Venue: Level 1, 149 Queen Street.
Times: Kids Judo (5 to 9 years) Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm till 6pm,
Cadet Judo (10 years to 16 years) Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm till 7pm,
Senior Judo (14 years up) Tuesday and Thursdays 7pm to 8.30pm
Ju Jitsu Mondays 7.30pm to 9pm and Wednesdays 8pm till 9.30pm.
Chief Instructor: Simon Ogden, NZJJF C2 Instructor, Judo NZ C2 Instructor,
4th Dan Shorinji Kan Ju Jitsu, 3rd Dan Olivecrona Ju Jitsu, 1st Dan Judo.
Assistant Instructors: Nathan Crombie, NZJJF C1 Instructor
Jacob Verbeek, NZJJF C1 Instructor
About: Jitsu New Zealand teaches the art of shorinji kan jiu jitsu which was brought to these shores from the Jiu Jitsu Foundation UK back in 2002 by its current Chief Instructor Simon Ogden. Although Jitsu New Zealand has a UK heritage, the style it teaches has continued to evolve in New Zealand due to its exposure to different styles of Ju Jitsu and to other martial arts. It means that Jitsu New Zealand has moved to principle and fundamental based teachings focusing on mind and body development, rather than isolated 'technique-based' study. Fundamentals encompasses the study of breathing, relaxation/tension, posture, awareness, the development of a connected mind and body, balance, sensitivity, coordination, recovery, and more across all sorts of movement contexts.
Although Jitsu New Zealand practices a primary 'style', we strive to practice and foster openness and curiosity, always engaging in and welcoming the exploration of everything the world of martial arts has to offer irrespective of style, school, or affiliation. Our regular classes are often infused with such cross-training insights and experimentations with the hope to broaden and deepen our understanding and skill. Jitsu New Zealand organises special sessions and seminars outside of regular classes that are not shorinji kan ju jitsu based which encourages its students to broaden their study of and understanding of Budo. Some examples of these arts are; Warriors Escrima, Aikido, Judo, Krav Maga, Systema, Aunkai Bujutsu, Military CQB, Batto-jutsu, Olivecrona Ju Jitsu and Karate.
The instructors of Jitsu NZ also hold grades and teach Olivecrona Ju Jitsu, Judo, Goju Ryu Karate and Krav Maga, in addition to teaching Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu. With our combined, multi-disciplinary skills and knowledge we strive to provide you with the highest possible professional level of training and instruction and create the most conducive environment possible for your learning and development. We teach to the syllabus of our founding organisation the Jiu Jitsu Foundation UK but as the grades progress we then incorporate the principles of Olivecrona Ju Jitsu.
Chief Instructor Jitsu New Zealand Simon Ogden