Looking for a fun, practical + energetic activity for yourself or your children? One that provides useful life skills along with building confidence, discipline + resilience?

Philotimo Freestyle Jujitsu in Hunters Hill is a martial arts school on the lower north shore that teaches Jujitsu, a practical martial art that gives students a sense of strength, calm, and mastery over their own bodies. Our students say it totally changes the way they feel about themselves.

We have specialized programs for children from 3+ years all the way to adults. From our famous Manners program for primary school children, to our highly awarded + successful All-Girls Teenage Tournament Squad, boasting State + National Champions, we get proven results.

We believe learning a martial art is much more than saying words like discipline & respect – students must speak respectfully to their parents, learn to take “No” with grace, not tantrums, & learn to help without being asked. These skills are what help children to develop the life skills all the buzz words in the world cannot teach.

For adults, it is about challenging yourself, through our renowned annual Red Belt Challenge and through encouraging each other as a team to keep training! We leave the stress of our day at the door & make our training time a place to focus on ourselves. Mums classes are really fun, with a focus on practical skills as well as weaponry, fitness and flexibility.

Philotimo is Greek for “Love of Honour” & our focus is on high quality instruction, with qualified teachers & small class sizes. There are no contracts, no sales gimmicks or free uniforms, we don’t give out black belts under 16yo, & we do not charge extra money for gradings or belt tests.

All Instructors have current first aid, working with children checks, insurance + jujitsu accreditation + Covid-safe sport coach certification. Our children’s classes are taught by qualified instructors with a min. three years teaching experience.


Philotimo Freestyle Jujitsu is your local martial arts school where you can get a dose girl-power with their NEW all-girls 6-week intro to Jujitsu!

⭐ When: 4-5pm Tuesday & Thursdays (6 weeks, 18 May - 24 June 2021)
⭐ What: Girls will learn the fundamentals of Jujitsu in a positive & encouraging atmosphere.
⭐ Skills: The program focuses on mastering self-defence basics, while introducing complementary life skills like manners, perseverance, fortitude and good communication.

SPECIAL PRICE: $280 (save $180): 12 hours of tuition (over 6 weeks), uniform, club membership & workbook.

Book now! Call 0444 577 608 to reserve your place.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure personal attention to each child's needs... so book early to avoid missing out.



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  1. Karen

    Absolutely love this dojo! I started this year with my two daughters and it’s such an awesome and inclusive community. Learning Jujitsu has helped my daughters develop existing skills and learn new ones. I love the respect and discipline, in addition to the fitness and defence skills that we all learn through our lessons.

    Highly recommend coming along and giving it a go.

    5 June 2020 at 7:54 pm
  2. Emma

    Love this dojo’s approach to self-defence, life and being valuable contributors to our communities. My 5yr old son, 11 year old daughter and I joined six months ago and I’ve seen extensive growth physically and mentally. Highly recommended for kids, especially girls as they learn and shape their understanding of themselves as well as Mums ?

    30 December 2019 at 5:11 pm
  3. Emma

    My 12yr old daughter started Philotimo Jujitsu late last term and the whole experience had been just awesome! Not only does my daughter love classes (saying it makes her feel strong and confident), her attitude at home has improved beyond measure. I cannot say enough good things about this program! If you have a teen or emerging teen like mine I completely recommend it. My daughter is not only learning how to physically defend herself & to be strong she is learning how to be mentally strong

    19 May 2019 at 2:56 pm
  4. Metallica

    Jujitsu is an excellent means of building resilience, confidence and discipline all while improving physical fitness and strength. The dojo itself is incredibly welcoming and consistently holds an atmosphere that is both inclusive and positive for all involved. For me personally, jujitsu is an outlet where I am able to constructively divert any negative energy I have into an empowering experience, and have a great time in the process! I recommend jujitsu for any person at any age who is wanting to embark on a journey of self improvement (big or small), whether it be mental or physical.

    19 January 2019 at 12:28 pm
  5. Marly

    Jujitsu is the most empowering sport ever and this style, teaching and environment is incredibly inspiring to all ages!

    18 January 2019 at 10:53 pm
  6. Maryanne Lia
    Maryanne Lia

    My daughter Carmen has been training under Sensei Rose since 2013. During that time she has made many lovely friends and has been supported in her personal growth by the Senseis and the members of the dojo. She is a confident and fit young woman who is actively training at the age of 19 (also working and studying part-time).

    Carmen has had many positive and challenging experiences through Jujitsu. She competed very successfully at AMAC and NAS in Kata, continuous and points sparring. In fact her competition results were such that she was awarded an extra 5 ATAR points as an Elite Athlete. She is now training in Taekwondo and is also actively involved in Philotimo Jujitsu as are a fresh crop of very good black belt instructors.

    I was so excited to be able to train for free after so many years watching from the sidelines. I am 50 and last year I was losing confidence as I broke three ribs due to weak bones from cancer drugs. Now after less than a year of training I can do breakfalls and forward and backward rolls and feel that the weight bearing exercise is actually strengthening my bones. And it is SO MUCH FUN.

    Come and join us at Hunter’s Hill.

    18 January 2019 at 8:45 pm
  7. Maggie Holles
    Maggie Holles

    I have been with this dojo for a long time, and my life has changed for the better because of it. I have ADHD, and with Philotimo Freestyle, I was able to become more controlled of my mental state and was able to achieve a lot more academically than I thought was possible. I am now at uni still training, and I would not change anything. The senseis and the students have made my journey to being a better more controlled person more comfortable and positive. The support system within this dojo is truly like no other. To get my black belt is an amazing feat, but I would not have gotten there without the support and love from my sensei and all of my friends.

    18 January 2019 at 3:23 pm
  8. Ruby

    I have trained with and completed multiple programs throughout the duration of high school and they have helped me tremendously. They developed my time management and organisational skills greatly and not only that I now feel safe and independent when walking alone at night knowing I can defend myself or as simple as knowing how to fall with little injury as I have those skills.

    18 January 2019 at 1:57 pm
  9. Marijke Dekker
    Marijke Dekker

    I very strongly recommend Philotimo Freestyle Jujitsu. It is a welcoming inclusive dojo with a caring supportive atmosphere. Your children will come away with confidence and resilience and of course martial arts ability. The instructors are experienced, kind and very approachable. Give your kids a hugely rewarding experience by signing them up for classes.

    18 January 2019 at 11:50 am
  10. Mel

    Highly recommend Philotimo Freestyle Jujitsu. It is a very supportive dojo with lovely instructors. My daughters have been training here for a few years now (since they were each in kindy) and they love it. I particularly like that the majority of the instructors are female and they are wonderful strong role models for my daughters. It’s also excellent that we can attend one or more classes a week and the fact that parents train for free means that I have even taken up classes!

    17 January 2019 at 7:31 pm

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