JuJitsu – JuJitsu is probably best described as a combination of Judo and Karate, it was also the inspiration that led to the creation of these two martial arts. Sometimes called JuiJitsu or JuJutsu it combines the stand up elements of punching, kicking and throwing with the ground techniques of grappling, hold downs and submissions.

JuJitsu Kumite (Sport JuJitsu) – A modern sport that takes the techniques of Ju-Jitsu and allows competitors to fight against each other using a combination of punching and kicking typical of Karate competitions and the throwing, locking and ground techniques seen in Judo competitions, all rolled into one event.  This is semi contact and has rules that are designed to keep the fight as exciting as possible while keeping a very high level of safety.


Judo – Judo has developed into probably the best known and most popular martial art and has been an Olympic sport for many year now. Known as the Gentle Way, Judo is based on gripping and throwing your opponent in an effortless fashion without any of the impact of punches or kicks.


Karate – Karate is a martial art of Japanese origin that deals with attacks through evasive body movements and / or blocking, and counter attacks using kicks, punches and strikes.

At Coulsdon Martial Arts we teach a style of Karate known as Shotokan Karate. Shotokan Karate was developed by Gichin Funakoshi (1868 – 1957). Shoto – meaning “pine waves” (represents the movement of pine needles when the wind blows through them) and kan meaning “house or hall”. In honour of their Sensei Funakoshi’s students created a sign reading Shoto-kan which they placed above the entrance of the hall where Funakoshi taught.  Funakoshi never gave his system of karate a name but after the actions of his students his style of karate became widely known as Shotokan Karate.

The practice of karate is divided into three elements: Kihon (basics), Kata (forms or patterns of moves) and Kumite (sparring). In Karate these three elements constantly overlap and rely on each other. As a system of self defence, karate does not teach a set of standard responses to a set of limited scenarios, but instead teaches a set of principles that can be applied to any situation.

Karate will keep you fit and healthy, it develops balance, co-ordination, aerobic fitness, strength, flexibility as well as developing speed. It also challenges the brain and requires constant mental alertness and agility. The “Dojo Kun” “training hall” rules, lists five philosophical rules for training in the dojo: seek perfection of character, be faithful, endeavour to excel, respect others and refrain from violent behaviour. Funakoshi wrote: “The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of the participant.”


Coulsdon Martial Arts / Yoshin Ryu,
Woodcote Grove Road,
CR5 2AG.

Tel. 020 8763 0775