Kokusai Ju-Jutsu Renmei
The KJJR is an organization set up by Shoto Tanemura Sensei in 1991 in order to preserve traditional Ryu Ha (schools) and insure their correct instruction. The system is structured from 10th Kyu to 10th Dan. All fundamentals are covered in the Kyu syllabus, along with an introduction to the Takagi Yoshin Ryu. At black belt 4th Dan you can formally start learning patterns from many of the other traditional schools. These include Tatra Shinden Ryu, Yagyu Shingan Ryu, and others.
Jujutsu, sometimes called Yawara, can be roughly translated as the yielding Art. This implies being able to break a person's balance and use their force against them. By this implication it is possible for the smaller person to beat the physically stronger adversary. Many Ju-Jutsu techniques rely on the principle of striking an opponent to stun them, followed by a throw or restraint of some kind, but even in Ju-Jutsu there is a vast diversity of styles and methods.
For example two of the schools studied within the KJJR are Asayama Ichiden Ryu and Kukishin Ryu. Asayama Ichiden Ryu's first stage concentrates on wrist locking patterns, the practice of which will develop strength in the wrists and the ability to break strong grabs. Kukishin Ryu, on the other hand, incorporates many throwing techniques that rely on breaking the opponentâ€™s balance, making it difficult for him to resist being thrown.
Koryu (ancient Japanese martial art) Jujutsu involves the full spectrum of empty handed self-defense:
Atemiwasa (striking techniques)
Nagewaza (throwing techniques)
Osaekomiwaza (restraining techniques)
Kansetsuwaza (joint locking and joint breaking techniques)
Shimewaza (choking techniques)
The only Koryu Jujutsu patterns that survived from the ancient past to be passed on in the Kokusai Ju-Jutsu Renmei today are the ones that have been used successfully by survivors of real battles. Each grandmaster or master of a system tried to keep the pattern true to its original form and pass it down to the next generation.
At the moment there are two types of Ju-Jutsu in the world. Firstly is the mixed style system. This group includes many styles such as Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and shoot fighting. They select certain aspects suitable for safe parctise under sport rules from within the Jujutsu genre and make a new system for fighting in tournaments. They loose the best fighting techniques of Ju-Jutsu in order to enable reasonable safety in tournament.
The second type of Jujutsu is the original Ju-Jutsu Ryu Ha which evolved on the battlefields. This group keeps the traditional patterns alive, but has access to Kuden from a true line Grandmaster and trains with the aim of keeping the patterns alive for real self-defence applications. Application comes before form and fighting effectiveness is paramount. Training is very hard, always the technique is done as for a true case fight. Students must polish their manners, spirit and heart. Techniques try to harmonize the physical, mental strength and spiritual power. All must be in balance and no aspect is more important than another. This style opens the gate for anyone who wants to learn traditional martial arts for use in real case self defence.
Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura Sensei comes from an ancient Samurai clan that have practiced and used these martial arts for over 1000 years of battle and is a high level grand master of Koryu Ju-Jutsu, Aiki-Jutsu, Tai-Jutsu, Biken-Jutsu, Bo-Jutsu, Koryu-Karate (Chinese Karate) and Hakkesho (Pakkua). His commitment is to passing on only true battle field Jujutsu and other Koryu Martial arts of Japan and China he has mastered to all people of the world.