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Fermanagh Ju Jitsu Schools Programme Log

Schools Programme

Fermanagh Ju Jitsu Schools Programme

An important aspect of any activity is the provision of a comfortable and safe environment for children.


Since the late 1980's and early 1990's WJJF Ireland has run a very successful Schools Programme in different areas throughout Northern Ireland. This was introduced to the Fermanagh area in 2004 by Shihan Lyle Gawley 7th Dan.  There are several schools taking part in the programme. The classes are held as after school activities and are run similar to normal ongoing Ju Jitsu classes in Leisure Centres etc where the children work towards belts in Ju Jitsu.

Enniskillen Integrated Primary School - Tuesday

Enniskillen Model Primary School - Thursday

The response from students, teachers, headmasters and parents has shown that the Fermanagh Ju Jitsu Schools Programme has an extremely positive effect on children by encouraging them to be active, by training their brain as well as their bodies, by setting realistic goals for them to achieve and by giving them an opportunity for fun.

The Fermanagh Ju Jitsu Schools Programme is run by Shihan Lyle Gawley 7th Dan. Sensei Gawley is a full time professional coach and is also in charge of regular training classes for junior and senior students in Lisnaskea.

GCSE PE Ju Jitsu module

In September 2006 a new Ju Jitsu module started which everyone in Northern Ireland who is studying towards their GCSE in PE can take. This is an exciting opportunity for students to try an activity which they normally wouldn't get a chance to do. It also gives existing Ju Jitsu students the chance to bring something they are passionate about  directly into their school life. Any schools or students who are interested in finding out more about this new module please contact us.

Schools Courses

An extension of the Fermanagh Ju Jitsu Schools Programme is Self Defence for sixth form students in secondary schools and in particular ladies self defence in girls secondary schools e.g. Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar School has run courses each year since 2004 for their sixth form students. The Shared Education Programme has also taken part in these courses in the last few years with A Level students from several schools learning self defence - Collegiate Grammar School, St. Fanchea's College, Devenish College, Erne Integrated College.

As well as self defence courses for older students, many primary and secondary schools have chosen to offer 6 - 10 week courses in Ju Jitsu/self defence as an alternative activity during P.E. classes. These classes are available to all students regardless of age, gender, ability etc. What many teachers find is that the students usually get to try things like football, rugby, basketball etc and never get the chance to try something a bit different so they always enjoy a Ju Jitsu course.


Another advantage is that the students who normally aren't particularly good at the usual P.E. activities love to take part as ability isn't an issue due to everyone starting at the same level. Some schools who have run this type of course are:


Please note that places for these courses are limited as many schools ask for a course year after year due to their popularity with the pupils so booking a place for your school well in advance is recommended.

If you would like to join the schools programme, book a course for your school or have a representative call to your school with a view to participating in the programme please contact us.

Devenish College
St. Mary’s PS, Teemore
Enniskillen Integrated P.S.
Holy Trinity PS, Enniskillen
St. Mary’s, Irvinestown
Drumlegagh PS, Castlederg                       
Erganagh PS, Castlederg
St. Ninnidh's, Derrylin
Killen PS                      
Castlederg High School
St. Aiden's, Derrylin
Lisnaskea High School

St. Patrick's PS, Derrygonnelly                     
Willowbridge, Enniskillen                        
Aghadrumsee PS, Rosslea
St. Mary's, Killesher                     
St. Mary's, Newtownbutler                    
Bunscoil an Traonaigh, Lisnaskea
St. Aiden's, Derrylin            
St. Eugene's, Roslea                            
Enniskillen Collegiate Grammar School      
St. Mary's PS, Brookeborough                
St. Martin's P.S., Garrison                     
Moat PS, Lisnaskea

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