Koryu jujutsu is a system of fighting that evolved from feudal Japan. The terms koryu and kobudo literally mean old “old style” and “old martial arts” and specifically refer to styles that were founded before the Meiji Restoration of 1868. These were the exact systems of combat that were practised in the time of the samurai and remain relatively unchanged up to the present day.
In 1868 a government and political system was implemented to unify the
Japan and abandon its feudal system. This lead to the end of the legendary warrior class known as samurai. Styles of martial arts that were created after the Meiji Restoration are refered to as gendai or modern styles. There were previously hundreds of koryu but many have become extinct or absorbed into modern systems.
We teach koryu jujutsu classes in East London, UK. The benefit of jujutsu is that when executed correctly it requires little physical strenght to be effective. This makes it ideal for self-defence against larger and stronger opponents. Compared to karate and other striking arts, jujutsu is less aerobic in nature and has a greater emphasis on grappling techniques such as joint locks and throws, combined with evasive movement and methods of off balancing one's opponent.
JIKAN DOJO & KANOUKAN
Jikan Dojo of East London, UK is the first and currently only dojo in the western hemisphere authorised to teach all the koryu systems of the Japanese kobudo group Kanoukan. Kanoukan is a organisation with its headquarters in the Hiroshima prefecture, Japan and it teaches 3 major koryu systems. They are Shibukawa Ichi Ryu Jujutsu, Muso Shinden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho and Oishi Shinkage Ryu Kenjutsu.
The Jikan Dojo technical curriculum includes koryu jujutsu as well as goshin jutsu (a modern self-defence program). Classes are open to anyone including absolute beginners and individuals with backgrounds in other martial arts. Anyone interested can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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