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Shorinji-kan Jiu Jitsu @ Hart House- University of Toronto (open to non-U of T students too)

Course summary

Great class and impressive value for money. Jiu jitsu is one of the most efficient self defence systems out there and this particular kind emphasizes multiple attackers and real life situations. It is a bit of a hassle that you have to take your shoes off and adhere to a couple of "respect" principles that don't necessarily make sense, but most martial arts have that. The instructors at hart house are really knowledgeable and they are teaching the course out of passion (they only get paid enough to cover their transportation costs). The atmosphere is super friendly. The older students were willing to show me all the details of the techniques each time we "fought" together, without giving me an atude. The course is even worth taking as a work out, since you use most of your body's muscles and do some cardio at the beginning. I personally took the course cause i'm not a gym person and all the other martial arts were either too expensive (outside hart house) or not so useful in real life scenarios (i.e. tae kwon do etc). Give it a try. They are thinking about introducing a free first trial which might make it even more appealing.

Where: Hart House- University of Toronto (open to non-U of T students too), Canada

Why I took the course: Just for fun

Cost: $95 for 4 months for

Required materials: Nothing. Gi is optional but if one wants to grade or go to compeions it becomes mandatory.

Cost of materials: If one so desires, $90 for a gi with "canada jitsu" badge, belt and jitsu sneakers. This includes tax & shipping

When I took it: 2013

Teacher name: Jon, Mark, Evan, Dennis (all a

Would I recommend this course: Yes


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Review by: TheNIC