Membership – Benefits of joining the Australian Jujitsu Federation

Benefits of joining the Australian Jujitsu Federation

The Australian Jujitsu Federation (AJF) is actually a federation of member schools (organisations) that include aikido, aiki jujitsu, Brazilian jiu jitsu, hapkido, and kenpo jujitsu, and the benefits of membership may differ from one school to another depending on what the school is seeking. For example:

  • Schools may join to be part of the only government-recognised body in Australia representing jujitsu and related martial arts.
  • An organisation who’s history in Australia goes back over 100 years.
  • Providing access since 1982 to accreditation under the national coaching accreditation scheme (NCAS); only attainable for coaches in jujitsu and related martial arts, through the AJF.
  • Benefits of networking with other member schools, and the potential for opportunities to train with other members and learn new techniques and skills.
  • If requested, assistance with Dan gradings … while schools retain their own grading authority.
  • Potential access to international competition for schools with an interest in sport jujitsu or Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
  • The AJF has a National Insurance Plan in which member schools may choose to participate … a most important consideration for all schools and coaches.
  • Recognition that membership compliance can be a significant part of their risk management strategy both in taking all reasonable steps to protect against the possibility of litigation and as argument in the event of litigation.
  • Desire to be perceived within the community as a responsible citizen, acknowledging their ‘duty of care’.
  • Schools as part of their marketing, may see benefits in displaying a certificate of membership for their dojo location, that includes the ‘Australian Coat of Arms’
  • The benefit of having access to AJF documentation and codes of conduct approved by the Australian Sports Commission.
  • Support potentially available for the development of their own school.
  • In determining AJF direction, each member school is equal … having 1 vote regardless of student numbers.
  • The AJF also provides for specific interest groups to form a council. Currently these include: Australian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Council; Australian Sport Jujitsu Council; Australian Koryu Jujutsu Council; Australian Aikido Council; Australian Hapkido Council; and Australian Kenpo Jujitsu Council.
  • All members contact and dojo location detailed on the AJF website, and have access to the Members Library.
  • Access to the library includes access to Technical Papers and much more.
  • Membership fees are modest with one annual fee …unlike many organisations, students within a member school do not pay subscriptions to the AJF.
  • The AJF is an incorporated association, and registered with ASIC … directors and representatives are honorary positions.

For some a reason not to join the AJF

  • The AJF may on request, provide grading assistance to members. However, the AJF will not give away Dan gradings to entice membership. Member schools need to have or to put in place a credible grading system.