Plans for 2015

Start of Fall session

Our session starts with Classical Jujutsu on Tuesday, Sept. 15th. The subject is Shinden Fudo Ryu Jutaijutsu, featuring the throwing, locking, pinning, holding, and supplementary striking of this ancient school of unarmed combat. The cost is $97.50 for 12 weeks of classes, running from Sept. 15th - Dec 1st.

Kenjutsu starts on Wednesday, Sept. 16th. We are commencing Jinen Ryu Bikenjutsu, our core sword-technique art. Specifically, Bikenjutsu is another form of the word "Kenjutsu": the "Bi-" is a character meaning it is hidden, or a special tradition reserved for insiders. The cost is $97.50 for 12 weeks of classes, running from Sept. 16th - Dec 2nd.

Shinden Fudo Ryu Jutaijutsu (Classical Jujutsu)

Tuesday classes will return to learning Shinden Fudo Ryu Jutaijutsu. Shinden Fudo Ryu is divided into two parts: Jutaijutsu and Dakentaijutsu. While both involve strikes, kicks, holds, locks, and throws, the difference is in the intent. Jutaijutsu is more concerned with protecting yourself from an attacker, while Dakentaijutsu concentrates on "destroying" your opponent (please note, this indicates a particular mindset from a feudal period of history). They are traditionally learned in this order. Click here to register online for Classical Jujutsu.


Unsui Sensei warding off two attackers with Nito-jutsu We are starting our focus on Jinen Ryu Bkenjutsu, the "secret art of the sword".

Jinen Ryu Bikenjutsu itself reflects some very traditional aspects of Japanese martial arts. It contains an ordered series of kata, divided into scrolls; each scroll devotes itself to a certain theme. Students learn the techniques and scrolls in order. Each kata is a short two-person (or more) sequence designed to teach a specific kind of movement or concept. It is critical to know the meaning of the name and the important points, or the lesson of the kata is lost.

Jinen Ryu means “House of Nature”- the goal is to learn swordsmanship of “a splendid and nimble nature”, which is in accord with natural movement. Manaka Sensei patterned the system’s structure after Miyamoto Musashi’s famous “Go Rin no Sho”- the Book of Five Rings. There are five scrolls: Chi no Maki (Earth Scroll), Sui no Maki (Water Scroll), Hi no Maki (Fire Scroll), Fu no Maki (Wind Scroll), and Ku no Maki (Void, or Emptiness, Scroll). Despite the impressive names, the scrolls are direct and pragmatic, rather than esoteric in nature. Musashi himself never wrote about actual techniques, only generalities the warrior had to understand- anything more specifically described could be stolen and used against him. By contrast, Manaka Sensei needed to create a practical course in sword technique for his students, and a way to guide and order their training.

Click here to register online for Kenjutsu.

Military Combatives / Self-Defence workshop with Cris Anderson: Saturday,Sept 26th

The Jinenkan Ottawa Dojo will host a new workshop by returning Military Combatives instructor Cris Anderson. Our previous sessions have been very successful, so we're looking for another offering of the same!

Past workshops have focused on Cris' intensive research into modern self-defense needs, especially on the crucial cues and habits that are too often missed. We've also delved into history, looking at the systems of World War II Combatives which are Cris' specialty.

The workshop will be at the Heron Road Community Centre, on Saturday, Sat. Mar 26, from 2:30-5:30PM. The cost is $20. This will be a City of Ottawa program: the bar code for registration is: 993218.

You can register online through the City of Ottawa, or at the Heron Road Community Centre. Please call the Heron Road Community Centre at 613-247-4808 for more information about registration.

For this workshop, you will only need to dress in pants with no snaps, buttons or zipper, please. T-shirt or sweat shirt is fine. Bring your water bottle and notebook.

For more information about the workshop, email or call 613-263-0441.

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