Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu

Jujutsu, the predecessor of Aikido and Judo, is the oldest of the Japanese Martial Arts. Jujutsu is an aggressive form of self defense consisting of disabling kicks or strikes to vital points, locks or grips to incapacitate the opponent or to cause dislocation or fracture, strangulations, pushes, pulls and throws to bring the opponent into a position where he is rendered immobile. Ideally, all these maneuvers employ, the principle of using the opponent’s weight and momentum, and of retreating, and sidestepping to bring him off balance.

The system of Jujutsu taught at the Seibukan Dojo is Sosuishi-ryu, which was founded in 1652 by a samurai of Bungo Takeda named Futagami Hannosuke Masaaki, a master of Takenouchi-ryu and many other schools. He taught another samurai of Bungo Takeda; Matahichi Shitama, whose family, whether by direct lineage or by adoption have been masters of this art for centuries.  On July 24, 1905, Kibei Aoyagi, the 14th inheritor, attended a meeting in Kyoto at which the masters of various Jujutsu schools gathered with Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, to decide the techniques of Kodokan Judo. At the Seibukan Dojo  we are students of the current Headmaster Manzo Shitama, 16th Dai Menkyo, Sekiryukan Dojo, Fukuoka, Japan.

There is no sport aspect in Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu, for it is true Bujutsu (Art of the Warrior). That is, it is composed of realistic self defense techniques. The class consists of Ukemi (break falls), Atemi-waza (striking techniques), Kansetsu-waza (techniques of twisting and breaking of joints), Nage-waza (throwing techniques), and Kata (forms) that are unchanged for over 370 years.

Our Adult Sosuishiryu Jujutsu class.

The students are practicing and demonstrating the Idori (kneeling forms) of the Kumiuchi (grappling) kata.
Sosuishiryu is a system of Jujutsu & Iai jutsu that has been practiced since 1650. It’s about 370 years old!

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