Training

New students are first introduced to training in fundamental skills: stances, footwork, striking, grappling, ground engagement and receiving. These must be trained rigorously to create a firm foundation. Fundamentals are never abandoned, and always returned to.  The core of training is in seven distinct schools ("ryu") of Japanese martial arts: Gyokko Ryu, Koto Ryu, Shinden Fudo Ryu, Kukishin Ryu, Takagi Yoshin Ryu, Togakure Ryu, and Jinen Ryu. Each school has different techniques and emphasis. By studying each technique in order, students learn the logic and unique movements of the lineage. Ultimately, a student will probably gravitate to the ryu that best suits his/her body and movement type, while becoming familiar with the techniques from the other ryu.

We will be offering three classes a week, focusing on different topics. All students are welcome to attend all classes: at this point, there is no distinction between "junior" and "advanced" classes:

Classical Jujutsu (Tuesdays)

Our current focus is on Shinden Fudo Ryu Jutaijutsu.

OUr Tuesday sessions are dedicated to Classical Jujutsu, “the supple art” of unarmed self-protection. We examine six distinct traditional styles of jujutsu: some favour direct strikes and kicks, while other styles prefer to combine timing and evasion with throws and joint locks. Together these ryu-ha, or classical schools, cover the full spectrum of unarmed techniques, including striking, kicking, locking and throwing, and ground engagement. We begin training from a set of common fundamentals, to both provide students with a solid foundation and a reference point. We eventually progress towards examining each school indepth, and students can see which movements and styles work best for them. Training occurs in a setting of mutual respect for all students and partners.

Kenjutsu (Wednesdays)

Our Wednesday classes focus on Kenjutsu, or “sword art”. These practical techniques evolved during the Japanese feudal period. Practicing with a sword strengthens the upper body, sharpens timing, distance, and rhythm, and teaches awareness and respect for the weapon. Anyone curious about Japanese culture can learn a lot from this austere and focused practice. Over the next year, we will progress through kodachi (short sword), shinobi-gatana (ninja sword) and katana (full-length sword). Our Kenjutsu is drawn from three distinct schools: the Jinen Ryu, which is our fundamental school and was created by Manaka Sensei himself to distill essential lessons in sword technique; the Togakure Ryu, which favored a shorter sword and mixes using the sword in conventional and unconventional ways; and the Kukishin Ryu, which teaches a battlefield-worthy method of sword use.

For a more in-depth look at Kenjutsu, please read our Primer on Jinen Ryu Bikenjutsu.

For a more in-depth look at Tantojutsu, please read our Primer on the Tanto and Jinen Ryu Tantojutsu.

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