Small Circle Jujitsu


Small Circle Jujitsu, eclectic in style and evolutionary by nature, is continually progressing towards a higher standard. It is understood that no one system has all the answers and it is our goal to strive for better ones. Professor Jay’s teachings give us the ability and tools to discover, perfect and improvise. The open sharing of knowledge has been a trademark of the Professors and it is in this spirit of sharing that we can develop to our greatest potential on our chosen path. Although Small Circle Jujitsu Concepts are relatively modern ones, based on traditional styles, we choose to move forward honoring the past but not dwelling in it.

Within the Small Circle Jujitsu family there are many talented instructors with a broad range of skills, operating out of a number of dojos. This site only lists dojos that have been qualified to teach Small Circle Jujitsu by the Head Instructor of the style, Professor Leon Jay or by the founder, Prof. Wally Jay and have appropriate certification and current membership of a type specified below. The ‘currency’ of membership is an issue precisely because Small Circle Jujitsu is not, nor ever has been, a rigidly fixed system and it continues to develop and evolve; therefore it is important for potential students to be assured that their prospective instructor has made the effort to remain up to date in their knowledge of the art. If you are practising jujitsu with a club or practitioner not listed in this directory, it is not Small Circle Jujitsu and your rank will not be recognised.

Outlined below are the types of membership that a dojo may hold:


A dojo with full membership teaches the full Small Circle Jujitsu syllabus and all club members are members of Prof. Jay’s Small Circle Jujitsu. This club may conduct official Small Circle Jujitsu gradings and award rank appropriately. Within this club are the following Instructor levels:

  • Head Instructor (O-Sensei or Dai-Sensei)
  • Professor
  • Senior Instructor
  • Instructor
  • Teaching Assistant Level 3
  • Teaching Assistant Level 2
  • Teaching Assistant Level 1

To be a Small Circle Jujitsu instructor you must be 2nd Dan or above in Prof. Jay’s Small Circle Jujitsu (with additional appropriate instructor’s certification) teaching the full Small Circle Jujitsu syllabus.


A dojo with associate membership may practise Small Circle Jujitsu alongside other styles of martial art. An instructor must have recognised certification as 2nd Dan or above in a valid and reputable martial art, with valid and current membership in Small Circle Jujitsu. Instructors are permitted to teach the Small Circle Jujitsu style with written authority by headquarters to individual members who have current and valid membership of Prof. Jay’s Small Circle Jujitsu. Clubs are permitted to grade and award rank in Small Circle Jujitsu within the limitations of their level of instructorship.

Within this club an instructor may hold the following level in Small Circle Jujitsu:

  • Professor
  • Senior Instructor
  • Instructor
  • Teaching Assistant Level 3
  • Teaching Assistant Level 2
  • Teaching Assistant Level 1


As more and more martial artists now cross-train, it occurred to us that we wanted more people to have the opportunity to train in the art.  Prof. Wally travelled the world for 30 years or more demonstrating what was possible, and we wanted to create access to more than occasional seminar study. Small Circle Concepts is designed to give you an opportunity to develop some of the superb grappling skills without having to learn all the material in the system.  If you’re already a grappler, it may be helpful to know that whatever your style Small Circle’s concepts are applicable; as a truly conceptual art, it’s principles will improve your efficiency without having to surrender your preferred stylistic approach.


Members each receive a Small Circle Concepts Programme official patch/badge and their status and record of modules completed will be posted on our official website.


Defined by having completed all 5 Core, and 2 Supplementary Modules of Programme, plus one or more of three levels of Instructor Training (Apprentice, Associate or Full Instructor)

Clubs in Membership:  Defined by Instructor qualified in Small Circle Concepts Programme and students in current, valid membership of the Programme.

Note: *Graduates of the Programme are welcome to make the transition to full membership of Prof. Jay’s Small Circle Jujitsu at any time following graduation.  A separate assessment/grading will be required to set rank.

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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