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.
INTERNATIONAL SUIGETSUJUKU BUJUTSU ASSOCIATION CANADA BRANCH
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thrilled to study classical Japanese martial arts.
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.
Photo taken during keiko (training) in Japan.
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.
Fantastic Nihon Jujutsu Semi-private Seminar.
"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."
- Dr. Chris de Feijter, Head Instructor.