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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q1 If i just pay you the grading fee, can you give me my next belt, without being graded?
No – to be a member of World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia / World Ju Jitsu Training & Development Services, you must learn and refine you techniques to earn your belt. At World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia we have high standards and our integrity to maintain and will not award belts if you do not meet the standard. Several parties have approached World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia / World Ju Jitsu Training & Development Services dissatisified with other organiztions, as they realize they do not deserve their current grading and have requested to be taught the offical syllabus and be re-graded accordingly.
Q2 What do you have to do to get graded for the next belt?
Our instructors informally assess students’ moves throughout classes. Once they are confident the student can perform their moves competently, they are give a mock grading form and formally graded during their next lesson. A small fee is paid to cover the cost of a new belt and grading certificate.
Q3 What is a S.W.A.T belt and what does it stand for?
A S.W.A.T belt (black with red stripe) only applies to children under the age of 12. S.W.A.T stands for Special Willingness and Attitude Team and if a S.W.A.T belt displays particular leadership skills, they are awarded an honourary identification wallet with badge to be worn at all times on their belt. This allows them the privilege to assist the Senior Sensei’s during classes. This position can only be awarded after the student has attended the required compulsory black belt training. This award also applies to Junior Black belts. Should a S.W.A.T or Junior Black belt dishonour themselves by displaying poor behaviour, not only at Ju Jitsu but a school, home or in the community, they will be stripped of this honour and will need to work hard to earn it back.
Q4 How do you tie the belt properly?
For most young children, the belt needs to be wrapped twice around their waist.
- Match up the ends of the belt to find the middle.
- Start at the front, place the middle of the belt just below the belly button and wrap around child crossing at the back.
- With the loose ends, cross over and pull one end up through the hole.
- Then, cross over and pull one end down through the hole.
- Pull firmly to help secure the belt knot – ensure the belt is not too tight or uncomfortable for the child.
Q5 I've trained in other martial arts, including Ju Jitsu. If i join World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia, what belt would i start at?
Gradings in other martial arts differ widely as they use different systems of varying standards. If you have studied other martial arts, but not Ju Jitsu, all new World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia students start as a beginner on red belt. Upon joining World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia, the instructors will take into consideration your previous martial arts training and depending on your skill, you may be able to move up to the next belt much faster than others. However, if you have studied Ju Jitsu with another organization, you will be able to retain your Ju Jitsu belt grading but will need to revise and demonstrate the complete syllabus from red up the your current belt before being graded for your next belt.
Q6 Can i wear my gi (uniform) from my old martial arts organization?
For you free first trial lesson, yes. For all other lessons, no. You will need to wear the gi as supplied by World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia / World Ju Jitsu Training & Development Services. This is to promote teamwork, discipline and solidarity with World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia / World Ju Jitsu Training & Development Services.
Q7 How long will it take me to move from beginner to black belt?
Everyone varies in whatever skills they have and in their rates of learning. Some students who train up to 6 times a week have achieved their black belts in 2 years. Obviously, those with prior martial arts experience are more likely to move up the ranks much faster than others with no martial arts experience, unless injury slows them down significantly. Your success depends on your attitude, commitment to learning and frequency of training.
Q8 Do you offer employment to students?
Yes! World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia / World Ju Jitsu Training & Development Services is the only organization for Ju Jitsu that provides employment for students who have reached the standards set by National Coach Alan Campbell, personal student of Soke Robert Clark.
Q9 What is a "Soke" and a "Soke-dai"?
Within World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia / World Ju Jitsu Training & Development Services, higher rankings in black belts are not only awarded based on skill, but age and time spent in grades need to be carefully considered. Instructors are limited in how they can award ranks as they are only able to award a rank equal to two ranks below his/her level.( e.g, a 7th Dan can only award up to a 5th Dan). This is to ensure the student has an advanced instructor qualified to award rankings.
However, as 10th Dan is the highest black belt rank, the maximum level a 10th Dan is able to award, is an 8th Dan, with no avenue of promoting to 9th or 10th Dan. Eventually, the 10th Dans would retire or die, leaving 8th Dans as the highest, whereby they can only grade up to 6th Dan. Progressively the system would die out.
To ensure the longevity of the grading system, a mechanism called “Soke” was devised. The Soke is the head of the system and holds and honourary rank of 12th Dan, such that he/she can grade upto 10th Dan. Soke is a position only – not an actual rank. Sadly, the Soke system and rankings are frequently exploited and wrongfully awarded within the martial arts, such that the Soke title is readily given out and instructors award themselves this honour, discrediting and dishonouring the martial arts world.
Within this system, there is a second position called the Soke-dai. The Soke-dai is the inheritor of the system. When the Soke is no longer able to head the organization, the Soke-dai will move into the Soke position and another Soke-dai will be selected.
Soke is a Japanese term that means Head of Family in the realm of Japanese traditional arts. Soke is sometimes mistakenly believed to mean founder of a style, because many modern Soke and founders are first generation Headmasters of their art.
Soke’s are generally considered the ultimate authority within their art and have the discretion and final say regarding promotion, curriculum, doctrine and disciplinary actions. A Soke has the authority to issue a Menkyo Kaiden Certificate indicating that some one has mastered all aspects of their style
World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia / World Ju Jitsu Training & Development Services acknowledges and accepts the Soke system as a means of awarding 9th and 10th Dans, however, awards adn titles do not matter to Alan Campbell or World Ju Jitsu Federation Australia / World Ju Jitsu Training & Development Services. With his extensive knowledge and skill, he prefers to be simply known as Sensei Alan to his students. Alan Campbell is steadfast in his dedication to keep the original and traditional Ju-Jitsu syllabus alive whilst also incorporating modern techniques, to ensure Soke Robert Clark’s legacy grows and evolves.
Q10 Will my child become more active and will they start hurting others if s/he knows Ju-Jitsu?
Quite often, the reason why children are so active, is because they are seeking out what their body needs to remain alert. Ju Jitsu provides a great outlet for kids to let off steam in a fun and productive way. Our students are taught to use Ju Jitsu only in self-defence and the discipline they learn demonstrates this. Some children require more self control than others and our instructors are experienced to manage challenging behaviours. However, there are some children who require more than Ju Jitsu to help with their behaviour and a doctor or qualified paediatric health professional should be consulted regaring this.
Q11 What do you teach in the Ninjaroo classes (3-5 year olds)?
The Ninjaroo class was initially developed for very young children who needed a positive outlet to release their excess energy. These classes focus on school readiness and gross/fine motor skills, including: Postural tone and strength, speed, balance, hand-eye and bilateral co-ordination, bat skills, motor planning and squencing, number recognition and counting, letter recognition and basic phonics, following instructions, turn taking, show and tell, social skills, lining up, listening, some fine motor and handwritting using fun and disciplined approach that builds self-esteem, resilience and confidence.