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Frequently asked questions


What style of Jiu-jitsu do your teach?
I teach Jukoshin Jiu-jitsu Ryu and Combined Grappling Arts.

What is Jukoshin Jiu-jitsu Ryu?
Jukoshin Jiu-jitsu Ryu is a modern western martial art, with Japanese origins, and is accepted as such by the International Society of Headfounders and Headmasters. This style and it techniques are designed to used as a practical form of self-defense and includes, standing joint locks, throws, chokes, strikes, ground joint locks, ground hold downs, empty hand vs. weapon self defense and weapon vs. weapon self defense.

What is Combined Grappling Arts (CGA)?
Combined grappling Arts is a grappling system similar to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu that I have designed to help students develop their ground grappling skills. It is graded separately from the Jukoshin Jiu-jitsu and has the following belt levels: yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown and black.

Why did you create your own grappling style?
Often instructors of a grappling art or Brazilian jiu-jitsu do not have a set progression of what a student learns and when. It is often left to the instructorís whim as to what is taught in class that day. This often leaves large gaps of time between each practice of a particular technique which makes for poor memory retention of the technique. The system I have developed breaks the techniques into more manageable groups, belt levels, which ensures that you get to practice the techniques more often and have a some level of proficiency with them before moving on to the next level.

Is jiu-jitsu like karate?
No, though many of the punches, kicks and blocks are found in jiu-jitsu and many of the jiu-jitsu techniques are hidden within karate kata. Some karate clubs do practice a few of the throws and joint locks found in jiu-jitsu. Karate focuses on the punches, kicks and blocks wile jiu-jitsu focuses on the throws, joint locks, chokes and ground grappling.

Is jiu-jitsu like judo?
Yes in fact Judo IS a style of Jiu-jitsu! The major difference between judo and jiu-jitsu is the focus; judo focuses more on the throws and less on the standing joint locks. Many of the joint locks and chokes that arenít allowed in judo competitions are not even studied at many judo clubs. Jiu-jitsu tends to focus more on self-defense and judo more on the sport application.

What is a typical class like?
A typical class is something like this: How long would does it take to get a black belt?
That depends on many factors but a typical student that trains regularly should be able to achieve their black belt in 4 or 5 years.


How much do classes cost?
We do NOT do contracts or monthly payments. We have a pay as you go system where you by packages of classes. The basic package is $100.00 for 10 classes. packages of 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 classes are available and the per class rate drops with each.

I'm a out of town student going to school here in Kingston can I get my black belt before I'm done my schooling?
It is very unlikely that you would reach the level of back belt in 3 or 4 years. But if a student was diligent about making classes regularly and worked hard to maintain what they learned over the summer break they would likely be able to obtain the following: Obviously the above is very dependent on the learning ability and dedication of the student.

Could I get hurt doing jiu-jitsu?
Martial arts are a sport and the possibility of injury is always there, as it is in any sport. We try to provide the safest instruction and training atmosphere possible to reduce chances of injury but, like any sport, the chance of injury can never be eliminated.

What age range do you teach?
I teach primarily teens and adults though the maturity level of the student is far more important that the age and would consider teaching kids if their parents trained along side them.

What do I need to wear to class?
For your first few trial classes shorts or track pants and a tee shirt are fine. Once you have signed up a jiu-jitsu uniform called a gi is mandatory.

I have certain physical limitations can I still do jiu-jitsu?
Probably. It is possible to train around most physical limitations.

Iím not a 20 or 30 something any more, am I too old for jiu-jitsu?
No defiantly not. As we get older we need to be aware of our limitations as we will not heal from injury or recover from a hard workout as quick as when we were in our 20s. Donít try to keep up with the younger students just do what you can do and know your own limits.

Will I be able to do the things I see in martial arts movies?
Yes and no, many of the techniques you see in a martial arts movie are real techniques, some of which you will learn. One thing to remember is that movies are scripted, practiced and embellished greatly so the actual technique is something very different from what you see in the movies. There are many things that you see in the movies that even the martial arts experts in the movies can not do with out the aid of special effects.

Is jiu-jitsu better than karate?
Yes and no, jiu-jitsu students are typically much better in self defense situations that go to the ground but typical lack the striking and kicking power of a karate student. Both are good in their own way. It should be noted that most jiu-jitsu schools focus on self defense while many (but not all) karate schools focus mainly on the art form (kata) and less on the self defense aspects. You have to determine for yourself what you are looking for in a school and what youíre training for, fun, self defense, fitness, discipline, or all of the above. Every style and school is different and may excel at one, all or none of the above.

Has the UFC proven that Brazilian jiu-jitsu (grappling) is the only martial art that actually works?
No not at all. The UFC is a sporting venue where competitors face each other, one on one, in a controlled environment with a strict set of rules in place. These rules restrict many of the strikes, to the eyes, throat, etc., that would be employed by other martial arts like karate in a real self-defence situation.

What is the difference between MMA and Jiu-jitsu?
MMA or Mixed Martial Arts is the buzzword used by many to describe the combining of grappling with boxing, kickboxing and/or muay thai. Most MMA is structured rather like a kick boxing match, a sporting one on one confrontation and not as geared towards self defence.

What does Koketsu Kai mean?
Koketsu comes from a Japanese proverb, loosely translated "If you don't enter the tiger's cave, you won't catch its cub" and has several meanings: Tiger's Den, hard won rewards, blood and sweat. Kai means club or association.