York Town Jitsu club was started in 1997 By Sensei Graham Smith at York's Barbican Centre. The club aimed to accommodate the training needs of both children and adults with Friday night training sessions - adults training for an extended period.

In 2003 the club moved its location to St. Olave's School (St. Peter's School's junior/prep school) in order to avoid the increasing number of session cancellations for big events at the York Barbican Centre.

In September of 2003 the club began holding a second weekly session on Monday nights under Sensei Stephen Millard, again open to both adults and children. Sensei Millard has since taken over both sessions and the full running of the club.