FAQs

What should I bring/wear?

Indoor Clothing and Footwear

  • Loose clothing/gym wear is fine to begin with – long trousers are better than shorts for various reasons. Once you have achieved your white belt, we expect you to acquire and wear a black Gi.
  • We often do grappling techniques which have been known to tear clothing. Please don’t wear your favourite t-shirt. Having a long-sleeve top of some kind to pop on if we do grappling is always useful to have with you.
  • We don’t train barefoot! We usually train in Tabi (split-toed Japanese shoes) but light, outdoor trainers/plimsolls are fine, so long as they’re clean and dry. Once you have achieved your white belt, we expect you to acquire and wear black Tabi.

Outdoor Clothing and Footwear

  • For outdoor training we don’t usually wear a Gi, we just wear normal outdoor clothing that’s weather-appropriate. If it looks like it might rain, bring waterproofs. If it’s cold, wear layers. Whatever the weather, bring a long-sleeved top you can put on for grappling purposes.
  • For outdoor training we usually wear weather-appropriate outdoor shoes such as trainers, walking shoes or walking boots. Please don’t wear heavy work boots for everyone’s safety.

Other

  • Bring a water bottle.
  • It’s best not to wear watches or jewellery and long hair should be tied back.

What are the costs?

Your first class is free.

Joining Fees

There is no initial up-front fee. Once you have completed a trial period of around 8 classes (including your first free class) you will be presented with a white belt and a folder containing the first part of the training handbook, and you will then need to pay a joining fee of £30.

Training Fees

Option 1: Drop-in rate

£10 per class.
Additional annual fees of £45 to be paid each June.

This rate is suitable for new students during their trial period, or those unable to commit to regular training.
Regular attendees are encouraged to make use of the monthly members rates, below.

Option 2: Standard monthly members rate

£40 a month to be paid by Standing Order on the 1st of each month.
Includes any one of the weekly classes and annual fees.

This discounted rate is suitable for students who are only able to train once a week.

Option 3: Premium monthly members rate

£50 a month to be paid by Standing Order on the 1st of each month.
Includes both weekly classes and annual fees.

This rate is suitable for committed students who are able to regularly attend both classes and offers the best discount.

Concessions

Students or those unemployed or on Universal Credit can benefit from a concessions rate of £6 a class, or £30 a month for all classes including annual membership, and a reduced Joining Fee of £20.

Note that all pricing options include insurance.

Other costs

Seminars and Promotion fees are extra.

Seminars typically cost around £120-130 for the weekend. See below for information on what a seminar is.

A Promotion is where you are awarded your next rank, or Kyu Grade. These cost £25 and it’s typical to achieve up to two ranks in a year of training.

What is the belt system?

After you receive your White Belt (see above) you will be at Mu Kyu. This is the beginner level. You will then progress towards your 9th Kyu Green Belt. Grades then progress to 8th Kyu, 7th Kyu and so on – still at Green Belt – all the way through to 1st Kyu. After that comes 1st Dan Black Belt, or Shodan. Grades then progress up to 2nd Dan (Ni Dan), 3rd Dan (San Dan) and so on. There are 15 Dan grades in the Bujinkan.

What is a seminar?

A seminar is a whole weekend event at which the head of the Shadow Warrior organisation teaches at one of the Shadow Warrior dojos, and to which members of all dojos are invited to attend. There are several seminars throughout the year around the UK.