KJJR Jujutsu

Associated with the Genbukan is the Kokusai Jujutsu Renmei (KJJR). The KJJR was established by Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura in 1991 for the preservation and transmission of authentic Japanese Jujutsu. Unfortunately, today very few jujutsu schools outside of Japan practice what could be considered authentic jujutsu. Having lost the connection with their Japanese roots, they have evolved into eclectic arts. The purpose of the KJJR is to make available training to those who seek traditional jujutsu. The KJJR follows a standard kyu/dan system. After 3rd dan, the student may specialize in one of the ryu ha which Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura is the Soke of, and may receive scrolls up to Menkyo Kaiden level. The KJJR is world wide in scope and encourages the participation of experienced martial artists who exhibit the potential to learn the KJJR system. Although the term Kobudo is used widely today there are very few traditional pure Kobudo schools in existence that actively train and live the true arts of Kobudo. Traditional Japanese Kobudo schools have an authentic traceable lineage through to modern times and are authenticated by their history and scrolls. The Genbukan/KJJR prides itself on the fact that we are a traditional Japanese Kobudo. Below are some of the Ryu/Ha that are taught within the Genbukan/KJJR system:

• Hontai Takagi Yoshin ryu
• Kukishin ryu
• Asayama Ichiden ryu
• Tatara Shinden ryu
• Bokuden ryu
• Yagyu Shingan ryu
• Tenshin ryu
• Araki Shin ryu
• Itten Chukai Ryushin Ryu
• Tenshin Kyohyo Kukishin Ryu
• Daito Ryu

Among all the schools of jujutsu and taijutsu, Kijin Chosui Ryu (also called Kukishin Ryu) focuses on techniques which bring certain victory. There are very few people who have mastered this ryuha because traditionally only one person can inherit the true spirit and skills. This is the Dakenjutsu Kaiden method, as described in the initiation instructions contained in the Amatsu Tatara Tora no Maki (Tiger Scroll). Grandmaster Tanemura learned directly from Kobayashi Masao Sensei, Kimura Sensei and other grandmaster level students of Takamatsu Sensei. Training in these traditional martial arts for nearly 50 years, Tanemura Sensei received the highest "Dragon" and "Tiger" scrolls from this most ancient and unbroken line of Grandmasters. Creating a systematic structure and teaching this devastating art to the public was a long-term goal of Takamatsu Sensei - one which he would not have time to fulfill. After twenty years of bringing true Kobudo to the public, Grandmaster Tanemura has decided that it is finally time to complete Takamatsu Sensei's mission and share this once-secret art. Grandmaster Tanemura refers to the art as Koryu (classical or literally "old school") Karate (literally "China hand", not the "empty hand" as in Okinawan Karate-do) and what he teaches comes from the techniques of Kijin Chosui Ryu Dakenjutsu (striking hand technique) and Tenshin Koryu Kenpo (fist method). Grandmaster Tanemura has developed a step-by-step system of Kyu levels (below black belt) and Dan levels (black belt) to help students absorb these advanced techniques. As of 2003, Tanemura Sensei is allowing Genbukan and KJJR students to learn and test for rank in this once secret art.



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