A Japanese Martial Arts School of Jujutsu, Aikijujutsu & Iaido

Frequently Asked Questions

Please feel free to call or text us on 201-725-9019 or send us an email on fbernier1@gmail.com if you still have questions.

Q: Is Jujutsu an effective martial art?
A: Yes. Jujutsu is highly effective which is why Jujutsu techniques have been used in Law Enforcement and in U.S. Military Combat training for many years. Perhaps the most famous of these specialized police systems is the Taiho Jutsu (arresting art) System formulated and employed by the Tokyo Police Department.

In fact, there are many martial arts styles out there that are heavily influenced by Japanese Jujutsu. A couple of examples are:

Judo: Jigoro Kano took jujutsu concepts and modified them to the extent that they could become a sport in Japan and worldwide. That sport was named judo.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Helio Gracie of Brazil took the jujitsu/judo concepts he learned from Mitsuyo Maeda and founded an art with a very heavy ground fighting emphasis. The guard, or a way to fight off of one's back, is a staple of that art.

Q: How long will it take to be proficient with Jujutsu?
A: Everyone comes with different abilities, talents and limitations so it all depends. In general it takes a short start-up period for students to get comfortable and about 3-4 months to see an obvious level of self-confidence. Some may feel it sooner than others but usually it is those that must work at it that become the most capable jujutsuans.

Q: How long does it take to get a black belt?
A: It depends upon a lot of factors, but in general I would say that with regular training it takes three to five years or more to achieve that level of proficiency.

Q: Is practice open to both men and women?,
A: Yes, men and women train together. Women tend to excel in Jujutsu because they do not rely on strength to execute their techniques and tend to be excellent students. My wife has a theory on this, something to do with their superior intelligence.

Q: Am I too old to participate?,
A: We have current students in their fifties and sixties that practice on a regular basis. It's never too late to begin. There is a high probability that you won't be the oldest person on the mat. Our particular style of Jujutsu is low impact and requires minimal strength for it to be effective.

Q: Do you offer a trial program?
A: Yes, we offer a free trial lesson with absolutely no obligation to join. Call or text 201-725-9019 or email fbernier1@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

Q: Does your school use long term contract?
A: No, we do not use contracts of any kind. Students join and pay dues on a month to month basis. We ask that all students pay their dues on time while they are students and to stop paying dues when and if they decide to stop training.

Q: Is there any sparring or sport competitions?
A: No, in Japanese Jujutsu there is no such thing as sparring or a sports competition.

Our main focus is teaching and training in the fundamentals of Jujutsu and we spend considerable time in drilling the practical self-defense aspects of it's techniques.

Students also train in a specific form of Jujutsu called Taiho Jutsu, a system designed to be street applicable, and was created for law enforcement, military personnel and for practical self defense purposes.

We also teach and train to be aware and to trust our instincts as to avoid or neutralize attacks before they occur.

Q: Why should I train at this school?
A: We believe the following is what separates our school from the others.

  • You'll learn authentic Japanese Jujutsu, a no-holds barred type of self defense that includes physical conditioning, evasive movements, striking, throwing and immobilizations using joint locks and other methods of restraint.
  • You'll be learning the root style of modern Judo, Aikido and Brazilian Jujutsu which still contains all of the highly effective techniques, principles and tactics that modern Judo and Brazilian Jujutsu removed in order to make them into competitive sports. These techniques will provide you with a major advantage in any physical confrontation.
  • You will learn vital points on the human body that can be used to incapacitate or control an opponent.
  • Your instructors will be authentic, senior black belt teachers that are licensed to teach by current Japanese Headmasters and they will personally teach every one of your classes.
  • You will enjoy training in our school because it is a respectful and safe place where egos are left at the door.
  • You will progress rapidly in your skill and rank by being taught the core principles of Jujutsu and Iaido from the start of your training.
  • You will learn how to focus your mind, body, and spirit and it will help you build up some positive energy to help make you more successful.
  • Your monthly dues will be affordable and you will never have to deal with any type of contract.

Q: What are our School’s Affiliations?
A: Our School Affiliations
We maintain a close relationship with our Japanese Jujutsu, Aikijujutsu and Iaijutsu Headmasters.

  • Katsuyuki Kondo Sensei, is the current headmaster of Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, Mainline Tradition and Bernier Sensei is one of his USA Black Belts who visits with him on a regular basis for additional training.
  • Ryuho Okuyama Sensei, is the current headmaster of Hakko Ryu Jujutsu who awarded Tardi Sensei his Shihan Rank (Master Teacher) along with a formal Teaching License.
  • Kunikazu Yahagi Sensei, is the current headmaster of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu Iaijutsu and Bernier Sensei is one of his USA Black Belts with a Formal Teaching License. Yahagi Sensei visits the USA on a yearly basis for a series of seminars and for student rankings.
  • Bernier Sensei is currently on the Board of Directors for the International Federation of Jujutsuans and is a Yudanshi member (Teacher member) of the International Martial Arts Federation.

Q: I'm a beginner, how do I start?
A: Most people that join the school are beginners so you’re not alone. You’ll receive instruction and guidance from the instructors and you will also have of the benefit of training directly with other students at your level that will help and encourage you.

Since safety is one of our main focuses, the instructors always pay particular attention to beginners and will personally show you how to take falls safely and comfortably.

Call or email us now to schedule a free trial lesson with absolutely no obligation to join. Call 201-725-9019 or email fbernier1@gmail.com

Fred Bernier, Chief Instructor