We offer true combat Ju-Jutsu passed down from head master to head master by Oral tradition. There are only a handful of licensed family instructors. People wishing to train in this art should contact us with their training history and reasons for wanting to train in such a dangerous and intense atmosphere. After a meeting and discussion so as to fully explain what is entailed basic testing and training can begin to make sure you have a thorough grounding on basic concepts which if not done will leave you open to serious injury. After this induction has been carried out students will be deemed as either having the skills and mental attitude to begin the training or not. If successful you will be asked to fill in legal forms and disclaimers regarding training with live weapons and injuries that you may sustain. Obviously your Martial Arts insurance will not be valid in this type of training and therefore is at your own risk.
The classical koryu (old style or school) must maintain a quality standard that precludes quantity due to the intensity and dangers being taught. Furthermore, the conservation and perpetuation of the school’s integrity demands a dedication from its members that is, quite simply, not for everyone. A member is a personal student of the school and the headmaster is the conduit through which the techniques, values, and traditions are passed on to each generation. This mentoring is the way the teacher teaches; it was the way he and his teacher were taught. This process of learning is the basis of koryu combat arts. To achieve a useful level of understanding and physical skill, it is absolutely necessary for partner training to be conducted by the teacher in a manner that was stressful and filled not only with a simulation of danger, but with the actual danger of severe injury and the potential for death. While the learning and practicing of techniques in the dojo can prepare us for the physical action, the only way to prepare for the use of combative techniques in the stress of combat is to face that stress while training.
The student must be realistically prepared for the consequences of engaging in actual combat in order to be psychologically prepared for the rigors of it. Without this frighteningly aggressive partner training, permeated with the threat of danger, the true spirit and purpose of the koryu system is lost, and becomes an impotent relic. For the observer, the two person techniques can seem to be quite the antithesis of what was and is actually a necessary training regimen for fighting men, but make no mistake, practicing true Koryu is extremely dangerous. It is physically, psychologically, and emotionally demanding, and at times completely frustrating. At no time is koryu training easy, comfortable, or convenient and is not for everyone.
Due to its intensive style, this type of training is not conducive to large group instruction and so this is initially done with one or two students until you are ready to proceed to small groups of trainees. Whilst safety is of primary importance and we have set procedures to minimise accidental risks the weapons are live (freshly broken bottles, knives, baseball bats and chains) and someone with good martial experience is trying to use them against you at high speed and so there are risks you need to consider.
Fairbairn on strategy/tactics/mind-set:
"........unfair and unethical methods of fighting in which acts of artifice, force, vehemence, and shock are of major importance and in which all earmarks of the concepts of fair-play and good sportsmanship must be eliminated."
The only people licensed to grade black belt or above are members who have been invited in as a family member (black belt with red stripe). These people currently are –
JOHN POWNER AUSTRALIA
COLIN DOCHERTY NORWAY
NEIL FLITCROFT UK
CHRIS DAVIES UK
The system is a centuries-old tradition of armed and unarmed combat used on the battlefields of ancient Japan with unbroken lineage to it's Samurai roots. There are only 4 people outside Japan licensed to teach this system known as the "Willow Tree Style".
Thank you to Steve Beimel for usage of parts of his article on Koryu training in our wesbite