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Self Defence for Kids


The beginner’s class is the first experience your child will have in the martial arts and we believe this is one of the most important times in your Childs personal development.

The class is to teach the children the basics of self-defence and also to teach them about themselves and there own capabilities.

We aim to build on your Childs self- confidence and encourage the students to work in teams and help each other. The students will learn how to fall if they are attacked without harming themselves and how to take up a ground defence should they find themselves on the ground and this is vital for all students.

The grades for the beginners class start off with Red belt and progress to Orange Belt black stripe then when the students show that they are ready to grade to full Orange belt they are promoted to the Black belt club.


This class is for those students that have progressed through the grading program and have reached the grade of full Orange belt, and have shown maturity and commitment to achieve their ultimate goal of reaching Black Belt.

The class is more advanced than the beginners in that the students start to learn how to work as pairs with their training partners and are shown self-defence which involves throwing, grappling, striking, and moves that are specially designed for junior students so they can eventually become junior black belts and move on to the senior adult class.

The Benefits your child would gain from learning all the skills involved in learning Ju-Jitsu and Self-Defence will also help in every aspect of your Childs life:


Some children take a bit longer to adapt than others, however the end results have been proven to help children 100% with their abilities and performance at school.

Class instructors are NVQ City & Guilds Qualified and have years of experience why not bring your child along and watch a class for yourself, after all the first lesson is free

What the students say:

"What I think about ju-jitsu, because you are learning self-defence you are getting fit and it is fun. The teachers of ju-jitsu are really nice. What a lot of people don’t know is that ju-jitsu keeps your body fit, you also learn about body parts. Come to ju-jitsu its fun and good for you."


Jujitsu Poem

Ju-jitsu belts mean a lot,
I used to be a red belt, but now I am not.

Black is the highest, but there are some dans,
I am far from it, but I have some plans.

My sensai is funny, he’s a high black dan,
He has the moves, and he is the man.

My partner is Lucas, he is just like me,
We throw each other around, and we let our emotions free.

Yes I am good, but not good enough,
You have to have skill, and you have to be Tough

Christofer Christoforou

    Interview with my Sensei

1. What is your name?
My name is Stephen Mcdade.

2. When did you start Jujitsu and how old were you?
I started when I was 6 years old back in 1973.

3. What made you want to do Jujitsu and not another martial art?
My father was my teacher and he told me it was the best martial to do.

4. When did you get your first Dan? And how did you feel?
I passed my black belt 1st Dan in 1983 and I was 16 years old, I was a junior brown belt for three years before I could take my senior black belt, this was because they did not allow for junior black belts in Jujitsu back then.

5. What do you do when you are not teaching ju-jitsu?
I like to play with my little boy Danny he’s 6 and my baby daughter Katie she is 2. I also like to watch telly and eat all the wrong foods.

6. Have you ever failed your grading and why?
My father was my teacher and he made me train harder than anyone else, and he said that because I was his son I had to do a better and harder grading than the rest of the students to show that he was not showing me any favouritism. So I did not fail but trained very very hard so my father would be proud of me.

7. What is your favourite move and why?
To me Jujitsu is not a single move but a way of thinking. I never have favourite moves, as other people get to know what they are as you would keep doing them, I like to keep students guessing what I am going to do next, and they never do because I myself don’t know until I am at the point of just doing it. (I hope that makes sense to you)

8. Has anyone ever done something to you in the street and did you use your Jujitsu skill?
Oh yes but I never tell stories, the best thing to do is run away and that is what I would do unless I had no choice.

9. Do you know any other teacher that is better than you that teaches another martial art? (I bet there’s not!)
There is always someone better, all you can do is be the best you can be and be happy with your inner self.

That is the end of my interview. Thanks

P.S. I think you are the best martial arts teacher in the world!!!!!

Christofer Christoforou

Jack meets Royce Gracie

I've been training in jujitsu for nearly five years now, and taking it up is by far the best decision I have ever made. It is a complete fighting system. We learn punches, kicks, throws, locks, chokes, groundwork, the lot. The thing I love most about jujitsu is that you don't have to be strong to apply the moves but, you rely on the technique. Technique is using the minimum amount strength needed to apply the move so that you are not wasting energy or strength unnecessarily. This is the basis of jujitsu. Don't think that this stuff is all flowery and beautiful. It isn't. This is the real stuff for the street.

We have a wide syllabus which covers about every street confrontation and incident imaginable. And if you would like to ask about a certain technique then all of the black belts and most of the other students can help you and find the most comfortable way for you. This is another reason why I love to train. The techniques suit anybody because everybody finds a different way to apply them, so that they feel comfortable applying the technique. Little or no martial art experience, come down and train. It's a friendly club and everyone is here to help and better each other. Jack Cronin (junior brown belt)


At Total Self Defence, we believe the best defence you can have against a bully is to be truly confident that you are strong in mind, body, and spirit. A positive self-image will lessen the likelihood that you will be targeted by a bully in the first place. Using martial arts to protect you must always be a last resort. Here are some tips that may help you.

Bully Defence on the Bus

1: Sit near the front of the bus! Sitting close to the driver will make bullies and teasers think twice before acting for fear of getting caught.

2: Don't stay silent! Unless you feel that another kid will physically attack you if you speak up, remaining completely silent while kids are harassing you will only encourage them to keep doing it. Try one of the following: Directly ask them to stop. Distract them by starting a conversation that might interest them.

3: Sit with friends! There is strength in numbers. You are less likely to be singled out if you are sitting with others.

Bully Defence at Lunch

1: Move your seat! Ask a friend to move with you. If you are assigned to a seat, ask an adult if you can change it. If he or she says no, tell your parents so they can talk to the person in charge to get your seat changed.

2: Sit close to an adult! Bullies don't bully and teasers don't tease around adults? So sit as close to one as you can! If an adult who is supervising doesn't recognize the problem, please tell a teacher you trust or your parents.

3: Be the first one to enter the lunchroom and the first one to leave! Don't waste time in the halls when going to lunch or when getting back to class after lunch. Wasting time only gives bullies more opportunity to bother you.

Bully Defence in the Halls

1: Always be aware of who is ahead of you! If you see a bully or teaser ahead of you, DON'T pass the person and give him or her opportunity to bother you by noticing that you are there! Take your time and slow down a little so they get further ahead of you.

2: Always be aware of who is behind you! Don't allow a bully or teaser to stay directly behind you in the hall. He or she will most likely follow you until you have reached a part of the school with no teachers around in order to harass you without fear of being caught. If you notice a bully or teaser behind you, stop and let him or her pass. Stop in to say hello to a favourite teacher or go to the front office or the nurse's office to say hello.

3: Go a different way when possible! If your school has a first and second floor you may have a choice of taking more than one way to class. Choose the safest way even if the safest one is the longest one. It is worth the longer walk to prevent giving the bully or teaser an opportunity to bother you.

Bully Defence Online

Tip 1: Don't respond to the message! Although it is very tempting to tell a bully off, it is not a good idea. This may only get the bully angry and cause more problems for you. The bully also can print out your message and use it against you by showing it to teachers or to the principal to say you were the one who started the problem and not the other way around.

Tip 2: Get out of the chat room! If someone is making fun of you or is threatening you in a chat room, leave that room so the person doesn't have the opportunity to continue. Take down the screen name and report the situation to your online provider.

Tip 3: Print out any threatening or harassing messages! You can't prove it is happening if you do not print out the evidence. Show the printed message to your parents. It is against the law to threaten or harass someone online.

Tip 4: Report inappropriate messages to your parents and your online provider! Most online services will suspend individuals who violate online rules. Let the offender get what is coming and report the violation to get him or her off the net.

Bully Defence in General

1: Don't exchange insults with bullies! This will only make the bully try harder to make you look bad in front of others.

2: Don't accept getting teased to fit in with the popular group! Some kids tolerate teasing to try to be accepted by a popular group of kids. If you are hoping they will stop teasing you as soon as they get to know you, it most likely will not happen.

3: Immediately report the bullying or harassment! Many popular kids are very concerned about remaining popular, not only with their classmates but also with their teachers. Mention what is happening to a teacher or counsellor you trust. A student talking to an adult in this situation may be enough to stop the offending behaviour.

4: Don't join in the teasing if your friends harass someone else. If your friends make fun of someone, you can say something like "Hey, leave him alone. He's a good guy." Don't feel you need to join in the teasing to fit in.

Bully Defence Using Come-Back Lines

The key to using come-back lines is to avoid the temptation to trade name calling or personal insults with the bully or teaser. A great comeback line is brief and to the point, and leaves the bully or teaser feeling that he or she did not get to you! Don't forget to always look the person in the eye and keep cool - anger is a sign that what the bully is doing is working.

Always remember that if another student is threatening physical violence toward you, don't say anything to him or her- do your best to get away from the situation and to where a teacher or other adult is located.