study classical japanese jujutsu

in Alberta & Saskatchewan, Canada.

About japanese jujutsu

Japanese Jujutsu (Nihon Jujutsu) is thought to be battlefield combat and self-defence system that was used by the ancient Samurai. It consists of throws, joint locks, striking, as well as the use of small handheld weapons such as sticks and rope. Japanese Jujutsu is also the predecessor to modern-day Judo, a competition version of Japanese Jujutsu with many of the more dangerous techniques left out. Instead, the focus is on practicing techniques in a predefined sequence known as “Kata”. Japanese Jujutsu is what we teach at our school, and it is also known as Yawara in Japan.

In Japan, many schools of classical Japanese Jujutsu (Nihon Jujutsu) exist, sometimes only studied within one family from generation to generation. The Suigetsujuku school of Nihon Jujutsu, headed by Shihan Jun Osano in Japan, teaches techniques from nine different traditional martial arts schools (ryuha), including Kashima Shin-ryu, Asayama Ichiden-ryu, Tenshin Shinto-ryu, and Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu.

Besides unarmed fighting techniques, Suigetsujuku Nihon Jujutsu studies various weapon techniques, including Tanbojutsu (short stick), Bojutsu (long stick), Kenjutsu (sword fighting with Bokuto, the wooden sword), Iaijutsu (art of sword drawing) and several other lesser known weapons. Nihon Jujutsu should therefore not be confused with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or with any modern forms of sport jiu-jitsu.

train hard

This photo was taken in July 2019 in Japan, after a long day of hard training at the dojo.

Locations in Canada



Locks & Pins


Rolls & Falls


All members start by learning basic rolling (kaiten) and falling (ukemi). Simultaneously, students start to learn sixty basic techniques (Kihon Renshute) of Suigetsujuku Nihon Jujutsu, compiled from the nine different traditional Jujutsu schools. These sixty techniques are taught using a fascinating system of 6 principles against 10 different attacks.

While learning these 60 basic techniques, students also start learning Kata. Kata are set forms of skill sequences to learn how to apply basic, intermediate, and advanced jujutsu skills. These kata are categorised as Shoden (beginner), Chuden (intermediate) and Okuden (advanced), and form part of Suigetsujuku Nihon Jujutsu curriculum to preparation for the Shodan (1st black belt) and subsequent examinations.

Each of the categories Shoden, Chuden, and Okuden contain 20 kata in two subgroups. For instance, for Shoden kata, the groups are Shoden Gyaku Dori and Shoden Gyaku Nage.


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Happy clients

After spending two days with sensei Chris de Feijter (International Suigetsujuku Bujutsu Association Canada Branch) studying Nihon Jujutsu I came to recognize some essential differences in classical Japanese martial arts training compared to other experiences I have in Asian and in particular the Japanese martial arts.
Tom Gillis
Shodan Rank
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