Beginners


All beginners (must be 16yrs +) will be made to feel welcome in the dojo and can start training at any time. They will be supported by the instructor and more experienced students in their learning.

We train in a friendly and informal atmosphere, where we encourage you to enjoy learning about these practical fighting arts in a safe environment. We pride ourselves in fostering the attitude of ‘Buyu’ or martial friends, and see the dojo as much about friendship and community as about training.

If you are interested in training with us, please contact the instructor first to arrange to come along and join in a class. This will give you an opportunity to see and experience first hand what we do, what the training is like as well as ask any questions you may have. We do not have spectators.

You will need to sign and complete a registration form & disclaimer form to train for your first few sessions. Please print out both forms, complete and bring with you to your first class.

Should you wish to continue training after this you will need obtain insurance (£15 per year) which is available through the dojo.

Please also see below and the FAQ section for what to wear, what to expect at a class and what training comprises of etc.

For class times, location and cost click here.

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• What is Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu:

Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is a martial art that is comprised of nine schools (ryu) of traditional Japanese fighting arts (Budo / Koryu). Each school has its specialities, particular focus and emphasis on body movement and weapons.

Budo Taijutsu emphasises the use of relaxed natural body movement, the use of bodyweight over strength as well as focussing on distancing, angles and timing to overcome larger and stronger opponents. As such, this makes Budo Taijutsu an ideal martial art and form of self protection for people of any age (over 16), gender, size and strength.

• What does training comprise of?

Each lesson is different, but we tend to re-enforce basic movements and foundation skills as well as rolling and how to fall safely (ukemi) every lesson. We will then study some principles / techniques or weapons of one or a couple of schools and how we can apply them in a variety of ways and differing contexts. Training includes:

Breakfalling • Rolling • Striking • Throwing • Grappling • Locking • Ground work • Weapons • Awareness • Body conditioning • Stretching • Having fun!

• What should I wear for training?

When first starting training please wear any loose and comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting pulled around in a bit and rolling in (tracksuit trousers and a t-shirt), and some socks or bare feet. Should you decide to continue training long term then it is worth investing in a black gi (training jacket and trousers) and some tabi (footwear).

• Can anyone train? Are there any restrictions?

All students must be 16 years of age or over. It is also important that you familiarise yourself with the Bujinkan Honbu Guidelines as well as Brecon dojo rules.

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If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact the instructor on the details provided.

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