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Traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is a primarily a practical self-defence martial art that focuses on the use of locks, throws, strikes and holding techniques to deal with real-life situations. Originating from ancient Japanese techniques used by the Samurai when forced to fight without their weapons, Jiu Jitsu teaches you to overcome stronger, larger, more powerful opponents, even armed ones. It is a progressive martial art that offers a means of personal and physical development, as well as an effective system of self-defence. We teach the modern and unique Shorinji Kan system of Jiu Jitsu.

With over 3000 active members and several hundred instructors - including specialists in modern sport forms, traditional forms, weapons training, first Aid and Shiatsu, The Jiu Jitsu Foundation is the largest single-style Japanese Jiu Jitsu organisation in Britain.




We offer jiu jitsu classes to children from age 4 years+. 


Our junior jitsu classes focus on developing the important foundation blocks for further study of jiu jitsu.

Classes are fun, physical and help build confidence in young people.  

Our junior classes are held on Wednesdays 17:15-18:30. 


Our adult Jiu Jitsu classes take place on Mondays 19:30-21:30 and Fridays 20:00-21:30.

Beginners are always welcome to these sessions, which are specifically non-intimidating and welcoming.

Regular training can help to improve strength, fitness, flexibility, co-ordination and posture.

Moreover, most people find over time that Jiu Jitsu improves their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Japanese Jiu Jitsu Classes in Leeds
Jiu Jitsu: Feature


Jiu Jitsu, the gentle art, is a martial art based on using the opponent's physical strength and power against themselves meaning that it can be practised by people of all different shapes and sizes.


Judo has its origins in Jiu Jitsu and is known as the sport form of Japanese Jiu Jitsu which originated and developed in medieval Japan. The core of the art comprises a system of throws, joint locks and strikes.


Many of the techniques do not require much physical strength to be efficient. You can find more information on our Foundation's website about what Jiu Jitsu is ( and about the Japanese Martial Arts in general (

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Rebecca Flynn Jiu Jitsu Classes leeds_ed

Sensei Rebecca Flynn - 1st Dan (Shodan)

Sensei Rebecca Flynn

Rebecca started off her training in Wado-Ryu Karate, which she studied intensely from the tender age of six before being awarded her 2nd Dan black belt in 2005. When she moved to Manchester to study at the University of Manchester, Rebecca found a Jiu Jitsu club where she immersed herself in training 4 – 5 times a week. Under the excellent tuition of the very talented Sensei John Allen, she was awarded her Instructor Level, 1st Kyu Brown belt in 2010 and then more recently attained her Shodan (1st Dan black belt) in 2023. Rebecca is originally a teacher by trade, but also by nature, loving nothing more than passing on the arts to others and helping them grow in their martial arts development.

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