All new comers are welcome, whether you are new to martial arts or have studied and graded in other styles. Many of our members have grades and experience in other styles of martial arts which include various forms of Karate, Judo and Aikido.Find out more
I hope you have all been keeping fit through the holidays? Training starts back next week;
Adults on Tuesday at 18.30
Mixed class on Thursday 18.00 juniors and 19.00 adults.
We Look forward to seeing you all, have a great weekend.
Back to normal next week! (keep an eye on our facebook page for updates).
Posted 31st August 2018
Welcome to Shim’s Way Jujitsu Club. We are a Jujitsu club based in Dover, South East Kent. We practice a mix of Traditional Japanese Jujitsu and Small Circle Jujitsu techniques. Established since 1999, we have a large number of adult and junior students who train weekly at our family friendly club.
All new comers are welcome, whether you are new to martial arts or have studied and graded in other styles. Many of our members have grades and experience in other styles of martial arts which include various forms of Karate, Judo and Aikido.
We encourage our students to share their knowledge as we feel that everyone has something to offer and having such a vast knowledge base gives us the edge.
Your first lesson is free so why not come along and try Jujitsu with us.
For more information please contact Sensei Steve Pinfold through our Facebook Page.
The name Shim’s Way was taken by Sensei Steve Pinfold from his instructor Mark Shimwell (6th Dan) when Sensei Shimwell moved away from the area in July 1999. Sensei Shimwell taught Traditional Japanese Jujitsu as well as Small Circle Jujitsu. The syllabus now taught at Shim’s Way Jujitsu Club are those techniques and concepts passed down by Sensei Shimwell that have now been modified to increase the proficiency and effectiveness of the style.
Jujitsu is a pure self defense art, therefore students are taught to restrain, immobilise, and control their attacker in many different ways, rather than to harm an attacker. In other words, how to control the situation rather than become the victim.
Jujitsu teaches close quarter defense techniques such as joint locks, chokes, throws, holds and grappling. However it also includes strikes (in particular striking to Atemi points of the body), kicks and blocks. Jujitsu will give you efficient movement and numerous techniques to enable you to counter attackers.
Jujitsu is a martial art that began with the training of Samurai warriors to defend themselves on the battlefields of feudal Japan. Using the sword (Katana) and other weapons, on foot and on horseback and dressed in full armour made from bamboo, the Samurai went to war.
Jujitsu today is based more on unarmed self-defense. The weapon art is still practiced, however Jujitsu is geared more towards the street situations we may encounter in today’s sometimes violent world. Students of Jujitsu are enabled to use the body to defend against attackers, with minimal effort and maximum effect against the perpetrators. A student with a good technique, skill and knowledge of Jujitsu would, in nearly all cases be able to subdue any untrained aggressor no matter how strong or vicious they may be. Jujitsu depends not on brute strength but on psychology, knowledge of the anatomy and the skills that students learn.
The first inception of what we now know as Jujitsu can be dated back as far as 22 BC. In 1100 AD, a very famous Samurai named Shinra Suburo Yoshimitsu, devised an art from the wrestling type of Jujitsu (1st used in 22 BC) and called it Daitoryu-Aiki-Ju-Jitsu. Yoshimitsu had taken this so-called sport and devised a system of unarmed self-defense. It proved so successful in combat that, for centuries, it was kept secret and taught only to the Minamoto family of which Yoshimitsu was a general.
There are many different Ryus, or styles of Jujitsu. It is said that there are as many as forty four Ryus; some use weapons and some without. One of the first Ryus that used Jujitsu as a primary art was founded in 1532 by Takenouche Hisamori. Legend has it that while on a pilgrimage, Takenouche collapsed from exhaustion after training and mediating for several days! In his delirium he received a vision from a phantom warrior. The warrior taught him five techniques of immobilization, and the advantages of using short weapons over long ones.
Prior to the foundation of the Takenouch-ryu, openhanded combat techniques existed solely as a subordinate art to a major weapons system. Most modern Jujitsu ryu can trace their lineage directly back to Takenouch, in the early 16th century, Hideyoshi Toyotomi introduced the Chinese art of Ch-an Fa (punching and nerve striking) to Japan. Ch-an Fa was adopted by Jujitsu.
During the Edo period (1603-1868), under the Tokugawa military government, Japan became a more peaceful area. Weaponless styles began to replace the weakened forms of old. During the Edo period, it is believed that more than 700 systems of Jujitsu existed.
During the Meiji restoration, the power of Japan shifted from the Shogun back to the Emperor. Since the Samurai had supported the Shogun, an imperial edit was set forth, making it a crime to practice the martial arts of the Samurai. Many of the practitioners became bone-setters, as they were well practiced from the injuries sustained in the Dojo. Unfortunately, many more used their skills to put on fake wrestling shows for public amusement, or became gangsters. Some masters to the art went ‘underground’ or practiced in another country until the ban was lifted in the mid-twentieth century.
Jujitsu is the father of some fairly new martial arts. In 1882, Jigaro Kano developed the art of Judo using Jujitsu as the model. In the 1920’s, Useshiba Morihei developed Aikido which is based on Jujitsu. In modern times, true classical Jujitsu is restricted to a very few. It is taught to police and special operation military forces, but there are few opportunities for the general populace to learn this ancient art of feudal Japan, as it was meant to be taught.
The aim of this martial arts school is to develop happy well-motivated students according to their varying abilities, in a caring and stimulating learning environment, in partnership with parents. As well-trained Instructors and Coaches supported by the best available resources, we aim to promote intellectual, moral, social, physical and spiritual development. Students will thereby be prepared to derive maximum benefit from the skills they will be taught, and ultimately be able to give back to their families and the Community. This martial arts school’s aim is to achieve all of this is in a safe, structured and organised environment, conducive of its students learning needs!
Adult Mission Statement The aim of this martial arts school is to develop happy well- motivated students according to their varying abilities, in a caring and stimulating learning environment, in partnership with the student. As well-trained Instructors and Coaches supported by the best available resources, we aim to promote intellectual, moral, social, physical and spiritual development. Students will thereby be prepared to derive maximum benefit from the skills they will be taught, and ultimately be able to give back to their families and the Community. They will achieve a high level of tolerance, control and restraint. This martial arts school’s aim is to achieve all of this is in a safe, structured and organised environment, conducive of its students learning needs!
Shim’s Way Jujitsu Club have a few general and safety policies that all students are required to follow at all times.
Before each lesson every student must help to put out the training mats. During lessons mats must be adjusted as required. At the end of each lesson the mats must be stowed away before leaving the Dojo and getting changed. Students should endeavour to arrive at least 10 minutes before lesson time to enable lesson fees to be paid, registration to be done, and any other administration. When in the kneeling position at the beginning and end of a class the student is expected to be quiet, still and listening. No swearing or unruly behaviour. No eating during training. During training drinking is at the Instructor’s discretion. If the student has to leave the Dojo for any reason they must inform the Instructor. Respect for your fellow students and Instructors must be upheld at all times.
Training uniform (GI) must be washed and ironed for the start of every lesson. Hands and feet must be clean and nails must be kept short. N.B. This for your safety as well as others. All jewellery, piercings and watches must be removed or covered with tape before training. N.B. This is for your safety as well as others. The school is not responsible for items of jewellery, clothing or valuables. Therefore please store valuables safely, or do not bring any valuables to class. Any injury incurred during training MUST be reported to the Instructor at the time.
Students who have good skills achieve a great deal more in life. Therefore our martial arts school promotes the idea that students should be encouraged to learn to make their own decisions and, whatever their age, learn how to relate to each other in a mature manner. The rules of the Dojo reflect this; please ensure that these are read.
Bullying is unpleasant and unfortunately present in all communities and it is this school’s policy not to tolerate bullying whether it is physical or verbal. It is also important that you recognise this behaviour and that you take steps to stop it. It is this school’s aim to protect students from instances of bullying wherever possible and to promote ways to change the bully’s behaviour.
The bully’s strength is in silence and we encourage you to speak up if you are unhappy for any reason while at the school.
From time to time students may be given homework; this is for their benefit to enable them to gain a better understanding of their chosen martial art. Occasionally they may be given a questionnaire or quiz. Students are under no obligation to complete these, but it will benefit them if they do so. It will give the Instructors and Coaches a better idea of how much their student has learnt.
Also there are a few other basic rules to be applied:
It is important that the students at this school work together to ensure that the students come to the school with a positive attitude to learn and to socialise and make friends with the other students. Our discipline procedure is to warn them of their behaviour twice before they are excluded from that particular exercise. They will be invited to rejoin once the Instructor or Coach sees fit. If this continues to happen the student will be asked to leave the class. Their conduct will be explained to them and they will be given the opportunity to make amends.
If you would like to come and try jujitsu, the first lesson is free. We don’t charge an additional membership or licence fee, and your insurance is covered by your first paid lesson. This is the club’s current set-up, but we reserve the right to change this.
Just wear track suit bottoms and a t-shirt and come and give it a go.
Our junior classes start from the age of 8 and aim to teach our students martial arts in a fun, stimulating and caring environment. Juniors are encouraged to achieve, working towards achievement badges as well as for their belts. We encourage parents to sit and watch the session, and occaisionally join in. If your child would like to try jujitsu, please do not hesitate to contact Sensei Steve Pinfold. The first lesson is free.
You can read our Junior Mission Statement for further information.
Our adult classes are held twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, combining a range of fitness, syllabus, competition and weapons training, varying session to session. You do not need any previous experience or knowledge of martial arts, as we try to cater for all abilities and fitness levels. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Sensei Steve Pinfold. The first lesson is free.
You can read our Adult Mission Statement for further information.
If you would like individual, 1 on 1 training, or private group tuition, please contact Sensei Steve Pinfold for more information.
Adults 6:30pm – 8pm
Juniors 6pm – 7pm Adults 7pm – 9pm
Congratulations to the students at Shim's Way Jujitsu Club in Dover on their recent grading success. Over two weekends, 31 students were put through their paces in their bid to achieve their belt, including 5 adult black belts during a gruelling eight hour session.
The following juniors achieved their belts on the 23rd June: Red belt - Alice Higgins, Elsie-Grace Stoakes, Filip Goralczyk, Archie Wall, Sophie Gebhardt and Alan Czaythg. Yellow Belt - Callum Bakridan, Connor Bakridan, Rueben Roberts, Ksawery Jusko and Seweryn Gala. Orange Belt - Poppy Bridge and Hayden Burford. Green Belt- Sebastian Gebherdt, Natasha Harris and Enola Harris. Blue Belt - Dexter Dyer, Mackenzie Dyer, Kaylah Bradbury and Patrick Riley.
"Its great to see how well everyone has progressed, a pleasure to grade."