The Samurai Ju-Jitsu Association Malta (S.J.J.A.M.) also known as Samurai Jitsu Kobudo Association Malta was founded by Master (Rev.) Vincent Sciortino (7th Dan Ju-Jitsu, 3rd Grade Ko-Budo) in 1988.
Since it was founded, the S.J.J.A.M. has been based on pure Martial Art, self-defence, individual attention and above all, discipline. These foundations proved their worth and have contributed greatly towards the continuous raising of standards and the increase in the number of students. Although the Association is still young, the number of students is of well over 350, making it the largest Martial Arts Academy on the Islands.
Consequently, the Association required a bigger General Headquarters to replace the one at Fgura. The new General Headquarters, inaugurated in 1994, is centrally situated between Hamrun and Marsa. Other S.J.J.A.M. clubs are located at St. Paul's Bay, Zurrieq.
Training sessions are held from Monday to Sunday all year round with the exception of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The fee for each training session is Lm1.50c or Lm5 Monthly. Transport from practically every part of the Island is provided for younger students at no extra charges.
Throughout the year, the Association organizes various events and competitions amongst which are combat, randori, random attack, sparring, ground-work and demo competitions. While these competitions are open to all the members of the Association, the decision to participate is left to each individual, provided that he/she is over 16 years of age. Sub-junior and junior students (between 5 and 15 years) require a parent's signed consent in order to participate. The annual main event that the S.J.J.A.M. holds is the National Congress to which Ju-Jitsu instructors from abroad are invited.
The Samurai Jitsu Kobudo Association Malta is a member of the United Nations of Ju-Jitsu (U.N.J.J.). Among other member countries in the U.N.J.J. are England, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Iceland , South Africa etc .
The U.N.J.J. holds a yearly International Congress in one of the member countries for which every year a group of students from the S.J.J.A.M. attends.
The 1996 U.N.J.J. International Congress was held in Malta between the 11th and 13th October. For this event, technical directors, instructors and students from all the member countries have attended, together with 500 participants.
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