Jiu Jitsu


Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that originated and developed in medieval Japan. A grappling art making use of throws, joint locks and strikes to subdue an aggressor, it's a great way to learn some self-defence, get fit or just learn something a little bit different. Most of the skills begin by using an aggressor’s energy to their own disadvantage, meaning Jiu Jitsu skills can be used by men, women and children of all ages. Jiu Jitsu can be used to counter aggressive situations ranging from physical harassment to armed assault.

Never set foot on the mat before? Don't worry, we welcome people of all levels of experience to our sessions. So come along and give it a try.

Queen Mary Jiu Jitsu Club is part of The Jiu Jitsu Foundation (TJJF), the largest single-style Jiu Jitsu organisation in Britain.


Trial/Taster Session: Students can trial on their first session throughout the year. Sessions are:

Wednesday: 7.30pm-10pm, Qmotion sports hall

Sunday: 6pm-8pm, Qmotion Mind & Body Studio

Costs include membership of TJJF and insurance that allows training at any TJJF club or event nationally. After purchasing a membership for two or three terms, you’ll get a free training gi provided you're new to the club.


Atemi Nationals and Randori Nationals (annual TJJF competitions) and ad hoc inter-club university competitions (to improve inter-club relations and support wider training opportunities between TJJF-affiliated clubs).

How to get Involved

  1. Like our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and/or get in contact with the club committee members.
  2. Provide evidence you either have had at least 1 vaccine dose, or can't be vaccinated for medical reasons.

  3. For every session, you must show a negative lateral flow test taken within the past 24 hours. These tests can be found on campus, in any pharmacy or ordered online, and are free of charge.

  4. Fill in the TJJF licence form. (Club: Queen Mary University of London Jiu Jitsu Club.) Show proof when you attend that you've completed the form.

  5. Bring comfortable gym clothes. Before coming onto the mat, it's a good idea to tie back any long hair. For safety purposes, remove any jewellery or cover them with tape if they can't be removed.

  6. Attend the taster sessions. Missed them? Don't worry - your first session is free!

  7. Purchase your membership at the Hub (Mile End), BLSA reception (Whitechapel) or online.

  8. Enjoy! Take part in the sessions and socialise with us!

Your Instructors

Alex Macaulay - 2nd Dan black belt

Marianne Pearson - 1st kyu brown belt

Matthew Nyx - 1st kyu brown belt

Calum Smith - 1st kyu brown belt

Elikem Jubey - 1st kyu brown belt

Your Committee

President - Elikem Jubey

Treasurer - Xsara Baptiste-Wilson

Feel free to approach us at any time. There are no stupid questions, only unanswered ones.

Personal Fitness

QMSU offers a gym on the Mile End campus, Qmotion, as well as a sister-gym in Charterhouse Square, Fitness to Practice, both with competitive student membership rates. This is ideal for students who want to purchase a gym membership - which is separate from a Club Sport subs - to improve and maintain peak physical fitness.

With every gym membership, you get a free 60 minute one-to-one session with trained instructors which includes:

  • A personalised gym programme tailored to your own fitness goals;
  • A full demonstration of exercise and techniques, and guidance on resistance machines;
  • Information and advice on nutrition;
  • A 60 minute review session every 6-8 weeks to re-evaluate and re-customise a new programme to avoid plateaus.
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