Sure, in fact that would benefit you a great deal. Jiu Jitsu relies on training with others to practice throws and locks etc. Starting with a friend will allow you to both progress at the same time and you can practice what you have learned together.
No, it all comes down to personal preference. No art is really better than the other. Some people like to utilize punches and kicks others like to grapple or use locks and throws. Each person will find the style and martial art that they feel most comfortable with.
Both Judo and Aikido both have origins from Jiu Jitsu, but they have taken only certain aspects and perfected those into a very efficient art. Judo took the throws and groundwork and they specialise in those techniques. Aikido on the other hand took the flowing style of manipulation and using your opponent’s own force against them as well as the weapon aspect of the Samurai.
Most definitely, Jiu Jitsu teaches you to use your attackers’ strengths against them. However, Jiu Jitsu is a close contact art and involves groundwork techniques that some people may be uncomfortable with, but if you are being attacked then those are the positions an attacker is likely to apply. We treat all students with respect and consideration. Jiu Jitsu is suitable for both females and males regardless of build or strength.
For practice purposes it is recommended that students wear a Judo Gi (uniform). This is for safety and to stop you ruining your own clothes. While you may not be wearing a Gi outside the class it helps during training by allowing your training partner to hold you up after being thrown so you can land more gently.
This depends on how much you train; generally, it takes between four and six years to obtain your first Black Belt grade. While you may progress through to Brown Belt faster there is a set time of 2 years between obtaining your Brown Belt and grading for your Black Belt. At Auckland Studio of Jiu Jitsu grades must be earned through dedication and training we don’t just give out grades. That way you know in yourself that you actually earned your grade and can feel a sense of achievement at doing so.
No you don’t. That said tournaments are a fun way to meet other martial artists while competing in the spirit of good competition. Taking part or not taking part in tournaments will not have any effect upon your future gradings or training. It is entirely up to you if you wish to take part or not there is no pressure to compete.
Certainly we have no problem with you learning multiple styles in fact we often encourage it as learning other styles can help a lot with improving your repertoire and skill base. While some martial arts run a closed based system, Jiu Jitsu is a very open style and we’re not against incorporating new techniques.
Auckland Studio of Jiu Jitsu teaches a system of Kawaishi Nihon Goshin Jutsu as developed by the head instructor Terry Evans. The school mainly concentrates on real self defense from real situations but also incorporates a sport fighting component. Our focus though is on teaching quality Martial Arts that all can master given time.