The jujutsu (or jiu-jitsu) as widely taught in Dutch gyms you will not find in Japan. There it is a rare and classic martial art, which was used in ancient times by samurai. By this art they could win a fight with their bare hands. Koryu jujutsu focuses on manipulating body parts which would not be covered by armor if the opponent was wearing armor, like elbow, shoulder, wrist or finger joints. Using these techniques an opponent would be brought down and eliminated.

The meaning of the word jujutsu is gentle/flexible technique. As D. Lowry describes: In a sense, ju is the process of turning to an aggressor the other cheek -- only to use the movement of the turn to effect his defeat.

Koryu jujutsu is trained every Friday evening at the Yushinkan dojo. This training is supervised by Soushi Makoto Karuba, which teaches twice a month at the Shofukan dojo. The jujutsu style trained at Yushinkan is called Gyakute-do Jujutsu, which is developed at the start of the Meijiperiode and has evolved from the Asayama Ichiden ryu. This style orginated during the edo era in which time also orginated Daito ryu, the predecessor of modern day aikido. Kurabe sensei has been given the techniques by the fifth grandmaster, Tanaka Chushudoo. Kurabe sensei is now the only teacher who teaches Kenso ryu jujutsu.


Training sessions
At the Yushinkan dojo Kenso ryu jujutsu is being taught by Theo Phillips, a 5th dan student of Kurabe sensei.

Every friday evening from 20:30 till 22:00.

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Foto: J. van Nispen

Kurabe sensei.
Foto: J. van Nispen

Foto: J. van Nispen

Foto: J. van Nispen.