Training in Jishukan on a normal dojo training night starts with a warm up and then usually comprises Kihon (fundamentals) such as stances, breathing, posture, strikes, blocks, kicks and basic movement. From there, it is usual to practice ukemi (breakfalls) and then onto waza (technique) training in Jujutsu and Kempo. It is common to end the evening with an enjin (circle) attack, where students have the opportunity to put what they have learned into practice. At all times, students can progress at their own pace, with accuracy always far more important than speed.
In addition to the usual dojo training, special training events are organised at various locations. In NSW, inter-cub training is scheduled four times per year and rotated between the Umina, Hornsby, Canberra and Illawarra dojos. Although from Melbourne, our Chief Instructor is a regular attendee at these events.
Each year, usually in November, we hold our National Training and Grading weekend. Attended by senior instructors from around the country, this 3 day event provides all students a fantastic opportunity to train with instructors from other dojos and often instructors more senior than their own.
It is at this event that all Dan (black belt) gradings are held. This process helps guarantee a high and consistent standard of Yudansha (Black Belts) across the country. As part of this process, anyone wishing to present for a dan grading must firstly be assessed one year in advance by demonstrating selected parts of the syllabus to a panel of senior instructors, providing consistent feedback for all aspirants and their respective instructors.