study classical japanese jujutsu
HEKISUIKAN – ISBA Canada Branch
This photo was taken in July 2019 in Japan, after a long day of hard training at the dojo.
WHat is classical japanese jujutsu?
In Japan, many schools of classical Nihon Jujutsu exist, sometimes only studied within one family from generation to generation. Nihon Jujutsu should therefore not be confused with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or with any modern forms of sport jiu-jitsu. Notable traditional styles of Nihon Jujutsu (sometimes referred to as Yawara) include Yagyu Shingan-ryu, Daito-ryu, Takeda-ryu, Kashima-Shin-ryu, Asayama Ichiden-ryu, and Shibukawa Ichi-ryu.
Besides unarmed fighting techniques, Suigetsujuku Nihon Jujutsu studies various weapon techniques, including Tanbôjutsu (short stick), Bôjutsu (long stick), Kenjutsu (sword fighting with Bokuto, the wooden sword), Iaijutsu (art of sword drawing) and several other lesser known weapons.
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Shihan Jun Osano in Japan has authorized two locations in Canada to teach Suigetsujuku Bujutsu. The main Canadian branch is located in Saskatchewan and is headed by Dr. Chris de Feijter (3rd dan). New in 2019 is a study group (Keikokai) in Calgary, Aberta, headed by Mr. Tom Gillis (1st dan). Both locations offer koryu (traditional) Japanese jujutsu.
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.