Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Dojo
2019: Our 52nd Year!



Santa Clarita Dojo

Common Questions from New Students at the Santa Clarita Dojo

Other Budoshin Sensei or Dojo

Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Dojo, Santa Clarita, CA - Welcome to the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Dojo, established in 1967. We have been serving the Santa Clarita community since 1996 with a continuous instructional program in traditional Japanese Jujitsu.

     Our classes meet on Thursdays, 7-9pm, in the Community Room at Old Orchard Park, 25023 Av Rotella, Newhall, CA. A map to our classes is below

     Sensei: George Kirby, 10th dan and Marc Tucker, 7th dan. This is the ONLY DOJO IN THE UNITED STATES where both sensei were taught directly by the late Professor Jack "Sanzo" Seki! 

Black Belt Magazine selected Prof. Kirby for it's 2007 Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year Award!

Please feel free to visit our class as often as you wish, watch it in operation, and feel free to ask any questions! You may also E-mail Prof. Kirby for information. 



ON-LINE REGISTRATION for the Fall-2019 session starts on Tuesday, July 23 . Walk-in registration starts on Monday, July 29, at the City of Santa Clarita Sports Complex The Centre, 20880 Centre Pointe Dr., Santa Clarita, 91350. If you wish to register online click here to get your customer ID and password. If you already have your user ID & password just click here to register. Students may register up through the third week of class.



THE NEXT "OFFICIAL" SESSION STARTS on Thursday, August 22, 2019.
    Fee:$50 for the Thursday 10-week session. There is also a $20 materials/insurance fee payable the first night of class. Minimum age is 10. *Please be aware that once the "official" session is over you may attend intersession classes, usually 1-4 weeks, [same days & time] at no additional charge.  


    Students under age 18 MUST bring a parent to the first class to fill out the class participant agreement.
    Call 661 250-3700 or E-mail Prof. Kirby for info. A fairly accurate map [but not to scale] to the dojo is below.

Click here for flier!!


Start Date:





[10 weeks**]

Tues. not currently available
7-9pm $50^ 0 openings remain^ 10-Adult

Thursdays      [10 weeks**]

Thurs., 8/22/2019




20 of 20 openings remain^



Tuesdays & Thursdays
[10 weeks**]
Tues. not currently available 7-9pm $90^ 0 openings remain^ 10-Adult

**Once an "official" 8-10 week session is over classes may continue to meet for free until the next "official" session begins.

    * plus $20 materials
fee payable to instructor the first
night of class.
^ as of 7/10/19
^If a class closes due to maximum enrollment [0 openings] please call Santa Clarita Contract Classes  at 661-250-3740 & ask to be placed on the "wait" list. Also contact George Kirby by clicking here.



For new students, the instructional sequence is designed to get you to Rokyu, 6th kyu [Green Belt] by the end of your first 8-10 week session. By the end of your first 8-10 week session you will be able to:

 [1] demonstrate the following techniques with reasonable proficiency:

  • Elbow Roll Takedown [heji waza]
  • Outer Rear Sweeping Throw [osoto gari]
  • Basic Hand Throw [te-nage]
  • Wristlock Takedown [tekubi shimi waza]
  • Left & Right Blocks [te no tatake]
  • Cross-blocking    [juji]
  • Striking Techniques [te tatake]
  • 1-2 Nerve Techniques [shioku waza]
  • Basic Hip Throw [koshi nage] - optional
  • Basic Drop Throw [tai-otoshi] - optional


[2] demonstrate self-defense techniques for the following attacks:

  • hits
  • shirt or lapel grabs
  • bodygrabs [waistgrabs & bearhugs]
  • headlocks
  • front choke

[3] demonstrate the following falls, getting back up into a ready position [tachi waza]:

  • Forward Roll Fall [mae ukemi]
  • Side Fall [yoko ukemi]
  • Backard Roll Fall [ushiro ukemi]

By the end of your first 8-10 week session you will also learn additional techniques, become acquainted with the philosophy of Ju-Jitsu, and the formalities of the art and the dojo.

Please be aware that the first 2-4 weeks of your class may be challenging as you are learning many new things. Please be patient with yourself. The class is not physically difficult. It's important that you believe you will succeed -- because you will. Everyone in the class wants you to succeed. Around weeks 5-6 you will see more success as many of the techniques start to work better. By the end of your first 8-10 week session you will also have a judo gi [now you look like a real jujitsuka] and you will have joined the American Ju-Jitsu Association [annual calendar-year fee of $20 for AJA membership], which makes it possible for you to receive promotions, wear the AJA emblem on your gi, and wear your promotional obi [colored belt] in class!

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Common Questions from New Students at the Santa Clarita Dojo

  • What do I wear at the first class? Wear loose comfortable clothing. No shoes, socks or jewelry.

  • When do I need to get a gi? If you plan to receive a promotion you must have a white single-weight/weave judo gi [available through instructors]. We encourage you to get a gi as soon as possible as it will help you train more effectively, but it's not a requirement in order to participate in the program.

  • Can I wear my uniform [gi?] from another martial art? No. To allow you to wear a different uniform creates the public misintepretation that we don't care what you wear - - - and we like our students to wear identical looking gi. It builds comraderie and a spirit of belonging within the dojo and a much more positive public image to visitors.

  • When will I be tested for my first belt? Towards the end of the first session [about 8-10 weeks]. If your attendance and participation has been consistent you should be able to pass the test with no problems. [It's in your Student Handbook.]

  • What does the materials fee pay for? The materials fee [to be paid at the first class] pays for part of your insurance, colored belts, certificates, class materials, and mat maintenance/replacement.

  • What does the AJA fee pay for? It pays for your calendar year membership and through your membership your required insurance for all students. You will also get a free AJA patch from your sensei when you initially join the AJA. AJA membership also qualifies you to receive belt promotions.

  • Is there a testing or certificate fee? No! There is no testing fee for any belt below black belt. That's all taken care of with the materials fee.

  • What if I miss a class? You can attend our free intersession classes [between official sessions] at no charge to make up missed class[es].

  • Any other questions? Don't wait! Email sensei George Kirby by clicking here.



Other Budoshin Sensei or Dojo:

The sensei & dojo listed below are done so as a matter of courtesy. Each of the schools are independently owned and operated and none of these schools or instructors are under the direct or indirect control and/or supervision of either the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Yudanshakai, Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Dojo, Inc. (BJJD, Inc.), or Professor George Kirby. Therefore neither the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Yudanshakai, Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Dojo, Inc., or Professor George Kirby can be responsible for any actions that occur in the schools [dojo] or by the instructors [sensei] listed below.

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