Small Circle Jujitsu

Small Circle Ju-jitsu – A Story of Continuing Evolution

April 20th, 2010

Interview with Leon Jay, 2nd Generation Headmaster. – Part 2 Small Circle Jujitsu’s success – says Leon – lies in its simplicity and its effectiveness.  “Small Circle cuts to the chase in many ways. Finger locks for example. “When you’re being attacked, what’s generally coming at you? If they’re grabbing you, for smaller people, women […]

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Small Circle Ju-jitsu – A Classic American Art-form

April 6th, 2010

Interview with Leon Jay, 2nd Generation Headmaster. – Part 1 It’s never easy taking over from a legend, so when martial arts giant, Professor Wally Jay handed on control of the Small Circle Jujitsu system to his son Leon, he could have been forgiven for feeling as if this was an impossible act to follow. […]

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Small Circle Concepts – The Idea Behind the Training Method

February 23rd, 2010

I met Professor Wally Jay in the mid-1980’s – and from the moment that I met him he became a seminal and continuing influence upon me.  I had been working on my own training method for several years by that time, and had been trained in a number of grappling methods, which I continue to […]

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“Practise makes Perfect”

January 20th, 2010

Leon Jay and the continuing development of the Small Circle Concept At the beginning of the 21st century many martial artists are questioning their abilities to apply their chosen arts, to reconcile the classical with the practicalities of modern life.  It is unsurprisingly difficult therefore, to find instructors able to teach us to walk that […]

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Professor Wally Jay and the Scientific Application of Small Circle Jujitsu

January 15th, 2010

As with many of the articles John Mellon has written on Profs. Wally and Leon and the Small Circle Jujitsu system, this was prompted by one of Prof. Wally’s visits to the UK.  It first appeared in Traditional Karate (May 1995). Download the article : Traditional Karate (May 1995)

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Leon Jay – just another scion of a famous house?

January 15th, 2010

This article, published first in Traditional Karate (June 2000), was part of establishing Prof. Leon Jay’s extensive martial arts background for a wider UK audience, his inheritance of his father’s mantle, and why it was far from automatic that he would become the Second Generation leader. Download the article : Traditional Karate (June 2000)

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A Knockout Seminar

January 15th, 2010

Since 1987, when John Mellon first brought Prof. Wally Jay to the UK to teach, Prof. Leon Jay and John hosted seminars by Prof. Wally many times.  The featured article was published first in Traditional Karate magazine (Jan 1994) and reports one of Prof. Wally Jay’s seminar trips to the UK – on this occasion […]

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Small Circle Adds Another Ring

January 15th, 2010

This article was first published in Inside Kung Fu magazine (Nov 1999) featuring an interview with Prof. Leon Jay; it reprises some of the history of Small Circle and concentrates on introducing a wider audience to the Second Generation Head of the system. Download the article : Inside Kung Fu magazine (Nov 1999)

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A Lethal Mix

January 15th, 2010

Fighting Arts International magazine – sadly no longer with us – was the most professional and highly technical martial arts magazine we have had in the UK and probably the nearest equivalent to the best US imprints, such as IKF/IK and Black Belt.  John Mellon was enormously pleased to be asked to write on Small […]

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Small Circle Jujitsu is a precise and practical system that I often taught to my soldiers. What I like most about Small Circle is speed; soldiers in combat situations need to resolve an encounter quickly and Small Circle Jujitsu training fits that need.

Robert A. Guihan,


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