Jujutsu is the classical unarmed art of the samurai. Though it has several incarnations in today's modern martial arts world, Jujutsu at Shin Dojo is taught, and has been taught for nearly 30 years, in the tradition of classical battlefield Japanese Budo.
Jujutsu utilizes off-balance, mis-direction, re-direction, distraction, atemi (striking), joint locking, and throwing techniques. It is the Soft Art side of our program.
Our Jujutsu program is in the tradition of several classical Soft styles. It is classified as a gendai (modern era) self defense method but is grounded in koryu philosophy.
I train in and teach what I love to do. My journey in jujutsu has taken me to this point via quite a unique path. I was a new black belt in Toraken Ryu Jujutsu when the Brazillian Jujitsu craze took hold of the US. I enjoyed many seminars with many great instructors for many years. Being always involved in law enforcement in some way, however, the specialization in ground work alone was very limiting, thus I chose to utilize the ground fighting methods as a supplement to our program. The techniques and methods I learned have been a part of our program for 20 years and I have the utmost respect for those who train in it.
After studying Toraken Ryu, Aikido, Daito Ryu, Hakko Ryu (and even a weekend of Hontai Yoshin Ryu) I settled into a soft discipline associated with Okinawan Budo called "Udundi" or "Gotente" in Japanese. The art, founded in approximately 1684) has everything in it that I had been looking for in a soft discipline to compliment the hard fist arts I study.
Our Jujutsu curriculum incorporates elements of all of the soft disciplines I have learned with a focus on practical and effective defense.
Shito Ryu Karate Do
Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo
Motobu Udundi Kobujutsu
Toraken Ryu/ Hakko Ryu Jujutsu
Uchida Ryu/ Tosei Ryu Tanjojutsu
Isshin Ryu Kusarigamajutsu
Video preview of the Shin Dojo Jujutsu curriculum