? Ryu Ju Jutsu

We are a passionate, non-political, non-profit making sports association
dedicated only to the study and teachings of jujutsu in a safe and practical environment.

Ryu Ju Jutsu
Call 07974 248036

Ryu Ju Jutsu

For more information please contact Greg Regan sensei
Mobile: 07974 248036

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What is jujutsu?

Jujutsu is arguably the oldest Japanese martial art and originated as the unarmed combat system of Samurai warriors on the batlefields of Japan. Following more than a thousand years of evolution it is considered the most efficient and practical self-defence and fighting system of today.

Jujutsu and aiki-jutsu are known as the grandparent arts. Other martial arts including judo, aikido, non-Okinawan karate, Shorinji Kempo, kempo jujutsu etc. all have their origins within jujutsu. Because of this, many training points will seem familiar to practitioners of those arts, and in fact to observers it will seem that jujutsu is a mixture of all the other martial arts. Jujutsu may be spelt in any of the following ways, jujutsu, jiu-jitsu or ju-jitsu, whichever way it is spelt it means the same.

Classes, gradings & requirements

Junior jutsu - is taught to children aged 6 and above. It will keep them active, improve their self-confidence and help keep them safe from bullying. Juniors aged 14 or above may, with parental consent, train with adults.

Adult jutsu - improves well-being for men and women by increasing strength, fitness, flexibility, co-ordination, self-confidence, self-discipline and mental control.

Regular gradings - are so important for student progression and are held at the end of each school term for juniors and 4 monthly intervals for adults.

Requirements - there are no physical requirements for the study of jujutsu. It is for ALL people of all ages, sexes, sizes, regardless of political/religious persuasion, race or color of skin. One of its greatest attributes is it's adaptability allowing people to find a technique with which they can gain confidence and prowess. It is an excellent form of excercise for both mind and body. The only requirement for ju jutsu is openmindness and a willingnness to learn.

Frequently asked questions

Do you take beginners?

How old do I have to be?

What should I wear?

How much does it cost?

What other costs are there?

How often should I train?

What can I expect?

How does it differ from Judo, Aikido and Karate?


Should you wish to train with us all you need do is turn up at any of our venues wearing an old T-shirt and a pair of jogging bottoms (or a dogi if you already practice the martial arts).

Please understand that for your own and others' safety you will not be permitted to wear any jewellery.


China Fleet Ryu Ju Jutsu Club

Night Time Type
Monday 6.00 - 7.30 p.m
7.30 - 9.30 p.m
Wednesday 6.00 - 7.30 p.m
7.30 - 9.30 p.m

Join us at the magnificent China Fleet Country Club, one of the most prestiguous leisure clubs in the South West of England. The China Fleet boasts an 18 hole golf course with spectacular views across the river Tamar, a swimming/leisure pool, tennis courts, squash courts, a whole host of leisure facilities and a stunning state of the art function facility.

The China Fleet Country Club is essentially a 'Members only' facility but you can train with us without having to be a member.

The Jujutsu club started here when the club opened in 1991 and is a mature well-developed club that has a strong following of juniors and adults.

We think of the China Fleet club as our 'mother' club and thus considered it our hombu because of this all our courses and gradings are held here.

New members are always welcome here at any time and the first lesson is always free - so if you fancy training come on down and have a look.


Wembury Ryu Ju Jutsu Club

Night Time Type
Tuesday 6.00 - 7.30 p.m Juniors

Join us for junior Jujutsu at Wembury Primary School

Training here currently for juniors only (ages 6 - 14)

For more information please contact Greg Regan sensei
Mobile: 07974 248036



Greg Regan sensei - chief instructor (godan)

Greg Regan

I have been training in the martial arts since 1975 and had my first jujutsu class at the age of 16. The classes were held in a portacabin outside St Mary's Church, West Chiltington, West Sussex. After a while the instructor left but I continued my training at the Ashington Judo Club (Ashington, West Sussex). Then in 1979 I moved to Plymouth to study at Plymouth Polytechnic and continued my training and study of jujutsu under Peter Farrar sensei and Brian Graham shihan. Farrar sensei went on to found the National Samurai Jiu Jitsu Association, later renamed The Jitsu Foundation - now one of the largest jujutsu groups in the UK.

In 1997 I left the Jitsu Foundation and founded the Ryu Ju Jutsu Association to further my studies and development of jujutsu.

Over the years I have had the honour of meeting and training with many fine instructors far too numerous to mention here; but having said that, there are two amazing instructors that I just have to mention:

My great sense of spirit and adventure has allowed me to experience and experiment with other martial disciplines; in no particular order they include Karate, Judo, Aikido, Kung Fu, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Aiki Ju Jitsu, Iaido, Wing Chung, Kempo. I always enjoyed the Japanese systems more, probably because they are closer to jujutsu than the non-Japanese systems; despite everything jujutsu steadfastly remains my favourite and thus my lifelong energies are focused on attempting to master the incredibly sophisticated and complex martial art of jujutsu.

The energy and spherical movement of good Aikido has always held a fascination for me and I have been lucky enough to have experienced the energy and teachings of Chiba sensei, Gwynne Jones sensei and Dave Rubens sensei.

Mark Pethick sensei (nidan)

Mark Pethick

Mark began training with Greg Regan sensei at the China Fleet Club in 1993 when he was 8 years old and has been dedicated to the art of Ju Jutsu ever since. He is absolutely convinced that it has given him the confidence, discipline and sense of personal development that he would never have achieved without it.

In 2002 he began teaching children Ju Jutsu and strives to provide them with a safe and productive learning environment. Part of this extends to his continued development and growth by training twice a week and attending courses from visiting sensei throughout the year.

The confidence that Mark gained teaching Ju Jutsu at the China Fleet Club and Wembury has led him to challenge himself further and improve his teaching experiences. To this end, he has taken part, two years running, in Camp America programmes where he worked at a summer camp teaching children with learning difficulties and behavioural problems, often having to develop new methods of teaching that required ‘out-of-the-box-thinking’.

Mark’s experiences at Camp America led him to pursue a degree in Social Work at Plymouth University and yet another summer camp.

Mark firmly believes that these skills and experiences have enabled him to be a better student and instructor of Ju Jutsu.

"In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn."


Friends of Ryu Ju Jutsu

Aiuchi Jiu Jitsu Association
CSR Ju Jitsu Italia
Goju Ryu Jujitsu Kenkyukai
Goshin Ju-Jitsu Association UK-Wales
Goshin Ju-Jitsu Association Spain
I-Doshi Ju Jitsu Jikishin-do
Jitsu Canada
Jitsu Vancouver
Seimeido Wado Ryu Karate Jutsu
Scottish Goshin Jitsu Academy
Shin-Gi-Tai Aikido Society
Yoshinkan Aikido

If you are one of our friends and not listed here please feel free to
email: and he will add you to our list.


Despite much media attention and a general increased awareness, bullying is still prevalent in our schools and society.

Bullies often have a sense of superiority over others and frequently lack proper impulse control. They are unable to manage their own anger and may put their frustrations onto others that seem weaker than themselves. Bullies generally thrive on physically or emotionally attacking people that they see as weak. Research shows that bullies may actually have been subjected to bullying themselves at some point in their lives.

Victims are often unaware that they are being bullied and may even be blaming themselves for being bullied.

There is substantial information and assistance available on-line and Bullying UK is one of the best UK sources for victims; and friends and families of victims.

There is a sad, but now outdated, misconception that martial arts promotes aggression and violence and can thus create bullies. This is far from the truth as correctly taught martial arts will overcome many problems associated with bullying, however, the benefits extend far beyond bullying and in fact can provide a framework for life itself.

At Ryu Ju Jutsu we have found that our system is a great leveller; those that have aggressive tendencies are helped to focus and control their aggression whilst those that are lacking in confidence are encouraged to gain in confidence. Sadly the true bully is often unable to reap the full benefits; this is because, as in all martial arts, practitioners have to be able to receive technique as well as give it!! Most bullies find it humiliating to receive technique and so quit quite early on.

Code of conduct

We place great emphasis on the development of the character of its students, and a code of behaviour is used, together with the physical training, so that technical skill, physical fitness and good behaviour become synonymous with Ryu Ju Jutsu.

The code is based on mutual respect of Teachers and Students for jujutsu, and acknowledges that respect must be shown for seniority.

Practitioners of Ryu Ju Jutsu are expected to show the same respect for the society in which they live, and for those who live in and administer that society.

It is a source of great satisfaction that English jujutsu has earned a reputation for world-class teachers and competitors.

All Ryu Ju Jutsu students have a duty to behave in a way that will maintain and enhance this reputation on behalf of their club and their Association.

We hold, as an ideal, one of Gichin Funakoshi's (the founder of modern-day karate) quotes

‘The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the characters of its participants.’