of Ju-jitsu. Our club is affiliated with the World Alliance of Martial Arts(WAOMA) with Steve Barnett 10th Dan from Harrogate as the UK's representative.
Traditional Japanese Ju-jitsu is primarily a standing, close quarters quick finish system of combat making it the most effective martial art discipline for self defence. The skills and techniques learnt in this style will set you up for life with a solid foundation of striking, locking and throwing plus many more life skills and health benefits.
Japanese Ju-jitsu is not the only style we practice; we also combine the ground work and skills of Brazilian Ju-jitsu. These two styles totally compliment each other with many transferable skills giving you a complete package of Ju-jitsu in its entirety.If this wasn't enough, with a back ground in Karate and Judo, OJJ offers a further blend with these disciplines adding more techniques and skills to your arsenal.
OJJ ethos is based on the belief that a students' learning and development are of the utmost importance. Our team of instructors are committed to helping students achieve their goals and guide them to achieve the biggest reward ever, their black belt.
As a result, a high percentage of OJJ's success is from returning students and word of mouth recommendations. It is a testament to the teaching and training approaches that students have been with the club when it first opened its door at the Otley Methodist Church in 2006.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best Ju-jitsu lessons in the Martial Arts industry.