University of Brighton Jitsu Club

University of Brighton Jitsu Club

We teach the martial art of Jiu Jitsu in Brighton. Want to increase fitness, improve confidence, start self defence classes or just learn jujitsu? If you’re not a regular club member please use the email form below to let us know you’re interested. Part of the Kent, Sussex, Surrey region, classes are taught in a friendly and safe atmosphere by Sensei Will Robards.

Based on Brighton University Campus right next to the Sussex University Campus and down in the heart of Kemptown, our traditional Jiu Jitsu club is a martial arts centre teaching realistic self defence techniques in a friendly environment. Beginners are welcome at any session. Just wear something loose and comfortable — and be prepared to join us for a quick half in the pub after training. It’s a yin and yang thing.

More about Jitsu.

Jitsu is a martial art based on the traditional styles of Jiu Jitsu that originated and developed in medieval Japan. The core of the art comprises a system of throws, joint locks and strikes. Based on the principal of using an aggressor’s energy to their own disadvantage, Jitsu skills can be used by men, women and children to counter aggressive situations ranging from unwanted harassment to armed physical assault.

Jui Jitsu (or yielding art) is a progressive martial art that offers a means of personal and physical development, as well as an effective system of self-defence. Regular training can help to improve strength, fitness, flexibility, co-ordination and posture. Moreover, most people find over time that Jitsu improves their self-esteem and self-confidence.

Advanced training levels are highly challenging and foster exceptional levels of physical and mental control. Jitsu training is also great fun and a fantastic way to meet new friends. Our club offers a vibrant social life out of club training, with events organised throughout the year.

There are a number of kinds of jiu jitsu, all with origins in the unarmed combat techniques of the samurai. We don’t do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu — we enjoy ground fighting, but it’s not our focus, we prefer to fight on our feet, eventually against multiple attackers with weapons.

Our club is part of The Jitsu Foundation, the largest single style jiu jitsu organization in Great Britain, with around 3,000 active members, 100 clubs in the UK and affiliates all over the world. We trace our roots back, via Australia and Shihan Matthew Komp (10th dan in jiu jutsu), to Japan — it’s likely that his instructors had a connection to the Kodokan. David Walker Sensei has written a history of jiu jitsu which is well worth reading.


University of Brighton Sports Centre
University of Brighton
Falmer Campus, Village Way