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- About Us
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- What Is It: Ju-Jitsu?
- About Our Self-Defence Course
Who are we?
We are members of Ju-Jitsu Federation in the Czech Republic, the highest technical degree being 7th Dan (L. Petrá). This federation is a member of World Ju-Jitsu Kobudo Organisation seated in Milano, head of which is soke Robert Clark (9th Dan, GB), and the co-ordinator for East Europe Shinan Franz Strausse (8th Dan, Aus, O.E.J.J.B.)
How to find us
Our club organises training sessions at TJ Sokol Praha Vrovice gym. See the map:
Club's roots are connected with 207.ZO Svazarm, later renamed to Klub Omega, and the year of 1985. We started training in TJ Sokol Vrovice at the end of 1994. The training sessions are lead by Ivan Vágner (2st Dan Ju-Jitsu) and David Plecitý (1st Dan Ju-Jitsu) together with a team of instructors. There are two categories of training sessions: group A (advanced) and group B (beginners). The training sessions take place every Tuesday from 7 p.m. (the dais of Sokol Vrovice), every Thursday from 8.30 p.m. (judo-hall of Sokol Vrovice) and every Sunday from 6 p.m. (the dais).
Pre-intermediate - group B
Range 5th - 3rd kyu. Practising basic techniques and motion abilities; falls, movement creativity, short and long locks, atemi-waza (punches and kicks), fixation and transport; fitness; basic principles of street-fighting and wrestling; tui-shou; tactics and strategy. Basic principles of defence against cold weapons and principles of fight against a group of attackers are also included. The strain of the training session is similar to the one of a sport on competition level.
Upper-intermediate - group A
Good mastering of basic techniques on 4th -3rd kyu level is a precondition. Everything is performed in fast sequence and in combinations, ashi-waza, use of weapons. Fighting under substandard conditions. Using makiwara, mock fighting and principles of fight against a group. Highly demanding sport-performance-wise.
A category that was established a short time ago and is meant for those who do not come on regular basis or who cannot take the strain of a regular training for health reasons. No real performance is expected, just good humour.
Some information and memories on top
Should you be interested in pictures from the training sessions, have a look into our electronic chronicle: archiv There is a page dedicated to our friend Markéta, who has passed away. Links to our partner clubs can be found in Ju-Jitsu around the world section: Ju-jitsu ve světě
A short story to start with
Small, absent-minded tutor of shogun's sons Chen-Yuan-Pin travelled through the country accompanied by three bodyguards. All over sudden they were attacked by villains. His samurais pulled out their swords but having realised they were overpowered, they put them down again. However, the old man, pondering, bumped into the nearest attacker and knocked him down immediately. The next moment he went for the rest. And so the attackers fled. Embarrassed samurais kneeled down before the old man and asked him to be their tutor. He agreed. He taught throws (nage-waza) the first one, locks and strangling techniques (gatame-waza) the second one, and punches (atemi-waza) the third one. Three years passed, they parted and went into three different directions to establish three different schools: Fukuno-rjú, Miura-rjú and IsogarI-rjú and that's how it all apparently started.
The origin of Ju-Jitsu
Jiu-Jitsu (also ju-jitsu or ju-jutsu) belongs among the oldest martial arts in Japan. Some sometimes count sumo or armed wrestling kumi-uchi among its predecessors and others see its origin in principles of fighting as established by emperor Seiwa's grandson in the 9th cent. Nowadays, it's mostly done for fun and self-defence purposes. It is a standard part of special police forces training and security agencies' programmes in a considerable number of countries. There can be found many different styles of jiu-jitsu in the world - starting with the traditional ones and going to fairly "innovating" ones reflecting the development of modern weaponry and blending different styles of fighting. For example, classical jiu-jitsu used to frequently attack with a horizontal cut with a sword; kicks were scarcely used- may be for heavy boots not being very common then. Now it is quite the contrary.
Something to start with...
These are the basic information on the regular self-defence and Ju-Jitsu course. Before you start, it's necessary to say: It won't make those who go through it invulnerable and almighty, but it will definitely increase the hope that in an encounter your chances won't be as small as before.
The next course is going to start on 30th September 2008 and will be fineshed on about 16th December 2008. The practices take place every Tuesday from 19:00 till 20:30, i.e. 90 minutes in the DOJO of TJ sokol Vrsovice - on professional competition judo mats. We work-out barefooted and in loose sport clothes (if possible without buttons and definitely without zippers).
The main leadar and organiser is one of instructor of Jujitsu Praha School.
The course contains knowledge and skills on the level of a kind of "7th kyu of Ju-Jitsu". You will learn to move differently, to feel and understand the assailant, to keep him at a distance (at least for a while :) ), to take a more advantageous position, to issue a simple but efficient punch and to stop feeling scared. Most of the new moves are practised through various games.
Basic strategy and tactics and legal aspects
of so called Necessary defence (Section 13, Criminal Code) are part of this course.
A "small" specialised tactical-strategic course for women will be open in the second half of this "great" self-defence and ju-jitsu course. It is completely separated from the main course. It will have about 7 lessons and it will consist of tactics and strategic knowledge; basically, how to avoid a dangerous situation instead of facing it. Women and girls who will pay for the "great" course won't need to pay for the "small" one and will have a priority right in case it is full.
Minimum age of 15 and at least average health (serious health problems are necessary to consult in advance) are a precondition for entering the course. It is possible to sign up even after the course has started but do not put it off. Even though the work-outs take place only once a week, beginners' skills increase quite rapidly. The course will conclude in a seminar (4-hour lesson) where you will be able to revise everything you've learnt.
After the course, you will be able to continue working out in club's regular practise hours (i.e. twice a week).
The price is about 1200 CZK for whole course. Try our infromation email to get all concrete data. The first lesson is free, no matter when you come; of course.
author: Ivan Vágner, 2003 - 2007