May 2015



  1. Date & Time
  2. Infant Rules: Take-down With Hold
  3. Junior Rules: Hold-down With Submission
  4. Infant & Junior Rules Clarifications
  5. Adults Rules
  6. Join the Facebook Event
Medals to be presented at the 2015 Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Britsh National Championships

Medals to be presented at the 2015 Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu Britsh National Championships

1 – Date & Time
After the unprecedented success of the Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu British Championships in 2014, we are delighted to announce the staging of our fourth British Championships on SUNDAY 17th MAY, at our new venue the Thetford Leisure Centre, Croxton Road, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1JD.

2 – Infant Rules: Take-down With Hold

  • Infants can attempt to throw their competitors and go to the floor for a hold down.
  • Infants are not allowed to do locks or chokes when attempting to do a hold down.
  • The back does not have to be completely on the floor for it to be a hold down.
  • Once they have lost control or the student is on their knees or front it is not a valid hold down.
  • NO locks, chokes or limb manipulations will be allowed.

3 – Junior Rules: Hold-down With Submission

  • Juniors will try to throw their competitor to the floor and continue the fight to the floor.
  • Locks, chokes & submissions are allowed.

4 – Infant & Junior Rules Clarifications

  • No punching or kicking is allowed.
  • Fingers are not allowed near the eyes.
  • Competitors are not allowed to wrap the arm around the neck when they throw their opponent.
  • Students are allowed to palm the face away to defend a position.
  • A DEFINED THROW – when a competitor controls their opponent to the floor using their body or leg.
  • A DEFINED LOCK – when a competitor has a limb or wrist in a locked position and their opponent is unable to escape from it.
  • A DEFINED SUBMISSION – when a competitor taps using their hands or gives up by not using any aggression or will to fight on.
  • A DEFINED HOLD DOWN – when a competitor has the opponent immobilised and unable to escape from a hold.

Points will be awarded for throws, holds and submissions:

  • 5 points for a throw
  • 5 points for a 15 second hold down
  • WIN – 10 points awarded or submissions;
  • 1 point awarded to each competitor if it is a draw.

If a competitor tries to do an unauthorised technique or anything that is not allowed in the competition, the referee will:

  • FIRST TIME – Give a verbal warning to the competitor.
  • SECOND TIME – Deduct points from their score.
  • THIRD TIME – Disqualification from the contest.

If a competitor gets two warnings and points deducted from fights during the championship, he/she will be disqualified from the event and will be asked to leave.

 5 – Adult Rules

The competition is not a “Point Score” competition. The fights are won when one of the following occurs:

  1. Through submission – one opponent taps out in response to the effects applied by the other opponent.
  2. Through knockdown – where the opponent cannot continue.
  3. Through technical knockout – where the referee stops the fight due to the belief that one opponent is taking too much punishment.

Ishin Ryu wants the competition to be fun for everyone and without injuries, or people taking the competition too seriously. Competitiveness is highly valued of course, but this should be in a controlled and “sportsman-like” manner; no psychopathic behaviour tolerated! Should anyone be deemed not to be fighting in the spirit of the competition, they will be removed!

Do’s and don’ts:

  3. Knees and elbows ARE permitted.
  4. Biting is prohibited
  5. Hair pulling is prohibited
  6. Fish hooking is prohibited
  7. Groin attacks is prohibited.
  8. Striking to the spine is prohibited.
  9. Throat strikes of any kind is prohibited.
  10. Axe kicks are prohibited.
  11. Stomping a grounded opponent is prohibited.
  12. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck (tombstone or simplex) is prohibited.
  13.  Applying any foreign substance to the hair or body to gain an advantage is prohibited.

Ishin Ryu wants the competition to be free flowing without the hindrance of competition elements such as a “10 seconds on the floor rule”etc. Therefore, as many obstacles, such as the aforementioned, have been removed to enhance the free flow of each bout.

Should a fight go to ground and is deemed to have ‘stalled’, the competitors will be stood up. During the bout, in case the fight does not have a definitive outcome, the following will be noted:

  1. Competitive aggression.
  2. Strikes.
  3. Submission attempts.
  4. Positional Dominance.

If the fight is too close to call, then the referee has the option of adding 1 minute to the fight for a ‘Sudden Death’ conclusion.

The bout length may vary depending on the amount of time for the competition and the number of competitors entered. Approximately each bout usually lasts around the 3-minute mark.

Regarding required individual protective equipment:

  1. Groin guard – MANDATORY.
  2. Shin guards – OPTIONAL.
  3. Gum shield – ADVISED

All weight categories will be decided on the day when everyone weighs in; this will be done whilst wearing your gi. There are no ‘age’ categories.

Final Note:
This competition requires a highly competitive nature, but equally the need for restraint and control. Respect, etiquette and the very best of manners – as always – will be expected on all counts. This is full contact, but requires the sensible nature and spirit that one expects of all competitors – it is about having fun, testing your skills and becoming a better martial artist. REMEMBER, there are no loses in Ju Jitsu, just the privilege of lessons learned from our peers.

Any questions, queries or indeed concerns, please do not hesitate to drop Andy Herbert Sensei a line.

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May 2015

  1. Hi there thanks for the invite. I was just wondering about the system for adult matches. Does grade/experience come into selecting an opponent or is it just weight categories. also is there a dan grade limit to compete in other words can a person be too high a grade to compete?

    • Sensei Martin Adil-Smith // April 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm // Reply

      Dear Shihan Donnelly
      In simples terms, no and no – no grade experience, just weight classes.

      And no you can’t be too higher grade.

      I would just highlight the spirit in which the competition is run i.e competitive but ultimately a bit of fun.

      Many thanks

  2. I might have missed it but what age band are the infants in and what age do they classify as Juniors please?

    • Hi Dave,

      The ages are as follows:


      JUNIORS: 8 YRS TO 13 YRS



      hope that answers your question. see you at this years British Championship.

  3. Jack O'Brien // April 15, 2015 at 10:34 am // Reply

    Can’t wait, it’s going to be a great day!!

  4. This years British Championships are going to be awesome!!!!! all the clubs have been working so hard and looking forward to it as well.

  5. Del Shannon - Honbu Dojo // April 9, 2015 at 9:24 am // Reply

    Looking forward to seeing the children and adults compete against each other! This will be a fantastic day for families and spectators…
    Sensei Del

  6. Hi Alastair,

    The adult competition as like the children’s championship will be done by weight, i.e. 80kg, 90kg over etc. the letter & entry will be available within the next week, along with the rules.
    look forward to seeing you at the championships.

  7. Alistair Nicholls // April 5, 2015 at 10:04 pm // Reply

    Hi Soke and Sensei,

    I’m sure I could have asked this when I get back from the Easter break, but I was wondering what the categories are for adults. Is it broken down by size/weight, or is it one large open tournament. I’m sure it’ll be great to enter regardless!


  8. DEPHOTO has been invited back to the championships to take photos of your child during the day. So you can buy top quality action shoots and different photos with up to four in a framed picture at reasonable prices.

  9. Great news, the new customised highly detailed & quality medals have been made. Pictures of the winners medals & the medal for taking part will go on the website soon.

  10. I have had it confirmed that the leisure centre will be open from 7.30am. The cafeteria will be open and ready to serve customers by 8.00am. I know parents and competitors that are travelling from Scotland, North Yorkshire & Oxfordshire will be grateful for this.

    I will update with more information once it comes available.

    • Osu Sensei,
      Coffee will be very much welcomed first thing on the day, thank you. Looking forward to this outstanding Ishin Ryu event and catching up with everyone. Thank you all for the opportunity for my students to compete for what will be the first time for all of them (so proud & excitied) and for all of your hard work in putting this together again this year. Can’t wait.

      Respect and Honour

  11. Information letter and entry forms will be available by Friday 27th March.

  12. Sensei Sheila // March 24, 2015 at 12:34 pm // Reply

    looking forward to another great Ishin Ryu event, This will be Jasmines first time so even more excited than usual !!
    Sensei Sheila

  13. Kevin Pell - Soke // March 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm // Reply

    This years British Championships are going to be awesome, looking forward to seeing everyone there…
    Kevin Pell – Founder Ishin Ryu Ju Jitsu

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