Eastway  Jiu - Jitsu
Highams Park, Chingford, Woodford   -   North East London


Fitness, Self Defence, Confidence, Respect

Keep fit and Learn How to Protect Yourself!
Join our friendly classes.  Why not give it a try? 
First lesson free!  Beginners Welcome,  Adults + Kids

Eastway Jiu Jitsu club - Chingford, E4 6NP
(fitness, self defence, martial arts, tradtional Jiu-jitsu, syllabus, gradings within Jiu-jitsu International.

Contact: Sensei Richard King 07884233477


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Sensei Richard King (4th Dan Jiu-jitsu)     and    Sensei Livi Brown (3rd Dan Jiu-jitsu)


How to find us ?
St Annes Church Centre, Larkshall Road, Chingford, E4 6NP

To GET DIRECTIONS TO US by car, bus and other public transport just click on the map link, then click Directions and put in your own postcode, and follow the instructions :)


Introduction for Beginners and New Students

Eastway Jiu-jitsu club welcomes beginners and new students. 

All are welcome to come and watch our training sessions.

Jiu-jitsu is a contact Martial Art involving considerable physical exertion.
It teaches self defence techniques which include punches, kicks, blocks, holds, locks and throws.  More experienced students also learn self defence techniques using weapons.  

Jiu-jitsu is not for everyone!...but we have developed a short introduction program for beginners and new students to help you decide.  A step by step approach introduces you to simple self defence techiques, and gradually introduces more complexity as you progress.  You might be surprised how you take to it!

Your first lesson is free! ...and we suggest that after about 6 sessions you should know whether Jiu-jitsu is for you! 

In this short introduction you will learn some of the basics of Jiu-jitsu...and will be surprised how quickly your self confidence grows...
Most new students should be ready for their first grading assessment after about 12 weeks of regular sessions.

Just turn up for your first sessions in a track suit or loose fiting clothes.

All new students are asked to complete and sign a confidential questionaire requesting a few personal details, and explaining the basic health and safety rules in the Dojo (place of practice).   These include your agreement to:
  • abide by all the safety procedures and instructions given by the Instructor(s) which are designed to ensure your safetly and  the safety of your fellow students.
  • inform the Instructor(s) immediately of any injury you have, or receive, or of any other reason which may effect your training, or your safety, or the safety of your fellow students.
  • confirm that your general health is good, and you know of no reason why you should not undertake Jiu-jitsu training, and you agree to inform the Instructor(s) immediately should your state of health change for any reason.
  • train in a safe , responsible and respectful manner to yourself, your fellow students and Instructor(s), and to help support and maintain a safe and enjoyable training environment.

Courses and Seminars

As members of Jiu-Jitsu International ( www.Jiu-Jitsu-International.de ), all members of Eastway Jiu-jitsu club are connected and affiliated to the wider local, national and international community of jiu-jitsu practioners, and different martial arts styles. 

Local, national and international courses and seminars are held regularly and are attended by Eastway students.  These courses and seminars are designed to meet everyones aspirations and budget, from short half day courses at other local clubs in London, to multi-day international conventions and summer camps in Europe and worldwide.

Click on the NEWS + SEMINARS + PHOTOS heading at the top of this page for more details.

Mat Etiquette and Basic Terms

"Dojo" & "Tatami" The Dojo is the place of practice or training area, including the room and Tatami (mats) area. Students are expected to help tidy up the dojo and tatami at the end of practice.
"Sensei" Your Instructor and any senior students are referred to as Sensei = teacher.
"Rei" A Rei is a bow showing respect, but always keeping alert with eyes up and looking forward.
Standing Rei Standing with feet together, hands with palms and on thighs, forward bow, eyes looking up.
Kneeling Rei A Samurai carrying a sword - from standing goes first onto left knee, then right knee, kneeling with palms on thighs, forward bow with hands on tatami, eyes looking up, then from kneeling comes up onto right leg, then left leg.
"Uke" Your Uke is your training partner for any technique.  You always start training with your uke by both doing a standing rei to each other.  This shows respect for each other.  When training you normally alternate doing techniques with your uke  Your turn then their turn.  It is very important to establish a strong, confident and trustworthy relationship with your uke(s)  This encourages safe and productive training.
"Jiu Jitsu International" Eastway Jiu Jitsu club is affiliated to Jiu Jitsu International ( www.jiu-jitsu-international.info ). All students are expected to join Jiu Jitsu International whose membership includes insurance.
 "Gi" and "Obe" Students uniform for practice is called the Gi (jacket and trousers), together with the Obe (belt).  Students are expected to wear the club uniform  which is the white Jiu Jitsu International gi (which can be obtained from the Instructor), or a similar plain white gi with no badges.  The colour belt degrees (Kyu) are yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, black.  
Command "Matae" or "Yamae" If the Instructor (or another senior student) shouts "Matae" or "Yamae" you should immediately Stop! what you are doing.  This is the normal command to stop and gather the students for another technique; or to stop if a more senior Instructor enters the dojo; it is also used as the emergency safety command to stop all training.
Entering (or leaving) the Dojo Always perform a standing rei when entering (or leaving) the dojo, facing in to the room.
Remove all Jewellery All jewellery must be removed before training.  This is to prevent injury to yourself and your uke.  Rings act like knuckle dusters, earings can be ripped out, watches can be broken, chains can be snapped.  Many jewellery items have sharp edges which can cut.
Switch off mobile phones Switch off all mobile phones before training.  It should be possible to leave the outside world outside the dojo for a couple of hours and focus on your training without interuption to yourself or others.
Before stepping on (or off) the Tatami Always perform a standing rei before stepping on (or off) the tatami, facing in to the mat.  Once on the tatami you do not walk off (or back on) again without asking the Instructor (Sensei).
Start of Class All students do a standing rei when they step onto the tatami, and then a standing rei to the Instructor before starting.  Sometimes a full class line-up is done at the start.  Class starts with a warm-up.  Once the class has started, if you are off the tatami for any reason at any time, you wait before being invited on by the Instructor.
Before start (or end) of new technique Turn to face your uke and do a standing rei to each other. The most senior student always does the technique first.
When a more senior Instructor enters the Dojo When a more senior Instructor enters the dojo the class will be stopped and all students will turn and do a standing rei to the senior Instructor.
Tapping Out When training you will learn holds, locks and pressure points and these will be done by you to your uke, and upon you by your uke. Tapping your hand on your uke's body or on the floor (so they can hear it) is how you request them to release any hold or lock they have on you.  It usually indicates to they that they have done the technique successfully and do not need to apply more pressure or pain to you.  It is a safety mechanise to prevent injury and unnecessary pain.  Since you are usually training one on one with your uke it is very important that that you both listen out for and respond to these Tapping Out signals.
Behaviour "Quiet Please!" It is important that all students can hear training instructions, and that the level of noise does not mask students Tapping Out", or any "Matae!" commands.  So talking should be kept to a minimum and restricted to explaining techniques.  If you need help then attract the Instructors attention by saying "Sensei!". 
End of Class Line-up All students line up in grade order, facing the senior Instructor, with the most senior students at front. The senior Instructor then indicates either a standing rei or  kneeling rei to end class.

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