Joining the Ninjutsu classes is easy. Just fill out the form below and we will give you a call back as soon as we can. (Please bare in mind this is a small club and not a professional organisation, so it may be a few days before we get back to you, so please be as patient with us, just as we will be with you when you start training!!!) For this reason putting the correct telephone number in the form is more important than your email. We just want to have a chat with you to ascertain whether you are the right person to join our club, and likewise if our club is right for you.
Some people have some rather strange ideas of what Taijutsu or Ninjutsu is all about, so we like to make sure you know what you are actually getting into, and some people (often very few), want to train for the wrong reasons. Unfortunately, we cannot in good conscience train these people, so please fill out the form in it’s entirety. Feel free in the message body section to tell us a little bit about why you want to train in Taijutsu. And rest assured that we would never pass this information onto a third party and we will not bombard you with marketing material. We just generally wish to communicate with you about starting a practice that we are very passionate about! 😉
Before you start
We do have one stipulation: “If you can’t laugh; you can’t train!” Keeping a sense of humour whilst training is vitally important: we don’t want anyone taking themselves too seriously!
Your personal state of health and fitness does not need to be of a high standard to attend classes: many students begin in a poor state of fitness, but over time they improve due to regular training. Nor does it matter your race or gender: We have a variety of ethnicity and gender in our classes and we respect all religious and cultural beliefs. However, you must be 16 years old, or older, to take part on your own.
For your first class, just come in loose clothing that you can move freely in (so jeans for example would only hinder you) and you don’t mind being pulled about and tugged on, i.e. in a light wrestling/grappling situation. When we are outside, please bring water to keep yourself hydrated. When indoors in the winter, Chinese tea is provided.
One thing to realise before you embark on any potential training is that this is a classical martial art: it requires commitment, patience with yourself and perseverance. If you cannot commit to training regularly at least once a week, then this is not the martial art for you. If you want a quick art or self defence system to learn, you need to look for a short self defence course. Ninjutsu, or Budo Taijutsu, takes many years to acquire competency. Please be aware of this before you decide to embark on any training otherwise you will only end up disappointing yourself.
If accepted into the club, you will need to pay for yearly insurance (£10).
The only other expenses are optional:
Gi (Training uniform including jacket, trousers and white belt) Approximately £20 for a basic black gi.
Training Weapons (These are used regularly within the class and normally students accumalate them as they progress) example prices: Bokken Sword £11, Bo Staff £16, Tanto Knife £6, etc… We have a ‘Shop’ page on this site with a few links to Amazon and ebay pages with the clothing and equipment we recommend, so feel free to peruse that for more info on pricing. These all last a very long time, and do not need to be replaced very often, if at all.
Kyu Ranks up to 1st Dan are £20. You start at 10th Kyu and will work your way up to 1st Kyu before 1st Dan. This takes 3-5 years to normally achieve. Godan (5th Dan), which is the rank of instructor normally takes an additional 5 years to achieve after your first Dan rank.