Who Can Join Us
To join us, the most the most
important requirements are a good attitude and training spirit.
Fitness or other Olympic abilities are not needed, though we do of
course endeavour to improve our fitness levels and mobility through
training. We practice a practical art (i.e. includes dangerous
techniques and skills) that requires us to train in a cooperative
spirit through collaborative learning and competition in order to be both effective
and safe. Competitive activities and exercises are limited to
friendly competition for the purpose of mutual skill development
rather than extrinsic awards or other personal ego inflation. Prima-Donnas,
terrorists, criminals, fanatics and other
ego maniacs have no place in good martial arts or responsible
schools and need not apply.
Consequently, the Liikan Jitsu Club and the Liikan
style do maintain some restrictions on who can join us based on
criminal conduct/intentions, health and age. Traditional Martial Arts were
designed for adults in a bygone age and, as such, are quite unsuitable
for young children or other more irresponsible juveniles and
In our membership application form (MAF),
you will find sections relating to your own personal security/safety,
health wise, and also to the Club Security which, is concerned
with the conduct and intentions of our members. To this end the club
normally takes videos of the training sessions for both security and
video creation and promotional activities. All members must explicitly
agree to this (by signing the MAF) in order to join the club.
Our training programme and grading
syllabus has adapted to take account of these concerns and restrictions, in particular the
various age groups according to modern pedagogical guidelines and
At any time, if we suspect previous
or current criminal conduct, we may ask you to produce a criminal record
statement at your own expense. Obviously, especially given the subject
matter and the presence of children training with us, violent people, be
they bullies and thugs, juvenile delinquents or other criminal types that might miss-use and
abuse what they learn with us, are not welcome at our club.
Any information we receive about such abuse and misconduct may be
reported to local authorities such as school principles, social services
and the police.
Equally, cheats on memberships subscriptions, training fees and other
defaulters are regarded in the same light as any other criminal and
treated as such. Should we suspect any such potential future misconduct,
we reserve the right to terminate a membership immediately, or, at any
time without refund and may file claims via the local bailiffs.
Health is another important issue,
hence the requirement to conscienciously and honestly complete the
Membership Application Forms (MAF). Failure to disclose a medical
condition of any kind is grounds for immediate forfeiture of membership,
After completion of the starters
course, successful students are awarded a certificate / license to
train. However, at all times, after reviewing the application, the final decision
to admit a new member or terminate an existing one, rests solely at the discretion of the Club Instructor.
Ages 8 to 12 and 13 to 18
Good training spirit and Attitude
towards the Club and its other members
A willingness to make a
commitment to the training
The ability to listen, follow instructions and behave in
a somewhat more responsible fashion even when not under direct
supervision are an important attribute for safe and effective training.
We do not therefore accept children under the age of 8 years, or at
least one year of primary school experience, though exceptions may
occasionally be made at club instructors discretion to allow for variations in ability and
Although all juniors train together much of the time and
even with or alongside adult members, for pedagogical / child
development phase (mental and physical) reasons Juniors follow an adapted syllabus according
to the age groups notified.
Whether an adult or junior, personal development,
learning and advancement in martial arts, as in any other sport or
activity, requires regular and consistent effort. To avoid wasting your
time, as well as the instructors and everyone else's, membership
applicants should be willing to commit to regular training for an
extended time, hence course fees are payable by term / course, in
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