Please find a selection of testimonials from instructors and students alike who have kindly given us permission to publish their comments -
“I started my martial arts journey as a junior Judoka when I was 8 yrs old and have tried many other arts along the way including tai chi, capoeira, kung fu, kickboxing, ninjutsu and another style of ju-jutsu.
I've always wanted to know more about martial arts, hence why I've spent most of my life trying so many styles, reading books and watching films (the latter more for enjoyment than education), to be honest I think it's just in my blood now. When Yanagi Ryu initially offered martial arts and healing together I was very interested, it offered me a whole new area of study that I doubt is available at many UK clubs. Yanagi Ryu also has direct links back to Japan and offered a much more traditional range to the art, not just hand to hand but also weapons, tactics and concepts not practiced in many places outside of China and Japan.
I've loved breaking moves down to the truth of the technique. I'm a scientist at heart and I've always liked asking why something is the way it is. Yanagi teachings have given me more opportunity to understand why a technique works rather than just tell me an answer and expect me to believe it. This style of learning has changed me as a person; how I think, how I move, my decision making and communication both in the dojo, in my personal life and in my day job as a consultant.
I'm glad I found the club and am very excited about where it may lead me.“
Andy Morgan - Birmingham
“While based on traditional proven techniques this school is not by any means restrictive. The open teaching and focus on technique and concepts leads to a more fluid and effective art.
The freeform training allows the practitioner to push their knowledge and understanding of the concepts. It also allows one to develop an eye for what really is happening and how to make that work for you. It’s comprehensive and you never stop learning about the art and yourself.
Training here has even given a better understanding of the arts I’ve previously studied. It’s not about style, it’s about function: what works and why.”
Dave - Cheshire
“I have learnt more in this weekend than in the last ten years of training”
George Condron 5th Dan Shito Ryu Karate - Norfolk
“I started TaeKwon-Do and became a 2nd Dan instructor, but I always found something missing. I used to ask my instructors to teach me certain things like sweeping and ground work, but they always made excuses saying it wasn’t needed. This made me uncomfortable as I knew a technique would not be developed for no reason and I lost some trust in them and the art although I carried in training as I thought that maybe I would learn somewhere else and “fill in the gaps.
At the beginning of 2011 I started training in Yanagi Ryu and was soon very impressed with the depth and effectiveness of the style. I have now stopped doing any other martial arts and have been training with Yanagi Ryu over 2 years and learn something new in every lesson as the quality and level of instruction is something I have never known before, the class size is much better than the 20-30 that I was used to and the instructors always address any questions properly and don’t just brush things aside. I have been so impressed that I have introduced others into the club and have now abandoned teaching TaeKwon-Do in aid of Yanagi Jujutsu as I can’t teach something I don’t believe in to others.
Since joining Yanagi I have grown as a person, I used to be a strong person on the surface and scared of my shadow underneath, I can now say that Yanagi has given me the confidence to know that I can deal with many things that I couldn’t face before which has passed over to daily life and my techniques and self respect have improved incredibly.”
Michelle – Cheshire
“Been doing martial arts on and off for twenty years; disciplines include Karate, Aikido. Judo and JuJutsu. I wanted a deeper understanding of the arts and I found myself questioning each and every teacher - the techniques would not work on the street. I was bored of the same routine and felt like the excitement and growth had died off.
I was blown away by the locks, strikes and blocks. The locks were more practical and devastating, offering ease of application and increased control of my opponent. Strikes are more of a living thing, non-committal until the last second and more structure than strength in a lot of cases. Blocks were the biggest eye opener of them all! The realisation that you can do very little and achieve so much has changed my entire outlook and understanding of martial arts.
I am loving the real world simulations in the dojo and the tui-na and acupuncture classes especially. I am gaining a new appreciation for the styles components from the healing side - pressure point, meridians, chi and mental attitude.
It is a privilege to train with Chris and his students, it really is a very supportive environment to be challenged and grow within.”
Phil Robinson - Warrington
I started learning martial arts from the age of 17 and quite honestly I can’t be without them! The first art I studied was tae kwon do until I went to university. After deciding I didn’t want to start mixing up styles of tae kwon do I decided to take up a totally different art - just to enjoy it. Choosing aikido meant I learnt about throws and locks for three years, so didn’t understand the separation of different fighting techniques. I came home and was at a bit of a loss until my friend told me about Yanagi Ryu where I could learn locks, throws, strikes, self defence and even more! Obviously I had to find out what it was about!
I was just staggered by the depth of knowledge of the instructors and how many other areas of study there were within the art itself, including self defence ground techniques, live weapons training, healing arts and training with fire! There’s always something new to learn and you get pushed to your limits every session. It has also helped me so much understanding why people work the way they do, recognise the truth of situations and how to deal with every day emotions. It is SO applicable to everyday life not just in fighting situations.
I would never look back now – it’s a complete martial art.