Welcome to Imperial Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is a Japanese martial art that focuses on using an opponent's power against them, employing a mixture of strikes, joint locks and throws. Our style, Shorinji Kan, is designed for practical defence in the modern world - from unwanted harassment to armed physical assault. The techniques we teach can be used by anyone, male or female, large or small. We welcome everyone to our sessions (including non-students!) regardless of fitness or experience. Simply show up and try it for free!

Why Jiu Jitsu?

Winning a fight and defending yourself from an attack are not the same; many self-defence situations call for a quick and effective response, such as a strike, throw or joint break. Learning how to apply these techniques with minimal effort and in a controlled manner allows you to gain confidence in dealing with a variety of sudden and emerging threats. Jitsuka thrive in high-pressure situations and learn to respond rapidly and instinctively. Even when faced with a completely new situation, you can be 100% prepared.

Japanese Jiu Jitsu does not teach you how to win a boxing match; it teaches you situational awareness and the techniques to defuse a hostile encounter. We encourage you to try Boxing, Taekwondo, Karate or Muay Thai if you are looking for an offense-oriented martial art.

What you should expect

Newbies (that's presumably you!) will learn how to deal with grabs, punches and bottle attacks as well as how to fall and roll safely. At higher levels you will deal with more weapons (such as knives and bats), multiple attackers and fighting on the ground. We are affiliated with The Jiu Jitsu Foundation and our instructors are fully certified. The club atmosphere is really friendly but the training is intense too - it's sure to get you fighting fit! There are also regular regional courses taught by some of the best instructors where all Jitsu clubs in London come together to train. Two national competitions for all levels are held each year and involve a weekend away full of training, competing and partying. There are plenty of chances throughout the year to meet new people from other clubs and universities - it's a highly social martial art!

What We do

Who's who

Constantinos Kritis


Elena Turek


Shaan Bassi


Summer Jones


Pavel Kroupa


Ming Toh


Cloe Fradin

Social Secretary

News & Events

October 9th and 16th 2016

Our taster sessions this term are on the 9th and 16th of October. Take your opportunity to give it a go!

January 16, 2016

SE BaD and National PaB
10:00 - 14:00 Boland House

November 25th-27th, 2016

Atemi Nationals

December 3rd 2016

London Pregrading
London Nautical School 10:00 - 17:00



We welcome everyone to our sessions. If you aren't already a member come along and give it a try. Your first session is free. If you would like to keep training with us you need to buy membership for just £5.

Training Times

Tues 12:00 - 14:00

Thurs 21:00 - 23:00

Sun 16:00 - 18:00

What to wear

If you're a beginner just come along in gym clothes. That's shorts/joggers and a t-shirt.
Also - make sure you remove all jewellery before the session as it is hazardous to you and others!

What to know

We highly recommended that long hair is tied/clipped back; hair flapping in your face gets real old, real fast!

Inform the instructor of any injuries before training begins.

Once you're a regular you'll need to buy a gi. We can supply you with one for around £20.

If you have any questions about our sessions don't hesitate to ask the committee or the instructor!


From time to time The Jitsu Foundation holds courses both regionally and nationally. These are an excellent chance for you to train under different and often very senior instructors. You also get to train with plenty of different people from other clubs and unis.


Gradings are held regionally every quarter. Up to purple belt jitsuka can grade once every quarter. In order to grade you will need to have attended at least two sessions a week and have your instructor's permission. Feel free to talk to the instructor at any time if you have any grading questions.

Affiliated Clubs


Our sister club from King's College London. IJC members can train there free!


The Jitsu Foundation is the foundation our school is associated with and accredited by.


Another London club hosted by our own Sensei Paul Timmers! Be sure to check it out!

Stay connected with us

How to Find Us

Our sessions are currently held in:

The Union Gym,
Third floor of the Imperial College Union,
Beit Quadrangle,
South Kensington.

The closest tube stations are South Kensington, Gloucester Road, High Street Kensington and Knightsbridge.

As our Dojo is on Imperial College property a swipe card may be needed to enter the building. If you are not an Imperial student please contact us before coming so we can let you in. Failing that you will be able to speak to security at the entrance of beit quadrangle and sign in as a visitor.

Contact Us

It's always nice to hear from people but if you really want to see if Jitsu is for you the best way to find out is to just come on down and try it out!