JJIF Membership in 2020

On Monday 18th May 2020 the New Zealand Ju Jitsu Federation was officially made a member of the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF).

The JJIF is the international Ju Jitsu entity that is working through the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to make Ju Jitsu an officially recognised Olympic Sport.

Our membership to JJIF allows us to send New Zealand athletes to the World Combat Games, the Asian Olympic Committee’s (AOC’s) Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and other JJIF competitions.

We have taken this proactive step to further enable Ju Jitsu to become an Olympic sport and allow future NZ athlete representation at any recognised Olympic Games. We look forward to working with the NZ Ju Jitsu community and with NZ Grappler to further this opportunity.

In Memorium – Dave Millar

It is with great sadness that we inform the NZ Ju Jitsu community of the sudden passing of Dave Millar, in Australia on Friday 22nd May, 2020.

Dave Millar held the grade of 8th Dan Ju Jitsu, awarded by Steve Heremaia (10th Dan), and was the head of NZ JiuJitsu Lifeskills and co-founder of the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall Of Fame (NZMAHOF) in 1997. He was a member of the first New Zealand Ju Jitsu Team to compete at the first World Council of Jiu Jitsu Organisations championships held in Canada 1984, and had been involved in Ju Jitsu in New Zealand for over 45 years.

Professor Dave served as the President of the NZMAHOF and was an inductee of the NZMAHOF, Australasian Martial Arts Hall Of Fame, and the World Karate Union in 2002. Dave has been acknowledged internationally for his work with Jiu Jitsu and in 1988 was awarded Certificate of Recognition from the American Jiu Jitsu Association for his outstanding service in furthering the art and in 1991 was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Jiu Jitsu Association by the then President/Founder Professor Ron Forester.

He was well known in the martial arts community and his untimely death has shocked all that knew him. This is truly a great loss, and he will be missed and dearly remembered by many.

His family have set up a GO FUND ME page to bring his body home for a funeral in New Zealand.

NZJJF COVID-19 Safety Management Plan

Businesses and services need to meet public health requirements under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level 2) Order 2020. This has been brought in by the Government to set out what businesses, services and others need to do to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To aid in this the NZJJF has released a training at Alert Level 2 Policy.

To further help you we have provided you a mostly completed NZJJF-Covid-19 Level 2 Safety Management Plan about how to implement the NZJJF Alert Level 2 Policy and what that means for your dojo/gym and to help you meet requirements in the Order. Please remember that businesses continue to meet all obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA).

NZJJF advice on training at COVID-19 Alert Level 2

Today the NZJJF released it’s guidance for clubs wanting to train at Alert Level 2, this advice is based on Sport NZ and Government guidelines, on the latest medical and scientific literature [published and pre-published print] including pilot studies, systematic reviews, meta-analyses and expert opinion articles.

A huge thanks go to Ranen Reddy, Hamish Robertson and the NZJJF Committee for all their work on bringing this policy to fruition.


In Memorium – Phil Davison, 5th Dan

The head instructor of Seishinkan Bujitsu Phil Davison peacefully passed at 2.45am 11/02/2020 after a brave battle with oesophageal cancer.

He was a great supporter of the NZJJF in it’s early days, teaching at many of our National Seminars and even holding the position of CEO of the non-sporting arm of the committee for a brief time.

A man of great humour, amazing eyebrows and a great depth of martial knowledge. His passing is a great loss to NZ Ju Jitsu. Our thoughts are with his family, students and friends.

A celebration of Phil’s life was held at King George Hall, 29 St. Leonards Drive at 1pm on Saturday 15th February.

Qualified Coaches in 2019

A huge congratulations to those that have passed the NZJJF Ju Jitsu specific coaching courses so far this year;

  • Robin Howard, NZ Eagle Spirit Combat – C2 Club Coach (10/01/2019)
  • Karl Martel, Jitsu New Zealand – C1 Assistant Coach (11/02/2019)
  • Stenfinn Olivecrona, Olivecrona Ju Jitsu – C2 Club Coach (16/09/2019)
  • Graeme Caitlin, Matamata Ju Jitsu Club – C1 Assistant Coach (11/06/2019)
  • Josh Lochan, Sakura Kan Ju Jitsu – C1 Assistant Coach (16/09/2019)
  • Simon Adams, Jitsu New Zealand – C1 Assistant Coach (16/09/2019)

NZJJF Registers Update


NZJJF Coaching Courses up to June 2018

Congratulations to those who passed the NZJJF Coaching Courses:

Jason Farquhar, Ronin Martial Arts Coalition – C1 Assistant Coach (08/02/2018)

Phillip Dunn, Jitsu NZ – C 1 Assistant Coach (27/03/18)

Simon Barnett, Jitsu NZ – C2 Club Coach (01/05/2018)

Simon Gibbs, Shi San Shi Do Chin Na & Jujitsu – C1 Assistant Coach (05/05/18)

Rob Hunter, Jitsu NZ – C1 Assistant Coach (14/05/2018)

Simon Ogden, Jitsu NZ – C3 Advanced Coach (06/06/2018)

 NZJJF Black Belt Register up to June 2018

Congratulations to the following approved for the Black Belt Register:

 Steve Lynch, 2 Dan

This and more is covered in the current NZJJF Newsletter 18-2


NZJJF Black Tops Team Results at 2017 WCJJO World Games

The results for the NZJJF Black Tops at the 2017 WCJJO World Championships in Australia, sponsored by Fuji Mae New Zealand:

Vaughan Antonio: Gold, grappling; Silver, Freefighting
Cameron Edmunds: Gold, Freefighting
Annie Lee: Gold, grappling
Krissy Oliver: Silver, grappling; Silver, Freefighting
Adam Rings: 4th, Freefighting
Joseph Rivers: Gold, grappling; Silver, Freefighting
Cam Steer: Gold, grappling

Congratulations, team. 5 x gold and 4 x silver; this is by far the best result of a New Zealand team at the Worlds. We are all very proud. More details about the NZJJF Black Tops can be found here and here

NZJJF Advanced Instructor (C3) Coaching Course is released

The NZJJF has released the C3 level coaching course. The C3 Advanced Instructor course is a follow on to the C2 Club Instructor Course that covers physiology, psychology, communication, coaching, risk management and governance to a higher degree building on the C1 and C2 coaching courses. Completion of the C1 and C2 course is a pre-requisite except where members can demonstrate that they have sport science qualifications from tertiary providers or similar.  For further information please contact Simon Ogden on coaching@nzjjf.org.nz or head straight to the coaching course page on this website.