“Suigetsu” from the association name “Suigetsukujuku” is a word expressing the martial arts superiority. I am water, and the moon is our enemy. When the wisdom (water) is clear, you can grasp the enemy’s movements (moon) clearly. However, when your heart is disturbed (waves), you cannot read (reflect) the movement of the enemy and your actions will be slowed down by cognitive processing.”
Considering the name of our branch, Hekisuikan, “sui” (水) reflects on having a pure character and mind.
In the Japanese martial arts a distinction can be made between koryū 古流 (classical schools) and gendai budō 现代武道 (modern martial arts). Most modern martial arts come from old ryūha (schools / storm applications) that were practiced by the samurai in feudal Japan.
The reasons for the creation modern budō disciplines vary. In some instances, it was to create a sports variant of an ancient martial art, to standardize and unify a discipline from different schools or to actualize political / social / religious beliefs through a new martial arts form etc.
The main difference between koryū and gendai budō is that in koryū the line of succession (from master to master) dates back to before 1868. This year was the start of the Meiji period, certain rights were abolished, for instance kirisute gomen 切舍御免 (samurai were allowed to kill lower-ranked people in case they had caused him loss of face) and certain laws were established. From 1873 laws came in effect no longer permitting samurai to wear swords in public.
Within koryū, a distinction is sometimes made between schools that were established before the Tokugawa shogunate (from 1600) and the schools were established within the Tokugawa period.
Jutsu and dō
Although there are many exceptions, the disciplines of koryū are often called jutsu 術 (technique) and modern schools do 道 (the “Way”). This is partly because the difference in intent of classical schools with respect to modern martial arts. Old schools were intended to prepare a practitioner for an actual fight. Modern martial arts practitioners have less need for their art to be used in actual combat, so there is room for personal development of the practitioner, through the martial techniques.
During the July 2018 Japan Training Trip, we spent quite some time in Fujiyshida city in Yamanashi Prefecture. Fujuyoshida is the location where the International Suigetsujuku Bujutsu Association (ISBA) is established.
During the Edo period (1603 to 1868) also known as the Tokugawa period, the samurai were prevelent as see portrait in series and movies these days. Samurai were mostly in political positions in government and army. At the end of the Edo period, the Samurai status was ebolished when the emperior power was restored. At that time, the Meji (1868 to 1912) period started, and samurai were no longer allowed to practice their martial arts as combat-related skills or to carry two swords (katana and kodachi or wakizachi).
INTERNATIONAL SUIGETSUJUKU BUJUTSU ASSOCIATION CANADA BRANCH
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Nihon Jūjutsu (translates as Japanese Jūjutsu, 柔術, also pronounced as Yawara) is the study of unarmed fighting and self-defense, including punches, strikes, locks and throws. Participants also study rolling and fall breaking.
The Suigetsujuku school of Nihon Jūjutsu, headed by Shihan Jun Osano in Japan, teaches techniques from nine different traditional martial arts schools (Ryû), including Kashima Shin Ryu, Asayama Ichiden Ryu, Tenshin Shinto Ryu, and Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu.
If you are interested in learning Japanese Jūjutsu, why not book a trial lesson? You will get dedicated instruction from our head instructor and/or one of the advanced students to experience Nihon Jūjutsu first hand! Trial lessons are free and booked using our booking form.
Japanese Jūjutsu (Nihon Jūjutsu) is thought to be battlefield combat and self-defense 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 Jūjutsu is also the predecessor to modern-day Judo, a competition version of Japanese Jūjutsu with many of the more dangerous techniques left out. Most Japanese Jūjutsu schools do not accentuate sparring. Instead, the focus is on practicing techniques in a predefined sequence known as “Kata”. Japanese Jūjutsu is what we teach at our school, and it is also known as Yawara in Japan.
"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. I would like to point out some aspects that make ISBA Nihon Jujutsu keiko very different in my eyes and a unique and enjoyable experience.
First off, the level of detail in the skills is amazing. Previously while studying other schools, I saw skills demonstrated and attempted them myself and felt that essential skill components were missing. I found them to be ineffective and easy to counter. In Nihon Jujutsu, these similar skills are much different. I attribute this to the differences in details. It feels like the details have been lost over time in other arts.
The second observation is the high level of expectation regarding skill proficiency in Nihon Jujutsu. In the past when skills were taught to me, it often got to a point where they were “good enough,” and then you go “play” for yourself to figure it out. This leads to a “watering down” of the skill over time.
Thirdly, the established Nihon Jujutsu curriculum ensures that there is no instructor drift. Because people are left to their own variations in other martial arts very quickly, each instructor has their own version of the skill. In Nihon Jujutsu, teachers take transmitting the school curriculum very seriously to ensure each skill is passed down correctly and accurately.
Lastly, I would like to mention the feeling of connection to the past. Because the skills are handed down in kata (and each student learns the same kata), there is a feeling of protecting old knowledge and being part of a long history."
"I love traditional Japanese martial arts, they are exactly what they appear to be. They never change and never disappoint. There is a purity in them that I have not found in anything else. These martial art techniques left to us from long ago are like concentrated crystals of beauty. It would be shameful to let them go to waste. We must study hard, interpret them the right way, and create meaning for each skill to ensure the future generation can continue to enjoy them."